REVIEW ✧ ONYX

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“If there is anything, there is us. 
You and me. No one else.”

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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…

Oh man, this series is getting SO intense!! Whether it’s the actual plot about our trusty neighbourhood aliens or the relationship between Katy and Daemon, it’s getting more exciting, more enticing, and definitely full of trouble. There’s this one quote that I came across when I was reading this book that came from Katy about how her life is becoming a “bizarre science fiction soap opera” and first of all I laughed but then I was like “ah yes, this is Lux in a nutshell.” But it’s a wonderful bizarre science fiction soap opera! While I really enjoyed this book, I don’t think I liked it as much as I liked the first book of the series. There were a couple things that I had a tiny problem with but overall everything I liked outweighed what I didn’t. It was still a stellar book, don’t get me wrong, but second book syndrome came into play.

Because this is the second book in a series, I can’t give a full review without revealing any spoilers so a ginormous SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • I’m really enjoying where the overall plot is headed which means that I’m still enjoying Armentrout’s writing. I like that it picked up almost exactly where the first one left off, give or take a week in the timeline, and that everything that happened to Katy in the end of Obsidian is still a mystery to her. One thing that I’m always worried about when I pick up a sequel is the not-so-subtle recaps and reminders of everything that went down in its predecessor. That’s probably one of my biggest pet peeves if I’m being honest. But I think that Armentrout managed to slip in her recaps and reminders in a more natural way and making them look more like something that would come up in conversation rather than going on and on about what happened. Also, this wasn’t a common reoccurrence throughout the book so as a reader you’re able to focus more on the “new” story rather than constantly reliving the previous one.
  • About the plot specifically, I’m really glad that whatever happened to Katy isn’t something that’s making her the hero or saviour to the Luxen…..or at least not now. I really don’t see how making her some kind of human-alien hybrid can actually turn her into their hero or chosen one, especially when she’s not the first one that this has happened to. But what it appears to be doing is setting up new battle lines between the Luxen and this select group within the DOD. I’m hoping that this is where we’re heading and that the Luxen and the hybrids team up to take town the DOD. I also thought it was really interesting how the DOD actually knew about the Luxen’s powers this entire time but the only thing they’re interested in is their healing ability and making new hybrids, probably for their own little army I’m sure. I had a fishy feeling about the DOD but I never really expected this so I liked this little plot twist.
  • I’m actually really loving Katy’s development so far and how she’s entering this moral ambiguous grey zone ever since she developed these powers. There have been other times where this has bothered me but I think it had more to do with who the character was prior to whatever happened to them or the writing in general, but I like what Armentrout’s doing with Katy. I like how she’s somewhat more accepting of her new powers instead of running away screaming and begging for them to be taken away like I’ve seen before and then they have that epiphany where they accept their powers. I don’t know, it just felt different to me. And instead of wanting to train and fight just to show that she’s strong (come on, you have to know what I mean by that) the only thing she wants to prove to Daemon is that she’s his equal. That’s it. I respect that SO much. And yeah, part of it is because she wants to protect Daemon, since he doesn’t really care what happens to him, and while I expected that I still liked it and I liked how Daemon was taken aback by it. I mean, Katy’s still the loveable bookworm with sass for days, but she’s become someone who won’t let people push her around and will stand up for herself and I love it. She’s not saviour material, and I hope she doesn’t go that way, but she’s understanding that not everything is black and white and it’s wonderful.
  • The romance between Katy and Daemon is obviously my favourite part of this whole thing and I’m so in love with how Armentrout’s writing them. At the end of Obsidian, Daemon had been trying to tell Katy how he wanted to be with her but she didn’t believe him and thought that the only reason he wanted her was because of their new connection, so he promised that he’d prove it to her. And boy, did he prove it to her. Daemon is one determined persistent boy, my goodness. But Katy kept shutting him down and continued to believe that their new connection was still the only reason. Usually this would bother me, and it did just a teeny tiny bit, but I think for Katy everything was still overwhelming and you could see that she wanted Daemon too but she didn’t want to get hurt. Even with everything between her and Blake (which I’ll get to later), she knew that she didn’t want Blake and she wanted Daemon. And near the end when you thought that Daemon was done with Katy, everything he felt for her overcame that. When they actually talked about the way they were feeling and confessed everything, my heart was singing. I’m so happy there was this communication between them because it’s so important. It shows you how the feelings between them are so much more than their connection and I love how strong it’s become. You can probably call this a slowburn because it’s taken more or less two full books to get to this point and please, for the love of god, don’t break them up because they deserve to be together and to be happy.

THE BAD

  • While there was potential for a love triangle, it wasn’t technically explored, but the potential still bothered me. From the moment Blake entered the story, I knew some kind of triangle was gonna develop. I didn’t like Blake, I didn’t trust Blake, and I didn’t want Katy anywhere near him. I enjoyed that Katy was using him to pretty much make Daemon jealous and it helped her realize that Daemon was who she wanted, but this could’ve been done with anyone probably. I like that it wasn’t truly a love triangle for the most part but I still could’ve done without it. I feel like this was where second book syndrome came out because there was a fair bit of focus on this in the beginning, which forced the plot to thin, and it wasn’t necessary.
  • I really didn’t like how Katy and Dee were drifting apart so much in this book. I understand that Katy wanted to protect her and didn’t want to get her involved in everything that was going on, but did their friendship really have to suffer like that? I really don’t know how they’re gonna get back to where they used to be, especially considering how this book ended, but they need each other so much.
  • The death in this book wasn’t necessary. Bring them back.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • While I feel like this book was a slight case of second book syndrome, the plot seems to be heading in a good direction and the characters are developing in a good way despite a few bumps and cracks along the way. With such a confusing cliffhanger like this one, you’re definitely going to want to keep reading.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Pages: 366 (Paperback)
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Until next time,

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