Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Audio Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentorut

(Lux #4)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrator: Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
Release: August 27, 2013
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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?

Origin is the fourth in the popular Lux series by one of my favorite young adult authors, Jennifer L. Armentrout. This was my first go around with audio for an Armentrout book and while it wasn't my favorite in the series, I still enjoyed it, especially Daemon's narration.

Origin moved a little slowly, for me at least, in the beginning. That's really the only reason this one gets four stars instead of five. That, and the fact that the narrator for Katy just didn't sound right. When we left Katy she had been shockingly trapped in the Daedelus facility after the gang's daring rescue of Beth. That was quite the heartbreaking cliffhanger at the end of Opal. In Origin we get to see Katy in the facility and its everything you expect.

This is an important book in the Lux series as there are tons of shocking revelations sprinkled throughout and some questions answered about Daedalus. Everything that happens is extremely vital to the series moving forward; I just wished things would have happened a little sooner. With Katy separated from the rest of the group for a while things just didn't feel the same.

But the second half of the book really shines. Man, does it shine. Several scorching scenes between Daemon and Katy, nonstop action, and all the great secondary characters! We get to see a lot more of Luke in Origin than in any previous book in the series and I love his character. He's very entertaining and unpredictable, and brings even more excitement to the scenes he's in. We are also introduced to a new character, Archer, who I'm interested in seeing in future books. And speaking of characters, get ready to be sad because we're going to lose some peeps, folks. This book is a game changer for Daemon, Katy, and the group in several ways and some of our friends won't be making it to book five. Armentrout isn't afraid to surprise readers in more ways than one.

And OF COURSE there is a ridiculous cliff hanger to leave you drooling for the next, and final, book in the Lux series.

Notes on the audio: Like I said above, the narrator for Katy didn't really impress me. She sounded like she was in pain and forcing out her words, which made sense when Katy was at the Daedelus facility, but I didn't understand why she sounded like that all the time. She just didn't have the spunk and spirit that made Daemon love her. But Rob Shapiro's Daemon is great. Good, strong voice and cocky comments delivered with spot on inflection and timing. I'd listen to another audio in this series, but its not my favorite audio.

Recommended for fans of: sci-fi that's not really sci-fi, Area 51, YA love stories, Armentrout's other series, little green alien dolls.

  4 / 5 stars

My reviews of other books in this series:
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Onyx (Lux #2)
Opal (Lux #3)


  1. Oh I also just finished the audio!!! And ,, to be honest I just listened to the audio because of Justine Eyre , the narrator. I love her so much, but I agree that she might not have been the perfect fit for Katy in this story.

    She did an outstanding job for the Fallen Series by Lauren Kate, where I fell in love with her!

  2. But of course there's a cliffhangers Authors like to torture us that way. LOL =)


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