Friday, March 1, 2013

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi all!

The second book to a great series.




Title: Onyx
Series: Lux #2
Release date: 14th of August 2012
Published by: Entangled Publishing LLC
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, Paranormal
Pages: 366 in Paperback
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

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…

Review:

I thought the first book in the series was an extremely fun and sexy extraterrestrial read with top grade banter and steamy (yet tame) scenes between the main couple. So, of course I had to get my hands on the sequel. And I was in luck that the sequel decided to step it up a notch.

First of all: Why is there a need to introduce another guy in a romantic context to our heroine? Oh, love triangles, how you bring me misery and agony. Come on Katy, you already have Daemon, why must you become a hoarder of hot boys? Well, I was glad, at least, that the triangle didn’t evolve according to my worst nightmares and in the end I wasn’t too annoyed with that turn of events.

Regarding characters generally, I liked the main ones in the first book and they remained really likable in the second one. There was also decent character development, mainly for Daemon and Katy, but there were others who had some limelight. Next to old favorites we are introduces to new additions to the series who leave you guessing and quite frustrated actually.

I loved the information flow in this book, with every unraveling of the plot and every piece of the knowledge, the picture keeps getting bigger and the possibilities for the plot to grow keep getting broader. There are still a lot of questions left hanging, so I can’t wait to see how things turn out. This book also upped its game with action, there’s a lot more of that and most of it is quite emotional. The ending, however, was quite cruel to be left hanging like that, luckily, the next book is out already, so I don’t have to agonize too long before reading it.

My main con with this book was that when I was already deep into the story, I still didn’t understand where things were headed. There didn’t seem to be any goal or purpose, Damien and Katy kept dancing around each other, but other than that I didn’t really see any clear and definite purpose. Not that it’s a bad things and not that I don’t appreciate closely following our lovely-sexy couple’s pull-push romance. Which I do. A lot. I think their relationship is one of the main selling points of this series.

Characters:

I like Katy, she is a spunky, fun and just the right amount of tough heroine. Her being a book blogger, even tough she has a million other things on her mind during the book, will always make her extremely sympathetic. But as much as I am fond of her, she came across too reckless and acted quite thoughtlessly at times in this book. Several times I found myself thinking she should just stay put and lay low not rush into things so carelessly. On a positive note, I liked how she denied Daemon, but then again, it was obvious they wanted each other so why torture yourself Katy?

Damon was still his hot and arrogant self, but he definitely made a 180 and was so open, emotional, and even vulnerable in this book. Yes, he was still the douchebag we got to know and love in the first one, but he really showed his inner self and his deep feelings this time. He really had the world on his shoulders, but his devotion to Katy and his family was stronger than ever. Damon was really heroic in this book but, luckily, his pen-poking self wasn’t too far hidden.

Overall:

A sequel that manages to be better than the first and I predict the goodness is still continuously on the rise with the coming books in this series. As mentioned, I will be picking up the third one as soon as possible.




4 stars!


LIIS

3 comments:

  1. Great review! I started this, but then stopped because life got in the way. I really need to try again! The first book was pretty good! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

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  2. This book is interesting and exciting, well written. The characters are portrayed like typical teenagers. I couldn't put it down. Awesome!!

    Cath Brookes (Skagway Alaska)

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  3. Thanks Liza and Cath for your comments!
    I am looking very much forward to the next installment in the series!!Luckily it is out soon :)

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