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Saturday, September 8, 2012
Onyx (Lux, #2)
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Source: Purchased
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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…

Well, hello. Much like Obsidian, Onyx was nothing like what I expected. It was cute and sexy. Unfortunately the rating isn't as high as what I gave Obsidian, but that doesn't mean that I didn't love it just as much. Onyx was full of suspension and love and was also hot and chilling both. I quite literally could not put it down! It absolutely captivated me, and my second journey through Katy's world was as thrilling as I remember the first one was.

It's impossible not to love Katy. She's absolutely a fun and realistic heroine. She has reactions to things, legitimate ones. While she doesn't just go along blindly to what everyone else says, she doesn't always push so hard that it's irritating. While she does make decisions that don't always turn out to be the right ones, we all do that. And though I thought that her reaction to something that happens at the end of the books is kind of weird and more than a little annoying, it wasn't that bad, relatively speaking. And because she's so awesome, I'm willing to cut her some slack.

Well, Daemon is a jerk. But I love him! He can be rude to Katy, but it's obvious that he really cares about her. And he's protective in the sweetest way, not in the creepy and overbearing way. He wants to keep Katy away form people who might hurt her, and he doesn't want her to have to get involved in alien matters too much. He doesn't smother her, though. Mostly, he lets her do what she wants to, unless he thinks that there is a really good reason why she shouldn't.

While that's a cliché, that is what he is, or at least at first. Who is Blake? To me it was clear from the beginning that he had some kind of agenda to follow, something to get done. I was kind of irritated that Katy couldn't see this, but I also don't blame her. I almost wish we'd gotten to know more about him. We always have choices, but sometimes those choices involve choosing the lesser or two evils.

If I had to describe Onyx in one word, I'd say suspenseful. Because it is! I always was wanting to know what happened next. Even though I felt I could guess a lot of this book before it actually happened, which was a shame, I still really wanted to read it.

And it was seriously intense. Everything amps up in this second installment of the Lux series. The risks increase, and the corners get just a little darker. There's a new level of something that wasn't here before and I loved it.

The DOD comes to town in this one. And as it turns out, they know more than anyone ever though they did. And they're ruthless. They want what they want, and they've found a way they think they can get it. It's whole new level of creepiness and problems and interventions and such. It's awesome.

Another thing I loved about this book was the emotional depth. There was one particular thing that happened that made me cry so much. It was totally unexpected and very sobering because it made everything that much more serious.

I was just seriously having the absolute best time reading this book, because really, what's not to love? There's everything I could want. Suspense. Drama. Romance. And speaking of romance…

The romance was full of as many steamy and sexy moments as there were sweet moments. It took me on a complete emotional ride and I loved the dynamic between Katy and Daemon. There's so much chemistry that the sparks literally fly right out of the page, and it was so much fun to read. I love that there was finally some real development between them and Jennifer didn't try to drag it out any longer than necessary. Im sure there will still be rocky roads, but at least the first part was done beautifully.

I love Jennifer's writing. The voices of her characters are so genuine that I can really hear a unique and individual voice when I read them. Katy's voice is fun and cute but she can be serious when she needs to. And being inside her head is awesome because we can see all the crazy conflict that's going on. And I love the way that everything is told to us—like we're really there, and not just readers, but t still sounds like something Katy would say. Brill.

The ending was awesome although it was a total cliffhanger. It left me wanting a lot more. Still, I feel that what I got in Onyx was a pretty good deal too! While unfortunately a lot of the ending felt obvious, there were still things that I could never have seen coming, twists I never expected. So despite the fact that I could pretty much see the ending right away, I still felt surprised enough that I didn't feel totally cheated.

Filled to the brim with sweet and sexy romance, an intense and thrilling plot, and desperately gorgeous characters, Onyx was an unputdownable book of seriously epic proportions. And, um, I want a Daemon for myself, thanks. I wholeheartedly recommend Onyx and Obsidian! If you haven't started this series yet, you should—you really are missing out. Hot aliens everywhere! I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely nbe picking up Opal and the rest of the series.


