Saturday, 5 May 2012

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

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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.

review

Obsidian worked for me because it had all the right elements. Smart, level headed and snarky book blogger meets TOTALLY HOT, arrogant, kind of annoying and moody alien? YES PLEASE.

Obsidian takes place when Katy moves to West Virginia with her mother just before her senior year. That's when she meets alien next door, Daemon Black and sparks fly during their very first encounter.

Daemon infuriates Katy with his snark and obnoxiousness. Katy just about tolerates him because she becomes fast friends with his twin sister Dee, who unlike him, is bubbly and a really sweet person. When he interferes there as well, saying Katy should stay away from Dee, Katy is reasonably more than annoyed. And then there are the stares Daemon and Dee get from others, how fast they seem to move though she's sure she's imagining it and the perpetual absence of their parents. The triplets they hang out with, Ash, Adam and Andrew, are also almost too close knit and quick to point out that Katy is not "one of them". So who are they?

I loved that Katy was funny, loyal and had a review blog. It was so much fun to read about her taking part in the usual memes like Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox, obsessing over comments and reading fun books.  I'd heard a lot about Daemon's hotness even before I started reading the book and he was as swoon-worthy as I'd expected! I could not get enough of him. The scenes in Daemon's point of view at the end also revealed that there was a gentler side to him and I loved that.

The fireworks between Katy and Daemon was one of the main things that made me love Obsidian to bits. It was love and hate and lust all rolled into one and honestly, it was like watching a tennis match. I loved how Katy was more than a match for Daemon. She could put him in his place more than once and match up to his snarky retorts.The last page had me yearning for even more of Daemon and Katy.

One thing that kind of threw me off was how for there being grave consequences if their true identities were exposed to humans, Daemon, Dee, Ash and the others seemed kind of... careless. Even before it was  revealed to Katy, after a series of events, that Daemon, Dee and the triplets were from another planet, Daemon seemed pretty carefree about using his powers. And the discussions about Katy not being "one of them" and "not belonging" were not very discrete either. Did they think Katy was too stupid to add two and two together and realise they were not normal?

But overall, Obsidian was a fun and fast read. It was hard not to be amused by the Katy-Daemon banter and get sucked into the action-packed climax. If you're looking for an entertaining paranormal romance, Obsidian is definitely for you! I'm glad I got to read this. Now I can count down the days left for the release of Onyx with everyone else!

Publication date: 29th November, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: Bought

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

5 comments:

  1. I enjoyed this, too. I loved all the bloggy references and all the buildup to the big reveal. Damon and Katy are great together and I liked that it was something different, you know not vamps or werewolves and the rest of the usual supects.

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  2. "It was love and hate and lust all rolled into one and honestly, it was like watching a tennis match." -> OHMYGOSH, Ajoop, you always seem to bring my best mood whenever I visit your blog! LOL, love tension that made you feel like watching a tennis match? That's AWESOME! And the fact that Katy also participate in WOW and IMM? That's pure awesomeness! x)

    Fantastic review like ALWAYS, Ajoop! <3 So glad you enjoyed this book! I know that I must read this book NOW after reading your review! How can I deny such a swooony guy like Daemon? ;)

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  3. Oooh ! You loved it too :)
    Katy and Daemon are a pretty awesome couple :P
    You make a very good point that I didn't think about when you mentioned how carefree the aliens were.
    Great review, Pooja :)

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  4. @Heidi I loved that it was about aliens as well! We do not have enough of books with those :D

    @Hilda Hahaha. It's definitely guaranteed awesomeness, Hilda :D I hope you read it and like it as much as I did!

    @Nick Yayy! I can't believe I took so long to pick this book up. Should've read this ages ago! I loved it!

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  5. This one has been on my TBR list forever -- guess it's time to move it up on the list!

    Maycee (Paydirt)

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