Title: Lux Series: Obsidian, Oblivion, Onyx, Opal, Origin
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled, Teen
Length: About 400 Pages Each
Obsidian: Starting over sucks.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.
Onyx: 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…
Opal: The Lux series continues with the third installment of this riveting paranormal YA series.No one is like Daemon Black.When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.Together we’re stronger… and they know it.
Origin: After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen? Together, they can face anything. But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on? And will they even be together?
Opposition: Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can’t believe Daemon stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.
I previously read Obsidian and the subsequent books in the series, and I really enjoyed them. I’m doing a series review here since I just recently finished all of them- and I’m happy to report that each book is well written and pushes the plot along. It tugged my heartstrings in all the right way, and the characters were strong enough for me to read all of the books without getting bored. The plot had great twists, the secondary characters were developed well, and it was a really fun read. It’s a great romance series for the young adult audience.
The series had some callbacks to Twilight with Daemon being an alien hopelessly in love with Katy, a mere mortal. Plus Daemon was incredibly attractive. Like, wow. Their dynamic was enchanting, and his nickname for her (kitten…swoon) was adorable. I felt like each of them were strong, stand-alone characters that can protect themselves, but who also protect each other. It wasn’t a story about a girl who was helpless and plain being saved by a Greek god of a man. Katy is feisty and funny and has a strong sense of self, which I really appreciated. Daemon is a total bad boy…and what girl doesn’t love a bad boy?
The sci-fi aspect of these books is fresh. New approaches to the old paranormal love cliché are always welcome, and this series did not disappoint. I definitely recommend reading these for a fun, easy, and fresh take on paranormal romance and science fiction.