****FINAL RATING: 4.35 STARS****


  1. Katy is awesome! Although her back and forth and confused feeling for Daemon did get annoying I could understand them and was happy she wasn't rushing into anything at the same time. I wish we got to know Blake better too. I had a feeling something bad was coming from him but I really did like him and felt bad for the horrible position he was in. Katy even admitted there wasn't anything she wouldn't do for Daemon which was the same for Blake and his friend. I feel horrible for Dee though :-( That ending! I'm dying to know how it will go!

  2. haha I loved Onyx but like you I rated Obsidian a bit more. Mostly because of Blake and just Kitty's insecurities!
    great review!!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. I am just about halfway through Half-Blood and I am so hooked. I did not have a strong wish to read the Lux series before now. I mosly like the same books as you and since I am loving Half-Blood so much I am convince that I will like the Lux series aswell. Thank you for this review.

  4. Loved this one just as much! I love how the plot went, what the characters were like:) Epic series:)

  5. Half through this one and love it! You are right about the sparks flying off of the page and chemistry! Whoa! Thanks for your thoughts! I didn't get to the "who Blake really is" part yet but I also am a little frustrated with her not noticing something is up with him.

  6. You know what the funny thing is....most of readers don't like jerks in books, like me. I hate it when a boy is full of himself but let's face it Daemon is Daemon. There is no way to hate him! :) I agree with you, and I really like this series but Covenant is my fave! :)

  7. LOVE this review!! I mean LOVE it. It describes it all perfectly :) Katy and Daemon really do make the sparks fly and lets face it they are their own firework factory really!

  8. Daemon is a jerk...but he's an incredibly hot, sweet jerk. I've yet to read Onyx but I plan to VERY soon but I have to agree with you, the Lux romance is sexy as. Seriously, it turns me into a big puddle mess. Of course there's a cliffhanger. Now this makes me think that maybe I should put Onyx off but...I don't think I'll be able to wait.

    P.S - I think EVERYONE wants a Daemon for themselves. *swoon*

  9. 4.35 roses is awesome! So glad you like this one! I love JLA's writing! I haven't read the Covenant series (because it's sooo long), but I couldn't resist with Obsidian earlier this year, even though the Lux series has as many books as the Covenant series. I have Opal preordered! Thanks for the review! :)

  10. I just can't wait for Opal even though there is a long way until December. I actually liked Onyx more than Obsidian. It had much more action scenes and I like that in a book and I enjoyed the fact that Katy didn't gave up and she let Daemon wait for her. I appreciate the fact that JLA knows how to built a relationship, closer to what the reality would be.

  11. Ok so I don't get why you gave Obsidian higher marks than Onyx. I would have totally done the opposite.I fell in love with Obsidian and Onyx just bumped it up a level.Yes Blake was a total give away as to the fact of him having a secret agenda and yes it was frustrating that Katy couldn't see it.I think she just liked the fact that someone was like her and had answers she didn't plus I think she wanted to believe the best about him and she was trying to cover up her feeling for Daemon by distracting herself with Blake.Yes definitely some twist I didn't see coming and the end I did not expect and was a total cliffhanger.Now I got to wait a little over a month for Opal and it is nerve-racking! I finished Shadows tonight,it gives the Dawson and Bethany back story...fiy this is candy s

  12. I love Katy! As you say is impossible not to love her. But I have to say that for me this book isn't as awesome as Obsidian... don't know why really, but I haven't even finished it! I'm halfway to it, but I just can't keep reading. This book is really goood. So, maybe that's because of The Covenant series, I love that series too much that I can't help but start thinking how different these books are.
    So glad you enjoyed it! I'll finish it later, maybe that's the part where I'll love it!

    Lis Carcamo.

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  14. Wow! You wanted to read it- then got it and read it really fast! That says a lot. So glad to hear that you really liked this one a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I <3 <3 <3 this series!! I've recently finished reading Opal (book 3) and I was considering throwing my kindle at the wall after the ending! I seriously need to find myself a Daemon or a Dawson......but without the who turning into a body of light thing and the superpowers lol


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