Friday, February 8, 2013

Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: 8 May 2012
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Paranormal, Aliens
Summary: 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.
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Review: Intense... addictive... aliens! Obsidian quickly turned my brain into mush from sheer awesomeness. All I wanted to do was sit and read. Feeling thirsty? Psh thirst is for sissies. Must. Read. Faster!

Daemon glanced over at me, his lip curling. If I still held the spade, I might've chucked it at his head. “They're your friends, Dee. They’re like you. You don’t need to be friends with someone…someone like her.”
I’d kept quiet up to that point, because I had no idea what was going on and I didn’t want to say anything that might upset Dee. Dickhead was her brother, after all, but that— that was way too much. “What do you mean, someone like me?” He tilted his head to the side and let out a long breath.


I absolutely adored Dee. I hate it when the main character's friends end up as stereotypes or live to serve the main character and have no lives of their own. Dee was so full of life. She was a blast to watch in action and I loved reading about the reactions and emotion she pulled from Daemon. Daemon made quite the initial impressions. To be honest I love it when relationships start off with 'hate' or annoyance (as long as it doesn't last too long and isn't deep seated). I found him to be amusing the majority of the time but further into the book there were a few instances where Daemon's hot and cold actions bothered me (couch scene, anyone?). I understand that he has stunted boy feelings (ha!) as well as emotional alien and family reasonings but some of what he did was bordering on cruel.

Within a second, his hands wrapped around my throat and he squeezed. Before I had a chance, the last breath that I’d taken for granted was cut off. Panic clawed through my chest as I tried prying his fingers off my neck, my legs kicking out in a vain attempt at freedom. His grip dug into my fragile windpipe.


So... what can't Armentrout do? I'm madly in love with her characters and writing style. I can't get enough of the premise and story itself. How about the action scenes? I was on the edge of my seat and holding my breathe for each and every one of them.

I wanted to shrug off the nagging feeling that they were hiding something. I hadn’t forgotten Dee’s weird aversion to me going to the library. Or the strange light I’d seen outside the library that reminded me so much of the light in the woods, when I’d seen the bear and passed out, something that I’d never done before in my life.


I really enjoyed the mysterious quality to the start of Obsidian. I'll admit that I can be impatient and prefer it when authors jump right into letting their characters know 'the good stuff' but Katy's suspicions and deductions were really well done and fun to read about. I also think that keeping the mystery to Dee and Daemon allowed them to be more than just their 'species'. We were able to learn their personalities instead of just what they can do.

YA and I have a love/hate relationship. I was never a 'teen girl'; I never participated in drama, cattiness or any shenanigans like it. So many YA books with amazing stories are ruined for me because I hate the angst and headaches that come with their characters. I keep on giving them a chance though because there are some seriously amazing YA novels out there, in fact many of my favorite books are YA. I will be eternally grateful to Armentrout for Katy. We saw some drama with the secondary characters but Katy handles everything so well that I just wanted to maul her with hugs. I loved that when she felt hurt by something Dee did she just talked to her about it. Plus one for maturity!!

The plot for Obsidian was fabulous. I really don't want to write much about it since specifics aren't revealed until much later in the book but I did was to say that the story definitely wasn't neglected. It was amazing, stand out, intense... all those good things and more.

Rating: 5 Bites (Phenomenal, loved it)

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What did you think of Obsidian? Link me your review or leave your thoughts in a comment!
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