ARC Review & Giveaways: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

E.T. Has Never Been This Irresistible

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: August 14, 2012

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…

“What are we going to do, Kitten?” My toes curled at the deep octave of his voice. “I don’t know.”“I have a few ideas.” I cracked a grin. “I’m sure you do.”“Wanna hear about then? Although, I’m much better at the show part rather than the tell. “Somehow, I believe you.”“If you didn’t, I could always give you a teaser.” He paused, and I could hear the smile in his voice. “You bookish people love teasers, don’t you?” I laughed.“You’ve been doing your research on my blog.” “Maybe,” he replied. “Like I said, I’ve got to keep an eye on you, Kitten.”

So when I finished Obsidian which absolutely blew my mind, I was sure that Onyx could never live upto my expectations because well it seemed impossible. Yet to my utter amazement Jennifer L. Armentrout has astonished me because Onyx blew doors off of Obsidian (which I rated 5 SHOUTY stars) It was incredible! I love my gritty, darker reads, and Onyx brought a darker sinister side out for me to frolic in.

“Very bad Kitty…..”

Obsidian was the hottest YA I’ve had the pleasure of reading with the sexual tension so incredibly hot, and now it has lost its title because Onyx stole it because it was so unbearably hotter that readers and bloggers around the world (including myself) are probably pregnant right now with alien babies….No joke, for reals!

“How can you still want me?” I said. Daemon pressed his forehead against mine. “Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I’m insane. You’re crazy. Maybe that’s why. We just make crazy together.”

Onyx begins shortly after the previous events that occurred in Obsidian and Katy (my most favorite fictional blogger babe) is putting all her effort into pushing the ubber sexy Alien- Licious Daemon Black away for fear that his attraction to her is based purely on their alien connection that was formed in Obsidian. I myself would have jumped at the opportunity to date Daemon Black , but not Katy because she’s too smart prideful to allow Daemon to charm his way into her heart without proving his devotion to her. Katy‘s feisty attitude is completely understandable considering the humiliation, betrayal, hurt and emotional distress he has burdened her with.

“I’m not going to let some punk-ass human talk about you like that, especially him or his friends.”

However, Daemon Black is not the kind of alien to easily walk away taking NO for an answer and so he relentlessly pursues Katy and showers her with affection and symbolic treats while leaving himself vulnerable if Katy will open her heart to him. He’s beyond swoon worthy! 

Just then, the double doors opened, slamming off the white cement walls. Daemon came through the entrance, head lowered and eyes like glowing orbs. Even in my state, I could feel the power radiating off him. Not a Luxen power, but a human one- one born of desperation and pain. He looked at *—* and quickly dismissed him. His gaze found me and stayed. A multitude of emotions flickered across his face.

So, poor broken, yet determined Sizzling hot Daemon Black *RAWR* is anxiously waiting for Katy to declare her eternal love to him, but he has the obstacle of proving to her his feelings are sincere and not being manipulated by their freaky alien bond that is coveted by sexy alien lovers worldwide right now!

A boy walked in, wearing a vintage PAC-Man shirt-which was made of awesome. He was new, obviously. His brown hair artfully messy, like it was styled that way on purpose. Good looking, too, with golden-colored skin.

As unbelievable as this sounds there’s another male that shows up as a contender for the object of Katy’s heart. He’s a surfer, human, and shares a love for blogging so Katy views him as the “safer” choice and on paper he seems like a catch. Honestly though I didn’t dare cheat on Daemon for even a second. When I chose a male love interest I stay loyal to the final page. I mean who wants normal when we can have sexy, intelligent, powerful, incredibly charming, charismatic and oh yeah *cough* he lights up like a bulb when he’s around too? I know who would want that??! No worries Katy ill take that handful Daemon off your hands if he’s too much of a hero for you to handle. ;) *wink*

“Daemon was staring. Not at me, but at the boy next to me. There wasn’t anything friendly in the hard line of his jaw or his sharp jewel-toned eyes. Daemons gaze slid to mine. There was an utter deep in my chest. I tried to draw in a breath, but I felt pierced. My lips tingled. There was definitely no competition there.

Blake seems to be occupying much of Katy’s time and since he’s ell aware of the Luxen (Aliens) she feels she can trust him, but honestly any guy coming in between my Katy/Daemon time regardless of his qualities MUST GO!!! LOL.

“Fine!” I threw my hands in the air. “Yes, you mean something to me. What you did for me on Thanksgiving-that made me….” My voice cracked. “That made me happy. You made me happy. And I still care for you. Okay? You mean something to me–something I can’t really even put into words because everything seems too lame in comparison. I’ve always wanted you, even when I hated you. I want you even though you drive me freaking insane.”

