Wednesday, August 28, 2013

*REVIEW* Jennifer L. Armentrout's ORIGIN + GIVEAWAY!

*Spoiler-Free* REVIEW: Origin
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published On: August 27th, 2013

*DISCLOSURE: ARC was provided in exchange for a fair and honest review

Thank you to Entangled, Liz Pelletier, and Heather Riccio for being endlessly fabulous.
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: August 27th, 2013

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?

My Thoughts:


Before the book even begins, I have to admit, that I teared up a little bit with a beautiful, yet simple dedication that Jennifer makes to her mother. Am I the only one who reads those? I love the dedication sections…

AAND then the book starts, and my emotions just keep on tumbling through me. Origin jumps right into the action. You remember that, excuse the phrase, sh*t just got real moment at the end of Opal? Well, you’re not left wondering for long and I would compare the start of Origin to starting out on a the very top of a loop. You find yourself at the edge of your seat and tumble through chapter after chapter at an incredible speed. Completely unputdownable!

This book is a stellar example of how truly gifted Jennifer L. Armentrout is at character development. First off is the new introduction of dual POVs to the series. While we’ve always experienced the story through Katy, we now get the pleasure of being inside Daemon’s head. Katy and Daemon’s alternating POV is amazing. Katy never ceases to amaze me with not only her strength and intelligence but also for her caring and kindness. Being in Daemon's head is, expectedly, incredible and allows us to see so much more of him than we have ever seen. He is such a strong character in so many more ways than just physically.

We are also reintroduced to some characters that you may love, those you may hate, and those that you’re just not sure about. New characters are introduced as well. And some of the places that JLA takes you with all these characters may surprise you. But in good ways.

The action and twists of Origin are insane and exhilarating. The trademark JLA moments of unexpected humor both balance you and throw you off-kilter because ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Decisions are made and everything changes in this book.

The Final Verdict:

As usual, Jennifer L. Armentrout doesn't pull any punches and at the end of Origin you will feel exhilarated at the roller coaster ride that you've just experienced: full of weightless soaring glee and heart/stomach-plummeting lows. Each book in this series continues to exhibit incredible character growth that in some series runs it course by book two. Origin is so different from the other books in the Lux series in the absolute BEST way and it is definitively my favorite installment yet. I can't wait to see what happens next, because in this saga, it feels like the possibilities are endless. And that's pretty exciting.


My Favorite quotes?

"She is worth everything"

"I'll burn the world down to save her."

"My hand shook as I pressed it against my mouth. Everything I'd said to him came back in a rush. And in that tiny second when I'd caved to the fury -- nothing in a span of millions -- I had changed, become something I wasn't sure I could ever come back from."

"She pulled back, her eyes searching mine, and then she reclaimed the distance, and, damn, the kiss was half innocent, half desperate, and wholly perfect. My grip on her back tightened as she tilted her head, and even though the kiss started out as something sweet, I totally took it there. I deepened the kiss, throwing every fear into it, every minute that had passed that we'd been separated, and everything I felt for her."

About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Where to purchase & learn more:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Author's Website

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all the best, dear readers!


  1. I love the dedications and always read those w/the acknowledgements. Believe me, I was SO emotional for the first few chapters of the book, and I DON'T get emotional! That just proves how powerful Jen's story-telling abilities are. I loved how this was filled w/so much action and excitement. Great review!

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