Review: The Damned Society: Smoke & Mirrors by L.J. Elliott


Lexia Luccen is a seventeen-year-old girl with a fiery power that is slowly destroying the last fragments of her sanity. Having lost her abusive father, Lexia is left scarred from the way he treated her and by the grief of his death. When she accidentally uses her ability to create a devastating explosion that takes many lives, she is moved from her life of solitude into the hectic youth facility that is Lucida.

Lucida is no ordinary youth facility. It is a secretly run technological agency for supernatural wayward youth, set up to teach them how to control their abilities after they have caused disturbances in society. These youths think that once they have been reformed, they will be freed. However, the truth is a very different story.

Lies, love, and more death await Lexia at Lucida, and she soon realizes that this facility is not quite what it seems. Now she knows she must make a choice: does she finally give up to the darkness that slowly consumes her—like her father did—or does she follow the firestorm that runs through her veins and for once in her life, battle for something?

Time is running out. Lexia needs to make her decision fast, before Lucida makes it for her.

Favorite Lines:

I was speeding through this book and didn’t keep track!!!

My Opinion:

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors follows Lexia as she finds herself at a secret facility that is supposed to help her control her powers after she accidentally blows up her college. This was a really creative story and the world that Elliott created in her writing was utterly unique.

I don’t know what it was but there was something about the writing that had it coming off as…choppy? I think it could have flowed better. There’s a lot of use of commas in one sentence and a lot of the sentences started with the same word repetitively.

I wish there had been a bit more romance. I felt like I kept getting a little taste but never more than that. I was constantly flipping the page waiting for it to happen and it never quite got there.


Overall, this was an enjoyable book. What made it so good was the creative universe Elliott created. If you like action, supernaturals, danger, and romance then this book is for you. Happy reading!

The Damned Society: Smoke and Mirrors

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