Thursday, April 4, 2013

Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA Paranormal/ YA Romance
Pages: 366
Ages: 14+
Review Rating: 3/4

Synopsis: 

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: 

Jennifer Armentrout once again has delivered a stellar novel that pulls you in and doesn't let go. First I want to say that Katy and Daemon are one of the cutest couples in YA lit right now. Daemon's unrelenting pursule of Katy is the type of dedication that every girl wants in a boy. However, Katy is having some issue because of the bond created in book one, Obsidian. This creates a good amount of tension and also a good reason for Katy not to trust Daemon's advances. Thus enter Blake, who seems to know everything about everything and of course Katy doesn't seem a little suspicious. That is strike one for me with Katy. Yes I understand that she is young and impressionable, but come on. He knows everything? And she doesn't question it? At this point the read is totally on Daemon's side because Katy is just being an idiot! But surprisingly it doesn't make you dislike Katy, just think she's being very nieve! 

Throughout the novel there are hints that something is wrong, but Katy always seems to write them all off, which is very annoying as a reader because we know something is wrong as well. So throughout the novel I was getting frustrated because Katy was ignoring blatent signs that something was off. Either with characters or situations. It's creates some good tension for the reader, but it does leave one feeling like Katy could use a few lessons in common sense. But it is forgivable because you understand Katy want's so desperately to feel 'normal'. (Which is highly overrated!) 

There are some changes in this novel with Katy that I like. She's really wanting to stand on her own two feet. She's determained not to be a victim again. Which I really like. A lot of female characters in YA romance just let the guys do whatever they want, and expect to be protected. Or they are exeedingly stupid and walk INTO dangerous situations even though they know it's stupid. But here we have a refreshing moment where a young woman is taking it upon herself to become strong. Love that! 

The story-line in this second novel is much stronger then the first. It's has quiet a bit more depth and you really begin to understand how dangerous it is for the Lux and the humans who are involved with them. I'm glad that Armentrout didn't take the easy way out and just rely on the relationship between Katy and Daemon to fuel the story, which was already done in book one. 

Over all, I really enjoyed this novel, it's characters, and the story-line. Going to go get the next one. Right. Now!!

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