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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

NICOLE'S REVIEW: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Format Acquired: Paperback 
Publication Date: August 14 2012
Publishing House: Entangled Teen
ISBN: 9781620610114
Source of Copy: Purchased from Fully Booked

Summary: 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 is 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 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.


Onyx is the sequel to Obsidian (you can find my review for Obsidian here). This book fared better than the last hence the slightly higher rating. I'm probably still part of that minority who aren't head over heels for this series. Oh well.

Obsidian ended with Daemon trying to convince Katy that his feelings for her were real and not some sort of strange effect of their odd alien connection. So in Onyx, I guess it's a given that there'll be more tension between Katy and Daemon, with her unable to admit her growing attraction for Daemon, and him trying to convince Katy that he adores her. That is basically the whole theme of the book with a few other things thrown into the mix for added drama and excitement.

Here we are introduced to the DOD, or Department of Defense. Area 51 anyone? They've picked up on the strange happenings around Katy's little town and then, you know, Blake  oh-so-conveniently shows up and (surprise!) not only is he attracted to Katy, he's actually exactly like her (alien-ish). This boy then proceeds to flirt with Katy, spends some time with her then offers to teach her how to control her new-found powers. This obviously infuriates Daemon since Katy is his and he obviously owns her heart and soul and no one else is allowed within a 50 meter radius of his girl. But, as usual, Blake isn't exactly as he seems and really, did you expect anything less?

It's in the latter part of the book where the puzzle pieces come together but really, it was actually quite predictable and I wasn't exactly surprised by how things turned out, although I did get a sense of accomplishment for guessing some of the events right. (Yeah-yuhhh!)

Now why did I say that this book was better than the last? Because we only get one character here with conflicted emotions, and yes, it's Katy. At least I didn't have to deal with Daemon's I-want-you-but-I-can't-have-you jig and they both pretty much realized that they were meant to be in the end. 

So Onyx is the slightly better sequel to Obsidian and as I said in my review for the first book, this series is like drugs and as much as I'd like to give this book a lower rating, I can't. Guilty pleasure and all that. If you enjoyed Obsidian, you'd undoubtedly enjoy Onyx too.



  1. Great review, I have both books on my tbr pile. I am glad you liked this one more and ya know what we all need guilty pleasure!

    1. Yay! Thank you! And yes, we all need some of that sometimes. :>