Thursday, August 9, 2012

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“I think reading is sexy.” Daemon smiled at himself.
My brows inched up my forehead. ”Do you now?”
“Oh, yes, and you know what else I think is sexy?” he leaned forward so his entire face filled the picture and nodded his head toward me. “Bloggers like this. Hot.” Rolling my eyes, I smacked his arm. p. 250

This book is just one action packed chapter after another. Jennifer really took this book to a whole new lever of epicness. Just when you think you can rest, BAMN you are kidnapped into another heart pounding moment of terror. You will be on the edge of your seat the whole time.

by Jennifer L. Armentrout
*I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until 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.
(A side note, I try to make my reviews spoiler free, but that might not always happen. If you haven't read Obsidian (WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU WAIT FOR! And maybe wait to read this review till you read book 1 (psst...I reviewed Obsidian for ya too!!! ;) )
Daemon carrying Katy
Onyx starts the Monday after our eventful weekend from Obsidian. Daemon came close to losing the people he loved the most, including Katy. And Katy got stuck with the left over mess, a nuclear trace thanks to Daemon saving her life.

Daemon, know for his anger and pure desire to piss Katy off, has turned a new leaf, he is now charming and day I say nice! He has turned up his charms and is determined to get close to Katy. But Katy isn’t buying it. She believes that is this damn alien connection is what is drawing Daemon to her, cuz come on, when they first met, he was a total ass. But some smaller part of her feels something also, but she doesn’t trust these new feelings are real. But can she resist his charms?
Can Katy resist his charms?
He moved onto throwing non-deadly stuff at my head, like pillows and books, by the end of the week. After several hours, I’d mastered the art of not eating fabric. I never let the books hit me or the floor, though. That just seemed sacrilegious. p. 203
Determined to not let Daemon Black get to her, Katy charges forward with her life, with the new cutie surfer boy, Blake, from California. Which dose nothing but piss daemon off. But there is more to this surfer boy than meets the eye. And he sure knows a lot out our resident aliens and just so happens to have a lot in common with Katy.

And if Blake wasn’t enough, the DOD is increasing their presence. So everyone has to be on their best behavior. That’s great, except Katy’s new connection to Daemon causes not only their heart beats to beat in sync, but she now seems to have gotten alien coodies from Daemon and can’t control her new powers.

Just Wonderful!

If you loved all the snarky, one-liners and hilarious moments from Obsidian, Onyx has twice as much!!!! I don’t know how Jennifer managed to cram so much AMAZINGNESS in 366 pages but she did! There is so much in this book it’s enough to fill about four more books!
“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips. 

Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. 
His lips tipped up on 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… p. 5
Best heroine around, Katy
Second books often times never live up to our expectations or have so much pressure to be epic, that they falter and are a disappointment. This book is so far from a disappointment and dare I say it’s even better than Obsidian. I tend to always have a problem with a second book in a series because the first book is so amazing and just incredible that it’s hard to have lightning strike twice. Many second books are either fillers and aren’t as amazing as the first or last book (City of Ashes), go in a direction you just didn’t see coming and feel to a cliché (Pandemonium) or its just so, so and totally horrible (Bitterblue). Often times there is so much pressure and your expectations are so high that the second book can never meet your expectations. Well Jennifer sure didn’t do that. I go as far to say that Onyx is a hundred times better than Obsidian. Everything you loved about obsidian is turn up to eleven, yes eeellleven. AND there is still so much to this world and these characters that it’s not just Obsidian, pt. 2 but something phenomenal and amazing all on its own. It will shock you right out of your rocking chair!
Words were the most powerful too. Simple and so often underestimated. They could heal. They could destroy. And I needed to use my words now. I wrapped my fingers around his wrist, welcoming the jolt that touching him gave me. p. 223
Daemon and Katy turning up the heat
The character development in this series is just so incredible. It’s not very often that you fall in love with ever-single character in this book. And even though this book is paranormal and we are talking about aliens here, they are dealing with real issues. And I love seeing that. Yea sure, Daemon and Katy are dealing with a crazy Aurum and sneaky governments, but they have to deal with jealously! God Dee and Adam have to deal with having sex for the first time and all the feelings that come with that! It’s a wonderful experience to be able to watch these characters not only during times when they are in trouble and have to get out of something (which is usually what a normal plot line is about) but we get to see their in-between moments, the moments between the action and all kinds of bat shit crazy twists and turns. Their normal moments. And it really helps you get closer to the characters.

