Book Review(s): Obsidian/Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: @JLArmentrout
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 335 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars


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.

Grace Review

Paranormal is not something I read very often, and yet when I do, I’m always left thinking, “why don’t I read this genre more?”
Good question, huh.
Anywho, reading this book reminded me why this genre is so entertaining.

This story had a lot of elements that other books within this genre have:
The heroine in a new town, aka someone looking to meet new friends.
New acquaintances (her neighbors) who are odd at times.
The rude yet sexy Alpha.
The hate/love dance between the heroine and hero.
A repeating threat.
Admitted attraction.
The battle to give in to that attraction.

Despite the age difference between myself and Katy, there were two things that made her easy to relate to, her love of books and the fact that she ran her own blog, Katy’s Krazy Obsession. As an aside, I think her love of books, some on the paranormal side, was a plus for her when meeting her neighbors, the twins Dee and Daemon.

Dee is a vibrant personality. She quickly latches herself to Katy, offering perfect neighborly hospitality, and friendship.
Daemon is another story. Aptly named, he’s illusive and at times very rude. But with time, you’ll warm up to him . . . when he’s not playing games. Sure, he might not be human, but he can fit in the rest of the obnoxious high schoolers just fine.

While there are some bumps along the way as Katy assumes her role in the new town, it seems like a typical YA story. Until trouble finds her. And this is where things got really interesting. The thing I love about paranormal is there really are no limits. I love how an author can stretch my imagination and in this case, build a new planet, Lux, with good guys – The Luxen, and bad guys – The Arum.

As I said before, Katy isn’t a stranger to the paranormal, so as Daemon slowly reveals this truths, she is more open to who he is and where he is from. And her insane attraction to him doesn’t hurt either.

Being the first book in a lengthy series, the author has given the reader the base of the story, leaving plenty of opportunity for a number of storylines down the road. This was an entertaining read and easily hooked me in. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more.

– Grace

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Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Length: 366 pages
Rating: 4.5 Stars


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…

Grace Review

If there is one important theme in this book it is: trust your instincts.

Katy is not the same girl we met in book one.
No, she is very different.
It begins with an odd occurrence at her locker.
Then at home with a drink.
But things don’t really change drastically until her fever.

Now she can instantly tell when Daemon is near. And that’s a good and bad thing, because a new boy is in town, Blake Saunders, and he has taken a real interest in Katy.

While there is an attraction between Katy and Blake, that’s not really where this story leads, so have no fear Daemon lovers. He will always be #1 in Katy’s heart, whether she chooses to admit it or not.

This book was more intense than the first one, yet we just seem to be on the cusp of the storyline breaking out (in future books). While I’ve always loved Katy’s openness to all of the new things she learns about the Luxen, Arum and DOD, I didn’t like how she held so much back from Daemon. He proved to be an open book with her, but time and time again in this story, she holds back from sharing a truth with him, and that truth puts her life and others at risk. I’m hoping with the damaged caused in this book, she gains some maturity and perspective.

This book has some tough moments that broke my heart, but it ended on a positive note, so that was a plus. That’s not to say that this group isn’t in a huge amount of danger. There a multitude of twists, particularly involving the DOD that could go a number of directions, and I’m guessing most of them are not good. I did figure out one twist in advance, but several others caught me by surprise, which I love.

Although I wasn’t sure about this series at first, with aliens playing a key role, the author has sucked me in and I can’t wait to read more.

– Grace

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