Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Review: Onyx

Kindle // Print // Jennifer L. Armentrout
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…[reviewer note: she lies! That can't be true!]

Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarre connection. I’ve sworn him off even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But against all common sense, I’m falling for him. Hard.

Our relationship issues aren’t out biggest problem…

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 when a new boy shows up a school with a secret of his own, things get complicated fast. I need to choose between my own instincts and Daemon’s.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until 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

Oh my holy alien babies...

First let me start with a disclaimer, I realize Daemon is a serious jerk.  Possibly the biggest egotistical, arrogant, smug, jerk in all of YA-dom (at least, of the books I've read).  That doesn't negate the fact he is protective, charming, seductive and so sweet I rolled my eyes a few times. 

Second, Katy is most kinds of awesome.  She's a little bit too cool at times--aside from some appallingly bad decisions made throughout this book at least.  And they are horrifically bad.  Third, maybe most important, Armentrout really has a way too make a girl blush while reading a perfectly chaste (by romance standards) scene in public.

Or remembering that scene.  Or discussing it.  Seriously fanned my cheeks a few times.

How serious can be serious be?  Katy learns a lot about what it really means to be connected to Daemon--what her powers can (and can't) do, why Daemon was running hot/cold with her, maybe even why she feels as attracted to him as she does (spoiler: Katy overthinks things at times).  She learns it from a new character, who I didn't like mostly because he was just always there.  I imagined a lot of his interactions with Katy went like this:

Blake: He is not telling you everything.
Katy: He never does :shrugs:
Katy: Well that is something to consider.
Blake:Let me teach you about your powers so you don't die.
Katy: I don't know Daemon was...
Blake: I can teach you faster and with less assery.
Katy: When you put it like that sure!
Blake: ::twirls imaginary mustache:: Exxxceeeellllent.
Katy: Did you hear that cartoon-ish villain voice?
Blake: Nope!
Please note that's not a real conversation they have up there, just kind of how their conversations went.  Often.  Its not that Blake is a bad guy...exactly.  He genuinely seemed to want Katy to be able to protect herself.  He was just more of a 'toss in the deep end hope you survive!' sort of guy then a patient, thorough teacher.

By contrast Daemon was also trying to help her, but got frustrated easily since he couldn't understand why she wasn't learning as quickly as he obviously did.  His reluctant agreement to let Katy learn from Blake is partly because Blake was in a similar situation as Katy--he got himself Saved by an Alien and thus developed powers.

Startling revelations come about, as well as a whole passel of thoroughly depressing moments for anyone invested in the second tier characters (that is, anyone who isn't Katy or Daemon).  The book ends with a BIG shock (though not an unexpected one given hindsight) and with the series now being upped to at least five books, who knows what'll happen in the third book, Opal which so help me Entangled Teen if that gets pushed back like Onyx here did I will find my own hot alien to help me juice up!