Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I did it! I did it! I finally finished Onyx! And yes, before you say it, the newest book out is Opal. However, months ago when Onyx was first released, I made the decision to wait until Opal came out, so I could read one right after the other. Another reason was that I broke my rule and read spoilers when Onyx came out and I just knew my heart couldn’t take the roller coaster that Onyx was without the next in the series at my side.

Since there are just as many books out in circulation as there are reviews for this book, I’ll keep it short. Plus it’s Friday and I don’t know about you, but the hubby and I are going for Korean BBQ tonight after a very long week for both of us. Yum!

————-My Review————–

Read: December 6th to December 14th, 2012

Well I was very pleased with this installment. I almost wish I hadn’t waited until December to read it. Almost, though the wait did build a satisfactory amount of excitement when I finally dug in last week.


Dee, is my absolute favorite character in this series. I fell in love with her from the moment we were first introduced to her in Obsidian. Dee is so full of love for her brother and Katy and just wants them to be happy. As a secondary character, Dee doesn’t get that much screen time, which is very frustrating for a Dee fan. Onyx was no different, except this time when we did see her,she was wasn’t being the awesome Dee we all love until the very end of the story. It’s very difficult to grow to love a character and have to endure all their pain and anguish and feel it, as it were your own. Onyx in terms of Dee lived up to the roller coaster expectation I had going in.

Daemon, okay who doesn’t love Daemon? I started picturing that actor,  Jay Ryan from the CW’s Beauty and the Beast as Daemon not even a quarter of the way in. Before you doubt this comparison, you know it totally works, so stop protesting. Anyway back to this very different from Obsidian Daemon that we get exposed to. My first reaction was to wonder where sarcastic, but lovable guy from Obsidian went, but as the storyline progressed I realized he was still here, I was just witnessing another of his many layers. If I were him, I don’t know if I would have still felt the way he did after everything he and Katy went through, but I was happy with where Daemon was by the time Onyx came to a close.

Katy, usually is my least favorite, but this time around I liked another character even less. But we’ll get to that in a second. Katy drives me bat-crazy with her insecurities and lack of inner strength. I’m sure Armentrout had the full intention of making Katy strong and independent, but so far all I have seen is a scared little girl. She always clues in after something really drastic happens and it just makes me wish Dee would do the BFF-slap across the face thing and make Katy snap out of it. of course then Dee would have to be clued in, and everyone is too busy keep her in the dark…

Okay, so I don’t like Katy, like at all, but I can see where she is coming from with the need to be able to protect herself and those that she holds dear. Which is probably one of the reasons why her and Daemon work so well together, they really are from the same mold. By the way, does anyone think of Mila Kunis as Katy? Maybe it’s just me.

Blake, never have I ever hated a character more. First he is getting between my OTP then he creates dangerous scenarios for his own nefarious gains… Okay so maybe nefarious gains is a bit extreme… that would after all mean that Blake actually stopped to think about his actions before putting them into motion. What a freaking idiot! There is nothing redeeming about this guy. Yeah okay so his friend is in danger, but how does someone justify one death for another. And did he seriously think no was going to get hurt?! Unbelievable!!

Here’s to hoping Armentrout spares my poor nerves in Opal, but I doubt it.

For this review’s WHY, I am going to ask: WHY does Jennifer put her characters through so much stuff?

Don’t get me wrong, her books are good, no they are awesome. I have recommended them to numerous folks who have each loved and recommended her stories to their friends. But geez Louise, the punches never stop coming. And when they finally do, we as readers have all of five seconds before a new rush begins.

So let’s speculate here that Armentrout has a master plan and that in the end, there will be a happy ending where they all graduate high school and are able to leave the reaches of the beta quartz… In a perfect world, I may have thought this was possible, but Armentrout is up there with Whedon and Kripke. I need to learn to stop growing attached to anyone else for my own sanity.

Catch you all on the Opal-train! Cause angst aside, I can’t exactly stop reading her stories now can I? Not when they are just so awesome.

————-Review Ends————-

Goodreads Synopsis:

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…

onyxMy Rating: 5parachutes

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Source: Print Edition, 366 Pages

Publisher: Entangled Publishing

Published Date: August 14th, 2012

BlakeWikipedia: Blake is a surname or a given name which originated from Old English.


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