Onyx

Title: Onyx (Book 2 in Lux)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen – Entangled Publishing
Release Date: August 14, 2012
Ebook

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…

My mind has officially been blown. I had to wait a day to write this review because I was FLIPPING OUT! I mean, full on hyperventilating, squealing, unable-to-breathe FLIPPING OUT! Seriously, just thinking about it I’m starting to have trouble inhaling again. Breathe, Maribeth, breathe. Okay. But, I mean, Entangled Publishing? If you’re really out there, and if you’re listening, PLEASE listen to the fans – release Opal soon!!! I don’t know if we can take much more!

Okay. So let’s start of with the plot. I can’t even describe how …. meaty the writing was. I know that’s a weird way to describe it, but there was not even a page’s rest of action, romance, suspense, or mystery. Sure, I guessed some of what was going to happen. But most of it was COMPLETELY unpredictable. I had NO idea the enormity of the situations, the craziness that went on. And with Katy’s voice coming through so strongly, I felt every fear, every moment of excitement, and every bit of anger, sadness, and love. I cried for her. I laughed with her. And I most certainly freaked out with her. Because let me tell you – the twists and turns this story takes will keep you glued to the edge of your seat on this roller coaster of a novel.

As far as characters go, I’m still in love with Katy and Daemon. I love their chemistry, and with misread signals and such, I can’t believe that they’re both so BLIND! It’s endearing, but sooooo frustrating. The end of this installment satisfied me a bit, especially with Daemon’s POV extra scene at the end of my Nook version, but still! I can’t wait to see how they progress in the next book.

In other romances, Dee and Adam’s relationship? Shocking. In more ways than one. I really like them, and the end? I can’t even put my feelings into words. Just know that I was … in shock. See above for the other emotions I was feeling. Dee definitely has my love and attention, though, from now to the end of the series.

I also liked how we got to see more of Matthew. It’s easier to appreciate his feelings and decisions in this book, especially with everything going on. Everything with the DOD (something/people that I DESPISE) really puts a lot of things into perspective. And then there’s the new character, Blake. Let’s just say that I had a weird feeling about him, and I wish that some things had gone differently. He did, however, shed a lot of light on Katy’s new touchy-glowy thing. Which, for the record, was also freaky and had me, along with Katy, confused, angry, and most definitely crying. Well, I cried out of frustration, and Katy was just frustrated.

Basically, there was a TON of things going on in this book that you don’t want to miss. It’s a high speed roller coaster of emotions as well as action, and the ride will leave you breathless. So don’t wait! High tail it to your nearest bookstore – online or physical – and READ READ READ!! And then wait anxiously for the third book, Opal, with the rest of us!!

Waiting anxiously,
~Yours Truly

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The Jerk Magnet

Title: The Jerk Magnet
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Release Date: January 1, 2012

When Chelsea Martin’s future stepmother helps her transform from gawky and geeky into the hottest girl at her new school, Chelsea is pretty sure it’s the best thing that ever happened to her. But her hot new look has a downside. She’s attracting lots of guys who all have one thing in common: they’re jerks. And stealing the attention of all the guys in school doesn’t endear her to the girls either.
Chelsea finally finds a true friend in Janelle Parker, and a non-jerk, Nicholas, catches her eye. Janelle keeps telling her to be herself, but Nicholas is the only guy around who doesn’t give her a second look. Can Chelsea and Janelle come up with a plan to get his attention? Or will Chelsea’s new image ruin everything?

I haven’t read a lot of Christian YA books in a while, and I’m really glad that my cousin introduced me to this author. It was cute, short, and shared several pointed messages that teens, especially but not limited to girls, deal with constantly. I liked how it didn’t just focus on faith, but on the constant confusion of learning how to be an adult and deal with everything life hands out to you. It was mostly realistic, at least in the fact that people do think these things, if not in the way the thoughts were conveyed. But that was refreshing; she had to convey the message somehow, and I think that she was very successful.

The plotline was interesting for sure. The plan that Janelle and Chelsea come up with at the end was hilarious, and very revealing of both human nature and individual character, in the book and in real life. I truly appreciated the honesty of Carlson’s writing and the imperfection of the characters.

I would definitely recommend this book, even if you are not a Christian. It is a quick, accurate view into the depths of the teenage world of bullying, insecurity, and uncertain futures. I cannot wait to read more of Melody Carlson’s books – very soon!

~Yours Truly

Weekend BookBlogger Hop: 20

The BookBlogger Hop is hosted by Crazy-for-Books every week. It had been too time-consuming for a while, but she’s started it back up again. Basically, if you blog about books, answer a question provided and if you link to their post in your blog, you can add your blog to their list of participants. This week’s question is:

When a book goes “viral” (Hunger Games, Fifty Shades, Twilight), do you rush out to read it like everyone else, even if it’s not in your typical genre?

If the book interests me, then yes, I’ll be more excited to read it and put it higher on my TBR list. However, I don’t buy books often, so I’ll probably borrow it. If it doesn’t interest me, then I won’t read it until I hear more about it – reviews and such that catch my attention. I might even get sick of all the raving.