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…
We all have our personal reasons to like a book. We all have our personal reasons to like a character. But when a character that I used to like became ridiculously annoying, it’s usually not that easy for me to look past all that I don’t like. Strangely, the character that annoyed me in Onyx happened to be an exception. Not only did she redeem herself towards the end of the book, I’m happy to say that I actually find myself liking her even more after the roller coaster ride of annoyance that I had with her.
Can you guess who she is? Yup, she’s Katy.
No doubt, Katy had suffered quite a bit ever since she met the Blacks. Being connected with Daemon through the healing bond might have made Katy uneasy, but the way she acted in Onyx was so immature that I had my suspicion that perhaps her IQ had been impaired by what happened in Obsidian. I didn’t want to dwell on how annoying she was but truth be told, I wouldn’t say she was going through the easiest time of her life. I guess no matter how annoyed she made me feel, I could see how hard she was trying to make herself adjust to all that she was becoming. What she struggled most, however, had nothing to do with her physical endurance. I knew for the most part, she didn’t want any of the abnormal stuff that she had to go through but watching her in self-denial mode was a painful process for me. So many times, she was so close to admitting her true feelings but because she was too stubborn to accept the truth, she clamped down and made up ridiculous excuses. When she finally came to her senses, I was soooo delighted – it’s like a burden was lifted and I could feel her breathe freely again! It’s really nice to see her make amends, and it’s awesome to see her being honest and bold towards the end! And while she’s still a little too smart-mouth for me, I like that she has resolved most of her inner conflicts on her own.
Katy’s journey of growth was not without challenges, sweat and hardship. I honestly think I’d not be able to survive if I were in her position. At the same time, I like that she intends to protect all those whom she cares even when she doesn’t know how she can go about doing it. In a way, she is very similar to Daemon – loyal, feisty and risk-taking. But because she is not as strong as she hopes she is, she is still the one who needs others to look out and take care of her.
Daemon, on the other hand, is strong, brave and reliable. Not that he doesn’t have weaknesses, but no matter how reckless he may seem, he often acts with some sort of consideration for those whom he values. I’m just glad that he is the one who never abandons Katy. It’s my hope that the bond between them is going to be strong enough to help them face what they must confront in the next book.
With characters in Shadows appearing in the last bit of Onyx, I think there may be something darker brewing, ready to surprise us in Opal. I’m definitely going to grab book three, but before I get ahead of myself, I just want to say that Onyx is not just about Katy and Daemon. While secondary characters like Carissa and Lesa only make minimal appearances, I like that new characters are introduced. I also like that we get to learn a bit more about the Luxens – what they are capable of, what they fear, and what their power may do to affect human. It’s also chilling to learn that some people are not as innocent as they appear and when they have their priorities messed up, they can really act in ways that are ugly, selfish and unpredictable!
Overall, I like that Onyx explores into something that is deeper than just thrilling fight or hot romance. I really enjoy reading about how crisis brings out the bad in good people. While it’s sad to see deaths and injuries, I’m enthralled that there are unforeseeable allies that want Katy alive and not dead! The downturn (or upturn of event, depending on how you look at it) at the end is quite unexpected and I’m thrilled to say that Onyx exceeds my expectations! I’m now really eager to read Opal. 🙂