Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Publication date: May 8th 2012
Category: YA
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Source: Personal Purchase

My Rating:

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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.

My Thoughts

I first heard about The Lux series when the fourth book came out last year. Every time I turned around it seemed like someone was telling me how important it was for me to start reading it. So, of course, I finally one-clicked and added it to list of books to read. After all the hoopla, I expected this book to blow me away, but that’s not how it went down. I liked it enough to purchase the next book in the series, but I didn’t find myself having the same reaction as many others. I had the same response to Obsidian that Katy had to Daemon. Mixed.

I’d like to break this down into what I liked and didn’t like, but I can’t separate the two into different categories. There were things I enjoyed and things I didn’t all woven together. Let’s start with the characters and see where this takes me.

I was thrilled to learn that Katy is a book blogger. It was easy to relate to her because… well, I’m a book blogger. I love the fact that deep down she is a loyal friend and a strong person, willing to do whatever it takes to protect the people she cares about. However, I didn’t find her resistance to Daemon all that believable, and I found myself rolling my eyes several times. *sigh* Daemon. Just saying his name sends an army of goosebumps down my arms. He was the star of this show for me. *swoon* Even when he was being a complete ass I wanted to jump him. His sister, Dee, was just OK in my opinion. I understand her desire to have human friends, but she was a bit overly dramatic for me. I found it important that Katy had “normal” friends in Lesa and Carissa, and I have to wonder how Katy will continue to keep the secrets she’s now harboring. The Arum. Super villains! They were properly creepy, and the obstacles they provided in the story gave birth to so many possibilities. Nonetheless, I found one of the final scenes with Baruck inconceivable. I don’t know if I missed something, but I’m not so sure how the tables got turned.

To be completely honest, I didn’t begin enjoying the story until around the 40% mark. I grew tired of the awkward conversations Katy was having with Daemon and Dee. I felt like the “let’s get to know the characters and understand all of their issues” part went on too long and I was ready to give up, but once the meat and potatoes course began, I greedily stuffed my face. My only issue after that, and I guess it wasn’t much of an issue, was how much it reminded me of Twilight. If you replace the beautiful vampires with beautiful aliens there’s a very noticeable parallel. Fortunately I enjoyed reading the Twilight series, so while this tale kept taking my mind there, I’m still interested to see what happens next in the Lux series. I have a feeling this series gets better from here.

It sounds like I didn’t enjoy the book, but that certainly isn’t true. The conflict in the story is intense, the story of Daemon and his kind is unique, and the villains are dark and sinister. I’ll admit I’ve totally fallen head-over-heels for Daemon. I love that he has a tough exterior, and it melts my heart when he shows Katy his softer, gentler side. It’s very possible that Daemon is my main reason for continuing the series, but hey… I am continuing it and that’s the important thing, right? Heh.

I recommend Obsidian to fans of sci-fi romance. I will let you know what my thoughts are on the next book after I finish reading it…

About the Author

jennifer l armentrout

# 1 New York Times and International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

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