Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Series or Stand-alone: 
            Book 2 in the Lux Series 
How I got it:
            Won it in a giveaway
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Young Adult / Paranormal/ Aliens
First Published: August 14 2012
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Book Trailer: 

FIRST LINE(S): "Ten seconds passed between when Daemon Black took his seat and when he poked me under my shoulder blade with his trusty pen."

The GIST (From Goodreads):

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…

          Warning: Mild Spoilers from Book 1  

Onyx, Book 2 of the Lux series, was like wish fulfillment for all lovers of Obsidian. Think of everything you loved about Book 1 exploded a million times multiplied by infinity. Sounds great, right? But like the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. If I’m going to use clichéd sayings then, sometimes too much of a good thing isn’t a good thing, works too.

Before I get jumped by all the JLA fans out there, let me explain what I mean. Onyx is a hundred pages more than Obsidian. That’s a hundred more episodes of Daemon and Katy going at each other (throats and body parts), getting in arguments and generally being hot and cold. This was the selling point of Book 1 to me. I loved their on and off relationship but, in Onyx, I felt like it was really overdone. I don’t think there needed to be another hundred pages because it just made everything seem redundant. It was like all the book lovers and bloggers of the world said what they loved about Obsidian so JLA times it by ten in the next book. The problem with that is that it was just the same thing over and over.

Although the secret about Dee and Daemon is out, there is still a mystery in this novel. The Department of Defense is in town and the Luxen need to figure out why they’re there, who betrayed Dawson and got him killed, and who is this new Blake kid? I liked the mysteries and subplots but still felt they could have been better by speeding up the plot overall.

There is also a bit of a love triangle and I loved seeing Daemon jealous. It made the slow parts worth reading. Daemon is definitely the same ol' Daemon but you get to see more of his soft side, which was nice. How much is cared about Katy and his siblings came through loud and clear. There was a few parts towards the end that were really emotional. They were probably the best parts of the book.

I thought that Katy was a little less independent and a little more obtuse in this novel. She makes some obviously stupid choices that forwarded the plot but weren’t really a part of her character. I hope she gets her gazoombs back in the next book.


Even with the redundant parts and the need at shaved hundred pages or so, I’m still excited to read the last installment of the Lux Series!--- 7.5 out of 10