Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted September 2, 2014 by @Angelized_1st in Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Book Review: Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOnyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: LUX Series,
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 7th 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 416
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781620610114
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five-stars

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...

It was obvious from the start that Katy and Daemon would fall hard for one another, but nothing prepares you for what happens between them in the second book in the Lux series, Onyx. After putting Katy through hell in Obsidian it was great to see Daemon chasing after Katy. He really mistreated her in the first book, and I loved how he felt the need to prove to her that his feelings are real, and not just part of some weird alien bond. What surprised me about their relationship was how hot some of the scenes between them got. Teen novels can be pretty chaste in the romance/sex department, so I wasn’t expecting Katy and Daemon to have some hot scenes.

Another thing I liked about this book was how Armentrout dived into the Luxen’s life on our planet. We learned more about their history with their enemies, the Arum, as well as what they have to go through dealing with the U.S. Department of Defense. Since it was recommended to me that I read the Lux prequel, Shadows, I really got into this element of the story. One thing I loved to hate was the introduction of Blake. At first he was a great foil for the Katy/Daemon pairing, but I was overjoyed at the twist on his story. Armentrout took the typical YA formula of throwing a love triangle in the mix, and turned it into something thrilling and new.

“That’s the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely.”

Lastly, I loved how Daemon and Dee’s brother Dawson was brought to the forefront. In the first book Dee tells Katy about him, and even though his loss greatly affected Daemon and Dee’s behavior, I never thought the mystery surround him would pop up so soon. This was a great way to add suspense and to keep the story moving at a nice pace. Kudos!

While the synopsis appears to give everything away, it doesn’t. There are plenty of surprises galore in Onyx, and it nicely sets the stage for the third book. If you decided to continue the series, I would pass on the advice that was given to me. Read the prequel, Shadows, first as it really gives you the background and sets the stage for this story. However, you don’t have to read it first in order to enjoy Onyx. 

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 5

About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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