Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #2)


[Publisher’s Review]

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…

[My Review without spoilers]

I ended up reading the next book in the series after all… And I’m so glad I did because this book was much better. The plot twists were perfect and just the right degree of shocking. Enough to keep me reading and (to) dial up my excitement level. I would say this book was definitely better than Obsidian because instead of just building up the suspense, the author gives you way more action and way more plot. (Turns out there’s more to the story then finding out your neighbor is an alien and then falling in love with him!)

Despite the fact that I didn’t like Daemon so much in the first book, I think he’s my favorite character in this book. He’s reliable, protective and cares about Katy more than he lets on. He can’t keep his hands off her but then again their time together seems pretty limited with the DOD and Arum breathing down their necks. Katy, on the other hand, turns out to have a lot more in her than I expected which is a pleasant surprise. She’s not boring and meek anymore. Instead she’s got cool new powers that she can’t control and stands up to Daemon even when she’d rather just sink into his arms.

The appearance of Blake, a charming and “harmless” teen guy is another pleasant surprise. He brings another element to the book and the author seamlessly integrates him into the original plot. He’s not at all who seems to be and neither is “Will,” Katy’s mother’s new boyfriend.

The fact that Katy kept ignoring her instincts was a bit frustrating. Every time she seemed to intentionally ignore small warning signs – details – that would tell her that something is off. But she did and keeps getting her ass kicked (although it does help that Daemon’s always around to help or rescue her).

The ending was such a total cliffhanger that I just had to begin reading Opal on my Kindle!

I would totally recommend this book but I am warning you that there’s not too much of an introduction to the series in Onyx so you’re better off just starting with Obsidian.



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