Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Posted August 2, 2013 by Samantha Davies in Reviews / 0 Comments

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout ReviewOnyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Entangled Teen on August 14th 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 366
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

Book Summary

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks...

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

Something worse than Arum has come to town...

The Department of Defence is 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 new boy in school who's got a secret of his own. He knows what happened to me and he can help, but to do, 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...

My Thoughts

WARNING: This Review may contain a few spoilers!

I love this book but until I read Onyx the second time around I had forgotten how it frustrated the hell out of me when I was reading. I do mean frustrated in a good way in that all the Daemon steaminess was too much and I was yelling at Katy to hurry up and jump his bones already! Daemon makes me wish I lived next door to a tall, dark and hot alien who called me kitten! Just don’t tell my boyfriend that…he might get a little jealous! Hee hee!

The Story:

In the second Lux Novel Katy is still adjusting to the fact her and Daemon have some freaky alien connection after the no holds, knockout brawl with an Arum at the end of Obsidian. After bring Katy back from the brink of death Daemon realizes he wants to be honest with her about his feelings and give them a try even though it is a danger to him and his sister to date a human. Katy on the other hand thinks he has lost it. Seriously. Still hurting from the way Daemon pushed her away in most of Obsidian Katy thinks the only reason Daemon wants her is because of  their connection and has decided to push him away as much as possible. Little does she know their lives have become inextricably linked.

“The connection between a human and a Luxen after a massive healing is unbreakable at a cellular level.It marries the two together. One cannot survive if the other perishes.”

Katy starts to discover she has powers like the Luxen now and ones she can’t control at that. If she doesn’t learn how to control them she risks exposing them all to the Department of Defence which could mean them all “disappearing”. Katy is desperate to find out what has happened to her and how to fix it. Conveniently the hot new surfer boy at school seems to have all the answers. At first Blake just seems interesting in dating who jumps at the chance to date a “normal” boy.  After a while though he reveals to Katy that she has been mutated by Daemon’s powers and there are others like her including him.

“You can seriously end up hurting yourself or others. I’ve heard things, Katy. Some mutated humans…Well, let’s just say it doesn’t end pretty.”

Katy takes up Blake’s offer to train her so she can learn to protect herself and the ones she loves. Unfortunately Daemon doesn’t trust Blake and all the time she is spending with  Blake is trying a wedge between them. Katy can’t tell anyone else what she is either for fear of putting them in danger and she starts down a long road of lies that leads to a tragic ending. Turns out Katy shouldn’t be so trusting and winds up losing someone close to her because of her mistakes.

“Do you really think the DOD doesn’t know what both the Arum and Luxen are capable of, that after studying your kind for decades and decades that they don’t know what they’re dealing with? And if you really believe not, then you’re stupid or naive.”

The DOD know more than they are letting on too including what happened to Daemon and Dee’s brother Dawson. They also have a more sinister agenda that spells bad news for the Luxen and anyone involved with them.

Main Characters:

In Onyx Daemon has had quite a turn around and has set about wooing Katy and trying to prove to her that his feelings for her are real. I love this book because you get to see that Damon really isn’t a jerk and cares a lot he just isn’t always good at expressing his feelings. He starts of by bringing Katy gifts and luring into the deserted sections of libraries for make out sessions. You see how much losing Dawson has affected him and how scared he is to lose Katy. I definitely think Daemon made up for Douche Canoeness in Obsidian.

Katy is a little bit harder for me to agree with in Onyx. I like that she is a strong person and doesn’t just fall for Daemon because he says he wants her but she takes her stubbornness to a whole new level and start to get mad at her for blatantly ignoring how much Daemon is trying to prove his love. I came to close to throwing the book across the room after Katy kept running out to meet Blake after a tender moment with Daemon. It also annoyed me how much trusted Blake right off the bat even though she didn’t know anything about him and didn’t think more about why he was getting so crazy in their training sessions. Phew…okay now that I got that little rant off my chest I want to say that I really respected Katy for not wanting someone else to have to protect her all the time and wanting to learn how to fight and not be a weakness to her friends. Even though she is just a teenage girl who likes to blog about books she wants to go out and fight and kick some Arum ass which I think would take a lot of courage for a normal person to want to do.

Quotes

“I could always give you a teaser. You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?”

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.
Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”
His lips tipped up one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”
Come and get…? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.
Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…”

“Kitten,” he growled roughly.
I kissed him softly, sliding my hands into his silky locks, letting the pieces slide through my fingers. I tasted in him my own rising desire, my own need and heartache. Thrilling. Frightening. I pulled back.
“Kitten,” he said again, voice strained. “You don’t get to do that and then stop. That’s not how it works.”
I stared at him, my breath stalling in my lungs.
“Not when you’re mine.” Daemon backed us up and slid down the wall, pulling me on his lap so I was straddling him. “And you’re mine.”

“What was that?” he whispered, eyes narrowed. There was no mistaking the amusement in the tilt to his lips, though. “Very bad kitty…”

“Say it.”
“Say what?”
“Tell me what you told me earlier.”
“I love you.”
“That’s all I ever need to hear.”
“Those three words?”
“Always those three words.”

My Rating

I give Onyx five Stars! And Daemon Black 10 gold stars! 😉

Daemon Black cookie

five-stars

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY 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, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russel 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.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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