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Review: Onyx

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on August 14, 2012 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in paperback format only at Amazon and in both formats at Barnes & Noble.

Published by Entangled Teen, the print edition is 416 pages.

Onyx is the second book in author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. The third book, Opal, is slated for release on December 11, 2012.

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Goodreads description:

Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

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 when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until 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.

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Katy Swartz’s entire life changed the day she met Daemon Black. Going back to the life she had before she met him wasn’t an option. But she wasn’t sure that moving forward with him was something she wanted either.

After everything they’d gone through together, she just wanted a chance at normal for awhile. A chance with someone who didn’t drive her crazy. A chance with someone she wasn’t connected to. A chance with someone other than Daemon. Someone human.

But try as she might, she just couldn’t seem to stay away from him.

Even with the new boy more than willing to offer her a distraction. Even with the knowledge that being with Daemon put her and everyone she knew in danger. And even though the possibility of a happily ever after for them was more dream than reality.

Maybe it was their connection. Maybe it was because she needed his protection. Maybe she really did like him. Or maybe it was just the simple fact that she was his Kitten.

Whatever the reason, she’d have to make her mind up about Daemon fast, because time is running out. Someone’s been telling lies. Someone has betrayed their trust. Someone’s coming after them.

And this time luck might not be on their side.

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Onyx is the electrifying second book in Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. Tension-filled, suspenseful and exciting from start to finish, this book will keep readers on edge as each new discovery is made, each secret uncovered, each new danger unleashed and each betrayal revealed.

Shocking surprises, deadly threats, heartbreaking losses and sizzling chemistry all combine to make this sequel a blazing-fast and addictive must read. With the return of the series’ two favorite characters – Katy and Daemon – and the introduction of a few new ones, readers must decide what to believe, who to trust and who the real enemies are.

As Katy Swartz tries to cope with the connection she has with Daemon, she’ll have to find a way to determine whether his interest in her is real or a product of their bond. And she’ll have to decide not only whether she can trust his feelings for her but whether she can trust her feelings for him.

But with a new arrival in town, someone who seems to be able to offer Katy the normalcy she’s been longing for, things with Daemon seem that much less clear. So when she gets the opportunity to learn to protect herself instead of relying on Daemon she jumps at the chance.

Even if it means keeping secrets. And even if it means risking her own safety by putting her trust in a stranger. Because as dangerous as that may be, it’s nothing compared to the risk she’d have to take by putting her trust and her heart in Daemon’s hands.

Author Jennifer L. Armentrout has delivered yet another spellbinding book in this series. Her lovable heroine Katy and the easy flow to her writing will keep readers coming back for more. Her at times antagonistic protagonist Daemon will keep readers transfixed. And her intriguing and nail-biting plot infused with humor, sarcasm, fiery personalities and smoldering chemistry will leave readers anxious for Opal, the next book in the series.

Onyx is an absolute must for anyone who enjoyed Obsidian, for readers who love an easy to devour book with characters they’ll want to connect to and for fans of paranormal/sci-fi books with a bit of a mystery, a whole lot of action and an electrically-charged love story.

Reviewer gives this book…

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note:

I completely and totally inhaled this book. Once I finally had a second to pick it up that is. And once I did I could not put it down. Yes it was unputdownable. Well, until just before the end when I didn’t want to keep reading because I didn’t want it to end.

Onyx had all the heat and chemistry that Obsidian had. But it had so much more – more danger, more sizzle, more heartbreak, more angst, more danger…did I say that already? That’s okay. It deserves to be mentioned twice. The threats in this book were way more deadly than those in that first book.

And there was more story development in this sequel. The plot progressed quite a bit actually. We got to learn so much more about this world the author created. And as far as character development? Oh there was a whole lot of that. Let’s just say that we got a much closer and longer look at Daemon.

Yes, Daemon, who finally became more than the hot, sexy jerk he was in that first book. Though he was every bit as hot, every bit the tease, and every bit the tormenter of Katy, he showed us that isn’t all he is. There is more to him. And he has much more to offer.

Katy drove me a little batty in this book because she was so stubborn when it came to Daemon and so secretive when she could have been so much more open. What about? Well, that I can’t say without being seriously spoiler-y. But she had a few chances to open up and chose to remain silent. And let’s just say there were consequences for those actions. Big ones.

But Katy also was seriously awesome in this book. She did things…. Well I can’t say exactly what things she did or that would be spoiler-y too, but she did do some things that I never thought possible. Not by her. And by the end of this book she was definitely a different Katy than she was at the start of it.

As if it wasn’t enough that this book was filled with action, and packed full of Daemon and Katy moments, there were some other moments that made my breath catch, made me bite my nails and made me wish and hope and plead for certain outcomes. And some that made me desperately wish they wouldn’t ever come true.

I did get all twisty inside from this one particular scene and maybe another one. And very possibly a third. I actually couldn’t believe just how much happened in this book. The story was packed so full and yet I kept wanting more. At the end I just wanted to keep reading even though there was no story left to read.

Onyx made me want to go back and re-read Obsidian the second I finished it. I wanted to compare the Daemon in that book with the Daemon in this one and I wanted to do the same for Katy.

I loved this new side of Daemon that we got to see. I loved learning more about the Luxen. And I both loved and hated the new character that made an appearance in this book and in Katy’s life.

I can’t wait to find out what happens in Opal. I am dying to learn what the meaning behind that particular title is. I am even more nervous about what’s going on with the DOD and incredibly anxious about some of the dangers that have arisen.

I am so worried that things are not going to end well. And I’m terrified about just how other things will progress. Especially after what happened at the end. While not totally unexpected, as the author built it up so perfectly, there are so many different directions the story can take.

Most of which have the potential to be utterly heartbreaking. And where things can go very, very wrong. Fast.

I just know the wait for Opal will be so unbelievably tortuous. It’s only been a short time since I finished Onyx and I’m already going crazy. So a re-read of both books may be in order, because release date for the third book in the series is a long, long ways away.

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If I had to choose a favorite passage that sizzled I couldn’t pick just one. This book was full of all sorts of heat. So, I decided to choose one that summed Daemon Black up perfectly.

…Daemon leaned over the center console and kissed me. The tender touch was so at odds with what he’d just said. Deadly and sweet–that was what Daemon was; two very different kinds of souls rested in him, fused together.

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To get a peek at the first two chapters of ONYX, click here.

This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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