Saturday, August 11, 2012

Dual Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Book #2 Lux Series)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
August 14, 2012
Entangled Teen
366 pages

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…

Laura's Review: 

I didn't think it was possible for Jennifer L. Armentrout to write a book that was more swoon-worthy than Obsidian. It is one of my favorite books I've read so far this year (see my review here). But, clearly, she was up to the challenge set forth by legions of Daemon fans, because, OMG, Onyx isn't just as good, it makes Obsidian look pale and bland in comparison! 

Onyx opens exactly where we left off in Obsidian: Katy is feeling the effects of the mega-healing Daemon did to her, and the bond that formed between them as a result. Daemon's hot-cold fluctuations are in full-force hot mode, and I dare anyone to not fall in love with this new sweeter man. Katy does her best to resist, sure that what Daemon is not real, and that he's blinded by the power of their connection. I loved watching Daemon do his best to convince her otherwise!

And while he's trying to do that, a new complication enters: Blake. New boy to town, who instantly bonds with Katy because she can relate all too well to being the new kid. She's torn between what she feels (but trying not to feel) for Daemon and the desire to have a relationship with someone "normal." 

All that love-triangle, teenage drama would have made Onyx a wonderful romance novel all by itself, but we haven't even gotten to the really good stuff! We knew the Arum wouldn't be gone for long, but there's a second threat to the Luxen and their human friends: the Department of Defense has arrived. And the ensuing conflict and action is intense. So intense, I read the last 200 pages straight through, staying up half the night to finish!

I don't think I could love this book any more. I just cannot wait to see what Ms. Armentrout has in store for book three! 

Onyx: 5/5 BIG Stars
Cover: 4/5 (I still think the cover model looks WAY too old and sophisticated for our little Kat...but Daemon...yum!) 
Audience rating: PG-13 (adult situations, language, violence)

Tanya's Review:                                                                                                                              
 I just adored this book and liked it even more than Obsidian. I read it in one day, was up until 1:40 am( I had to be to work at 8am) because I needed to know what would happen. I adore the banter between Daemon and Katy and now that there is a new guy in town, to see how Daemon deals with jealousy, just wow. I really think I am too old to swoon but Daemon for you, I swoon. The story picks up right where Obsidian left off and if you thought the Arum were problems wait til you see all the new people coming to town. The story was great, has it all. Action, mystery, several swoon worthy moments. Ah, Jennifer Armentrout I tip my hat to you, you are a must read and I really need the next book now!

Oynx:    5/5 stars                                                                                                                             
Cover:  5/5 (I love her covers, the colors, Daemon..swoon)                                                   


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