Friday, August 10, 2012

Early Review - Onyx (Lux #2) - by Jennifer Armentrout

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard. Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem… The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s. But then everything changes…I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until 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.

Release Date:  August 14, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Genre:  YA, Science Fiction, Paranormal Romance
Pages:  416
Purchase at Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

Review:  Whew!  What a ride this book was!  From the angsty goodness to the conspiracy theories, this book had a bit of it all.  Hot boys, sexual tension, betrayal and what amounts to a miracle are all included in this wonderful second book in the yummaliscious Lux series.

"Come and get it."  Come and get it?  Daemon placed a half cookie between those full, totally kissable lips. Oh, holy alien babies everywhere...

Onyx opens up very close to where Obsidian left off.  Kat is trying her best to push Daemon away from her,  thinking that the only reason he wants her now is because of the connection the two made in the previous book.  Kat is not the type of girl to fall all over Daemon because he suddenly seems to want a relationship with her.  She is not forgetting about his previous behavior and the humiliation and hurt he put her through in the past.  However, Daemon isn't easily pushed away and makes a grand declaration of when Kat will finally come to her senses and allow herself to just be with him.

"You do realize this whole thing is why you..."  He arched an eyebrow.  "It's why you suddenly like me."  "I'm pretty sure I liked you before this Kitten."

Strange things begin happening to Kat.  The shower will turn on automatically for her, doors will open for her, clothes come out of her closet for her, etc.  My only question at this point?  Why is Kat not asking Dee or Daemon about these weird occurrences?  I understand that she's trying to put distance between herself and Daemon, but in a situation like this, I would definintely have asked one of the twins what the hell was going on.

As Kat continues her attempts to push Daemon away, Daemon continues to pursue Kat.  He gives her space, and always seems to be in the background watching her.  Kat is not going to get hurt by this bad boy again.  She begins a flirtatious relationship with the cute, California cool kid in school, Blake, much to Daemon's chagrin.  Daemon ups the ante with Kat, laying his feelings for her on the line in a very un-Daemon-like way.

"Because I know."  Daemon appeared in front of me, eyes narrowed.  He thumped his hand off his chest, directly above his heart.  "Because I know what I feel in here.  And I'm not the type of person to run from anything, no matter how hard it is.  I'd rather face-plant against a brick wall than live for the rest of my lfe wondering what could've been.  And you know what?  I didn't think you were the type to run, either.  Maybe I was wrong."

 Blake begins taking up more and more of Kat's time.  As much as I'd like to delve into this relationship, it would be difficult to do so without spoiling the rest of this book.  Blake, what Kat learns from him, and what happens in Blake's aftermath, which is pretty much the entire second half of this book, is all spoilery.  I will say that although I didn't hate Blake at first, I never considered him as real competition for Daemon.  I don't think Kat really did, either.  Blake and Kat spend a lot of time together, and Daemon becomes fed up with the situation for myriad reasons.  Blake knows about the Lux, and his knowledge and background are damaging to Kat, Daemon and his friends.  Kat learns some very interesting things about herself that I did not see coming.

Once Blake makes a rather large mistake, Daemon is able to prove himself as proper relationship material for Kat.  He always has her best interest at heart, and his connection to Kat defies explanation.  Daemon starts doing very thoughtful things for Kat - things that mean a great deal to her.  Things outside of taking her to dinner or to school dances.  As a Lux who never thought highly of humans, especially after what happened to his brother, he has come a long way in how he thinks and feels about Kat.  And you all know I love a growly, possessive male character in my books, and Daemon definitely delivers in this respect!  There are some killer sexy scenes where Kat is the one initiating the contact with Daemon.

Daemon and Kat figure out that they have been betrayed by people they never would have imagined, and the government is a lot worse than Daemon originally thought.  There is a scene towards the end where we learn that what Daemon thinks is real, is not.  His entire perspective is changed, and I only hope that it's in good way.

One thing I have to complain about is the lack of page time with Dee.  I understand that Kat is trying to avoid her for most of the book, thereby avoiding Daemon, and that Dee is in a serious relationship in this book, but I missed their friendship immensely.  I also felt that Kat took a lot of the heat for the lack of friendship with Dee, but I think that Dee is just as much to blame.  It takes two to make any relationship work, and while Kat was being secretive with Blake, Dee was constantly making out with her boyfriend.  Great for Dee, but who wants to watch their best friend constantly touch and kiss their boyfriend? 

I loved this book for the Kat-Daemon relationship and for the direction this book is taking.  Who doesn't like a hot romance in the middle of a government conspiracy?  Jennifer Armentrout never fails to disappoint, and I am counting down the days until Opal is released.

"Oh, I still want to strangle you.  But I'm insane.  You're crazy.  Maybe that's why.  We just make crazy together."

Next up:  Opal due December 11, 2012 (cover not currently available)


Melliane said...

It's a series I really need to read! I keep hearing amazing things about it. When I think I only read one book by this author... I'll definitely succeed! thanks for your great review!

fishgirl182 said...

oooh i a so excited to get this next week. i love katy and daemon so much. glad you liked it!

YA Vixens said...

I'm so happy that I'm not the only one that's obsessive of this series, JLA can definitely do no wrong! Have you read Half blood (Covenant series) yet?? I'm going to be starting that soon... but I have to take a break from JLA for my blog readers sake! hehe

YA Vixens

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