Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Onyx (Lux, #2)Title/Author: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux (#2)
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Rating: ✭✭✭✭✭

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…

This is the second installment in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s electrifying Lux series. This series is filled with intense fight scenes, kick-ass females, sexy men and everything else you could ever want from a YA novel. Add on Jennifer L. Armentrout’s emotional and humorous writing and you’ve got a masterpiece. Before you read this post, I strongly recommend reading my review on Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series. Don’t worry, it’s spoiler free. Before we get into this review, be sure to check out my old review of Onyx (CLICK HERE).

WHAT I LIKED

Onyx is the one book in this series that I didn’t LOVE when I first read it. I thought that it had too slow of a pace and seemed to stretch on endlessly! But, absurdly, each time I read this book I love it a little bit more. It’s really weird, but I’m so glad that I have finally come to love this book!

We’ve got to start this section off super strong, right? SO why not start off by talking about Daemon and Katy. Daemon’s a Luxen (an alien if you are not familiar with the series) and Katy’s a human. The two really shouldn’t mix, but they did. It was obvious in the latter chapters of Obsidian that the two characters had feelings for each other. But it wasn’t until Onyx that both characters recognized these feelings. Although their relationship was a mess for the majority of this novel, I am determined to go down with this ship!

Overall, I found that both Katy and Daemon’s characters had really changed from what we saw in Obsidian. Although Katy was still a huge, naive, book nerd, she had a bit more maturity. She could still throw out a ramble of non-sense to Daemon, but for the most part she only spoke when she was confident with what she was going to say. And Daemon had really lightened up from the douche-bag I read about in Obsidian. He truly was more caring, emotional and NICE.

I feel like we also got to REALLY meet some of the characters introduced to us in the first book. Unlike Katy, Daemon, and Dee, there were some characters who didn’t get a lot of page time in Obsidian. The stunning, blonde haired Thompson triplets had quite a bit of page time, whether it was because they were sitting with Daemon in the school cafeteria or because they were having ACTUALLY having a conversation with Katy. And even, you can’t help but love Ash’s sass! Matthew, Katy’s biology teacher and the Thompson’s and Lux’s “guardian” was also frequently in this book. I still don’t LOVE him as a character, but I do love the role he plays in this series.

I also really enjoyed having Katy’s mom appear in this novel so often. In Obsidian, we only really saw her watching over Katy whenever Daemon came walking up their steps. But literally, she is the MOST chill mom you will ever read about. Like, come on, I wish I could wave my middle finger in a hot, cocky boy’s face with my mom looking. But, although every scene Katy’s mom was in included Will (Yea, let’s not talk about Will…), it was nice to have her appear so much in this novel. Even though she is constantly working, I love knowing that Katy and her mom still maintain such as strong relationship.

Just know to keep your eyes out for two scenes in this novel when you read it: the Thanksgiving scene and the movie theatre scene. You will totally thank me later. Also the ending might have you in tears.

WHAT I LIKED (1)

For the most part, I still disliked the same things as before. The DOD and the Arum are still HORRIBLE. But, during Onyx I really found myself disliking certain characters. Some are new, while others were mentioned in the previous novel. But they were all just evil, even if they didn’t try to be.

Blake Saunders. Santa Monica native, surfer, blogger, wears nerdy shirts, cute, average boy most girls would try to go out with. Yep, and Katy actually did that last one. But the two characters seemed to have a lot in common. They both moved from a warmer place to LITERALLY THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE. They both blogged about things they were passionate about. And, they both seem to be HUGE nerds. She thought that it would be smart to go for someone normal, unlike an alien like Daemon. But really, she ran herself into the biggest problem EVER.

Will, Will, Will. I thought you had potential but really you were only in this book to ruin Katy’s life. In case you didn’t know, Will is a doctor who worked at a local hospital with Katy’s mom and later went on to start a relationship with her. I really was starting to lighten up to Will, until certain things were revealed about him. After that I just couldn’t stand him. Especially during the last 20 pages. Ugh.

WHAT I LIKED (3)

‘“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.
Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”
His lips tipped up one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”
Come and get…? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.
Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…’


‘“Your mail could’ve waited.” Daemon followed me into the kitchen. “What is it? Just books?”
Grabbing the OJ from the fridge, I sighed. People who didn’t heart books didn’t understand.’

