February 12, 2014

Review: Onyx (Lux #2)

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Title: Onyx (A Lux Novel, Book Two)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
My Rating: 4 conch
Source: Purchased
By At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Summary from Goodreads:  
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…


The Review: Having already read the rest of the (available) books, I have to say that was my least favorite. Although Daemon grew up a little in this one, at least in terms of how he treats Katy, I found myself rather annoyed with her. Not dealing with her feelings for him and not trying to figure out what was happening to her, made her weaker than I would have wanted to see. I also could have dealt without all of the blogging details. That being said, I am glad to see that actions in Book One had consequences in Book Two. I think this has opened the door to some great plot lines and I'm very curious to see where the author goes with them. My one (rather big) hangup though is the whole powerful hybrid thing. I don't want to give too much away, but most of the time in nature hybrids are weaker, sterile, and don't live as long, among other things. Now, this by no way stopped me from reading, but I do hope this is addressed and explained a little better in later books. Setting reality aside (I mean, we are talking about aliens here!) this was a worthwhile read with some action toward the end that was needed to set up the next book.

The Good: I still liked the world and appreciated the ending that let me know there would be more coming in Book Three.

The Issue: Pace was a little too slow for my liking, a character refusing to see the obvious, and issues with the science.

The Rating: 4 conch. An okay second book, but kept me interested enough to find out what happens next.


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