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Friday, November 15, 2013

Onyx by Jennifer L. Armenotrout

Lux #2
     "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."

The second book in the Lux series had a far more interesting plot than the first. Mutated humans with spliced alien DNA. Katy is still in denial about her feelings toward Daemon Black and with their new connection, she has reason to doubt his motives.

While Daemon tries to convince Katy that what he feels for her is real, A new kid shows up at school, Blake. Katy kind of throws herself at him in order to make Daemon a little jealous and to try and have a "normal" relationship with a guy. That doesn't go too well when Katy starts to exhibit abilities that the Luxen have. This is kind of when the shit hit the fan, so to speak. The story arch in this book was a little more interesting. The first book was more about Katy discovering everything, and this book is about how much her life is going to change now that she knows about these two alien beings and the Government branch that controls them.

The DOD, behave very much like the evil anti-alien government that you expect them to. At first, you just think they are there to keep the aliens in check, but as more strange things start to happen around Katy and the Black twins and their alien triplet friends, we learn that the DOD is far more nefarious than we first thought, as is Blake, and Katy's mom's doctor boyfriend.

There are so many twists and turns in this story, it was a thrill to read. Even though Katy isn't the best decision maker in literature, she also isn't the worst. I am already started on the third book. This has quickly become one of my new favorite series, and Jennifer is one of my new favorite authors.

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