Series Review: Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BRIEF OVERVIEW:

The Lux series is pretty dang amazing! It introduces the concept of other life forms in a very interesting and at times thought provoking ways. The main characters are so very well written it’s painful! They are realistic and not at all stereotypical despite first appearances. They are relatable, lovable and just gorgeous. The storyline is ingenious and as a whole the series is perfect. A definite favourite.

Shadows (Lux #0.5)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The prequel to the series Lux, this short story introduces us to the characters and idea of Luxen.

Dawson Black is a Luxen, a being made of light living on earth. As an alien life-form, he has to keep his true identity a secret from all humans for the safety himself and others like him. That has never been an issue until Bethany Williams enters his class and easy-going, fun Dawson can’t stay away. Despite the warning of his guarding and triplet brother, Dawson and Bethany get close and risk exposure and far worse repercussions than he ever thought possible.  

This is a great short that introduces the characters, albeit not all. It sets the mood for the series but, in retrospect, does not compare to the main books in that they are far superior. That being said, this is very good, easy and enjoyable read.

Obsidian (Lux #1)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Katy knows who she is and what she wants and moving to a small town isn’t on that list. Encouraged to make friends by her mom, she knocks next door to find the most handsome but infuriating being. Daemon Black, whilst gorgeous, irritates quiet Katy far more than she ever thought possible. Despite their hate-hate relationship the two end up alone often enough for her to realize there is something major off about him- he can freeze time and is an alien being made of light.

Recommended to read alongside Oblivion (Lux 1.5) which follows the same story line from Daemon’s point of view.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I found it witty, funny and altogether captivating. It is very well written and the characters are very real and engaging. While on first glance the protagonist, Katy, seems like a stereotypical nerdy girl with her love of books, she is anything but typical!! She is what I call a character well written and perfectly developed.

Onyx (Lux #2)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

After an Arum attack on Halloween night, Katy is now connected to Daemon Black. Whilst her attraction to him is strong, she is insistent he is not who she wants, not after how he treated her at the start. He, however, is determined to prove they should be together, and not just because of the connection linking them together and giving her his powers.

Wanting a bit of normality, Katy goes out with the new boy in school who has his own secrets. He attempts to help Katy control her new-found powers and keep the Department of Defence from finding out about her. But when she sees someone who is supposedly dead, everything changes and not for the better.

Recommended to read alongside Oblivion 2 (Lux 2.5) which follows the same storyline from Daemon’s point of view.

This book picks up right where the first left off and is so much more! This instalment really shows us what Katy is made of as well as portraying a completely different side to Daemon. Their character development makes one fall in love with them individually and together. The events of the storyline are intriguing and unexpected.

Opal (Lux #3)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Holy moly macaroni. This book made me suffer.

Opal picks up right where Onyx left off, Adam is dead, Dawson is back and rather unhinged, determined to do anything and everything to get Beth back. While Daemon tries to keep his brother safe it’s Katy who is able to get through to him and she promises they will help get Beth out. But that is easier said than done, especially when Blake also reappears and threatens them into working together. Opal is where all the actions happens, it explores the relationship of Katy and Daemon as well as Katy’s personal character development. The emotions are raging and the ending is heart-wrenching.

Recommended to read alongside Oblivion 3 (Lux 3.5) which follows the same storyline from Daemon’s point of view.

Origin (Lux #4)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The unimaginable has happened. Whilst getting Beth out, Katy was captured and Daemon will do anything to get her back. Choosing between his family and her is not really a choice anymore and he dives head-first into enemy lines. Literally.

Katy, meanwhile, is all alone, scared and a little confused. Captured and tortured by Daedalus she can’t help but wonder if some of the things they say are not totally crazy. Holding on to who she is, her only comfort is that Daemon got away.

Action-packed from start to end with all sorts of things hitting the ceiling fan, it will keep you on the edge of your seat and holding your breath.  A dual point of view book perfection.

Opposition (Lux #5)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Last instalment of the series, this book will have you holding your breath and your heart pounding for a while before you are able to relax and even then it’s like sitting on a pincushion.  The Luxen are on Earth, and not the friendly type. Determined to take over the world and destroy mankind and hybrids, they are nothing like the friendly aliens we have come to love.

Katy is once again alone and afraid, having watched Daemon walk away from her and join the newcoming Luxen, she is left behind in a state of shock and denial.

Daemon has to prove his loyalty, and love and Katy are two things he cannot even think.

As the lines between good and bad get blurred, the oddest of partnerships are forged in order to save life as we know it. 

This last part of the series feels totally different from the first four. If you thought the events of the previous books were intense, this blows them out of the park. It is a good completion to the series, however, and really portrays the power of the relationships forged over the first number of instalments. The characters were all undergone a huge development and this is really showcased in this book.

 OVERALL, this is an amazing book series. Like with all things, I enjoyed some more than others but that being said, the story line was fluid throughout and made sense, no book was odd out or unnecessary. The characters are some that I have fallen in love with and will not forget and the idea as a whole I found original and innovative. Lastly (but as importantly), I found one of my other fave series through Katy’s book recommendations and I am living for that! Check it out here with my Sweet series book review.

xx

-iM

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