REVIEW ✧ ORIGIN

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“Did you think you could stop me? I’ll burn the world down to save her.”

☆☆☆☆1/2

Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

Oh wow. Oh wowie wow wow. I’m sorry, I know that’s pretty much nonsense, but it’s basically the only coherent thought I’m capable of right now. This series is incredible. Jennifer L. Armentrout is incredible. When I went into this book, after the hellish cliffhanger Armentrout unleashed on us in Opal and after reading the synopsis, I was beyond worried. I was terrified that somehow Katy and Daemon would end up on opposite sides of some kind of war and that there would be a lot of anger and angst. Kind of like what happened in The Maze Runner with Thomas and Teresa, which is an interesting comparison because Daedalus really reminded me of WICKED (though I can’t decide who’s worse). But I knew, deep in my heart, that Ms. Armentrout would never do that to me and thank god because I don’t think I’d be able to cope if she did. There were just so many good things about this book that I want to scream about from rooftops but instead I’ll just write them all down here. Let’s go!

Much like the rest of my reviews for this series, I cannot properly review this book without revealing some serious spoilers so a MAJOR SPOILER ALERT is now in effect!

 THE GOOD

  • Honestly the best thing about this book for me is the fact that we FINALLY got dual POVs!! Finally, after three books solely in Katy’s POV, we finally get to hear Daemon’s voice right alongside hers. Yes, we do have the first three books written in Daemon’s POV but honestly? Not the same. Partially because if you want to read in his voice you have to seek it out yourself. But here in this book it’s like a little freebie. While I wish that we were exposed to dual POVs earlier, I feel like this book was definitely the right time. First of all, there’s the fact that Katy and Daemon were separated for the first 100 pages or so it would make sense to have us see how they both “handling” what happened. We needed to see how Daemon would not only find Katy but to save her from whatever hell she was in and I think if it was introduced in an earlier book it wouldn’t have the same kind of effect that it had here. It was perfect and Daemon’s POV is also perfect.
  • When Katy was with Daedalus and they were explaining all these things to her, you were always wondering if they were telling the truth and what they were making up which ultimately created trust issues. While it did make me angry because I couldn’t figure out what was true and what wasn’t, I thought that this kind of trust issue was a great plot device. I might even be using that phrase wrong but it doesn’t matter. The fact that you’re never sure if Daedalus is telling the truth makes you want to keep reading and you become more invested in the book. So yeah, trust issues drive me insane but I love them in a very twisted way.
  • THE PLOT TWISTS IN THIS BOOK. There were some serious plot twists in this book. I’d say that my favourite one was the origin plot twist because while I wondered what would happen if an alien and a human procreated I never thought it’d be something like an origin. To be fair, it’s when an alien and hybrid procreate, but still…..damn. And then you find out that Luc is one of the origins?? And Archer?? It was wonderful. The second plot twist that I loved was Matthew’s betrayal. I just could not believe that he did that not only to Dawson and Beth but that he was doing it again to Daemon and Katy. And, in turn, he pretty much did it to all of the Blacks and all of the Thompsons. Of all the people to betray these people I never would’ve expected it to be Matthew. While I loved the plot twist, it honestly broke my heart. But hey, the best plot twists always break your heart.
  • I actually really loved the addition of Archer to our group of friendly neighbourhood aliens. When I first met him and saw that he was being kind to Katy I knew that he was going to be different. And I had this feeling that he was Luc’s inside man and ta-da, he was! And then you also find out he’s an origin and your trust for him skyrockets. I loved that he helped Katy, (well, to the best of his ability) and then helped Daemon and Katy escape when the time came. I loved his deadpan snark and his discontent for Daemon, it was hilarious. I feel like he’s a very good addition to the gang and I love him a lot. Also, he has given me a new otp: Archer/Olive Garden (sorry, Edmund/sea serpents!!). Someone get that boy to an Olive Garden, stat!
  • As always, the romance between Katy and Daemon continues to be stellar and I’m just in love with everything. Their reunion was beautiful, the way they feel about each other makes me cry, I love it. I want a Daemon.

THE BAD

  • I don’t think there was too much that I disliked about this book, but the only thing that kind of bugged me was the fact that there were too many “unnecessary” deaths. There was one death that I literally cheered about and I will forever be thankful about, but in the final battle of this book a lot of people died and they weren’t overly justified in my opinion.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This book feels like a total game changer; the stakes are higher, the romance is hotter and heavier, and the final chapters are the perfect set up for a battle-filled, epic conclusion that promises to be explosive.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Origin (Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Pages: 364 (Paperback)
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Until next time,

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