Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Origin #2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: October 8th, 2019
The Burning Shadow is the second novel in the Origin series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. If you’ve never heard of that series, it’s a spin-off of her famous Lux series. And yes, it does include a ton of fan favorites.
Evelyn’s whole life has changed since she met Luc. And not in the overly dramatic and romantic sense either. It turns out her whole life was a lie – including her memories and everything she believed to be true about herself. Now she’s trying to get a grip on what is real for her. All while falling for Luc – and trying to decipher if it is her, or the memory of her past self, that Luc is in love with.
Evelyn is a conflicted character. And who can blame her? She’s got a past she can’t remember, and nobody seems willing to be completely upfront about what that past version of her went through. So now she’s stuck uncertain about what is real and what is truth.
“All I wanted to do is eat a damn grilled cheese sandwich, eat some freaking soup, and be normal for five seconds…”
As far as sequels go, I have to admit that I didn’t love Burning Shadow. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adored The Darkest Star. But, I don’t know. I feel like this novel lost something? Almost like it lost it’s sparkle or charm somewhere between book one and book two.
Perhaps whatever that missing piece is will be found before the next novel picks up. Or maybe not. Maybe it’s me or the mood I was in while reading this book? I’m always so hesitant when I find myself not loving a novel in a series I once liked.
This novel did shift towards a more heavily character driven plot. Even while there were other things happening alongside our characters – it always felt like Evelyn and the interactions she had taken priority. That can be good or bad, depending on what sort of novel you’re looking for.
That being said, it was still nice to see Evie and see her trying to work things out for herself. She’s an interesting and strong character. One who has been through so much – even if she doesn’t remember half of what she’s survived.
The tension in this novel was well balanced as well. You can really feel the conflict Evie was dealing with. Her uncertainty about Luc and his reasons for caring about her felt all too real. So that was truly a highlight in this book.
To be completely honest, I’m not entirely sure if I’m going to end up picking up the next book in the series. I’ll probably wait it out and see how the reviews go before I make a final decision on the matter. Anybody else in the same boat as me?