Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Age and Genre: YA, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
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?
(Please don't read this review if you haven't read the first three as there will be spoilers from previous books!)
I've been putting this review off for ages now. Why? Honestly I have no idea what to say. I loved it, but then I didn't. I enjoyed it, but then there were some things that really annoyed me. And now a while after I read it, I still can't really decide if it's my least favourite JLA book. I think it is. :( Even though in the end I rated it 4 stars, I was kinda disappointed with Origin and thought the first three books was better.
The first half was, quite boring actually. After the end of Opal, I was expecting some kind of big thing happening but in the majority of the first half, all we got was LOTS of info dumping about the other side and even though there were some Katy and Daemon moments, I felt like something was missing. The second half though makes up for the lack of the first. Everything starts to pick up and I literally couldn't put the book down. There was a lot of revelations, twists, betrayals (that I did see coming from the second book, mind you!!!) but hey, I'm smart like that. :P We now get why the title is called ORIGIN too, so yeah!
I missed Katy and Daemon so much! I loved Daemon even more in this book than the other. He brings out the swoons and the sexiness in this one, guys! Be ready! Katy, on the other hand, while I still love her as a heroine, I felt like even though most, if not all of the characters has developed from the last one, I didn't really see much from her. Yes, she's a lot more bad-ass now from what she's been through, but she kinda fell flat for me in Origin. I still adore the banter between this couple though. BUT.... WHAT REALLY ANNOYED ME was something that happened in Chapter 25. CHAPTER FREAKING 25. You guys know what I'm talking about, right?? I know most people loved it and blah blah blah, but I thought it was so stupid, immature and really out of character for both of them. I know she's the writer and all, but honestly I couldn't imagine them like that. YES, I know why they did it and why they thought they had to do it right now (and I know it wasn't real at all, not even legal). But they're so young and stupid and argh. In my opinion, it was just not needed. But. It has been done so all I'm hoping for in the next book, is that they do it PROPERLY. (If you've read Origin, you know what I'm talking about).
Sorry about that. Just had to get that off as that was my biggest annoyance in this. Anyway, moving on. ARCHER. ARCHER ARCHER ARCHER. Oh my God, can I marry you?? He's slowly becoming my favourite character and I hope we see more of him in the next. I LOVE ARCHER. Dee was as adorable as ever, and Dawson and Beth was so sweet together! I love all the other characters to bits. YES. I knew about that betrayal! And there was something that was revealed in this book that I was like WHATTT. I really didn't figure it out until near the end. And of course, we had deaths. To be honest, I thought there was too many deaths and again, it wasn't necessary at all. Oh well.
Even though some things had really pissed me off in ORIGIN, overall I still highly enjoyed it and this book IS DAEMON'S BOOK. He deserves to be on the cover on his own as he stole the whole show. His smart one liners and romantic gestures would really really make you fall in love with him all over again. I know I did.
This wasn't my favourite JLA book, but I'm still going to pre-order and buy OPPOSITION the second it comes out. Lux is still one of my favourite YA series ever, and even the things here won't change that. Bring on the aliens and Opposition!