Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

August 20, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

  • Date published: 14th August 2012
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Format: Paperback, 366 pages
  • Series: Lux, Book 2
  • ISBN 13: 9781620610114 ISBN 10: 1620610116
  • Categories: Fantasy
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  • Source: bought

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…

Whoa! Onyx is even more explosive and steamy than Obsidian, and the stakes are even higher as the DoD has come into town, keeping a close eye on the Luxen, and Katy. The book is full of action and intrigue, a little betrayal and a whole lot of Daemon!

I really have to give Katy props for not losing her head every time she was anywhere near Daemon in this book – he’s wonderful when he’s not trying, so you can imagine how devastating he is while trying to convince Katy that he feels something real for her. Katy stands up for herself and remembers that it was only a few months ago that Daemon was being very mean and rude to her, and doesn’t give in easily. Katy and Daemon have both grown a lot in this book and I loved getting to know them better and watching them unlock one another’s secrets.

I could always give you a teaser. You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?
Dog eared pages were the antichrist of book lovers everywhere.

Since Katy is a book blogger, there are a lot of little throw away lines that made me extremely happy while I was reading Onyx. She records an IMM post with Daemon (that scene is wonderful!), mentions Tod from Soul Screamers, and I think, reads Touch and Shattered Souls at different points (the last two are guesses based on how the plot and cover are described).

The secondary characters in the book also shine through. As usual Dee is vibrant and dependable, and I enjoy her friendship with Katy. She also got an expanded storyline in Onyx, which I enjoyed. Katy’s other school friends also develop a little more, although I would have enjoyed having them interact more with Katy instead of the usual ‘isn’t Daemon hawt?’ routine. Katy is struggling to deal with the aftermath of Daemon’s healing in Obsidian, and there’s a new character in the book, Blake, who helps her out with that. Daemon is none too happy that there is another guy in Katy’s life, and the ensuing jealousy and snark whenever they are together is simply hilarious.

Katy’s strange new powers and the appearance of the DoD bring a lot of action and mystery into her life, and she is quickly thrown in the thick of it. The suspense drives the plot along at break-neck pace and kept me guessing at every turn – every new clue only deepened the mystery further. Katy is prone to place inexplicable trust in people she got bad vibes from, however, and this irritated me. I think it created a lot of unnecessary tension, especially when she should have just listened to her gut and avoided said people. But otherwise I think the storyline is incredible, and the cliff-hanger at the end almost killed me.

A wonderful follow-up to the awesome that is Obsidian, Onyx doesn’t suffer from the problems that many sequels do. Onyx is a must read for fans of Obsidian, and I recommend the Lux series to those who enjoy YA Fantasy and Science Fiction.

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