Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Paperback 366 pages
Published: August 14th, 2012 by Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher and NetGalley
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…

I think the enjoyability of a book has a lot to do with mood.  Sometimes your mood allows you to not mind certain aspects of the story that often times you would dislike.  Other times your mood ensures that those little things start to grate on your nerves.  When I read Obsidian I saw some things I wasn’t in love with, but I was enjoying the story so much otherwise that it didn’t really seem to bother me.  With Onyx those same things, and more, did bother me.

First off, I really love the world that the author has created.  I love the alien aspect and the powers and the new ‘thing’ that showed up with this book.  I love the good aliens history and the bad aliens ‘war’ as well as the role of the government.  The story line for the most part is awesome.

For some reason I don’t hate Daemon.  There’s definitely something appealing about his personality even though he can be a big jerk.  In this one he becomes downright sweet through much of the book.  But his and Katy’s back and forth really started to get to me.  I just didn’t understand it.  And then a love triangle was presented as well, which only added to my annoyance. And Katy really has no idea what she wants and makes some really poor decisions.  I don’t exactly dislike her, at times I really liked her actually, but her decisions got to me as well as her behavior toward Daemon.

I really have mixed feelings about this book because the parts I really liked, I really liked.  But the parts I really disliked, I really disliked.   So deciding if the like overweighs the dislike, well it’s hard to decide.  But I decided that I was able to stick with my nose glued to the book and the aspects other than the characters was so awesome, along with the intense action at times, that I did like the book and so I give it 3/5 stars.

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this book for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. OoOOo somehow I was convinced that this book would blow my mind! Too bad you didn’t like it more, I was expecting a rather exciting review. However, you were not the only one not being completely blown away by it#s awesomeness.
    I’m still dying to read and I am looking forward seeing how I might like it :)

  2. I just finished this book last night. I definitely agree with you on how it was frustrating with some of the decisions Katy was making, and I was not a fan of the possible love triangle aspect. Also, I didn’t enjoy the back and forth thing with Katy and Daemon.

    But over all, I did enjoy this book. I am glad I read it, and I am excited to read the final installment, Opal.

    Great review!

  3. I completely agree Candace – mood has so much to do with how much I enjoy a book, as does the book I read just before it. There were many a thing about Daemon that bothered me in Obsidian, namely his swing from hot to cold from one scene to the next, so I think the constant back and fort with him and Katy in this one would bother me as well. Still, I do love Jennifer’s writing and the way she tells a story, so I’ll be picking this one up at some point for sure!

    • Yeah, I think Obsidian could have easily ended up a 3 star book for me because of Daemon’s hot and cold, but I guess because of my mood I enjoyed the book more then I might have. I do enjoy Jennifer’s writing as well and have a couple of her other books here I need to read really soon.

  4. That’s good to know. I haven’t read this series yet and I’ve been wondering if I should. I still may give it a chance, but now I’m forewarned. Thank you!

  5. I’m not sure I’m ready for aliens. And I’d probably be annoyed by the love triangle too, especially since it seems like it’s just throw in there to create tension between a couple who already have enough to deal with. But Jennifer L. Armentrout is on fire, and I’ve been wanting to try something by her.

  6. I’m waiting for my copy to get here, I ordered it not too long ago, as well as a matching copy of the first which i need to re-read for sure. I’ll also make sure I’m in the perfect mood for reading it too. Thanks for the review!

    • Yeah, I do think that’s true in a lot of cases and sometimes that keeps me from rating it less. But in this case it was a lot of pure annoyance so I’m not sure… I guess I do care about what happens so maybe you’re right. It’s hard with this one.

  7. I’ve been seeing these books around a lot lately but I haven’t read either. I’m glad you highly enjoyed certain parts, but I get what you mean about mood. It really can affect how you view a book, but it’s nice that you can realize that and state in the review for others.


    • Yeah, I was so torn about whether I should include that or not, but in the end I felt like my change from Obsidian to Onyx was a bit drastic since my annoyance in the second one was a lot of the same stuff I should have been annoyed with in the first one and wasn’t.

  8. I really tried to like the first story but Daemon was suuuuch a jackass I couldn’t make it all the way through (sadness! I know sooo many people loved it and I felt a bit left out in the book love).

  9. I’m going to be cautious when I read this one. Katy did kind of annoy me in the first book and I’m a little miffed about the love triangle (I DO NOT LIKE love triangles in the 2nd book to basically add to the plot and whatnot). Great review and thanks for being honest!

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