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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Review: Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Title: Onyx (Goodreads)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 14 Aug 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781620610114
Format: ebook
Pages: 416

The Author on the Web:

Jennifer L Armentrout – Twitter

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

First Line: Ten seconds passed between when Daemon Black took his seat and when he poked me under my shoulder blade with his trusty pen.

Lux Series Order
Book 0.5 – Shadows
Book 1 – Obsidian

Book 2 – Onyx
Book 3 – Opal
Book 4 – Origin (July 2013)
Book 5 – Untitled (2014)

One thing I know for sure after reading Onyx by Jennifer Armentrout is that I still don’t really like Daemon Black but I can tolerate him more after this story than I could by the end of Obsidian. I started Onyx shortly after finishing Shadows because I couldn’t wait to get back into this world. I do wish that there was more from Dawson’s POV or even from Daemon’s but Katy didn’t annoy me as much in this one. I still don’t like the trope of how she blushes ever 10 seconds and doesn’t feel like she’s good enough to be with the hot boy. But I do like how she didn’t just give in the moment Daemon showed interest in her. 

Katy isn’t a perfect character but she does have a backbone and self-respect. There are girls who the moment the really hot boy in school said he liked her would drop everything to be with him. Katy doesn’t do that and I respect her for that. But at the same time I do wish that we didn’t have to hear her reasons every other page (seemingly). It became very repetitive especially since she just kept using the same reason over and over and over again. I also didn’t really care for the new characters that showed up in the book, Blake and Will. They both came across as just a tad bit creepy, Will more so than Blake. 

The plot of Onyx is more compelling that the one in Obsidian and I think that it helps that the world is already established. I also think that it helped that I read Shadows prior to this story as the events that happen in that novella seed events that happen in this story. As here, we interact with the DOD that is only mentioned a time or two in Obsidian. To me the DOD is a scarier then the Arum ever were. There is just something about a sinister, secret government group that just seems all too real and plausible. 

Onyx is a fast-paced story with lots of red herrings and I raced through this one to see how things would unfold. While, I did figure things out prior to the big reveals that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the book. I am glad that I decided to stick with this series and can’t wait to dive into Opal

One Response to “Review: Onyx by Jennifer L Armentrout”

  1. Vivien

    For some reason, I just really like JLA’s writing style. It’s my ‘brain candy’ :p But the more I read from this series, the more well rounded it becomes. It’s definitely getting really interesting.