Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Entangled Teen on May 8, 2012
Pages: 335
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four-stars

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.

There was a game of tug of war going on in my mind when it came to deciding whether or not to give Obsidian a try. I think its risky to read other’s reviews because sometimes their opinion can sway you. In the case of Obsidian, I had been reading dozens of raving reviews talking about how amazing it was. However, on the other hand, I also saw a few reviews that steamed with negative feelings towards Obsidian because they felt like the story wasn’t too-original. Some even believed that the story was “ripped” from a TV show called Roswell (one of my favorite all-time shows) which also featured angst-y, teenage aliens on earth, who try to stay off the radar by fitting in. There was a lot of inner-debate, but when it comes down to it; I’m really glad I gave Obsidian a chance. Even though there is some similarities to Roswell, Obsidian branches off and forms its own identity. It flows well with a good mix of action, humor, and lust.

I’m always stressing how I need good, multifaceted characters in order to fully love a book. Obsidian for the most part, delivers. Katy our heroine is so dynamic and relatable. She’s got a good mix of snark, geek, and heroism. She’s a book blogger who spends a great deal of her time reading and reviewing books and trolling other blogs by participating in book memes. I thought this element was a cute shout out to all book bloggers and a refreshing story-quirk because I’ve never read about any literary characters who are book bloggers. In the beginning of the book you start getting this mental picture of a “geeky” girl who blogs, reads comic books, and so forth, but by the time she has her first run in with the hotty next door you mentally take a step and think “whoa”. Daemon, the literal boy next door may seem gorgeous and exotic but the minute he opens his mouth Katy’s instantly brought back to reality. Daemon isn’t just snarky, he’s a jerk who seems to dislike Katy for no reason. Right from the get-go he’s rude and offensive, which in turn brings out Katy’s true nature. Katy isn’t the type of girl to sit there and verbally get bashed. She lashes out, letting Daemon know she’s not a pushover who’ll take his crap. I really liked and respected Katy for standing up for herself because it showed how strong she truly is. This especially rings true later on. When it comes to family and friends and their potential endangerment, Katy is brimming with courage-leading to her need to protect them no matter the costs.

I was a little dissapointed with Dee’s presentation throughout the novel. Dee is Daemon’s younger sister (by a few minutes) and Katy’s other next-door neighbor. Although Daemon appears to want nothing to do with Katy, Dee is the opposite. Right from the beginning, Dee befriends Katy and in doing so, welcomes her to the neighborhood. It’s hard to accurately describe Dee. When I think of her I just think “sunny”. She’s so warm, and kind, and basically tries to enjoy life to the fullest. I believe that Dee is really the bridge that brings Katy and Daemon closer. Besides that aspect, she didn’t really have any defining or big moments. She has a lot of scenes in the beginning but towards the middle of the book she’s “out of town” a lot. I felt like she was more of a tool used to link Daemon and Katy versus a good secondary character. I really would like to see more of her in the coming book(s) because I feel like she has a lot to offer. Although her presence brings out the softer and more-vulnerable side of Daemon, I think she has the ability to play a bigger role in the overall story.

There were a lot of action scenes where we got to see Daemon in all his alien power-glorious-ness and some where Katy kicks some butt, too. The dialogue between those two are scorching. Whether their having a deep and meaningful discussion or trading insults back and forth, their chemistry is blazing. Daemon may think himself bad*ss with his snarky attitude and bad boy image but Katy time and again, sets him straight. She is really a force to reckoned with, a true match for Daemon.

Overall I give Obsidian a 4/5 rating. The writing was very clean and captivating. I fell instantly in love with Katy, praising her for standing up for herself, and swooning right along with her when she witnessed those rare-Daemon vulnerable moments. It’s very easy to jump right in and get caught up with this story.

four-stars

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