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I Belong


Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Lux (Book 2)

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

Format: Paperback, 366 Pages

ISBN-10: 1620610116 (Entangled Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1620610114 (Entangled Teen)

Reviewed by: Kristie

Synopsis:

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…

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful world filled with aliens, special powers and teenaged angst.

Opening Sentence: Ten seconds passed between when Daemon Black took his seat and when he poked me under my shoulder blade with his trusty pen.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The second book in the Lux series finds Katy conflicted over her feelings for Daemon. She wants an everlasting love like her parents had and she only thinks Daemon is attracted to her because of this new bond that they share. Katy is also gaining abilities that are similar to what Daemon and the Luxon can do. She begins to get close to the new human boy whom she thinks likes her for who she is but then she realizes that Blake isn’t exactly who he seems. He knows how to help Katy train with her developing abilities.

The Department of Defense had also been hanging around town. They registered the powers used recently (the ending of Obsidian) and want to know what happened. They are watching the Luxen closely and have taken an interest in Katy. Blake offers to train Katy so the DOD will not be aware of her powers. Daemon also offers to train her but she turns him down for Blake.

Katy is not quite the same girl that she was in Obsidian. She is still having problems putting her trust in Daemon but their banter isn’t quite the lust/hate filled electricity that it once was. She does become more of a loner. She is avoiding her feelings for Daemon and replacing him with Blake and since she is spending so much time with Blake she never sees her friends anymore. One thing Katy is trying to do is become strong, she doesn’t want anyone having to protect her or risk their lives by protecting her.

Daemon is really trying to woo Katy. He is trying to make up for how he treated her when they first met. He is trying to prove to Katy that their link isn’t what is causing their attraction. He begins to get possessive but he does give Katy the space she wants. But all Daemon wants is Katy’s trust but it may turn out to be too late for that.

Onyx expands on the Luxen world and the danger that they must face with the DOD. This world is dark, complex and dangerous. Onyx is not quite the relationship driven story that Obsidian was, but it will leave you shaking your head and wanting more. In fact the only thing I was really disappointed about in Onyx was that it ended. I kept turning the pages hoping for more. Thankfully, Opal will be released in December.

Notable Scene:

I was attracted to him on a level that was nearly painful. Being around him had ever cell in my body burning, but this was Daemon. Caving to him was like saying the way he’d treated me was okay. And more importantly, it required blind faith in the theory that our feelings were real. And when they turned out not to be? It would be heartbreak, because I would seriously fall for him—fall more than I already had.

Wiggling down, I dipped under his arms. A dull ache shot  through my injured leg as I backed up. “Is this like a ‘I didn’t want you until someone else wanted you’ type of thing?”

Daemon leaned against the table. “That’s not what this is.”

“Then what is it, Daemon?” Tears of frustration built in my eyes. “Why now, when three months ago you couldn’t stand to breathe the same air as me? It’s the connection between us. It’s the only thing that makes sense.”

“Dammit. Do you think I don’t regret acting like such a douche to you? I’ve apologized.”

He stood there, towering over me. “You don’t get it. None of this is easy for me. And I know this is hard for you. You have a lot to deal with. But I have my sister, an entire race counting on me. I didn’t want you to get close to me. I didn’t want another person to care about, to worry about losing.”

I sucked in a breath, and he went on. “It wasn’t right how I acted. I know that. But I can do better than that—better than Benny.”

“Blake,” I sighed, limping away from him. “I have a lot in common with Blake. He likes that I read a lot—”

“I do, too,” he challenged.

“And he also blogs.” Why did I feel like I was grasping at straws?

Daemon caught a piece of my hair and wrapped it around his finger. “I have nothing against the Internet.”

I knocked his hand away. “And he doesn’t like me because of some stupid alien connection or because some other guy likes me.”

“I don’t either.” His eyes flashed. “You can’t keep pretending. It’s wrong. You’ll break that boy’s poor little human heart.”

Lux Series:

0.5. Shadows

1. Obsidian

2. Onyx

3. Opal

FTC Advisory: Entangled Teen provided me with a copy of Onyx. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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