Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

October 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

Star Rating:

Date released: 29th November 2011
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Author’s website: www.jenniferarmentrout.com
My source: Amazon Kindle Store
Part of a series: Yes, #1 Lux series
Find it at: GoodReads | Amazon | B&N

GoodReads Synopsis:

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.

After my not-so-great experience reading my first Armentrout book, I thought I’d give her another chance and picked up Obsidian over the weekend. I’m so glad that I did!

What worked for me:

  • The chemistry between Katy and Daemon. Phew! I felt like I needed to get some ice packs to cool me down. And their kissing scene? Phwoar. Usually simple kissing scenes don’t do it for me, but I had to set down my Kindle and fan my face for a few minutes before I picked it up again only to scroll back to read from the start of that scene.
  • The familial ties of love that Daemon and Dee have between them. I think it’s so lovely, and being the younger sister in a two-child family, it’s something I can relate to.
  • The pacing. The teaspoon by teaspoon dosage of having the plot, mystery, Luxen history and personalities revealed to the reader. I love when stories are told teasingly, and Armentrout really showed rather than told us about it in Obsidian.
  • The quirk that our female heroine is a bookblogger! Her references to Waiting on Wednesday and the way she felt when she received new books was very amusing, speaking from a book blogger point of view. Thought this was a great quirk.
  • The dialogue. Especially the heated banter between Katy and Daemon. There were times when the story reverted back to descriptions and “what Katy is doing today” scenes where I thought I would lose interest, but then Damon rocks up and they have a fireball spitting conversation that has me laughing or admiring the quick wit. It was great!
  • Katy’s narrative voice. I’ve never met a character that sounds exactly as I do in my head. Saying things like Sweet baby Jesus, and a whole other array of weird expletives really called out to me. I love Katy as a heroine. She’s earthbound, level-headed, knows what she wants and isn’t a hothead (unless Daemon’s around), which I love.

What didn’t work for me:

  • The fact that Katy and Daemon just won’t give an inch! Come on! You guys like one another. Stop dancing around and have a hot make out session sans t-shirts against the wall or something.
  • And… that’s it.

Quotes I loved:

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”

Aha! So sassy. I love Katy’s internal mind-vomit.

“My palms itched to have a close encounter of the bitch-slap kind with his face.”

I loved every moment reading this book and I’ve already gotten Onyx lined up on my Kindle!

solid 5 stars!

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