Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: A Lux Novel (# 1)
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Source: NetGalley

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.

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is categorized as a young adult novel in the mixed genre of science fiction/paranormal. While this is true, I, as an adult, fell in love with the story, so feel that it goes beyond that age range, as many YA novels do today. Within Obsidian, readers will find a truly unique storyline, enormous tension, romance, humor, suspense; paranormal and engrossing reading that will hold their attention and melt the real world away. This is the experience that I had while reading, in any case.

While Obsidian is about Aliens, you do not have to be a Sci-Fi/Alien fan to become immensely absorbed within the pages of this book. Personally, I have not had that much experience reading books revolving around Aliens; however that did not stop me from falling deeply into this story. Ms. Armentrout has penned a masterpiece of engrossing and incredibly entertaining literature.

Katy is a teenage girl who has recently lost her father to a sudden diagnosis and death from Cancer. It is for this reason that her mother has decided that the best thing for both of them is to move to someplace completely different and begin their lives again. After meeting one of her neighbors, Dee, she quickly makes an instant connection and friendship. It is after meeting Dee’s twin brother, Daemon, that the real fun begins!

For some reason, Daemon acts as though he cannot stand even the mere sight of Katy. His attitude is a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – one moment he is absolutely horrid, the next tolerable. The banter between the two builds some unbelievable tension, as well as sizzling chemistry, that will hold the reader’s eyes glued to the pages. Toss in the discovery that the beyond gorgeous twins are actually Alien beings of light (and they are not the only ones) and you have one heck of a story.

Ms. Armentrout ignites the imagination with a paranormal story that is not all that far-fetched. Never was there a moment where I rolled my eyes and thought to myself “whatever, this is so out there”, instead my attention was instant, unwavering and solid. Smooth, tight, believable and just plain delicious, Obsidian will be a book that will remain on my mind for a long time, as will the sassiness of the characters and the smoldering sexiness of Daemon. The ending was perfection for leaving the reader yearning for more and I cannot wait to see what happens next between these two and the other characters.

Mind-blowingly amazing. These were the words that instantly popped into my mind as I finished the final page of Obsidian. Oh, yeah, and WHY?!?!?! I truly and honestly did not want this story to end. I am so incredibly in love with the characters and their story. I want more, more, more!! Thankfully, this is book one and the story will continue, though not nearly soon enough for me.

Favorite Quote: It was past one in the afternoon, and Daemon looked as if he’d just rolled out of bed. His jeans were rumpled, hair tousled and all over the place. He was on the phone, talking to someone as he rubbed a hand along his jaw.

And he was shirtless.

“Doesn’t he own a shirt?” I asked, grabbing a spade.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think so. Not even in the winter. He’s always running around half-dressed.” She groaned. “It’s disturbing that I have to see so much of his…skin. Yuck.”

Yuck for her. And hot damn for me.


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