Friday, 26 June 2015

Lux Beginnings by Jennifer L Armentrout



Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Page Count: 760 (Beginnings contains both Obsidian & Onyx)
My Rating: 4 Stars




Obsidian
Goodreads Summary
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.



I am a huge fan of Jennifer L Armentrouts writing, and the first two books in her Dark Elements series was one of my most favourite reads of 2014, so I had high hopes for this book. Katy Swartz is a protagonist we can all relate to, for a start she's a book nerd with her own blog, and she vlogs too. Then she meets Daemon Black, who is the arrogant sarcastic (and incredibly hot!) boy next door. These two have the potential to be the ultimate bookish dream team, and I absolutely loved the friction between the two of them. The only downside is that thanks to the blurb, we know Daemon is an alien before we even start chapter one, which wouldn't be an issue if Katy found out early on. Subsequently, the first half of the book lagged slightly because we as readers already know what Katy has yet to find out. So the marketing of this book let down the plot slightly. 

The plot of this book is very interesting and faced paced, and JLA has a wonderfully addictive writing style that makes her books so easy to read, and so difficult to put down. If you're not a fan of Sci Fi fiction, don't worry - this book is a straight up paranormal romance. Katy and Daemon are the kind of couple I love, because they can't stand each other and secretly want each other all at the same time.  

This book also threw off some serious Twilight vibes, and while that's not a bad thing I think I'd have enjoyed this book more if I'd discovered it in my Twilight hangover phase. I'd recommend this book for those who love YA and paranormal romance, and I gave this book 4/5 stars. 

Onyx

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…

In order to discuss Onyx, I have to talk about Obsidian, so avert your eyes if you haven't read the first book, and come back later. At the end of Obsidian, Daemon heals Katy and this book deals with the fallout from that. Plot wise it surprised me, it didn't go down the route I expected it to and I found I enjoyed this book considerably more because of that. Something worse than the Arum has come to town, the DOD. 

In Obsidian we discovered that alien and human relationships are not permitted, so naturally I expected this book to be dealing with that in typical paranormal romance fashion. So when the book didn't take that turn I was pleasantly surprised.  This book is even more addictive than the first, and I really enjoyed seeing Katy develop more as a character. She turns a corner in this book and starts to defend herself. The only negative aspect of Katy's character in Onyx is that her romantic feelings for Daemon frustrated me so much.

Katy believes that the link between her and Daemon thanks to his alien mojo is responsible for her feelings. I can deal with angst. I can deal with love turned to hate, and friction between love interests because it's like my my bookish dream, but Katy's denial drove me crazy. But the last third of the book was very, very addictive and I'm pretty sure I devoured it without putting it down. 

One thing I missed in Onyx was Dee, Daemons sister and Katy's best friend. The female friendship in Obsidian was one of the strong points for me, so I found myself missing her in this book. That being said, I understand why she wasn't present for most of the book, and I feel like I'm going to see a lot more of her in Lux, Consequences. I am very, very excited to read the next installment and I feel like this book series is just going to keep getting better and better. 

4/5 Stars

Sarah-Jane

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