Title : Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author : Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication date :May 8th 2012
Publisher : Entangled Teen
Genre : YA Paranormal
Synopsis : 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. (From Goodreads)
“I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quietly unaware of their effect.” His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood there toe to toe. “The ones who throw their beauty around, waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing but shadows and emptiness.”
My expectations for this book weren’t very high but it still managed to get below them. I won’t say that I hated every last bit of it, some parts were okay even kind of good, but it was close, I was close to hanging myself. Joke aside, if this is one of your favorite books and think that you’ll get offended and have an urge to slit my throat by reading this review just skip it, for both our sakes. On the other hand, if you like it and feel okay discussing it, I’m all yours to do so.
Let’s jump in, shall we? Okay. The writing. It has nothing special about it and I didn’t expect poetic prose or anything, it fits the kind of effect the author wants to inflict I think, it is quick, fun an feels exactly like the head of a teenage girl haha, and since the narrator is just that, then the writing was perfectly customized for her. Some parts were really funny, and made me smile. I even laughed a couple times. The dialogue feels natural, the conversations flow without seeming forced, they were things I really saw people saying in real life.
Can I say something? I really liked the concept of the plot but sadly not the way it was developed. Let me explain myself a little more. The aliens here are drastically different from anything I ever read before. In my head, much like in Katy’s (Our protagonist), Aliens are supposed to be ugly vicious creatures but in this book, they reminded me more of angels and demons. With Luxens being beautiful creatures of light and Arum hallow creatures of shadow. But. The huge BUT that exists and that prevented me from enjoying this is all that gushing and sexual tension throughout the whole damn novel. To put it in fewer words : Half the book was Katy drooling over how hot Deamon is and the obvious attraction between the pair, the other half is Deamon being a complete lunatic D-bag. Except for the 3 or 4 last chapters. Those were action packed and I really enjoyed them. Wait, wait ! Let’s get back to the whole attraction, sexy times thing. I’m not a prude, mind you. I love me some hot scenes (Like a LOT), but I like them to be strategically placed so that they can be a punch full of flavor. Some of the intimate scenes I liked, 2 to be precise: The steamy one in Katy’s living-room and the relatively calm one in the lake when they were lying on the rock, they didn’t feel out of place like the rest.
Switching to the characters, am I the only one who got Twilight vibes while reading this? Yes? Really? Well, here are my reasons :
- Every damn Alien is hot. (Much like the vamps over there)
- The whole recomposed family aspect.
- They sit alone at school and everyone admires them/Fears them.
That’s it until next time.
Did you read Obsidian? If so, what did you think of it?
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