Updated: Aug 14, 2021
By Jennifer L Armentrout
Book #2 of The Lux Series
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 is 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…
Spoilers ahead friends!! You have been warned!
RATED: 14+ CATEGORY: MOOD:
Foul Language Young Adult Exciting
Some Steaminess Romance Feel Good
So I loved Onyx, just as much as I loved the first book of the series, Obsidian. Sometimes with a series, the story slows down, and the point of the story is lost in a bunch on unimportant details. Onyx did not disappoint, thank God, because I love these books, and it may have broken my heart.
Bear with me. I am going to post my thoughts on the characters first before going into my review of the book itself.
So this was really Katy's book to shine. Right off the bat, she gets dangerously sick. While Daemon saved her life in the first book by healing her, consequently, Katy changes. Her DNA mutates, and now she is a hybrid. While this, understandably, freaks her out, she is a strong character, and takes it pretty well. The problem with Kat in Onyx is trust. She doesn't trust Daemon when he makes it pretty clear how he feels about her, chalking it up to their "alien mojo bond". She instead trusts another guy, one she just met, and has him train her. I have to wonder if maybe she feels like she needs to give him a chance because he is like her. At this point, she hasn't met another hybrid. Its just heartbreaking to see the pain she causes Daemon by putting herself in danger. I don't know why it never occurs to her to have Daemon train her. A lot of the stuff that happens at the end of the book would not have happened if she not only trusted Daemon, but trusted herself. She had doubts about Blake and Will (Dr. Micheals) long before everything comes to a head. To be fair, she did go through a major change. Her redemption is when she is finally honest with Daemon about loving him, and admitting to herself that she made some bad choices, and she needs to deal with it, and get better. I also loved how kick ass she was in this book. While she does cause Daemon pain by training with Blake, the fact that she wants to be able to stand by him as an equal and fight with him, and protect him and his family is admirable.
Daemon totally redeems himself from the last book. We know why he was such a jerk. He was trying to push Katy away, protect his family, and ignore his feelings for her. In Onyx, he throws it all out the window. Even before he knows about her change, he tells her he wants to be with her. Pushing her away didn't keep her from danger, so why deny his feelings? He shows a very sweet, considerate side of him, and it was very hard to see through Kat's eyes the pain she causes him by trusting Blake. He tries so damn hard to show her his feelings are true, but she fights him to the very end. Props To Daemon though, he steps back, and while I know it kills him, he knows Kat needs to do this on her own.