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Onyx (Lux) Paperback – August 7, 2012
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A USA TODAY Bestselling series.
The second in Armentrout’s Lux series is enchanting, as she carefully amps up the romance and danger. Readers will stay glued as the story unfolds and eagerly await the next installment.” RT Book Reviews 4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK
This is the stuff swoons are made of. Fans of Obsidian will devour the high-stakes plot and beautifully crafted chemistry.” Wendy Higgins, author of SWEET EVIL
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Jennifer has done it again, folks.
Jennifer has a way of pulling readers in from the very first word, leaving them completely lost in her words until the very final page. The character development alone in ONYX is utterly fantastic, and the romance isn't too shabby either. ;)
ONYX is everything that a sequel should be. In fact, for me, ONYX is even better than OBSIDIAN.
I adore Armentrout's Covenant series, I do, but the LUX series may just be my favorite out of the two. Alex is a kickass heroine, yes, but Katy? She's tough in OBSIDIAN, but Katy in ONYX? Everything that she goes through in this novel forces her to fight for the things that she cares about, and boy, does she fight.
Since I could go on all day about this one, I'm going to highlight what I think needs to be discussed:
Let's start by going back to SHADOWS, shall we? I know that some readers prefer to skip over novellas that are released in between the next series installment, and I can understand why. Some of the novellas can be filler material (when I say some, I do mean some - most of them do actually move a series along). But if you're planning on skipping SHADOWS and jumping right into ONYX? I'm going to have to suggest you reconsider. Yes, we hear about Bethany and Dawson in OBSIDIAN, but when I say that it is vital that you read SHADOWS, I do mean it is vital.
Now that we've got that covered:
Daemon Black: In ONYX, we see an entirely different side to Daemon, and I do mean an entirely different side. Yes, he's still sarcastic, and at times, he can be a jerk. But in ONYX, we get to meet the softer side of Daemon, the side that discusses feelings, and actually makes it a point to showcase his emotions. In OBSIDIAN, there's a blossoming romance between Daemon and Katy, but in ONYX, it finally develops into something more. (Fangirl translation: OMGgjidhgkdhkhYEShghkhgfkhfgkYAYfkhkgh).
The new guy: I'm not going to go into much detail here, as I don't want to ruin anything. I will just say this: within the first few pages of his character being introduced, you'll develop a certain feeling towards him, and chances are that you'll be right.
The action: Oh, hello there, action! There is so much that goes on in ONYX. It is undeniably a darker story than OBSIDIAN is. There's a ton of action, but it isn't overdone. Jennifer manages to balance it well, never overdoing it or throwing it in just because. The only downside to the action scenes is just how emotional there are; I don't think I've ever screamed at a book so much (my emotions were all over the damn place during the action scenes).
Katy: As I've already stated, Katy grows throughout this story. The girl at the end of ONYX is a far cry from the girl at the beginning of ONYX.
The ending: Holy. Smokes. Did that actually just happen? Seriously?! And now I need to wait for the next book? You're killing me, Jenn. You're killing me, but it's okay.
I love where Jennifer is taking this series. The ending of ONYX will leaving you desperate for the next book, yes, but it doesn't end on a terrible cliffhanger (thank you for that one). It'll be interesting to see what happens next with Daemon and Katy, and well, with a certain character back in the picture.
If you haven't done so yet, I'd suggest pre-ordering ONYX, and while you're at it, you should plan on skipping work (or canceling whatever plans you have on the release day), because once you start reading this one, you're not going to be able to put it down.
That being said, Onyx, the second book in the Lux Series was overwhelmingly painful to read. P-A-I-N-F-U-L! The number one reason, Katy.
Katy did nothing but blunder through one bad decision after another. At times she would acknowledge that she was in fact doing something dumb yet she continued to do those stupid things anyway. What happened to the seemingly intelligent girl from book one? Gone. Katy acted completely stupid throughout the book, trusting all the wrong people and not trusting all the right ones. Katy would ignore her own instincts and repeatedly put herself (and on occasion others) in dangerous situations. You would think that after suffering painful consequences from blindly trusting the wrong person Katy would learn from it and question the trustworthiness of the those around her. Nope. Yet again she ignored her initial instincts and trusted the wrong person, so of course more bad things happened.
One of my biggest pet peeves is a heroine that repeated makes stupid decisions and doesn't learn from mistakes. Sadly, this is the embodiment of Katy in this book. She was completely infuriating.
I wanted to love this book like I loved the first book but that definitely didn't happen. A slightly redeeming quality of the book was Daemon and a few of the Daemon scenes.
Onyx opens exactly where we left off in Obsidian: Katy is feeling the effects of the mega-healing Daemon did to her, and the bond that formed between them as a result. Daemon's hot-cold fluctuations are in full-force hot mode, and I dare anyone to not fall in love with this new sweeter man. Katy does her best to resist, sure that what Daemon is not real, and that he's blinded by the power of their connection. I loved watching Daemon do his best to convince her otherwise!
And while he's trying to do that, a new complication enters: Blake. New boy to town, who instantly bonds with Katy because she can relate all too well to being the new kid. She's torn between what she feels (but trying not to feel) for Daemon and the desire to have a relationship with someone "normal."
All that love-triangle, teenage drama would have made Onyx a wonderful romance novel all by itself, but we haven't even gotten to the really good stuff! We knew the Arum wouldn't be gone for long, but there's a second threat to the Luxen and their human friends: the Department of Defense has arrived. And the ensuing conflict and action is intense. So intense, I read the last 200 pages straight through, staying up half the night to finish!
I don't think I could love this book any more. I just cannot wait to see what Ms. Armentrout has in store for book three!
Onyx: 5/5 BIG Stars
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