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Onyx (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Onyx (A Lux Novel) (edition 2012)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Series: Lux (2)

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Title:Onyx (A Lux Novel)
Authors:Jennifer L. Armentrout
Info:Entangled Teen (2012), Paperback, 416 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Paranormal, Romance, Aliens, Young Adult

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Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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    Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Ammora)
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    Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Ammora)
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    Gravity (The Taking) by Melissa West (Lpaddycake)
    Lpaddycake: Here is another series following the development of a young couple and finding out one is an alien and they must rely on each other to save Earth and their way of life.

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4.5 stars. ( )
  TexasBookLover7 | Jun 16, 2015 |
Onyx seemed a little more boring than Obsidian - Kat & Daemon, it seems, kept having the same conversation over and over and over again... Who the bad guys were was clear from the first pages - no surprises there. Dee was basically written out of the second book, which once again showed the stupid stereotype about a teenage girl with a hot boyfriend/new crush/alien problems that forgets about her best friend. The first book really did seem what Twilight should have been like, but Onyx was even less exciting... And as much as I wanted to feel those sparks between Kat & Daemon - I couldn't. Felt more chemistry between Dee & Adam, really. The plot continuous to be quite interesting, though. I want to know where the story is going with the DOD, what really happened to Dawson (though it's not that hard to guess and how Kat will coexist with the nicer brother. ( )
  v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
~~~~~3.5 Stars~~~~~~ ( )
  BethYacoub | Dec 31, 2014 |
After being healed by Daemon after almost dying by the hand of an Arum,Katy has Daemon's abilities. With the threat of both the Arum and the Department of Defense(DOD),Daemon and Katy's growing feelings for each other and a new guy in town called Blake, you never know what is going to happen.

The DOD played a huge role in this book. I thought the Luxen were naive to think that the DOD didn't know about their abilities. You learn a lot about the Alien Connection between Katy and Daemon which linked her to Daemon and gave her his abilities and what it means for both of them. The new guy Blake added a lot of drama and angst between Katy and Daemon. Plus them not communicating and Katy lying about her feelings for Daemon annoyed me and to me was the only downfall to the book and why I took off a half star. I also hated Blake. I loved watching Katy learn how to use her abilities and becoming confident in them.

Katy is in denial. She is madly in love with Daemon and just because their love is different from her parents doesn't mean it is not love. When Katy finally admits she has feelings for Daemon to herself is on of my favorite parts and think it was a big step for her. I fell head over heels in love with Daemon. That Thanksgiving scene. Swoon-worthy and Romantic. I also love how protective Daemon is over Katy and how he is trying to make up for treating her badly in book 1. I do wish we saw more of Dee in this book. I missed her cheerfulness.

JLA is great at shocking and surprising you but I did see a few things coming. JLA has yet to let me down and I always get a fast paced read with strong intelligent but imperfect heroines,swoon-worthy heroes who love the heroine passionately and respect her,supporting characters you love and hate,and shocks and surprising plot twists. I love this book and can't wait to read book 3.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Content Rating: PG-13

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  thereadingrebel | Dec 22, 2014 |
In "Onyx", the second book in the Lux Series, Katy and Daemon have to face higher powers that are having none of their crazy alien stuff. They also break a lot of stuff. And people.

Having established all character relationships in the first book "Obsidian", the plot is going crazy in "Onyx". Turns out that aliens are a bigger deal than everybody thought and this novel will chase you with plot twists. The problem I usually have with plot twists is that they are in most cases so random and impossible to predict that you just sit there and ask yourself where your life went wrong. Or the author's for that matter. But Armentrout doesn't give you half-assed wannabe-plot-twists, she connects the dots perfectly. Some of the things I could have guessed but I didn't think she would actually go through with it. This novel is a rollercoaster of emotions, one second you're going to find yourself laughing hysterically, the other second you're crying happy tears like it's nobody's business. This is awesome, this is what I'm looking for in literature, this is exactly the escape that all readers want.

Coming back to the title - what's up with breaking all that stuff??
