Series: Lux, Book 1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: November 23rd 2011, Entangled Publishing, LLC
Edition: ebook, 251 pages
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Age group: Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
This New Year I planned on catching up on all those most buzzed and bestselling books and series I’ve been reading such enthusiastic reviews about, but for some reason haven’t read yet. Starting with ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ next I decided to move onto the ‘Lux’ series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the first book in which was published in 2011 and was next followed by three more installments with the fourth expecting publication later this year. So you see I’ve missed a lot.
When I say that for some reason I haven’t had a chance to read some of the most popular books, with this particular series I was first of all put off by it’s summary. I mean, another YA fantasy/paranormal love story? OK, I’ve read Twilight a long time ago and whatever I read since that of this very genre was pretty much the same, with differences in characters’ names and the main hero’s real essence.
The ‘Lux’ series are about aliens, teenage aliens. Well, when I read about that, I though that was, first, creepy and unreadable, and secondly, it seemed like these YA authors’ have already run out of ideas, like which else fantastic creature there wasn’t a book written about yet?
But my curiosity took the best of me, and since the book is not that long, I thought, ‘Why not?’ But when I went through the first 50 something pages I came to the point of almost abandoning the story. Why? OK, everyone is probably familiar with the clichés that are always present in horror movies, like everyone would always go and check what is that noise in the dark basement and so on. Well, YA romance novels about paranormal creatures can’t do without clichés, either.
The main heroine moving to a small secluded town with a somewhat unusual population? Check. The main hero is a vampire/werewolf/angel/zombie/alien/etc., who is also hot, brooding and controlling? Check. The romance between the main characters is forbidden or dangerous but can’t be stopped? Check. The girl’s parents are conveniently either always absent or just clueless about their daughters relationships with her new boyfriend? Check. The hero’s always antagonized by some evil forces who use the heroine as a way to get to him? Check.
Well, the list of clichés can be very long and that’s what made my eyes roll when I started reading the book, I had a feeling that I’ve already read this story only the characters’ names were different. Katy Schwartz moves with her mom to West Virginia after her father’s death to start anew. She becomes friends with Dee, a girl next door, but her brother Daemon hates her for seemingly no reason. After a series of strange occurrences, like Dee’s and Daemon’s body parts become see-through for a moment or strange light flashes, followed by Katy saved by Daemon from being hit by a moving truck with the time stopping, she learns that both Dee and Daemon are aliens. They came to Earth from a far away planet called Lux (‘light’ in Latin) and are actually creatures made entirely of light, having to hide on Earth in their human forms.
Of course, they possess some cool powers, like time stopping or speed-of-light moving, they can transform in any life form or get totally invisible. And Katy is really impressed by this new knowledge, but of course, not as much as by Daemon, who is an arrogant jerk, but oh so hot. They act like they hate each other but with them having to spend time together the line is starting to blur.
A romantic relationship between a human and a Luxen is not entirely forbidden, but it’s pointless and dangerous. The life of Luxen on Earth is monitored by the Department of Defense (D.O.D.) and they do not approve of a human to know about the existence or powers of these creatures. But it’s not the only thing for Daemon and Katy to worry about. A long time ago Daemon’s planet was destroyed by the people of dark, Arum, who followed the surviving Luxen on Earth to kill them all. The only way for Arum to find Daemon and others of his kind is to get those humans with a trace of light, a significance of this human witnessing the Luxen powers, and Katy has already seen so much, she shines like a Christmas tree.
And that’s why Daemon hates her so much, because Katy is the danger to him and his sister. But of course there’s only one step from hate to love, and besides Katy doesn’t want to be a bystander, she would prove that she’s not a weakness.
So, no matter how many eye-rolling factors I found in the beginning, I decided to give it a pass and actually read the book till the very end, and soon I was hooked, like really addicted. I became so engrossed in the story, I couldn’t pause for a minute. After a really uninspiring start, the plot took a very intriguing and entertaining turn. I liked the way Jennifer L. Armentrout managed the story, some thrilling moments would mix with Daemon and Katy’s witty banter and flirting. The fight scene in the end was so gripping, I can’t imagine what could possibly stop me from reading. It was both the plot and the author’s writing that I liked the story so much, that I’m already reading the second installment just because I couldn’t wait to know what is next for Katy and Daemon? Oh, and this cliffhanger is definitely part of that interest.