Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The Burning Shadow - Book Breakdown

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.

Book Breakdown 

Evie is trying to come to terms with the big bombshell dropped on her near the end of The Darkest Star. She's taking it all really well considering everything she ever thought was thrown to the wind. Luc is still clinging to the hope that Evie will be with him and trying to show her that he loves her no matter what. Throw in some wicked government type of experiments and you've got a recipe for an interesting romance book.

I do think this book is better than The Darkest Star because that book just felt so... overplayed? I don't know but I didn't like it very much. This one is better besides all the politics. I get it... because of the 2016 election it's become.... 'trendy' to just go on and on about politics but some of us... well me - I read to escape the world around me. Couldn't do that with this book!

I like Luc and Evie as characters except for when they tried to hurt Daemon and then I wanted to shove them into a burning building and listen to their cries for help as they burned to death while I sat back eating popcorn. So yeah... then I didn't like them. Too much? Nah.

I'm not going to lie though... Luc feels a lot like Daemon and Evie a lot like Kat. Is that just me? I mean it's not REALLY a bad thing but it does just feel that way to me. I mean swap books for photography and you've got Evie and then Luc if you just took away the fact that he seems to only give two craps about Evie, not anyone else... Daemon at least had his family.

The writing is still JLA awesomeness and there are cute cheesy moments that had me smiling like an idiot. I also really loved the steamy scenes and thought they were very well done!

Overall, a step up from The Darkest Star but still not quite up to par with JLA's usual perfection - in my humble opinion at least. That being said, I love this world and getting to see more of Daemon, Kat, Dawson, and Dee just makes me so happy inside my cold black heart.