Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Book Shelf: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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.
More info: Goodreads.
Move over E.T, there’s a stellar new bunch of aliens in town! Sizzling, electric and utterly addictive, Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian is one book you you’ll travel the universe to read!
First off, I feel I must say I honestly wasn’t blown away by Armentrout’s debut novel Covenant. I felt as though I’d seen that all before and it just wasn’t for me, however going into this I still had high expectation based on all the rave reviews I’d read and opinions I’d heard. Fast forward less that one chapter into Obsidian and I was in heaven! Hooked. Gone. Needing more and desperate for it to never end. Getting pulled into this book from more or less the get to, the story that Armentrout has woven together within Obsidian is delightfully entertaining.
Her characters are vivid and truly jump off the pages with their fun personalities and place within the story. Her writing is solid if not simplistic, and she doesn’t go overboard on unnecessarily details and descriptions; rather creating a wonderful flow that allows her to twist together the amazing banter thrown back constantly between main characters Daemon and Katy with the books’ exciting storyline.
The aliens that litter her pages, the Luxian’s are intriguing and devilishly human. There’s still so much we don’t know about them and the little snippets learnt throughout this book make me eager to know more. Jennifer clearly knows how she envisions her aliens and she makes sure we see it too. The aliens that walk amongst us in Obsidian are, thankfully, like nothing I’ve seen before and Jennifer’s creativity and originality make it so easy to become intrigued by her characters that, quite literally, shine.
Throughout the whole time I was reading Obsidian, there was one question I kept asking myself: has there ever been a female lead like Katy. If ever I was going to look at a heroine within a book and say that she reminds me of myself so much at times, Katy would be my girl. I think Jennifer L. Armentrout personifies so many of us female bloggers with Katy. I mean, she’s almost exactly like us, am I right? While we’re definitely different in so many ways, who of us doesn’t love our blogs like she does; setting up our Waiting on Wednesdays and In My Mailboxes as she does. This girl is pure dynamite; her intelligence and normality blend together with the firecracker she becomes when Daemon is around to create one hell of a female lead that I simply adore.
Now let's take a look at the male lead. Ahhh. Daemon. Let me just think for a moment. Daemon. Daemon, Daemon, Daemon. There hasn’t been a cocky, arrogant, utterly frustrating, but incredibly amazing male lead like him for a while. He’s a walking contradiction of himself. He says one thing and then does another. He acts a certain way, but its clear there’s a whole world of different thoughts floating around in his mind. He’s insufferable and often a jerk and he sure knows how to push Katy’s buttons. He knows just what to say to get a rise out of her and he never fails to come back with a retort of his own. This boy is pure naughty. With a dash of sweetie thrown in. With dark, good looks, a fierce desire to protect his family and a sarcastic wit to put other to shame, Armentrout writes Daemon with the perfect amount of complexity that doesn’t overshadow the rest of the book, but definitely makes him stand out.
The biggest draw about this book for me is undoubtedly the attraction between Katy and Daemon. While the storyline and plot is driven, it’s the chemistry and sexual tension between these two that steal the show. Every interaction between they is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face as they fight for verbal dominance over the other. The one liners and sarcastic comments are a constant and the chemistry between the two of them is off the charts. Seriously, Holy Hawt Chemistry Batman, these two are explosive. From their smallest of interactions to what has to be one of, if not the hottest make-out scenes in YA fiction Katy and Daemon smoke up the pages. Someone fan these two down, please. The attraction and love/hate relationship that develops will have you wanting to pull your hair out and hurl the book against the wall---in the best way possible of course!
With all the chemistry you could want from two main characters and a storyline that’s fun, fresh and engaging, Obsidian is a thrilling read. The moment I turned the last page of this book I wanted to weep. Simply because of what it was—the last page. Featuring a story and connection that just keeps getting better with every page, Obsidian will entertain and fascinate and leave you wanting more, more, MORE!
Source: I bought it myself.
Buy it: Booktopia // The Nile // The Book Depository
Reccomendation: Holy Hawt Chemistry Batman, this book is the bomb! If you're looking for an alien tale that hooks you from the very beginning or really just a fantastic read, this book is for you!
Cover: It's nice, although I do wish I could see the female model's face :/
Will I read sequel/continue with series: YES! I've already ordered my copy of the sequel, Onyx--just waiting for it to arrive.