Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Book cover of Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #2)
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eBook
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: 14 August, 2012

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

Surprised by this review? I am, too. After posting this book as my Desperately Wanting pick yesterday, I got to wondering how in the world it had taken me so long to just buy the darn thing. So I did. And then I picked it up just to read the first chapter...and didn't put it down until I finished. That's two knockout books in a row, Armentrout! I like where this relationship is going. On to the review:

There is so much more alien goodness in this book than in the first one. I don't think there was a lack of it in the first book, but until you've read this one, you just don't know what you've been missing. There is a wealth of goodness, including more on their powers, their back-stories, a few weaknesses, and even how the government deals with them. We see more of their interaction, and get to witness the effect they have on humans. It's all really cool.

So what did I love the most in the book? Freaking Daemon Black. He's the jerk I just love to (sometimes) hate. And in this story, we get to see a softer side to him; one that I am sure he's never let out before. The way he treats Katy when he finally lets it out is just so sweet. But his playfully dirty humor is never far behind, and that's what makes him Daemon. You just have to accept and (gladly) embrace him it.

What I didn't like about the first book, was that Katy seemed to have a problem saying "no," especially to Daemon. That's an issue I had with this book as well, although now it's another character who she has an extreme inability to say "no" to. It was especially annoying because this led to unnecessary tension between her and other characters...and ultimately caused some bad circumstances. This is really my one and only complaint about the story, although it was something that happened frequently, making it especially noteworthy.

*Spoiler Alert* >>Yes these things had to happen to move the story forward, but it's very annoying to have a character tell you--the reader--multiple times, that she keeps getting a bad juju feeling from a certain character, yet she still forgives him, and she still gets in the car with him every. single. time. I mean, seriously, if you didn't know who to trust, and you were getting lots of bad signals from someone, you play on the side of caution. You never give them the upper hand! And this wasn't the only character who gave her all the bad signals, and still duped her in the end because she didn't follow through on her hunches. Come on, Katy! You're smarter than that! Fool me once...fool me twice, and all that jazz....<< *End Spoiler Alert* End rant.

And yet, I don't know what it is about her--maybe her random witty remarks, or her ability to hold her own around a bunch of aliens, or maybe it's just that she's a book blogger--but despite her inability to say "no" at crucial times, I still like the girl. I'm still invested in her character...as well as a certain other, more manly, character. ;)

I was worried that I wouldn't like the story after loving the first one so much, but I really did. This is a new and intriguing story with a definite conclusion to one conflict, while leaving room for another book to finish the entire story arc. It is NOT just a bridge between stories. And while I was able guess most of the plot points within the first 1/3 of the book, I still couldn't put the book down.

So what made it all work for me? The delivery. Excellent and enticing. It was as realistic as if it had all really happened. And who knows? Maybe it has. Dun dun dun!

The Reading Fever's Fever Meter 99.4
Temp. Guide
Read this if:
...if you want to read the unofficial book version of Katy Perry's E.T. (no, seriously), and you you're looking for a different kind of paranormal romance.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Lots of sexual tension, a few make out sessions that lead to steamy situations (no sex, though), few quick conversations about sex (no details), swearing, including use of religious names as swear words, violence, including death and murder.}

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My review(s) of other books in the Series:
Book 1: Obsidian

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  1. I really loved this one! I wasn't the hugest fan of Obsidian the first time around, but I re-read it prior to reading Onyx and I did like it more upon re-read. And I LOVED Onyx... JLA's writing is so addictive, and I think this was her best one yet. I love the chemistry between Daemon & Katy, and I loved how Daemon wasn't a complete jerk in this one like he was in the first at times.

  2. Wow! You wanted to read it- then got it and read it really fast! That says a lot. So glad to hear that you really liked this one a lot. I skipped the spoilers- but I did like reading what you didn't like so much about the book. Thanks for sharing.


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