WHAT I LIKED (4)

I absolutely LOVED this novel and couldn’t help but give it 5 stars. If you asked me back in 2015 what I would’ve rated it, I honestly would have given it 4 stars. But with all of my re-reads throughout the years, I have managed to bump it all the way up to 5 stars! And trust me, it really does deserve it. This book (and the entire Lux series) is a must-read. So, you better drop your laundry and run to the bookstore after reading this review and pick up a copy of the first book, Obsidian. You will not regret it.

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Happy Reading,
Alaina

Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Didn’t Get To In 2017

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Ok, guys. We all have our insanely large TBRs and for the most part, they are books that we didn’t end up getting to last year. Or maybe you’re guilty of having some you didn’t even get to in 2016. And really, that’s okay. Because we will all most likely destroy our TBRs someday. But in the moment, it is really nice to have a wide selection of books to choose from on our shelves. Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is “Books You Didn’t Get To In 2017. Whether I physically own them or not, these five books are ones that I was hoping to read in 2017, but just didn’t have enough time to get to them. Let’s get started!

  1. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas:
    If any of you have been following my blog for a while, you would know that I am a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’s works. Although a lot of people find her works to be problematic, I love how she has brought sexy male fae and kick-ass females into YA! But, Tower of Dawn has been the first release of hers that I haven’t been overly excited about. I was never a fan of Chaol, and didn’t care about the idea of a book being about him. But, after hearing people’s reviews and opinions about this book, it has slowly motivated me to read it. Although I still don’t have a copy of it, I plan to DEFINITELY buy one before the release of the final Throne of Glass book!


  2. Nick & Norah's Infinite PlaylistNick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Davis Levithan and Rachel Cohn:
    I actually really REALLY wanted to get to this book in 2017. It’s super short and sounds like a cute contemporary. It involves music (OBVIOUSLY) and takes place in my dream city, New York City. But I just never felt like reading it last year. There were so many MORE appealing books on my shelf, that this one just ended up getting nice and dusty. But, seeing that this book is under 200 pages, I am definitely going to consider picking it up whenever I want a short, super easy read. And even, I’ll have a new movie to watch after finishing this book and possibly some new bands to listen to!!

  3. Before I FallBefore I Fall by Lauren Oliver:
    I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of this book. Whether it was because of the recent release of the movie, or because you previously read it, I am FOR SURE that you have heard of it before. I have read one of Lauren Oliver’s works in the past, Delirium, and I really enjoyed it. Although I haven’t continued her Delirium series (I definitely need a re-read to do that), I am excited to start exploring some of her other works. Before I Fall may not be the happiest contemporary novel, but the plot has definitely captured my attention! Can’t wait to dive into this one!


  4. Sweet Reckoning (Sweet, #3)Sweet Reckoning by Wendy Higgins:
    A lot of you may already know this, but I love Wendy Higgins’s Sweet trilogy. But, I can only say that about the books I have read in the trilogy, since I am actually VERY guilty of not finishing it. It’s not that I don’t want to, but Chapters never actually has this in stock at my local store. And it really isn’t often that I buy books online so I just haven’t got to buying it yet. But, I am for sure going to be prioritizing this book in 2018! I’m super excited to jump back into this AMAZING series and possibly give the first two books a re-read.


  5. Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)Cress by Marissa Meyer:
    yes, I am STILL guilty of NOT finishing the Lunar Chronicles. I’m pretty sure that 2018 is the second year since I finished Cinder and I am still on halfway through this series. But, I absolutely loved the first two books and just know that I am also going to love the rest of the series. I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews about the rest of the series and cannot wait to read it. And even, I really don’t have any excuses for not getting to Cress since it is ALWAYS at my local bookstore, I have spotted it at used book sales and it has a super reasonable price, even for Canadians.

And that is it for today! Are there any books that you didn’t get to in 2017? Let me know which ones you plan to prioritize this year!  Also, don’t forget to like this post and follow my blog to stay up to date with all of my future posts!

Happy Reading,
Alaina