Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen
Age: Young Adult
Series: Lux #2
Interest: Sequel/ Daemon and Katy/ Jennifer L. Armentrout/ Kissing/ Chemistry
Source: ARC received at an Obsidian signing

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…

I loved, loved, loved Obsidian when it came out. I read the entire book in one night and promptly demanded that everyone I know read it immediately. One worry I had in starting Onyx was that Daemon and Katy's fireworks in the sky explosive chemistry would not be able to be recreated. Why did I even waste my time on the thought? Armentrout completely brings it in this sequel full of conspiracy, excitement and total alien hotness.

KATY. Sweet alien babies everywhere, I love you girl. Even though your complete and utter denial of the fact that you BELONG with Daemon annoys the crud out of me, I'd still totally be your best friend. In Onyx, the consequences of Obsidian's ending come to light, some good, some bad and some downright extraterrestrial. While the book does put more of a spotlight on Daemon and Katy's relationship, or lack thereof, it doesn't overwhelm everything in the book. Dee has her own issues going on, and there's a new guy in town ready to make all the s**t hit the fan. And, for those of you who read Shadows, the Obsidian novella, (I didn't, but I have a feeling I know how it ends...) all of that comes up and it is freaking glorious. If you have read Shadows, that's good, you may have a slight advantage over other fans. For those who have not read it yet, it is not a requirement to reading Onyx. You'll only be slightly more surprised by one revelation that others.

Surprisingly, Daemon actually starts showing there is some mushy-gushy muscle in his chest and not just a pocket of air. He is overly protective, but not without reason. Daemon seriously goes out of his way to prove that he has Katy's best interest at heart. If he had pursued me as emphatically as he did Katy, I would have given up after one day. The boy is one smooth operator. The ending, I just, I CAN'T. It is amazing, like super duper forget to feed your kids and walk the dog cannot put it down amazing.

Katy and Dee both grow so much through Onyx. I'm so proud of my girls! Katy learns that keeping secrets is sometimes the only way to protect everyone and everything in your life. She lets go a little bit more and strives to realize the universe does not revolve around her. Her self confidence and trust are also built up by Daemon and her own trials. Katy's starting to become a strong, stand on her own heroine. However, she's also getting the hang of trusting Daemon. Dee, my sweet little Dee. She wasn't in the book as much as I would have liked, but she still packed a punch. She's so selfless and good! She deserves to be happy. Girl also tells Katy what is what when she needs it, which I adore.

Onyx also manages to delve deeper into Luxen powers and customs. Who knew those aliens had such tough lives? The bonding aspect is so fascinating to me! I can't wait to read more about it. There are also downsides of course, like highly encouraged (read: forced) mating of Luxen women.

There is SO MUCH I want to talk about in this review. Unfortunately there are at least five things I would LOVE to talk about but they would spoil the book so hard and I would never do that to my readers. Suffice it to say, that all fans of Obsidian NEED to read this book pronto. People who are not a fan of the Lux series yet, get your hands on it immediately.

I cannot wait for Opal, December 11th hurry up and get here NOW!!!!!!

Teaser Lines: “If there is anything, there is us. You and me. No one else.”

(Oh I am I devil, aren't I? Hehe.)

Happy Reading,

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