Oh Jennifer L. Armentrout, I’ll admit you held my heartstrings in the palm of your hand during most of this read. You’re writing is so sensational that although Onyx is told from the POV of Katy, I felt as if I could feel Daemon‘s passionate emotions emanating like a beacon off each page sending me into a frenzy. What I find admirable in Katy is that she doesn’t loose herself in a guy just because he declares his affections to her, she’s smart and plays it safe until she knows it’s genuine. These two are beyond adorable together as their witty banter and fiery sexual tension melts off each page, leaving me fascinated and oh so envious of Katy! *sigh*

My breath shuddered in my chest. I squeezed my eyes shut and swore. What I was feeling wasn’t right. The last time I’d been this jealous was when all the bloggers went to a book conference last year and mom wouldn’t let me go. Hell, this was worse. I wanted to scream. I wanted to run back in there and pull out every strand of Ash’s hair. Jealousy I had no right to coursed through my veins, blinding any rational thought trying to tell me I was being stupid. But my blood was boiling.

The DOD has become an obstacle to Katy, Daemon and the rest of the aliens and their presence has caused an uproar of unease throughout Onyx. We also learn much more about the events of the disappearance of Bethany and Dawson and I was blindsided when the facts came to light. The building tension set up the most unexpected twist in the story that left me sad, angry, and terribly heartbroken, but don’t let that scare you because the plot is woven beautifully. Jennifer L. Armentrout has the clever ability to intertwine disastrous outcomes, engaging plots, passionate grand gestures and mystery which I reveled in like it was ultimate “Brain Candy”. 

I kissed him softly, sliding my hands into his silky locks, letting the pieces slide through my fingers. I tasted in him my own rising desire, my own need and heartache. Thrilling. Frightening. I pulled back. “Kitten,” he said again, voice strained. “You don’t get to do that and then stop. That’s not how it works.” I stared at him, my breath stalling in my lungs. ”Not when you’re mine.” Daemon backed us up and slid down the wall, pulling me onto his lap so I was straddling him. “And you’re mine.”

If you’re looking for an incredibly sexy, and riveting new installment in the richly addictive Lux series then I highly suggest you read Onyx on release date don’t wait!! ! Onyx is a MUST READ for fans of Daemon Black, Katy or sexy Alien-Licious guys that we can’t resist. I was mesmerized from the first page of Onyx and even though I read it recently  I’m yearning for another re-read immediately. How can you pass up an electrifying plot with a passionate love story that sizzles off the pages? I recommend Onyx for everyone! Do yourself a favor and pick up this sparkly gem and work yourself into a frenzy as I did. Thanks to Jennifer L. Armentrout I’m sitting here plotting a way to get from my home in California to West Virginia in desperate search for a Daemon Black of my own. The most disappointing part of Onyx was the end and although it’s not too far away, I’m obsessed with these gorgeous aliens and I want to read Opal now instead of waiting four torturous months for its release date of December 11, 2012.

“This reaper dude sounds like my kind of guy. He gets to kill people for a living.”…….“Don’t forget. There are cooler things out there than fallen angels and dead guys. Just saying.” He winked.
 
 

ARC provided for review by Entangled Teen

 

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Okay so since I’m absolutely obsessed with this series and especially this latest installment, I’m giving away a digital copy (Nook or Kindle) to one lucky winner! It’s for my International peeps too!! Please enter below, and enjoy!!! ♥

 
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Miss Vain

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46 Responses to ARC Review & Giveaways: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. krsz says:

    I just love when Daemon protects his sister. He’s so cute!!!

  2. Suzy Turner says:

    I’m saving my favourite Daemon Black moments for after I read the series! I’m a newbie ;)

  3. devillygirl says:

    I’m sorry but for me all moments with Daemon are wonderful. Loved them all! Great story!

  4. BeachHouseWrite says:

    I understand the NEED to get to the next book instantly only to find it is not yet finished being written or worse it has not yet been started.

  5. Naomi H says:

    Hey Miss Vain!! Your giveaways are always awesome!! This book seems to be popping up on blogs everywhere!! Fantastic review!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  6. Yvette says:

    I love his protective nature.
    Yvette
    yratpatrol@aol.com

  7. Hey you,
    Thanks for the chance to win!! I haven’t read this series yet, it is waiting for me in my TBR pile but I have seen so many great reviews that I can’t wait to read. Thanks again and have a great day!! :)

  8. I don’t know the series, but from you review I want to. I love the bad kitty comment. :0)

  9. Samina says:

    As I haven’t read this series yet (hangs head in shame) I don’t have any favourite moments but Daemon Black sounds delicious and this series seems too sexy to be YA.

  10. I have the first book but have yet to read it. Hopefully I like it.

  11. Lexxie says:

    I would love to win this book, I have heard so many nice things about this author and her books! I haven’t read any yet, so I guess I really should start with Lux #1.

    Have a great day!

  12. Emily D says:

    I haven’t read any of them yet. :-(

  13. Kelly says:

    He is such a guy. He likes her but acts like he doesn’t.

