Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Blog Tour ~ Onyx (Lux #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Welcome to The Bookish Babe's stop on the Onyx Blog Tour. Like many readers, I loved book one in the series, Obsidian. So I jumped on the chance to take part in this tour. My stop includes my review of Onyx, a Q&A, and a Giveaway!

Onyx (Lux, #2)Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

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.


I truly feel as if I can't say anything in my review that you haven't heard from everyone who has read Onyx. YES! Onyx is as awesome as Obsidian. YES! Daemon is infuriating, awesome, and gorgeous as ever. YES! Onyx lives up to the enormous hype.

I feel as if I can't say a lot without giving precious details. If you loved Obsidian, you will be blown away by Onyx. Here's why: Daemon. But it's not what you think. Yes, Daemon is impossibly aggravating, in a ridiculously sexy way. In Onyx, though, a different side of Daemon emerges. I wouldn't say he's softer, exactly, but it is a welcome change to see him not actively trying to push Kat away. Of course, the chemistry between the two is fantastic. Daemon and Kat are continuously drawn to one another, with Kat fighting it as much as possible. But who are we kidding? We all know there isn't a snowball's chance in H-E-L-L that she can resist Daemon for long. But...there's a new guy in town, one who takes a noticeable interest in Kat. Could Daemon have serious competition?


As for the plot, there's not a moment's rest in Onyx. The DOD is a continual threat, especially since Daemon and Katy's connection is stronger than ever. The Arum are circling. And it turns out that there may be more to Lux /human bond than ever imagined. Kat learns that no one can be trusted. No one. But is it already too late? Onyx deals one exciting bombshell after another.


It's no secret that Armentrout is a fantastic writer. I read Obsidian last fall, but her story and the strong impression she made enabled me to slide easily back into the world. I didn't have to jog my memory for details. I didn't have to do a quick re-read, though that would be fun. There's a reason the Lux series is such a big deal. It's that good and worth every bit of the hype.


 Favorite Quote:

"I relaxed a fraction of an inch and smiled. 'God, you're so modest.'
'Modesty is for saints and losers. I'm neither.' " (eARC, pg 171)

"I'm doing it so that I can stand beside you, as your equal, and not be someone you need to protect. And I'm doing this for myself, so that I don't have to rely on anyone to save me." (eARC, pg 254)


Expected Publication Date: August 14, 2012 by Entangled Teen

You can pre-order Onyx at:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble Book Depository

About the Author: Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.
Interview with author Jennifer L. Armentrout

How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?
Jennifer: I don't really celebrate finishing a book unless it was really a hard book to finish. Like the one I'm working on now, when I finish it, I'll probably go into a coma for two weeks. I think I will do something big when I finish a series, though.

Have you had any fun fan moments since you became a writer?
Jennifer: Recently, while I was on tour with the models from the Lux covers, a fan asked Pepe (who portrays Daemon on the covers) to say "kitten" at a book signing. Hearing him say that was pretty funny. The girls loved it.

Do you usuually begin a book with a character or a plot?
Jennifer: I usually begin a book with a basic plot idea. It's not really detailed - just an idea. Once I get that idea, then I move onto the characters. I thing the characters are the most important part of the book, because they are what makes a story stand out. At least, in my opinion.

How difficult is it for you to come up with a title for your books?
Jennifer: Aw man, I suck at coming up with titles, and it never fails, I always end up picking one word titles and then I'm pigeon holed into using one word titles for the rest of the books. I really need to stop doing that.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Jennifer: I'm a fly by the seat of my pants type of writer. I get a basic idea and then start writing. Most of the time a novel actually comes out at the end, but there are times being a pantser does nothing but get you a ton of unfinished manuscripts on your computer.

Thanks to Jennifer for taking the time out of her busy writing schedule to answer these questions.


Giveaway
I have one print copy of Onyx to give away, courtesy of Entangled Publishing. The giveaway is open to:
  • US Residents only. (Sorry)
  • Entrants must be 17+ years of age.
  • Must fill out the Rafflecopter form. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

51 comments:

  1. Great review and interview, hun! I love that people asked Pepe to say 'kitten' - haha!

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  2. Great interview!! I can't wait to get ahold of this book. :D

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  3. Love it!! Now, I just CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on Daemon and ONYX!! I loved the first book, and love JLA's writing style! Great review & interview, hun!!! Oh, and thanks for the AWESOME giveaway!

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  4. Love the interview! Thank you for telling us a bit about yourself. Have not read your books yet, but they are on my TBR pile.

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  5. Great review and interview!! I totally would have died hearing Pepe say Kitten I think. I loved Onyx and can't wait for Opal.

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  6. Loved the interview, and this just made me all the more excited for onyx!

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  7. I totally love Daemon in here too, and loved what you said about not what you think it is.
    Thanks for review,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  8. Daemon is the BEST guy character EVER! I fell in love with Obsidian and seriously cannot wait for Onyx and Opal. Great review and interview!

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  9. We should have a twitter party when she finish a series :P
    but it sounds like a fun way of writting :P

    thanks for the giveaway

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  10. Just finished reading Obsidian this week, and I'd love a copy of Onyx! <3

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  11. Great review and interview. Mine should be in the mail in the next couple of days and I can't wait!!!

