Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Published by Entangled Teen on August 14th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
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…
If there’s anything that I have learned about Jennifer Armentrout’s books in the past few weeks, it would be that her books are all hilariously entertaining. While not overwhelmed by some plot twist gobsmacking you right in the face, you’ll find yourself laughing like crazy because of something said by the characters (honestly, the dialogue in her books is out of this world, and her characters are incredibly hilarious). Most things
In Onyx, you’ll find yourself even more witty banter between Daemon and Kat. Gosh, I can’t believe how many times I had to stop reading because I was laughing like crazy about something they did or said. It is hard not to love Jennifer’s writing style, the witty dialogues, the sarcastic and witty humour, and the crazy and oh so lovable characters *cough* Fictional Crush alarm*cough*
I loved how the characters developed a lot during Onyx. While Katy’s indecisiveness led to much frustrations throughout the book, it is still very clear that she grows a lot. She is slowly finding out who she is and who she wants to be, and I liked that the process was realistic and had quite some bumps along the way. And let’s not forget the huge change in Daemon’s character. From Obsidian, we know Daemon as a VERY attractive guy, but mysterious and often quite rude. Even though he was incredibly infuriating most of the time, I had a huge weakness for the glimpses we got of his ‘softer’ side. Onyx elaborated a lot on that softer side, it gave his character so much more depth!
While I think I both love the first and the second book equally, Onyx did have a more elaborate plotline. It felt like the plot went up a notch, the story became more suspenseful, more complex and overall just ‘deeper’. Literally everything I thought I had figured out after book 1 got turned upside down, which led to some plot twists that I didn’t see coming, AT ALL.
I can’t begin to explain how much I adore this series. I can go on and on about what I like so much about it. I won’t claim that it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, if I’m completely honest I’ll even admit that it’s far from it, but it most certainly is one of the most entertaining books I’ve ever read. And those are very VERY much needed as well!
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen on May 8th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don't kill him first, that is.
After my sister had been bugging me for about a year, throwing around terms in daily life like: like Holy Alien Babies, food ninjas, Alien cooties, and something about ‘my blog being better than your vlog’ (and, not to forget, her desperation to name our kitten Daemon Black) I decided to give it a go. In the end that wasn’t enough for her, because she ended up ordering the book for me (who says no to a free book?!) and I ended up reading it in one sitting. So Merel, this review is for you!
While the 5 stars are a dead giveaway about my feelings on this book. I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum and actually get across exactly what my feelings are about the book (no promises though..). I adore Obsidian, or I adore Jennifer Armentrout. Nah, I’m pretty sure I love both. The story was just everything I wanted to find in my next read. I wanted something fun, something paranormal-ish, a story with awesome and relatable characters (preferably including a hot new fictional crush). And I got it all! 335 pages, all read in one sitting.
Something fun? Check. The dialogue throughout this book is one of the most entertaining I’ve read in a while. The quick and easy banter between Daemon and Katy never failed to amuse me, as did the quirkiness of Katy as a character. I lost count of the times I burst out laughing, or the times I laughed quietly to myself. Jennifer Armentrout has a writing style that I found to be very addictive. The story flowed easily alongside the dialogue, which made it so easy relate and root for the main characters all the way.
Something paranormal-ish? Check. While I’d never have thought I would like a story about Aliens. Which I decided must have something to do with the fact that when thinking of aliens I always picture little green monsters with black eyes and huge brainy foreheads… But this, this was ‘Aliens’ with a unique and incredibly cool twist, this was a story about Aliens that I couldn’t help but fall in love with.
Awesome and relatable characters? Double check. Katy and Daemon, while frustrating at times, are such cool characters and Katy is an incredible protagonist. I loved how quirky and sarcastic she could be(plus she is a book blogger, which -of course- ears her a fair amount of bonus points), she had a personality that I found hard not to love more and more as you get to know her better throughout the story. Then we have Daemon, who frankly was quite rude and mean at the beginning of the story.. Ah, who am I kidding, the guy has the worst social skills imaginable. But as the story progresses, you catch glimpses of a softer personality lying beneath the surface (and we all know I’m such a sucker for guys with softer personalities…). These two characters really made the whole story for me, their banter often hilarious and able to evoke emotions when needed.
I really needed a read like this, and I am so not ashamed to say that I already *cough* finished *cough* reading Onyx as well (review to come!). I might should’ve taken my sisters advice and read this book a little bit sooner… if I had, my sister would’ve probably have gotten her way in naming the kitten Daemon.