Publisher: Entangled Publishing
From Goodreads: "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."
Expect the unexpected. Truer words have never been spoken that are applicable to this book- not once did I expect the outcome of Daemon healing Katy in "Obsidian" to be what it in in this book, not once did I expect to see Daemon being more than his douchy yet utterly swoon-worthy self, and not once did I expect to be introduced to the specific character that we are at the end of this book. What all of these surprises result in is this book being, without a doubt, the best sequel, if not the best book, that I have read this year (and what is truly exceptional is that this is only one of two sequels that I haven't been disappointed in some way, shape, or form by this year- this and "The Golden Lily" by Richelle Mead- Veronica Roth and Cassie Clare truly have nothing on JLA).
Typically I am one who loathes things coming out of the left field in a book- for instance, something that is casually mentioned, with seemingly little thought, in the first book in a series which later plays a significant role in the second book (if not solely defines it). However, I didn't have a problem whatsoever with this book (in the case of the impact of Daemon healing Katy)- I thought that it was one of the best executed instances of this occurring I have ever seen before. As such the results of the healing almost seemed believable (I cannot wait to learn more about this revelation in "Opal") and it fit almost seamlessly with the overall feel of the series (seriously, just when you thought that a YA series about aliens, of all things, couldn't get more unique JLA does *that*).
Prior to reading this book I was already head over heels for Daemon and therefore I didn't believe it possible to fall even more so for him- was I ever wrong (seriously, Jace, Four, Adrian, and the likes of, y'all really need to step your game up because Daemon Black is here to stay). While there was admittedly many douchy Daemon moments in this book there were even better moments- many of which took my breath away- romantic Daemon moments (Did y'all think that Daemon could dish out the romance as easily as he can dish out the snark? Because I sure as heck didn't). It becomes clear in this book that there is so much more to Daemon than a pretty face.
That being said, while I LOVED Daemon more so in this book than I did in "Obsidian" I was admittedly a bit on the fence about Katy. On the one hand I think that it was great that we saw actual character growth, on the other I thought that she was far too pigheaded for much of the book (I mean, how many times does a boy have to apologize for you to get it through your thick skull that HE IS SORRY?!?). That being said, I am happy to say that, like Daemon being able to hold his own with the likes of Jace and Four, Katy would also be able to hold her own against Clary, Tris, and Rose by the end of this.
All in all, it becomes evident that JLA grows as an author with each passing book as this one is hands down her best book to date. This book is the epitome of a pageturner/ jam-packed action and adventure/ will keep you on the edge of your seat/ all of those other cliche-ish book-related sayings. I truly cannot stress to you how good it is, all I can do is recommend that you rush out and purchase a copy. I very highly doubt that you will regret doing so!
I received this book from the publisher to read and review. I was not compensated in any way for said review.
Memorable lines from the book:
"I don't want you."
"Uh, now is not the time to get into *that* conversation."
[...] "But I do want you."
Daemon's arms tightened around me. "I know, Kitten. You aren't fooling anyone" (pg. 17).
"New Year's Day? Wasn't going to happen" (pg. 43).
"If you keep lying, I think I will have to leave," he threatened halfheartedly. "I don't feel that my virtue is safe."
"Your virtue?" I huffed. "Whatever."
"I know how you get" (pg. 114).
"I've thought about the repercussions- it's all I've thought about" (pg. 139).
"And you're mine" (pg. 336).
"Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I'm insane. You're crazy. Maybe that's why. We just make crazy together" (pg. 380).