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I Belong

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Lux (Book 1)

Publication Date: May 8, 2012

Format: Paperback, 335 Pages

ISBN-10: 1620610078 (Entangled Teen)

ISBN-13: 978-1620610077 (Entangled Teen)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Wonderful new world filled with hilarious banter and a lust/hate relationship with a swoon-worthy alien that hits like an emotional rollercoaster.

Opening Sentence: I stared at the pile of boxes in my new bedroom, wishing the Internet had been hooked up.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The summer before her senior year of high school Katy and her mother move to West Virginia from Florida. They are trying to rebuild their lives after the death of Katy’s father two years ago. Katy’s mother encourages her to make friends with the kids next door that look like they are about her age. Katy immediately loathes Daemon and the way he treats her, he is just another hot guy with a bad attitude, but she immediately hits it off with Dee, Daemon’s sister.

Katy immediately realizes that something strange is going on with Dee and Daemon but she can’t quite figure out what. Whenever she questions it, Daemon just tells her that she is seeing or imagining things. Then when Katy is attacked one night, Daemon comes to her rescue and fights off her attacker. (This is different from the synopsis, Daemon doesn’t stop time here or if he does she doesn’t notice it, it is not until a later event when she realizes Daemon and Dee are different.) Katy doesn’t understand why Daemon saved her. He doesn’t even like her, he is very rude to her and he especially doesn’t want her to be friends with his sister.

Obsidian is told entirely through Katy’s first person point of view. She isn’t really your everyday normal teenager but she does come off as one. She’s not really a loner and doesn’t really actively seek friends but those she finds she hangs onto. Katy is a very strong character and she can hold her own. I especially loved her banter with Daemon. She can go toe to toe with him. They definitely have a burning lust for each other and you can just feel it pour off the pages.

Daemon is a strong, alpha male but considering he has put the burden on his shoulders to take care and protect his sister. He also protects others of his kind but Dee comes first and foremost in his life and Dee being friends with a filthy human isn’t good for her. Daemon is also strongly influenced by events that happened in Shadows (as I read that novella after Obsidian, all those events where fresh and surprising to me, and I think that strongly influenced my feelings towards this novel).  Daemon is a swoon-worthy hottie with gorgeous green eyes and I could fall for him any day of the week.

Jennifer L. Armentrout has crafted a dark, dangerous yet beautiful world. These aliens seem like they really could be real to me. The aliens are peaceful but come with their own set of enemies on top of having to deal with the human race and the Department of Defense.  Even though there is an inherent danger to this world, I want to live there. Better yet, can I just trade places with Katy?

Overall, Obsidian is one of the best young adult novels that I have read this year. I have added a new author to my must read list. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait long to read Onyx, the next book in the Lux series. I absolutely want to know what happens next for Katy and Daemon.

Notable Scene:

“I’ll rip your essence from your body,” the Arum growled, “and you will beg for mercy.”

“Like your brethren did?” responded Daemon, voice low and cold. “Because he begged—he cried like a little girl before I ended his existence.”

And that was it. The Arum bellowed in unison; the sound of howling winds and death. My breath caught in my throat.

Daemon threw up his hands and a great roar started under the car, shaking the road, and the trees thrashed outside. A loud crack sounded, like a blast of thunder, quickly followed by several more in succession. The earth seemed to shake and rumble.

I turned to the window and gasped. Trees were being ripped from out of the ground, their thick and gnarled roots dripping clumps of moist dirt. An earthy scent filled the air.

Oh my God, Daemon was uprooting trees.

Lux Series:

0.5. Shadows

1. Obsidian

2. Onyx

3. Opal

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Obsidian. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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