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  12. Love the cover and interview. I have seen this book everywhere lately and cant wait to read it. Thx so much for giveaway.

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  14. Great post and interview! Obsidian is one of my favorite books, and Daemon is one of the best male characters ever! Thanks so much for the giveaway. I can't wait to read Onyx!:) (Removed previous comment due do many typos!LOL:)

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  15. Great interview! I was wondering about some of those questions myself, cause it's interesting to know what's behind Jennifer's amazing books. Hahaha I wish I could have heard Pepe say "Kitten", I can definitely see how that was a highlight! Thank you so much for the review/interview and giveaway!!

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  16. I really enjoyed this quote

    "I'm doing it so that I can stand beside you, as your equal, and not be someone you need to protect. And I'm doing this for myself, so that I don't have to rely on anyone to save me." (eARC, pg 254)

    I would love for someone to say that to me XD

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  17. Hah hah, "kitten" indeed. I always like reading these author interviews, although they always make me want to read the books even more! AND I DON'T HAVE THE TIME TO READ ALL THE BOOKS, Andrea. ;) I haven't read the first book yet so I'm not going to enter your generous giveaway, but I enjoyed this post very much.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  18. I love this series. It is so great! Nice interview.

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  19. I honestly don't believe that Ms. Jennifer Armentrout can do wrong when it comes writing YA novels. I'll be on edge until Onyx arrives at my door! Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

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  20. I cannot wait for this book! This is my most anticipated book for 2012. After I devoured Obsidian, I was so sad I had to wait so long -- I cannot wait for more Daemon/Kat interactions. Thank you Jennifer -- you are AWESOME!

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  21. Great review love! Can't wait to read it!

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  22. WHAT!! I want to hear Pepe say 'kitten'. Lucky.

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  23. Great post all around! So you'll be happy to know I started Obsidian today. With your rave reviews I had to drop everything and plunge in!

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  24. I like the quotes you picked it. The books amazing.

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  25. Great review and interview!!! And thanks for the giveaway I'm dying to read this book!!! I love daemon

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  26. Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of Onyx! Great interview! Lol. I totally love that JLA is a pantser! Maybe that's the secret to her amazing books!

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  27. I've loved ever JLA book I've read!! I can't wait for Onyx! I have a girl crush on you, Jennifer!

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  28. awesome interview!! Can't wait for this book!!

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  29. I am DYING to read this! Kitten...sigh

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  30. I read Obsidian and I was sooo pleasantly surprised! I usually don't like it when the hero acts like a total ass to the heroine and then she magically forgets what an ass he is and falls in love with him anyways. But Katy and Daemon had chemistry and she definitely didn't back down from him but instead gave it right back! I can't wait to read Onyx!

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  31. Can't wait for this book! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  32. Very nice review. The book sounds good.

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  33. Grr, I just want this book. I'm pretty sure I'll just become more grumpy as this tour progresses and I have to read all these fantabulous reviews and wait >.<

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  34. I skimmed since I haven't read Obsidian yet but just from what I read I suspect that I will love this series. I bought it and I have it sitting patiently on my Kindle, I just haven't had the chance to get to it yet. I did read Cursed by JLA as part of a book tour and I loved, loved, loved it so I'm excited to read more of her stuff.

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  35. I'm not entering the giveaway because I wanna purchase this book myself. I still haven't read Obsidian but I'll be probably catching up on all of her books next weekend. Glad you love this series...I don't think I've ran in to anyone that doesn't like them.

    Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
    bookluvrmindy

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  36. I pre-ordered Onyx a while ago... Now I wish it came out earlier!! WWHHHYY!! :(

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  37. I can't wait to read Onyx Obsidian was amazing I loved it.

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  38. I'm so excited to read this book! Great interview :)

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  39. Nice interview! I wonder how Pepe said "kitten"... lol. :)

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  40. This was one of my favorite reads this year!!

    :)

    -Patricia

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  41. Great Intereview! I would have loved to meet the cover models, they are both gorgeous! And I'd love to meet Jennifer. I've read the Lux series now (except for Onyx) and her book Tempting the Best Man. I like how she writes and it was neat to get insight as to her process for writing her books. I'm excited for Onyx... like bursting at the seams excited!

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  42. I love this book, I want a paper copy though, nothing like having a physical copy in your hands. It was so good, with so many twists and turns, I cannot wait for the 3rd book!

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  43. I'm currently reading Obsidian and it's a fantastic book. It's definitely one of the best books I've read recently. I'd like to thank you for sharing this giveaway with us!! (:

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  44. Oh I really enjoyed that first book and I can't wait to read this one. Thanks for the great interview!

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  45. Great review and interview. Thanks for taking the time to do and share it with us.

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  46. Thanks for the interview. I always wondered if the whole thing was already in her head or just an idea. Also good to know that the title is hard to pick. But what I don'teven know is - What does a panster mean??

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  47. great review and giveaway!!!!! :)

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  48. I loved the interview and am sooooo dying to read this book :)

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  49. i cant describe this series in words. but i will try.....its brutal, sexy, unbelievable, amazing, makes u wanna cry joyfully and sorrowfully, twists turns, keeps u up ALL night, and just amazing. I recommend this series if u like paranormal/action/sexy. It's just amazing.

    Cath Brookes (Windows Software Download)

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