Monday, November 19, 2012

Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Monday, November 19, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: EntangledTeen
Series: Lux #2
Source: Bought
*This review may contain spoilers if you have not read Obsidian*
Onyx (Lux, #2)
Daemon used his powers to heal Katy during the Arum attack, but it didn't just heal her... it also gave them a strange connection. Not to mention some other peculiar side-effects. On top of that, the DOD is hot on Katy's trail, and it doesn't seem that she can trust anyone. She can't even trust her own emotions, not those that she feels for Daemon. The same feelings he seems to share. 

When I started the Lux series, I could already tell I would have some problems with it. For one, the "romance" wasn't romance, at all. I don't care how attractive a guy is- if he is rude (and Daemon is plenty rude) that completely negates his looks. Two, while I liked the alien idea, there's nothing to differentiate this paranormal romance from any other paranormal romance.

Even the aspects that I had liked in Obsidian didn't do it for me in Onyx. The fact that Katy is a book blogger was more annoying than anything. I mean, it's cool in theory, but what purpose does it serve? There are so many other ways to develop her character than to have her randomly talking about In My Mailbox videos when the government could kidnap her at any second.

And Daemon is finally sweet, which is what I wanted, instead of the jerk he was in Obsidian. Still, he's fairly sexist and (I'm sorry, there's no better way to put this) something of a pig. The fact that he continues to pursue Kate even though she has said no to his approaches already is not okay. Then, to add to the paranormal romance cliches, there's a not-really-love-triangle, which bugged me. Kate needs to get her priorities in order, pronto. She has bigger concerns than boys at the moment.

Now here's where it gets confusing. Despite all that I've just said, for some unknown reason, I'm still tempted to read the next book.

Why? I'm obviously not a huge fan of this series, no matter how much I wanted to be. (I think I've said this before, but JLA seems like a really cool person. I wanted to like her books!) Her writing style, if a little hokey dialogue-wise (I've never heard a teenager say, in all seriousness, that they "heart" something), is still addictively easy to read. The conspiracy theories concerning the government are pretty cool, too, although the Arum are pretty weak, as far as antagonists go. (Nothing is 100% evil. That's unrealistic and makes for an uninteresting group of bad guys.)

So I guess you could say I'm torn. Perhaps I'll just wait until the reviews of Opal come out and then see whether I'll be continuing on with the Lux series.
*2.5 stars*
Paranormal Romance novels I love: Die for Me by Amy Plum, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare, Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
What do you guys think? Is it worth continuing on?


  1. I agree. At the start, Daemon was pretty irritating and the only thing he had going was his sexiness (which was pretty much everything). But later he kinda toned it down and became more protective over Katy. I am more intrigued over the storyline in this book because I was so averse to the topic of an alien romance at first but got used to the idea after reading this. Then again, I can't really remember what it's about anymore LOL. I think you should give it another try before calling it quits!

    1. I'll probably read the third one, although I'm not quite sure why I want to! haha The conspiracy theories are interesting, I just wish there was more depth. Maybe there will be some incredible twists in Opal, but we'll just have to wait and see.

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