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September 19, 2012

Double Review: Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout - Juhina

Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Title: Obsidian (Lux, #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date:  May 8th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal, Aliens)
Source: own
Format: ebook
Pages: 335
Starting 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.
Aliens. See, I read a ton of paranormal novels, vampires, werewolves, angels, fallen angels, even zombies, but aliens? This was the one paranormal creature I stayed clear off. *smack* yes, that was a falcepalm moment. WHY have I not read this book sooner? This book had me ditching everyone and everything; had me stay up in the middle of the night even though I had work the next day, and kept me in a frenzied stupor in between reading it and Onyx. Obsidian was just the book I needed. The last couple of books had female protagonists after guys that were forgettable and unmemorable, but Daemon? I finally understand what all the fuss about him is. Granted, Obsidian appeals more to female readers than male; I doubt a guy would want to read about Daemon's hair, beautiful eyes, and constant lack of shirts. 
Aside from the hotness that is Daemon, Jennifer L. Artmentrout knows how to write a romance. The kind that would cause butterflies in your stomach. The tension between both Daemon and Kitty was just so hot! *fans self*. The plot isn’t any less outstanding. It had everything: Mystery, engaging secondary characters, a deeply woven story, a complex and satisfactory ending, a very likable narration voice by the female protagonist, and the easy and smooth writing and storytelling of Jennifer. Obsidian was a fast paced, thrilling, stomach butterfly-inducing novel. Onyx was no different. 

Onyx (Lux, #2)

Title: Onyx (Lux, #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date:  August 14th, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre(s): Young Adult (Paranormal, Aliens)
Format: ebook
Source: own
Pages: 366
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…
Onyx is the much-anticipated novel to Obsidian. I had to wait TWO days to get it after reading Obsidian, and trust me, that was torture. Onyx follows where Obsidian last stopped, and since this is a spoiler free review, I won’t be getting into the plot. Character wise, Daemon was more human (haha) and likable than in Obsidian. The sweeter side of him that we all thought didn’t exist finally emerges. However I can’t say the same for Kitty. Daemon’s sudden romantic attention to her only after months of ignoring and mean talk from him made her insecure and doubtful about the reasons why he was finally showing he cares about her. 
Throughout the whole book you can see her battling over her attraction towards him but at the same time her brain kept on reminding her of how he hurt her before. This back and forth banter wore me out , and I was sure even Daemon was getting tired of it, but since it was his fault to begin with, he didn’t give up. Onyx had a bit more alien fighting and kick butting than Obsidian. Also more back story and history was revealed, and as for the ending? While Jennifer might have spared us from a killer cliffhanger in Obsidian, she didn't hold back for Onyx. Look out for months of torturous wait until the third book in the Lux series.

9 comments:

  1. I have steared clear of aliens previously too, and I still haven't read this series. But from what I hear and also your review, I need to forget everythign I know about aliens and read this series! Awesome review!

    - Amy
    Following the Reader

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  2. Not that much longer of a wait for the next one!!! Have you read Cursed by JLARMENTROUT? It's really good. Nice reviews on these thought. I, haha, agree with the face smack. Waiting to read these=bad decision making skills, but on the bright side you don't have to wait as long for the next one ;)

    Haley

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  3. So freaking glad you liked both books :)! Onyx wore me out a little bit too, but it was still really good :) You should read Shadows (Dawson's story)! I loved it just as much as Obsidian and Onyx. I can't wait for OPAL :) Great reviews Juhina!

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  4. I have heard so many good things about this series and after your review i'm definitely going to pick it up soon. And i can't wait to meet Daemon. ;)

    Sangita @ Whisper of Reads.

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  5. I really loved Obsidian, I can't wait to read Onyx!!!

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  6. I want to read about Daemon's lack of shirts! XD But seriously, I've been reading great things about these books, and I NEED to get my hands on it!

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  7. I actually loved Onyx much more, but I get what you mean about them constantly being at a standstill. Katy was a bit tiresome in the second book, although Daemon showed significant improvement.
    Oh, and I so love the cover for the third book!
    Great reviews!

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  8. I loved Obsidian and Onyx, but I was a bit annoyed with Katy in Onyx. She is usually so smart and rational, but her actions in Onyx made little sense to me. I am so excited about Opal. I can't wait to read what happens, especially after that ending in Onyx!

    s @ Oh! Paper Pages

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  9. Oh. my. gosh. Why haven't I read these yet?!?! I'm sure your right about guys not wanting to read all about Dameon's hair, eyes, and lack of shirts but I sure do! LoL ;) Great Reviews!!

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