The humor is better, the angst is almost unbearable and oh lordy is the romance and torment turned up. And don’t get me started on the action. I feel like I'm fighting an Aurum myself! When I was finished reading one of the many crazy action scenes, I was sweaty and my heart was pounding out of my chest. 
Deadly and sweet—that was what daemon was; two very different kinds of souls rested in him, fused together. p. 365
We get to see a lot of different sides to every character and while a lot of other books the character are predictable and perfect at times, our characters show their flaws and vulnerabilities. It really gets you attached to each one. Katy for one breaks all the expectations you have for a main character. As we know from Obsidian, she isn’t one to be pushed over, she isn’t one to get herself in trouble by being totally fucking stupid we need to throw the book across the room, and she isn’t one to let a boy rule her existence. We see her be a kick ass chick, we get to see her discover herself and find out what she wants in life. Does she want Daemon, or the new hottie, the new normal hottie; Uncomplicated. We get to watch her with that struggle. You get to watch her deal with the relentless hatred from the other Luxen. You get to see so much of this character and you really get to feel for them and they really feel like part of your life.

And we get to see a new side to Daemon and I must warn you ladies, it’s going to make you fall in love with him a bit more. It’s going to be impossible to resist him now. The multi-dimensions of these characters are outstanding!

“Resistance if futile, Kitten.”

“So is your charm.” p. 2
This book is great, I love the action, the angst and hot damn she even threw in some mystery to this whole crazy thing called the Lux series. I loved every minute of this book and I can’t stand the wait till Opal comes out to find out WHAT THE FUCKING FUCKED UP FUCKING SHIT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT!!! Seriously!!!! I don’t know how this can be five fricking books but I know I will lover EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM!!!! There is so much that happens in this book it could have been a series all on its own!

And that is another great thing about Jen, she isn’t just writing a story or telling a tale, she is pleasing the readers, she has the readers in mind. You want more Daemon, BAMN you got it, wrapped up in a fricking pink bow eating a cookie! You want more humor, BAM you got it, fricking alien cooties! You want more romance and sexual tension, BAM you got it, in the fricking library!!!

“Kitten,” he said again, voice strained. ”You don’t get to do that and then stop. That’s now it works.” I started at him, my breath stalling in my lungs.“Not when you’re mine.” Daemon backed us up and slid down the wall, pulling me onto his lap so I was straddling him.“And you’re mine.” p. 293
Jennifer has created yet another amazing book that will have you on the edge of your seat screaming at the words on the page to not be true!!! You will feel the tingle of every kiss, the gripping fear of every action moment and the utter heartbreak with every plot twist. Your fingers will refuse to let go, your eyelids will betray you and never let you cover your eyes, and you will just have to learn to live without food, sleep or bathroom breaks while you read Onyx. (A little tip? Don’t drink anything caffeinated! Will just make you pee more!)

I can’t find enough words to tell you all how much I love Jennifer and how much I love this world she has created. If you are looking for something different and utterly captivating, the Lux series is it! So find some place comfortable, set the DVR to record your shows, tell your friends and family that you will return later and if they disturb you, you will go all Lux on their ass because this book is going to suck you in and not let you go! Even with the ending you will not be able to tear yourself away. This book is everything you have been wanting and more!

This book and series is utter perfection.

I'm going to need more stars!!!
“Because I know.” Daemon appeared in front of me, eyes narrowed. He thumped his hand off his chest, directly above his heart. ”Because I know what I feel in here. And I'm not the type of person to run from anything, no matter how hard it is. Id rather face-plant against a brick wall than live for the rest of my life wondering what could’ve been. And you know what? I don’t think you were the type to run either. Maybe I was wrong.” Stunned, I pulled my hands out and brushed my hair back. p.133


  1. Great review!! I love your enthusiasm for this book and series cuz I feel exactly the same!!

    I love all the quotes you used, too.


  2. That was, simply, just an amazing review!!!
    Dear sweet lord!
    My copy of Onyx better be here tomorrow!!!

    The quotes were amazing and just made me bite my nails with anticipation! GAH!!

    I can't wait to loss myself in Onyx! I am beyond excited for it!!

    Your review rocked my socks! :D

    Magen Corrie
    ~Corrie the book, crazed girl

  3. OK I only read half of that, because I didn't want to face any spoileradge, but that was a great review! And the snippets! Good grief, I'm dying here! *throws self against wall and wishes it was Daemon* I can't wait! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  4. BEST. REVIEW. EVER. I'm dying here just waiting for Onyx to come out and then you give us this. I'm so glad it comes out on Tuesday, 'cause any later and I may die. :) Seriously, thanks for all the quotes, it makes the wait a little bit better!!!!

  5. OMG, this has got to be one of the best reviews yet. I still didn't get the chance to read Obsidian and Onyx and these reviews are killing me. :O ME NEED READ

    Anywho, can't wait for your next review!

  6. By now I'm a Lux novel fan... so I can't say anything else except: Thank you Jennifer Armentrout! haha. I loved this book as much as the others.

    Cath Brookes (Skagway Alaska)

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