Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #1)


[Publisher’s Review]

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.

[My Review without spoilers]

For some reason I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I expected. Considering my best friend wouldn’t stop “fangirling” about this book, I had pretty high expectations. What mainly turned me off though was the main character. He was too cliche: sexy but a classic jerk. As if that wasn’t enough, Daemon was all hot and cold with Katy – one minute being nice to her but the next telling her to stay away from him. Even though I got to read some of the scenes from his perspective later, it didn’t change the fact that he was an ass. Not just that but for the majority of this book, I felt like he was playing Katy.

The fresh take on aliens was cool but I’ve got to confess that I enjoyed “I Am Number Four” by Pittacus Lore, far more than this book. Although the plot was similar, I felt that I Am Number Four” was far more well-written and just a better book overall. In fact, the story felt like it was dragging in the beginning and by the time I finally “found out” that Daemon is an alien, I was losing interest. But towards the end things really began to heat up and the ending definitely had me begging for more. 

There were a lot of moments filled with sexual tension where I was totally screaming “JUST KISS ALREADY!” But after a while those moments just became frustrating and annoying. And I really began to doubt the depth of Daemon’s feelings for her – after all as Katy herself pointed out, there’s a difference between lust and like. 

Although there were parts where Daemon’s vulnerability showed through, it wasn’t enough for me. I wanted more from his perspective and I feel like I didn’t really get to know him as much as I wanted to. I could sympathize with Katy because in some ways she was a lot like me (minus the alien neighbor). She liked reading books and even had a book blog! But at the same time she was just a bit too predictable. That leaves Dee – Daemon’s sister. Now she was my favorite character. At first she seemed like some shallow pretty girl who’s (for reasons unknown) desperate for a friend. But once I got to know her, I realized she was actually a sweet, caring, extremely approachable girl. 

I do recommend this book because I think you’ll enjoy it and I’ll probably be reviewing more books in the Lux series. 🙂 


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