Published by Tor Teen on 2019-10-08
Length: 432 pages
Reviewing Kindle from Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2019 New Release Challenge
When Evelyn Dasher crossed paths with Luc, she was thrown headfirst into the world of the Lux—only to discover that she was already far more involved in their world than she ever suspected.
Because the Luxen aren’t the only ones with a hidden past. There’s a gap in Evie’s memory, lost months of her life and a lingering sense that something happened, something she can’t remember and nobody is willing to tell her. She needs to find out the truth about who she is—and who she was. But every answer she finds only brings up more questions.
Her search for the truth brings her ever closer to Luc, the Origin at the center of it all. He’s powerful, arrogant, inhumanly beautiful, extremely dangerous…and possibly in love with her. But even as Evie falls for him, she can’t help but wonder if his attraction is to her, or to the memory of a girl who no longer exists.
And all the while, a new threat looms: reports of a flu-like, fatal virus that the government insists is being spread by Luxen. A horrifying illness that changes whoever it touches, spreading panic across a country already at its breaking point.
#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the world of the Lux with this steamy, shocking second installment of the Origin series that will leave readers reeling.
I’m not going to lie….I read The Burning Shadow in two days. It could’ve been one sitting if my eyelids would have cooperated and not shut on me at 4am, but I digress. The first book of I ever read was her Luxen series. I fell in love with Luc there and couldn’t contain my excitement when she announced the spinoff series featuring him. Y’all I loved The Darkest Star and didn’t have the same expectations for The Burning Shadow. If it’s possible I think I loved it more than the first! Picking up almost immediately where The Darkest Star left off, The Burning Shadow is a fast-paced, paranormal romance that left me with my heart aching and my mind reeling.
Evie (or should I say Nadia?) is adjusting to her circumstances, still coping with a past that was stolen from her. She is understandably confused, drifting through her days wondering who she really is and what was done to her. Micah left her shaken. Luc provides her stability, but does he really care for her or the memory of who she was? This question plagues her and makes her doubt Luc’s motives. Then there’s her mom who isn’t her mom. Evie really struggles with who to trust, and while she wants answers, she’s also terrified to find the truth.
Luc is as adorable, freaky, and scary as he has always been. The boy is the king of corny pickup lines, and yet also the most powerful Origin, meaning that everyone answers to him. He is a know-it-all, and the question of what is going on with Evie leaves him shaken because he doesn’t have the answer. The only thing he does know is his feelings for Evie. That is the one constant in it all.
“You,” he spoke. “It’s only ever been you. Before. Now. Later. There’s been no one else. There … just can’t be.”
*swoon* How can you not love him after that?!
The world fears a Luxen rebellion, killing humans, but now they have bigger problems. A mysterious illness is killing people, and those that it doesn’t kill are mutating into something Luc and his fellow Luxen have never seen. These people are freakishly strong, fast, and seem to harness the power of both the Luxen and Arum. While Luc and Evie chase down answers, they must also come to terms with what has happened to her and how it affects their relationship. The romance is a subplot of this story, but it is there and oh so sweet. I love these two! Every interaction, how careful Luc is with her, and how much he loves her is evident in every touch, every word. He even made me tear up once or twice!
Overall, I loved The Burning Shadow. If you are a fan of or a fan of the series, you will not be disappointed. The book delivers a beautiful romance, filled with the excitement and thrill of a paranormal adventure.