Every other chapter somebody smashes a window, a tree or even a person. Not always fatally, but come on. How does this go unnoticed? How aren't the adults suspicious when Katy for example manages to smash their entire living room or every window ever of a random person's house?? Slight plot holes here. I don't think my mom would buy "well, we had a storm" if there was no sign of anything going on, or anything being reported in the news, but somehow there was a fricking uprooted tree in the backyard. Also, what's up with uprooting trees? Since the first book Daemon at least did that three times. How can he even do that by the way? Wasn't it just due to the fact that he's a light-related alien that he could mess with time and light? Now also trees? Or is it because it's made out of atoms and atoms travel by light? Plothole, lady. She has to keep an eye on her alien race not becoming a bunch of Mary Sues. Not to mention the numerous times branches that fell down and almost killed people. Are trees evil? Are they up to something? Maybe they're aliens. It's always aliens.

It's the end that hit me like a train and I loved how everything came together and made sense. It wasn't rushed, it was planned and it was very interesting to see the resolutions of some story lines. The beginning was a bit slow and bored me, which is why I can't give 5/5. (Plot 3/5)

However I have to note that the middle was somewhat slow, too, because Armentrout decided to introduce Blake, another character that gets rather close to Katy and Daemon. He was a mystery until the end to me but I liked him. I genuinely loved how sweet he is to Katy and how Daemon and him bicker like an old married couple. His role in the novel was just planned extremely well and I loved his storyline. With the introduction of Blake we obviously have the mandatory somewhat-love-triangle going on for a few pages, but I'm very proud that Armentrout doesn't go through with it. If there's something in YA that bothers me to no end, it's love triangles. Everybody hates them, they're annoying and frankly, usually aren't actually triangles. More like parallel asymptotes or something. I'm not good with math, let's stop there with the bad analogies.

Besides Blake, Armentrout only introduces one other side character that actually matters and I'm very grateful for that. Though I have to note that I am annoyed and upset that Dee, Daemon's sister, AGAIN was barely in the novel. She's my favourite character in the series, no contest, but she remains a sidekick, only appearing to stick out her tongue whenever Daemon and Katy do it freaky-deaky style. No, they actually don't do it like that but I really wanted to say that sentence.
I'm disappointed in the lack of Dee in this novel and again I have to critize the fact hat Katy doesn't spend time with anyone besides Blake and Daemon. Her friends Carissa and Lesa, if these are even their names, are still cardboard cutouts.

It's okay to have some raw characters in the first installment of a series, but by the second novel you should have recurring characters down, lady. Also, we have this not-having-a-life thing going on again that I already critized in fellow YA novel "Starcrossed". Just because your life is exciting and new and full of shiny aliens now, you still have to do normal stuff. Picking a protagonist that is new in town is a very easy excuse to neglect the fact that normal people have lives. Yeah, Katy has her book blog. But does she ever talk to her mum? Any other family members? Do stuff with friends? Even Dee is ignored and she is supposed to be her best friend, God knows why. Ugh. Please get it together, YA authors.

Daemon is a needy bastard in "Onyx". His constant emotion seems to vary between "I Know You Want It" and "TELL ME YOU WANT ME ATTENTION ATTENTION PLEASE EVERYONE LOOK AT ME". The snark and sass from the first novel is just background white noise, but I guess this is what happens to boys when they fall in love. I forgive him because I still love the man. I hope he gets it together in "Opal". (Characters 4/5)

The writing in this one is okay again, the middle was dragged like I said. Another thing - man, Armentrout can't write action scenes. Or character placements in a room. One second they're on top of each other, the other second their limbs are all over the place. I'm having a hard time visualizing the exact positions of characters because she really messes up sometimes. This shows again in action scenes. I get it, it's difficult to write that kind of stuff if you're used to doing only YA or Romance, but come on. Her action scenes are messy. Sometimes I just scanned the paragraphs because I couldn't, for the hell of it, understand who was standing where and who killed whom with what. I still haven't fully understood the thing Katy did to that Arum in the last scenes of "Obsidian". (Writing 2/5)

Overall: Do I recommend?

Obviously, if you have read "Obsidian" you have to read "Onyx". The first doesn't work as a standalone and this resolves a lot of issues that you're probably eager to see add to the story. To me it is somewhat of a transition novel though and I'm looking forward to "Opal" being the real deal again. I'd recommend.

Rating: ★★★☆☆
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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...… (more)

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