Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

August 6, 2012 Reviews 0 ★★★★½

  • Date published: 8th May 2012
  • Publisher: Entangled Teen
  • Format: Paperback, 335 pages
  • Series: Lux, Book 1
  • ISBN 13: 9781620610077 ISBN 10: 1620610078
  • Categories: YA Science Fiction
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  • Source: bought

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.

I picked up a copy of this book because of the hype that surrounds it, and I was surprised to find that it lives up to it! Obsidian is the first book I’ve read by this author, and I enjoyed it so much that I’ve already put in pre-orders for books 2 and 3 of this series. It features an interesting take on aliens, a refreshingly level-headed heroine and lots of action and drama and heat between the two main protagonists.

Katy is an awesome YA heroine, an opinion I formed early on because she is a fellow book blogger. The very first page tells us about her love for books and the addiction she has to her blog. The very first scene has Katy wearing a T-shirt blaring the words “MY BLOG IS BETTER THAN YOUR VLOG”. Here is a heroine that I immediately connected with! I’ve always said that with all the books I read I would react to anything paranormal very differently to the average YA protagonist, and Katy proves this point with her reaction to Daemon’s extraterrestrial origin. She also knows when she is being treated badly by Daemon. Even though he’s hot and she can’t deny that she is physically attracted to him, Katy recognises that they don’t get along well and refuses to entertain the idea of a functional relationship between them. But there is a strong sexual pull between them, even though they can’t stand one another, which provides a constant source of exasperation and humour.

My favourite character in the book is Dee – Daemon’s twin sister who quickly becomes a close friend of Katy’s. She’s loud, energetic and has an awesome personality. I think I would get along with her really well. Most of the other supporting characters blend into the background for me – Katy’s human friends at school aren’t particularly interesting and the Luxen are quite confusing because there are so many multiple births in their race and I had a hard time keeping track of all the twins and triplets.

Obsidian is very well-paced and has a plot that kept surprising me. Katy is an observant narrator, and although she sees a lot of inexplicable things, she isn’t dumb about them or jump to stupid conclusions. She reasons through things and comes up with the same explanations that I would in her situation. There is a lot of action in this book, and, again, I was impressed with how Katy reacts to it. She is brave without seeming silly or suicidal, and doesn’t make decisions that end up creating more trouble than preventing it.

Obsidian is a gripping, fun read that impressed me greatly and I am eagerly awaiting the publication of the rest of the books in the series, including a prequel novel that is being released soon. I think fans of YA fiction will love this book – it is certainly more enjoyable than the only other YA alien book I’ve read: I am Number Four.

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