Monday, 29 April 2013

Review - Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 Obsidian (Lux, #1)

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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I’ve seen so many people raving about this book I decided to check it out. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a fantastic author and I’m really glad I picked this up! The last aliens book I read was I Am Number Four, but ‘sci-fi romance with badass aliens’ isn’t a category I usually go for. But I loved it.

Katy’s not happy about moving to the middle of nowhere – and even less happy to meet her new mysteriously hostile neighbour, Daemon, who seems to hate her for no reason.  Although the novel starts out with the cliché of moving house, I loved Katy right off the bat. She’s intelligent, independent and won’t put up with crap from Daemon – a good thing, otherwise I’d have found their relationship incredibly irritating. As it was, I thought their interactions were hilarious, even though Daemon acts like a total ass for the first half of the book, and Katy is angry with herself for being attracted to him anyway. For this NOT to annoy me, the book has to be pretty damn good! I also love that she’s a book blogger, and clearly has her own life outside of her ‘love (or hate?) interest’. The YA world needs more of this!

Daemon appears the cliché ‘hot bad boy’ with superpowers he refuses to explain and an attitude problem – yet Jennifer Armentrout manages to make the chemistry between him and Katy believable. The sci-fi element was really well integrated into the story, and I was really interested to read about the Luxen and their enemies, the Arum. The action scenes were really well-written and the story kept me gripped throughout. With well-drawn characters, a male lead who isn’t annoying, and a great plot with a genuinely original paranormal/sci-fi element, you can’t go wrong with this. I’m off to buy the second book!

Rating: *****


  1. Gaaaaaaaaaah I love Obsidian so freaking much. Daemon drives me up the wall with his arrogance but the fact Katy doesn't let him get away with it cracks me up :)
    JLA has some serious skills when it comes to writing a romance!
    Great review, Emma :D

    1. Cheers :) Yep - I'm definitely hooked on JLA's novels now!

  2. I've been thinking about this book because I enjoyed I Am NUmber Four, but the hot guy with special powers and a bad attitude turned me off - but now I'm reconsidering since you say it's good despite that - like to see how Katie handles it! New follower.

    1. It's definitely worth a read! Thanks for following! :)

  3. Yay. This is my favorite series! Great review.

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  4. I love genre mash-ups, and this one sounds great! Thanks for the thoughtful review. :-)

  5. Seems like everyone loves this one! I'm impressed, I wouldn't expect a book about aliens to be like this either. The characters sound great too!