Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux, Book 2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published Date: 14 August 2012
Buy: Amazon | The Book Depository | Dymocks Australia

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…
(summary from Goodreads)

Unfortunately, Onyx is another miss for me. The only thing I absolutely loved about it was Daemon & Katy - and even that had lost some of its shine. The rest of it? I just wanted it done.

I read Obsidian a long while ago now but I don't think that's caused much of a problem. I remember it well - especially how much I adored it. But this time I could not get into the story and often found myself frustrated with it. Much of it was simply too predictable, and instead of being on the edge of my seat desperate to know what was going to happen next, I was putting the book down because it couldn't hold my attention. I was rolling my eyes at the characters I'd loved so much in Obsidian! There was a real sense of "finally, the end!" when I finished this and it truly saddens me. I know I'm one of very, very few not gushing about this book.

Daemon is still, without doubt, hot like burning, and his relationship with Katy sizzles. I love their sass and banter, and their attraction is one of my all time faves. That hasn't changed. Only, I was a lot more annoyed with Katy here. Seriously, just climb Daemon and never let go, dammit! Okay, seriously though - I was really disappointed with Katy's actions and choices throughout Onyx. She didn't live up to the Katy I'd raved about after reading Obsidian. I mean, Blake? Really? Come on! So obvious! I get that there's got to be obstacles and struggles to keep the story moving and action packed, but I was really not feeling any of it throughout this book. 

Onyx fell flat for me. It gets an extra star simply because Daemon and Katy have me wanting to read just a little more. I do hope the next book wins me over though. I'd hate to give up on this series entirely. 



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