Monday, October 20, 2014

REVIEW: ONYX BY JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT.

Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Edition: Paperback
Published: August 14, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 366
Source: Bought from Fullybooked
Category: Paranormal, Romance
Trailer: Here.

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..

**WARNING: FULL BLOWN SPOILERS BELOW.**

I was THIS close, THIS close in DNF-ing Onyx. I couldn't connect to it at all a hundred plus pages in and I find a lot of flaws in it along the way. Seriously, I was THIS close. I hated how I saw a lot of Twilight punch lines and scenes that I kept asking myself if this was a fanfiction of some sort. I even said simply make Edward Cullen an alien instead of a vampire and tadah, you have Onyx. This series is ridiculously expensive (for a paperback) here in the Philippines so I had to finish it. I just want to at least think that my money wouldn't completely go down the drain. If it wasn't for that shallow mindset, I would never have finished it. AND THANK GOODNESS I DID. THANK GOODNESS I TRIED SO HARD TO FINISH IT BECAUSE OMG DAEMON BLACK IS HOTTER THAN SUMMER IN THE DESERT!

So Onyx took off immediately after Obsidian. In the story, Katy is weirded out with herself because after Daemon healed her, she suddenly had X-men powers. She's out of control and if she couldn't master her newly acquired powers, she might expose Daemon's secret accidentally. It might bring the DOD back. Since school just started, she met Blake, a handsome new guy who has hot shots for her. Daemon don't trust Blake a single bit but Katy likes to try to date a normal guy. But trying to be normal fired back because Blake is just like her -- mutated human after being healed by a Luxen. Blake knows a lot about the Luxen and the mutation and offers her training. She agreed even after Daemon didn't. After Katy accidentally saw Bethany in the flesh, the mayhem began. Betrayal, loss, pain are just a few things that transpired. A lot has changed. But one thing remained - Daemon and Katy's we-wanna-kill-each-other-because-we-hate-each-other-but-we-are-really-inlove relationship. Also, Dawson's alive but he's lifeless. Irony is a bitch.

What I hated so much about Onyx aside from those annoying repetitive lines is Katy. It took her a novel and a half before she accepted what she truly feels for Daemon. She's so hypocrite. She knows she loves him to death but she just kept denying it as if it would make her forget or be normal again. I hated how she pushes Daemon away. She can't change the fact that no matter how hard she tries to avoid falling in love with him to prevent Dawson/Bethany fate from happening again, bitch, Daemon is Daemon! She even had the decency to be jealous with Ash when she just exchanged salivas with Blake! Ugh! Also, I hated how she set Dee aside like that. She claims she's her best friend but best friends don't do that! The worst she did? She didn't trust Daemon of all people! AND THAT CAUSED THEM ADAM!! SERIOUSLY!? What the hell is wrong with this character?

..heavy breathing..

As I continue to read, my rating surprisingly went up from DNF to 2 stars to 3 and then I settled for 4 stars. WHY? AFTER THAT RANT ABOUT KATY, WHY 4 STARS? BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF SMOKED BACON, DAEMON BLACK EXISTED. His entire being made this book so much better. From being the most annoying MC to being the most protective, loving and sweet alien, MY OVARIES EXPLODED! Their love-hate relationship somehow thrilled me because it wasn't all cheesy and hearty but it was also fun to see how they would almost want kill each other every damn day. It was unique in a way that despite their war-inducing differences, they manage be clingy and needy at the right moments. And Daemon Black just simply have this aura of being a bad boy with a marshmallow heart which is what I usually go for, probably the Alien mojo but it makes him THE one. Am not making any sense here but Daemon is everything a man should be - loyal, sweet, someone who values trust and loves his family a lot.

Onyx is a bowl of emotions mixed perfectly. It is hair-gripping, wall-punching, vocal chords-wrecking sequel that one would love and hate then love and hate repeat. Onyx, I can now confidently say, worth the time and money. Absolutely a fun read, I will definitely read Opal next and treat myself with a yummy tall glass of DAEMON BLACK.

"Some things are best left...unknown, you know? People search for answers and they don't always like what they get. Sometimes, the truth is worse than the lie."
"And I never felt this way with anyone else. Like I'm falling every time I'm around you, like I can't catch my breath, and I feel ALIVE - not just standing around and letting my life walk past me. There's been nothing like that with anyone else."
"There was something soul-burningly beautiful about being on the brink of losing control, tumbling over into the unknown, and I wanted to fall and never resurface."

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