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…"
The novel continues where the first ended, with Daemon getting Kat to admit her feelings for him have nothing to do with their new connection. Daemon and Kat are so much closer in this book, which I loved because they are just too cute together and funny as hell. In this book we follow Kat on her journey in discovering the consequences of Daemons actions when he healed her in the first book. Kat is a hybrid. How freaking awesome! Of course this does come with its problems, she now has all these freaky new powers she has no control over and she’s worried about telling Daemon. Enter Blake. I will get to this douchebag in a bit, sufficed to say I hate him! So like any typical series, at some point you enter the ‘third person’ creating the much loved ‘love triangle’. Bringing fourth those emotions we love that make any good novel explosive: possessiveness, jealousy, insecurity, anger and protectiveness. Mix these with Daemon Black and BOOM! Shit just hit the fan people. So Blake…well obviously he’s the ‘new kid’ who takes an interest in Kat, and Kat being the typical dumb heroine goes for him. To piss Daemon off? To make a point? Or to fool herself? The possibilities are endless. I feel I need to emphasize this particular point in order for you to understand where I'm going with this. Basically unlike the first book where the focus between Kat and Daemon was on their attraction, with this book the focus is between Daemon getting Kat to admit her feelings and Kat getting Daemon to realize it’s all in his head. So with that mind you can see WHY she goes for Blake, despite the many, many, MANY, warnings of Daemon. On one hand you could argue she really does feel a connection with Blake, because not only is he just like her but he knows how to control his powers which is Kats’ biggest fear, losing control. On the other hand you could argue despite the manner in which she can relate to him, she goes for him because she is in fact afraid of her feelings for Daemon and on some unconscious or conscious level she wants to wind Daemon up. Bad Kitten.
Kats’ journey in controlling her abilities, and finding out more about hybrids means she alienates herself from the much adored Dee. In the first novel I loved their relationship and I really felt for Dee, I understood why she craved that normalcy of friendship with Kat, to not feel so alien and just be like any other girl. Bless her. However Kats’ fear of losing control and hurting Dee means she begins to keep her distance and keep secrets from Dee, and we slowly begin to watch their lovely relationship deteriorate. This of course has dire consequences within the story. Which brings me back to Blake *shivers*. Blake is not who he says he is, when the cats out of the bag he admits to being like Kat and claims he can ‘train her’ *pfft*. Blake gets real close to Kat, much to the annoyance of Daemon, who obviously does not trust the little weasel at all, he teaches her how to control her abilities, what hybrids are and err where he’s from. Now I do not want to put in any major spoilers, but sufficed to say the little shit is a pathological liar who stabs them in the back AND front!
Daemon Black *sigh*. Poor baby really does go all out proving he likes Kat for Kat and not because of some freaky alien mojo. We see the sweeter side of Daemon in this novel which is what makes it that much more awesome, I mean if you think his attitude was hot in the first book, then my friends you are in for a major surprise with his sweet and caring side. He tries to help Kat with her abilities, helping her overcome her fear of being some freak and well he’s just there for her in general. I mean she never has to go through anything alone, he is always right there offering his support…and body…*swoon*. Despite the crap with Blake he doesn’t abandon her, you totally get why the guy wants to shake some sense into her, gawd knows I bloody did, and Blake really is asking for a good ass kicking. I really felt bad for Daemon in this book, funny how the roles have been reversed, he’s working hard to prove his feelings for Kat, on top of helping her, finding out what the DOD are really about and the revelation to end all revelations, there's more to Dawsons' disappearance than we were lead to believe.
“Yes, you mean something to me. What you did for me on Thanksgiving— that made me…” My voice cracked. “
That made me happy. You made me happy. And I still care about you. Okay? You mean something to me— something I can’t really even put into words because everything seems too lame in comparison. I’ve always wanted you, even when I hated you. I want you even though you drive me freaking insane. And I know I screwed everything up. Not just for you and me, but for Dee.”
My breath caught on a sob. The words rushed from me, one after another. “And I never felt this way with anyone else. Like I’m falling every time I’m around you, like I can’t catch my breath, and I feel alive— not just standing around and letting my life walk past me. There’s been nothing like that with anyone else.”
Tears pricked my eyes as I stepped back. My chest was swelling so fast it hurt. “But none of this matters, because I know you really hate me now. I understand that. I just wish I could go back and change everything! I—”
Daemon was suddenly in front of me, clasping my cheeks in his warm hands. “I never hated you.”
This book explores finding yourself, your inner strength, the consequences of bad decisions, the courage to go on, admitting you were wrong, the meaning of friendship, kicking some Arum and DOD butt, forgiveness and a love that is out of this world (literally).
I give this book 5 stars, and I 100% recommend this to everyone. It’s not even about whether you’re into this kind of thing; it will literally knock your socks off and leave you screaming for more. So go get your copy today, and if you haven’t already read the first book in the series then you really, really need to read Obsidian!