Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted January 16th, 2013 in book review / 18 comments


Lux Series, #2

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen (Aug. 2012)
Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Paranormal
Format: Paperback (366 pages)
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

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…

At A Glance
Onyx was better than Obsidian. The character development blew my mind. But Katy disappointed me.

The Good
Here’s The Story…
Katy is determined to stay away from Daemon, but Daemon is not making it easy. With the alien whammy Daemon put on her still going strong, she can’t help but feel like that’s the only reason Daemon has feelings for her. But that problem pales in comparison when the Department of Defence comes to town. There are too many secrets that can be exposed that mean the end of both Daemon and Katy’s lives if the Department finds out. Luckily, this new kid in town happens to know all about aliens and has a few tricks he can teach Katy to keep her safe. But then everything changes when Katy meets someone who is suppose to be dead. Should she tell Daemon about this person who may have some answers on what really happened to his brother? Or will he get himself killed once he finds out the truth about his brother’s fate?

Mmmm, Daemon…
I am so happy to see some interesting progress in this series. And the character development was off the charts. I feel like I know Daemon so much better now. We really get to see his different sides. He’s still has his punch-worthy moments, but mostly his true self is finally coming out. He’s deep, he’s protective, and he’s fun. He hasn’t lost his snarkiness either. I love how he gives Katy a hard time, but in a more playful way. Katy is a crazy wench for pushing him away. I liked how we also saw more of his fears, his weaknesses. I never expected so many emotions from him. It was a very enjoyable change for his character.

Katy was frustrating this time around. But she is also the same strong, relatable girl we have come to love. I still get excited every time she mentions her blog. Her being a blogger, talking about the same things I go through as a blogger, is a special treat every time I read one of these books.

Katy is also very humbled in Onyx. She makes many bad decisions and mistakes that have dire consequences. I felt guilt right along with her. I so hope she learns from this though. It was also nice to see Katy and Daemon grow as a couple near the end. It makes me sad when they are not together.

It took a little while for the actual plot to come into effect, but once it did I was excited with the direction the book went. Onyx has some good suspense and action. I got the chills with how scary some situations got. The witty banter was still there as well. There is no way you can read this whole book without laughing out loud. The best funny parts were with the new kid, Blake, and Daemon. Katy gets pretty close with Blake, which I hated, but it made for some great testosterone filled scenes. Daemon refused to get Blake’s name right. He had a new name for him every time he brought him up: Biff, Flake, Bimbo, Butler, and so on. So effing hilarious.

Best. Vlog. Ever…
There were some very cute moments that literally made me giggle like a little girl. The Thanksgiving scene made me tear up. Daemon is the sweetest person ever. Then the vlog they did together for Katy’s blog was awesomesauce. Wish I had a cute guy to do that with me.

You Can’t Do That!!
Then the sad moments were extremely heartbreaking. I can’t believe Armentrout went there. I was shocked and horrified. My heart is still broken and I don’t know how to fix it. What can I expect next from Armentrout? I don’t know, and that frightens me. I don’t know if I can handle another upset like that. But I guess that’s why I keep reading. Armentrout knows how to take her readers on a whirlwind of a ride that keeps you glued to the pages.

The Bad
Though this book had a better plot, it was still lacking somewhat. The complexities were there but not to the extent I hoped. And it was pretty predictable. I knew who the bad guys were.

Katy frustrated the crap out of me in this book. Her reasons for doubting her and Daemon’s feelings for each other were thin and the skepticism lasted way to long, like the whole book. Then, she made very bad decisions in this book that had HUGE consequences. People died. I lost some respect for her this time around. Even Daemon made a stupid decision in the end.

The Snuggly
I love how Armentrout can make YA sexual tension seem so R rated. I think it’s Daemon. He makes everything feel so naughty. The sexual tension is palpable in almost every scene in this book.

Final Thoughts
Armentrout did a good job with Onyx. The story is really progressing and the characters are growing. I can’t wait for the next book, though I am a little apprehensive after the shock Armentrout left us with in this book. Highly recommended.

“Cookie?” he offered, holding a cookie full of chocolate chips.

Upset tummy or not, there was no way I could refuse that. “Sure.”

His lips tipped up one side and he leaned toward me, his mouth inches from mine. “Come and get it.”

Come and get…? Daemon placed half the cookie between those full, totally kissable lips.

Oh, holy alien babies everywhere…


“How can you still want me?” I said.

Daemon pressed his forehead against mine. “Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I’m insane. You’re crazy. Maybe that’s why. We just make crazy together.”


“Say it.”
“Say what?”
“Tell me what you told me earlier.”
“I love you.”
“That’s all I ever need to hear.”
“Those three words?”
“Always those three words.” 


“Not in this lifetime, buddy,” I said finally.
“Resistance is futile, Kitten.”
“So is your charm.”
 “We’ll see.” 

Lux Series:
Book #1: Obsidian
Book #2: Onyx
Book #3: Opal

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18 Responses to “Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. Haraiah

    Biff! Oh, haha. I really love that about Daemon. Him calling Blake different names EVERY.TIME. And the vlog! What I wouldn’t do to be in Katy’s place at that time. Also, I agree with you. Katy kind of frustrated me, too. I almost didn’t finish the book but I did and I’m glad I did. Also glad you liked it! Great review.

  2. Sarah (saz101)

    Oh goodness, J. I’m with you, re: Katy disappointing me. I wanted to MURDER her.

    With a spork.

    But I loved the plot and Daemon and and and… omg. Opal. HAVE YOU READ OPAL? :O

  3. Jaclyn Canada

    I agree with everything you said. Daemon grew so well and I love reading about him! Katy was frustrating, but I think she was humbled and learned her lesson…thankfully. The funniest part was Bilbo Baggins for sure! And the end, Wow! Great review 🙂 Old follower – Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven

  4. Sarah Elizabeth

    Katy sounds a bit frustrating, but i’m glad to hear that it was better than obsidian 🙂 I’ll have to read this one soon, not looking forward to the scary and shocking moments thought!

  5. Aman

    Daemon was the funniest in this book, and I love the name calling for Blake, but I agree with you on Katy, she was very annoying. Onyx id still my fav in this series, and I loved Dee in this book.
    Wonderful review 🙂

  6. Elisa

    These are on my beg, borrow or buy list, just haven’t gotten to it yet. But it sounds like they are worth it 🙂

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