Friday, August 24, 2012

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

Published date: November 29, 2011

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 3361 (hardcover)

Summary: (Goodreads)

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.


Opening the first pages (figuratively though, I bought the ebook) I wasn't expecting anything special. I'd figured it would be really mediocre and childish with a romance that'd been run into the ground by so many other teen authors. So naturally, I didn't imagine I'd fall head over heels in love with every word that is plastered onto those pages. I don't think I've stopped hyperventilating once. I cannot get this book out of my head, but that's okay because I surprisingly want it to stay there.

From the beginning I was hooked as Katy's new life in West Virginia unfolded before me. It has been a long time since I've connected on a personal level with a female lead character. Yeah, I've sympathized with other girl characters before as they stood for what the believed in or came fully into their destiny. I've never felt like a character was enough like me though. So when I learned more about her I quickly realized that Katy is so much like me it's a little scary. I absolutely love that she is a blogger and reader. That has to be one of the most amazing and witty ideas I have ever seen in a present-set book. Ever.

I think it's safe to say this series is my new obsession. It is so very easy for me to just start gushing about everything I love about, but I fear no amount of words would be able to do that. I'm also beginning to compare my life as before I read Obsidian or after I read Obsidian. I'm okay with that actually.

Jennifer's writing is so realistic. I know that doesn't really sound like a compliment, but it is. She transfers the reader-what ever age or gender-straight into Katy's life as she meets the Blacks that live next door. We experience the main protagonist's feelings, which seems to be mostly anger. At Daemon.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the most beautiful, sexy, drool-worthy teenager alive. With his dark curly hair and green eyes, it's all I can do not to jump into the book screaming at him to love me. Daemon is amazing in every way, but then when he opens his mouths all you want to do is punch him. He might have a pretty face, but he's also very arrogant and controlling. But for some reason, that makes him all the more attractive.

I just love the way the two characters play off each other. There conversations are an easy banter of sorts. Katy and Daemon are attracted to each other in a way that not many of us have experienced. Some emotions albeit are more like lust than love, but Katy admits to herself that's all that they have. A lust only relationship. But she fears it's so much more than that as she learns that her new next door neighbors are more than just human.

Obsidian was a great surprise and I will continue to eat its sequels up.

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