Friday, May 25, 2012

Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer Armentrout

Lux Series, Book 1 | May 8, 2012 | Entangled Teen

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.

He was probably the hottest guy I'd ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche.

Review:  I know I've said this before, but I have only read a very small fraction of YA books.  That being said, this book was like YA crack.  I could not put it down.  I am generally not a fan of YA novels where chunks of the story are set in a high school.  There is a good portion of Obsidian that takes place in high school, and at high school functions, such as Homecoming.  It is a very big point in this book's favor that the high school part did not bother me one bit.  It seemed very natural to the characters, and it is written in such a way that I ate it up.

The characters and character development in this book are very strong.  It was my favorite part of the story.  Main character Katy, aka Kat and Kitten, has just moved to West Virginia from Florida before her senior year.  She doesn't have any friends, but she has a book blog that she loves.  Her mother is a nurse and a work-a-holic, and she is still grieving over the loss of her father three years prior.  When Katy good-naturedly walks next door to ask the neighbors for directions to the grocery store, she meets Daemon.  But I'll get to him later.  Katy is a pretty girl.  She is smart and friendly, and best of all, she has a mind of her own.  She is genuine and headstrong, and I love this about her.  Katy spends time with Daemon throughout this book, and no matter what he tells her about the strange occurrences in this town, she does not let him sway her.  She certainly does not let Daemon push her around or believe blatant lies.  When push comes to shove, Katy proves herself to be a loyal, strong friend to have.  She is able to get past her fears for the sake of her friends, albeit by being a bit reckless and stubborn.

"Remind me," he paused, drawing in a stuttered gasp, "to never piss you off again.  Christ, are you secretly a ninja?"
Dee is the girl who live next door, and has a twin brother named Daemon. She is beautiful and kind, and sincerely wants to have a normal friendship with Katy. Dee doesn't seem to have many close friends, and Katy and Dee just seem to click. They grow very close in a short amount of time, to the chagrin of Daemon. In order to make up for Daemon's rudeness, Dee motivates Daemon to spend some time with Katy, and this is where our story begins in earnest.

Daemon, oh Daemon.  Arrogant.  Self-centered.  Rude.  Gorgeous.  Sexy.  Loyal.  Vulnerable.  These are all words that can be used to give you a snapshot of the hunk-a-liscious Daemon.  Daemon is the hottest boy Katy has ever seen.  He is over six feet tall and has intense, unnatural green eyes that are breathtaking.  Unfortunately, he's not the nicest guy around.  Every time Katy interacts with him, he leaves her flustered, humiliated or feeling like she angered him.  Armentrout excels at writing humiliating scenes, such as the spaghetti/fight incident in the cafeteria at school.  It is a scene that I could picture happening to any high school student, and the emotions are written so raw that I found myself reading with my hand over my mouth and tears in my eyes out of compassion for Katy.  

Beautiful face.  Beautiful body.  Horrible attitude.  It was the holy trinity of hot boys.

Weird things start happening around Daemon, though.  Katy has a number of experiences that she begins to question.  Daemon can do some super neat tricks, like holding his breath for an insane amount of time.  There are incidents where Katy thinks she sees flashes of lightening, and situations where she thinks she sees strange occurrences, but can't be sure.   It is not until closer to the end that Daemon comes out to Katy with his secret.  And then he's still a dick to her.  

"You aren't like us.  You are nothing like us.  Dee deserves better than you, people that are like her.  So leave me alone.  Leave my family alone."

The chemistry between Daemon and Katy is magnetic.  It is very obvious to everyone outside of Katy that they are smoking hot together.  Dee eventually starts asking questions about their relationship, as well as several school mates.  Daemon's on-again-off-again girlfriend takes a special hatred towards Katy because of this bond she sees forming.  Daemon always seems to show up at the exact right time to save Katy from imminent disaster, or to just watch over her.  It is definitely a love-hate relationship.  There are many close, almost-but-not-quite sexual encounters between these two, and it kept me on the edge of my seat.  The scene in the bedroom after Homecoming had me fanning myself!

"Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman!"

The ending of this book is intense.  We find out just how much Katy values her friendships with Dee and Daemon.  Katy makes a reckless decision to save her friends, and doesn't seem to mind sacrificing her own self.  After this act of loyalty, Daemon seems to have nothing but respect and admiration for Katy.  It's just a shame that she had to go as far as sacrificing herself to earn Daemon's loyalty.  What I really liked about the ending is that Katy made no swooning girl-type decisions.  She sticks to her guns, and lets Daemon know that she expects better from him.  I am super excited to read the second book in this series, Onyx, which is released in August 2012.  Who knew teenaged aliens could be so damn sexy?

"You do realize I love a challenge?"

Many props go out to Jennifer Armentrout for the mentions of The Mothman in this book.  I happen to live very close to West Virginia, and have heard about The Mothman for many years.  I love when authors take regional folk tales and add them into their books!


Kah Cherub said...

Oh, man. Daemon pissed me off SO BAD while I was reading that! LOL

Braine @ Talk Supe said...

I've only heard great things about this book but the Alien part is what holds me back. Once I'm over it maybe I'll give this a try. Good one Jamie!

Talk Supe

fakesteph said...

Awwww man. I have this on my kindle and I'm dyyyying to read it!

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I loved this book too! It is like YA crack. I put off reading it before but once I started I was hooked. Plus he called her Kitten, and well I loved it!

kimba88 said...

Haha YA crack and holy hawt chemistry. This book is in my tbr pile and after Pure i will read it..i cannot wait to meet Daemon :)

Kristin said...

I really need to read this book, everyone has been raving about it, I love the guy on the cover, he is cute lol. Awesome Review!

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