  14. Tanya says:

    This series is my favorite of the year….a definite must read

  15. Becky says:

    OOO sounds really good!! But sadly I have not read the first one yet….. It is next in line tho. :-) Cant wait to read this series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  16. Jeannette says:

    The first time they’re laying in his bed together. HaaawwwwT!!

  17. TayteH says:

    Hmm……when he freezes Simon after he tries to rape Katy. That was hilarious and heroic. :D

  18. Carin W says:

    this is a new to me series but with how much you love it I am going to have to check it out! Carin
    mawmom at gmail dot com

  19. Marulett says:

    Loved your review Miss V!!!! Only one moment?? Oh God, I don´t think I can choose…but since I´m a sucker for Bad Boys in the form of alien shining armor…I´ll go with their first kiss!
    I haven´t read book 2 and after reading your review I´m craving book 3 already!

  20. wni says:

    I haven’t read the first one. waiting for the book in my mail. I heard nothing but goodness all over the series! can’t wait to devour the book

  21. Lona Stringer says:

    I have not read this series yet, but I have seen it everywhere and am dying to read it. Thx for giveaway.

  22. Eva says:

    Since I have not started Onyx yet (tonight!), definitely the computer melting scene from Obsidian — so hot!

  23. Juana Andrade says:

    My favorite moment is when Demon and Katy make out, also every time they argue. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. Anna says:

    I like how he makes me laugh. :)

  25. Kim Reid says:

    I haven’t started the series yet, but am looking forward to!!
    Thanks :)

  26. Erika says:

    I haven’t started reading this series yet but am sure I’ll have a ton once I start:) He sounds super hot!

  27. Yadira A. says:

    I don’t have a fav moment since I haven’t read the series yet, but I definitely plan to move them up in my TBR because of that awesome review!

  28. Samantha D says:

    The scene where he is swimming!!!!!!!

  29. Maria pronounced Mariah says:

    Hanging head in shame…I haven’t read this yet to know.

  30. I haven’t actually read this series yet but I’m hearing about him everywhere! Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. DANIELA says:

    Hi
    I haven’t read books from this series yet, but I really like Jennifer’s writing so I’m sure once I read them I’ll have plenty of favorite moments.

  32. Barbara Elness says:

    I haven’t read the book yet, but from the post, I love that Daemon is so intense, protective and loyal to Katy.

  33. Michelle Borzyskowski says:

    I have not read the series but reading your post it makes me want to really bad!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Michelle B
    compgeek70@gmail.com

  34. cecilia says:

    Never read the books, i think i want a daemon which is : bad boy, smart, a little protective, and mysterious

  35. Anytime Deacon opened his mouth was a fav moment!

  36. Melissa tosh says:

    My favourite daemon moment is when he keeps calling Katy “kitten” lol so cute

  37. Caty Rahm says:

    I don’t have a favorite moment yet because I have yet to finish the first book but I’m almost done :)

  38. Ooh! You got me to read Obsidian, and it looks like I’ll have to pick up Onyx, too now…

  39. Deb McCarthy says:

    Its so hard to pick just 1 favorite Daemon moment, but if I had to pick just one it has to be the last one… When he says ” I still won” referring to losing the contest on new years, because had turned January 2nd but winning anyways because he won her… Gotta love Daemon! I never thought an alien could be so Hot! ;)

  40. Deb McCarthy says:

    Do you have any recommendations on a ” Daemon like” book to read while waiting for Opal? It’s a hard book to follow! Another favorite moment is how he refuses to call Blake his actual name but calls him any other name that begins with a “B” lol.

    • MissVain says:

      I love that part where he keeps purposely forgetting Blake’s name. Lol. So funny. Well as far as series that are similar….well I’m kind’ve on a Mature-YA contemporary romance kick and I’m loving those but none of those would be similar but this series is not new but the fourth and final book comes out in October. It’s the Fallen Angel series by Becca Fitzpatrick. The first book in the series is called Hush Hush and Patch is the only guy that I have ever compared to Daemon. I love Patch….have you read that series?

  41. linda foster says:

    I havent had one yet but I just bought the first one so I am sure I will have a favorite moment soon :)

  42. Linda says:

    I don´t have one, yet, but i´m planning to change that, asap! =)
    This is def. on my TBR list.

    best wishes, Linda xo

  43. Siiri says:

    My favorite moment is.. Hmh.. I think I enjoy all of them. Does that count? If not than I think I have to go with the scene after the laptop scene, the one he yells at Katy for taking off to protect Dee. He shows so much vulnerability and idk.. just like that scene, I guess, tho there are so freaking many! That just came to me first ;)

  44. Alexa says:

    I really hope this one pulls up the level of the series for me. I really didn’t care for Obsidian because it felt like certain parts of it were just ripped from the pages of Twilight. I had huge issues with this feeling and sounding too much like Twilight. I needed something original and I felt the first book didn’t really keep me enthralled like other Armentrout books have done for me. I really hope that this book makes me love the series.

    Thanks for the great review, I’m glad you are so in love with all the characters :)

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