{Book Review} Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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{Book Review} Onyx by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOnyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
(Website, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: Lux #2
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on August 14th 2012
Genres: Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 366
Format: Paperback
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…

“’Resistance is futile, Kitten.’

‘So is your charm.’”

After finishing Obsidian, I zoomed right through Onyx. Though he had an peculiar way of showing it, Daemon was adamant that he had real feelings for Katy. I saw a different side to Daemon in this book. He still acted like a jerk—I don’t think he knows how not to act that way every other conversation—but he also showed some vulnerability, and his attempts to prove his affections were relentless. After healing Katy, they had a bond, but she didn’t believe that his feelings for her stretched beyond that bond, no matter how much he tried to convince her that he had always wanted her. The bond was something new and exciting and added depth to Daemon and Katy’s relationship. I kept wondering how far the infatuation stretched past the alien interference and had my doubts alongside Katy, while I also understood how difficult it was for her to resist Daemon. Though, let’s be honest, I’m not sure how she did it at all.

“Touching him, kissing him, was like having a fever all over again. I was on fire. My body burned. The world burned. Sparks flew.”

Since she wanted to prove something to herself, when a new boy arrived in town—a boy that showed an interest—she focused her attention on the surfer from California, Blake Saunders. Katy wanted something that Daemon could never give her: normal. She saw an opportunity for that in Blake and jumped at the chance. Blake’s idiosyncratic tendencies kept me on my toes and guessing through most of the book, and I didn’t know what to expect from him one page to the next.

I missed Dee in this book. There weren’t as many scenes with Dee, Katy’s bubbly best friend and Daemon’s sister, but the few scenes were a slice of normality in an unexpected place. I learned more about the way Luxen relationships worked through Dee and Adam, the Luxen everyone expected her to end up with. Daemon risked isolation from the Luxen community by wanting to be with Katy, but Dee and Adam had a relationship that the Elders approved of. The pocket of the small West Virginian town that they lived in meant that they didn’t have to worry about other Luxens too often, so learning more about their way of life and what each choice meant helped me understand the alien species better.

An unknown enemy came to the forefront of the story in this book. The Arum were key players in the last book but they were more of a irritant settling in the distance than an actual threat. Instead, the Department of Defense wanted something from the Luxen—wanted something from Katy—that upped the ante and changed how they look at what they thought they knew. People that should have been dead or had been missing for years started to show up and confuse things even more, and Katy had to decide between telling the truth and hiding what she knew from those that she loved. Trust played a paramount role, who to trust and how much they needed to know. The more secrets that kept piling up, the more invested I became in the story, needing to know what happened next and flipping through the pages at an unhealthy rate to see the end result.

“Mom hated that there were books everywhere. They weren’t really everywhere. Just wherever I was, like the couch, recliner, kitchen counters, laundry room, and even the bathroom.”

On the flipside, Katy’s love for books was still ubiquitous and softened the blow of some of the lunacy of falling for an alien and trying to save herself from a nefarious government agency. We may not all be able to have a Daemon Black—we can dream, can’t we?—but at least we understand how exciting it is to get media mail or that book you preordered months ago.

I’m sitting here looking at my copies of the books in the series and worried that I’m going to neglect important aspects of my life and have to force time management to get it together. Jaw-dropping, page-turning, and swoon-worthy, I’m glad I’ve discovered the wonder of this series. The last few chapters ripped my heart in two and made me read twice. Have I fallen for Daemon Black? Uh, yeah! But I also fell in love with the other characters and had some strong emotions—not necessarily the good kind—for others. After starting this series, I have no doubt that you will, too.

Moriah (1)

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.
She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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