Feb 6, 2013

Review--Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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…

OMFREAKINGG! Yeah, that pretty much sums it up! I finished reading Jennifer Armentrout's Onyx and yeah, I can definitely say that I am in love with this series! And naturally, in love with Daemon! So this review will be filled with definite gushing over this book!

I think the best part of this series is Katy. Katy is without a doubt my favorite YA heroine, because I feel like I can relate to her. Yeah, she's 18, I'm 25, but I see my 18 year old self in her. Granted I didn't start blogging until 4 years ago, but I was still an avid reader!

But what I love about Katy is her overall attitude. She doesn't take Daemon's crap, she fights back with her own sarcasm and wit. She's a perfect match to Daemon. And of course she has her inner doubting, Daemon has been acting a little too nice lately, and she believes it is due to their connection that they realized last time. She doesn't really believe that he wants her in the romantic sense. Feelings I would totally have too, if I were in the same position. She's realistic!

Daemon, wow, yeah, there's too much to say about Daemon, hell I could've used his character a few years ago on one of my many long paged papers from college. As I mentioned just above, Daemon is changing his behavior, but just a bit. He wants Katy, true, but he actually listens to her--just a little--and tries to prove that he wants to be with her by doing nice things for her.

My favorite act would be when he "helps" Katy do her IMM vlog. He was freaking hilarious and I was biting my lip so I wouldn't LOL here in the office! He made some rather interesting comments on the covers and why one dude just looks so douche-y...or something like that! Totally LOL moment for sure! And the comments Katy received on that post were amazing too!

The romance here is budding, but there's more to the story than that. There's a new boy in town, Blake--and omg I seriously just had to go look it up in the book because my mind blanked, and it soooo didn't help that Daemon refused to say his name right. Yeah, we're talking Biff, Bradley, Bart...and a whole lot of another names and some that were just very unique. Gotta love Daemon. But back to Blake, he's the new boy in town and has taken an interest in Katy and Katy feels some attraction to him too. The two make attempts at dating, but Katy cannot help but feel like she's missing something from this growing relationship. But as it turns out, Blake has his own secrets.

What amazes me is how some of the plot threads are so similar to Roswell (the TV show)! And I don't mean that in a bad way. It's like the series was slightly inspired by it or something. Yet here we are in book 2, and Katy is dealing with some of the same things Liz was dealing with, but in the middle of season 3, the final season. Katy has been developing strange abilities that are chalked up to her being healed by Daemon, sound familiar? Then there's also the DOD that constantly hounds Daemon and his sister and other Lux friends, well, Roswell had Agent Pierce in the special unit of the FBI. See, similarities, yet nothing that says this is a ripoff of Roswell. I actually LOVE that these two are similar because I adored Roswell and was shattered when it ended with three seasons--although there were four media tie in books that showed us their travels for a bit. Still not enough. But the danger and intensity of these two separate series are both incredibly high.

There's also some other surprises throughout the book and tons of laughs! But the surprises were nice and naturally there were some freaking shockers. Another great enjoyment came from reading a special scene at the end in Daemon's pov! Love being inside his head sometimes! Another part I enjoyed that I LOL'd on was when Dee, Katy, Adam, and Ash went to the movies the Luxen had their array of junk food. Dee dips her candy bar into the nacho cheese, gross right? Katy thought so. But it made me laugh because my friend did this in high school with her Snickers bar and she did say it was good. But yeah, she's not a Lux either!

Onyx was an incredibly fast paced read that I devoured way too quickly. The ending wasn't nearly as bad as I had feared. True it was a cliffhanger, but not the "oh holy heck how am I going to get through the next year without a new edition to this series" kind of drama. There were some shocking surprises at the end too, both pleasant and not so pleasant. Luckily, Opal is in my bag and ready to go as soon as I finish up here. But the final ending was still shocking and it's definitely going to have a part in Opal. I don't even need to check to know that!

If you're already into this series, then we all know how incredibly awesome this book was. Especially for Katy. But if you haven't read this series, I strongly urge you to do so! I so love this series and cannot believe I waited so long to read it, having already adored Jennifer's Covenant series. The Lux books are friggin' fan-tab-u-lous! Yup, so amazingly awesome that it needs its own word!

And now I must share two quotes that stood out to me that I have to share here. They were the book blogger related ones and the reader/blogger in me squealed in delight with them:

"I grabbed a bookmark off the coffee table and shoved it in the book. Dog-eared pages were Antichrist of book lovers everywhere"  --Truer words have never been spoken!

"With the sun setting outside, I wrote a quick review for Monday and then a longer one for Tuesday. The longer one was because I couldn't stop gushing. I think I had a new book boyfriend and his name was Tod. Yumtastic."  --There's only one Tod that I know that can be called Yumtastic! Yay!

Overall rating 5/5 stars


  1. I'm not surprised you liked this book, correction, loved this book. This series is definitely one on the top of my list.
    Awesome review Jessica!

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

  2. This sounds like it's a great sequel to Obsidian - I'm definitely going to have to read it soon! It's hard not to enjoy a book about a book blogger who gets a guy like Daemon :)

  3. Of course, I LOVE this series. I haven't ever seen Roswell so I don't know about the resemblances. I keep thinking Blake's name is Biff because Daemon called him that so often ;) I love the quotes you selected. Great review! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

  4. I can def relate to Katy as well. Great review.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog


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