Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

4 Stars

I will confess that I was NOT a fan of Daemon after Obsidian. I know, I know…I’m pretty much one of the very few who could not get past his meanness toward Katy. But…he was REALLY mean, you guys!! He made me cry for her in that cafeteria scene! Anyway, my point is that I went into Onyx reluctantly. And only on the assurance from friends that he got better…

Hi. My name is Jess, and I am now a fan of Daemon.

I know! How did this happen?! Well, mostly it was his obvious regret for the way he treated Katy in the previous book. Second, it was how much he obviously cared about her and wanted to be with her. Third, he showed us his nice, caring side A LOT more. He redeemed himself in my eyes!!! And in Katy’s, for that matter, but Katy is one stubborn girl.

Katy was terrified to trust him, to even be close to him, because of the way he had treated her. She was trying to be careful and not fall for him. So she spends a lot of the time pushing him away or keeping him at arm’s length (which isn’t always easy for her). But let me tell you…those moments where she gives in are explosive and steamy and totally awesome. And Daemon isn’t the only one who changes. In fact, Katy goes through crazy changes in this book. All of which were fascinating.

In Onyx we also get to learn a lot more about the Luxen’s time in DOD custody. Everyone discovers so many things no one knew before. So many secrets are uncovered, to the point where you don’t know who to trust by the end. The whole ride is completely exciting and certainly nail-biting.

The end of this book was such a rollercoaster of emotions! I was devastated, I was elated, I was in disbelief, I was happy. It was a lot! But I wouldn’t change a thing. Well, maybe one thing. :’(

I am very much looking forward to reading Opal. I have a feeling is going to be even crazier than Onyx and I can’t wait!

Book Info

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Published by Entangled Teen
Pub Date: August 14th 2012
Pages: 366
Format: Paperback | Source: Borrowed
Genres: RomanceSci-FiYoung Adult
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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.


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…

What Some Friends Had to Say About It…

Ginger @ GReads! – “Jennifer Armentrout is a genius.  She will give you just enough to satisfy your taste and then walk away hungry for so much more… STARVING!”

Lisa @ Dizneeee’s World of Books – “I am seriously thinking that Jennifer Armentrout can do no wrong. Each book that I read of hers, I fall more in love with her writing and story-telling.”

Katie @ Mundie Moms – “Fans of Obsidian with love all they encounter in ONYX. This book is full of swoon worthy moments, sweet moments that will take your breathe away, action, danger, and a few surprises.”


About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Jess @ Gone with the Words

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

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    Ginger @ GReads!

    I had issues with Daemon too! You are not alone my friend lol. I loved how much his character evolved in this book though. This series is so much fun to read! Let me know when you get to Opal & maybe we can read together?

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I knew I could trust your word on Daemon because you also had issues with him. SO happy I took the plunge and read it. We can definitely read Opal together! Soon!

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    I also didn’t care for Daemon after Obsidian but now I am super curious about Onyx if it converted you. Will have to continue on with this series after all!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Christa, it was crazy how much I disliked him, then came to like him in Onyx. CRAZY!!! lol But yeah…totally give Onyx a shot. :)

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    Mirely @ Rumor Has It

    You were not alone. Upon finishing Obsidian I was seriously trying to figure out what anyone thought was attractive about Daemon and how he treated Katy. It was scary really. However, I gave Onyx a chance and I’m so glad I did. The writing improved, the characters improved, the story improved. It was just awesome all the way around! Opal… That’s another story.

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        Mirely @ Rumor Has It

        Obsidian was a two star for me. Onyx redeemed the series big time and was a 5 star for me. Opal is like a three star. It’s been about a month since I read it and I’m still trying to figure out how to put what I feel into words. (Sigh)

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    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I know what you mean about Daemon in Obsidian. I wasn’t in love with him either because he was such a jerk. Until I read some scense from his POV including the cafeteria scene, and that made me like him.

    You will definitely like him more in Opal. He’s not really a jerk. But the ending . . . you might want to wait until the fourth book comes out.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      Ooooh, I must find and read these scenes you speak of!! Though I don’t know if I can reading the cafeteria scene again, even from his POV. It was so painful!! :(

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    Jessica@a GREAT read

    OOoh nice review! I enjoyed Obsidian myself and have these next two books on my TBR pile! Trying to find time to read them, but other books keep getting in the way that I really want to read as well.

    I liked Daemon from the beginning, true he was a jerk, but I liked how Katy dealt with him. She did things I would’ve done too! Such as the cafeteria scene!

    Looking forward to reading this other side of Daemon though!! Great review!

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      I thought she handled him great too..but UGH! I could not get past him! Glad I read the next book though. :)

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    Lauren @ Love is not a triangle

    While I didn’t loathe Daemon as much as you did, I really appreciated how much he worked to show Katy how much he cared for her. Though if I’m being honest, I was a tad annoyed by Katy in this one. I think she did a little too much resisting and acting like an idiot. But I love this series overall. I haven’t read Opal yet either, but I hope to get to it soon.

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      Jess @ Gone with the Words

      You’re right! Katy was frustrating in this one most of the time! I hope Opal is even better.

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