Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout

13047090Being 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…

So this book picks up right where Obsidian leaves off.   Katy is connected to Daemon (who wouldn’t want that) and she is having some issues of the paranormal kind.  Along comes Blake , who I didn’t like from the start, to “save” the day by offering to help Katy control her quirks.  He adds some competition for Daemon, by showing interest in Katy and being kind of normal and not all mad, brooding, or mean.  Competition as we find out can be good, especially with a very self assured character like Daemon, it sort of puts him in his place.

This book will keep your heart racing.  Between the story line and the uh hem tension between Katy and Daemon you really can’t put it down.  The characters are more developed in this book, as you expect from the second book in a series.  The plot is good, all be it slightly predictable, and moves at a great pace.  I like that there are weeks in between action, it gives the characters a break.  I hate when you read a book filled with so much drama that happens in ONE day.  That sounds exhausting.  I also love that Jennifer L. Armentrout allows each character to have flaws, and to not be great at everything.  It makes the books more relatable.

Have I mentioned that Katy is a YA book blogger?  Armentrout captured our essence perfectly with Katy, the way we get excited to receive packages, or when we can’t blog how we feel like something is missing, and books are everywhere in our houses.  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  Now if only a hot “mature” alien with a steady job would move next to me…

Just a fair warning I went to two bookstores to try to find the next books in the series and they didn’t have them.  Also as a side note/gripe I went to Books a Million and asked where the YA section was, and the dude working there didn’t know what YA was…  If you work in a bookstore at a very big mall you should know what YA is.  Grr.  So if you are looking for the books I found them on Amazon.

5 Bards for all the feels



Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

12578077Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

I think I love Jennifer Armentrout.  She basically wrote this book for book bloggers, I mean the the main character is a YA book blogger and she is freaking awesome.  Now I am about to say something slightly controversial so bare with me here, this book is what Twilight could have been.  When I started reading it I got slightly scared, because it had some similarities to Twilight.  Girl moves to small town, meets a mysterious guy who doesn’t like her, he acts weird, and has a big family, and of course has a big secret.  Now do you see where I am coming from?  Fortunately our protagonist is not a vapid, shallow girl like Bella.  Katy is awesome, she is a reader and a blogger (bonus points), she is smart, and witty, and she doesn’t need some guy who is an a hole around her.

So I was a little skeptical that this book was about aliens.  It’s not something that is done much in the YA genre, and when it is done the aliens are not the main characters in the book.  But I liked what Jennifer (I feel like we are on first name bases now, we have a major friendship happening in my head in a none creepy way) did with the characters.  I understood their standoff ways and even thought well yeah, that’s how I would be.  I must say Daemon is hot.  But so are all the Aliens, one day I would like to have a supernatural character be not so hot…

I really appreciated that Katy wasn’t some helpless girl that stuck with the hot dude even know he treated her like crap.  She has backbone and chutzpah (sometimes I turn into a Jewish old lady).  Even at the end of the book when he starts to admit he likes her, she is skeptical and keeps him at arms length.  That is awesome and exactly how she should react.

Lets talk about the action in this book because it is not all about the romance.  I really dug the idea of having the light and dark dichotomy.  It was simple but at the same time complex.  And it causes some amount of tension and some awesome fight scenes in the book.  That thing that happened at the end, well that was something.  It was weird and I didn’t quite understand it.  But it was better explained in the other book (Onyx) that was ever so cleverly attached to Obsidian for my reading pleasure (I have Lux beginnings).  In fact it was so convenient that I didn’t stop reading once I finished Obsidian.  I have also learned there are 5 books so expect more reviews from me soon!

I would highly recommend this book.  Please ignore the similarities to Twilight, this is much better I promise!

4.5 Bards





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