Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Lux #1)
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: 12.06.2011
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.

Kiss me. Ki-ki-kiss me....

This book is like the perfect companion to Katy Perry's E.T. I've been singing it all week, unable to get either the song or the book out of my head. It's become my unofficial Obsidian theme song, used whenever I want to remember it. Which is always. Because I loved this book. Obsidian brings in fresh supernatural elements that kept me up until 5am, when I finally finished it. For some reason I couldn't remember while reading, if this was about werewolves, vampires, or something else. When it was finally revealed that there are aliens living next door, I was struck. I had no idea what to anticipate; in such a wide playing field of supernatural beings, anything could happen.

Katy, the MC, is a book reviewer. Yep, a book reviewer. Although she doesn't spend much time reading in the book (and why would she, with aliens living next door?), she talks about her blog and other things like In My Mailbox, and Waiting on Wednesday. I loved getting to see this in a book, and it was interesting to see Katy's take on her life as a blogger. As Katy learns more about her neighbors, we get to see her stubborn resolve to keep their secret. Her stubborn resolve also pushes her to do some interesting things, and one especially had me laughing and wanting to pat her on the back.

I did get annoyed in the beginning, because Katy seemed to have a huge inability to say "no" to anything Daemon wanted her to do. She gets over this halfway into the book (and bravo for some of the things she says and does to him after she does), but it was a bit disappointing to watch her give into him so many times, despite the fact that she didn't want to.

Dee and Daemon are twins living next door, and are polar opposites. Where Dee is sweet and friendly, Daemon is abrasive and territorial. But they get along and really care about each other. The other characters seem to come and to from the story as needed, which is a shame, because there are some who I would have liked to know more about.

I'm just going to put this out there: I love it when characters don't get along. More than the lovey-dovey stuff, lots of tension is what really gets me invested in a relationship. Some of my favorite characters are great examples of this: Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler, Taylor Markham and Jonah Griggs, MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons, Saba and Jack...and I am now adding Katy and Daemon to that list.

These two characters started off genuinely hating each other. Heck, I even hated Daemon in the beginning, and he still managed to raise my hackles at the end. But the more they argued and fought, the more they appealed to each other. I mean, the sexual tension between these two--cut. it. with. a. knife! *fans self*

Even with a few cliche parts, I give Obsidian 4.5 stars for the sheer awesomeness of the unique powers, a sexy and thrilling story, and fresh supernatural elements. I highly recommend this book.

Now I've got to go see what other books this author has written....

Read this if:
...you like the song: E.T. by Katy Perry (seriously), you like characters with strong sexual tension between them, and you want to read something fresh in the Paranormal Romance genre.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Swearing, including use of religious names as swear words, sexual tension, and one seriously hot almost-sex scene.}

Unofficial Obsidian theme song:
E.T. by Katy Perry

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  1. Great review as always! I love that the MC is a book reviewer, that's SO cool and Daemon seems like the sort of guy I will adore.Need to get my hands on this somehow.

    The Cait Files

  2. I had a bit of a hard time with this one because even though I adored so much of it I couldn't stand Daemon most of the time. He never really won me over because of the way he treated Katy in the beginning (and other times as well). I still really loved the alien concept, though. It was so Roswell meets I Am Number Four.

  3. Cait: Yeah, it was very cool to see a character who is a book reviewer. I hope you get to read it soon!

    Ashley: I totally understand. Daemon was such a jerk, and he continued to be a jerk...but I totally fell for him. It's funny, because I hated the guy in The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer because of what a jerk he was, and I still don't like him. But Daemon? Yeah, I'm into him. Lol. But I'm sorry to hear you weren't as into him. Have you written your review yet? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

  4. This looks like a very awesome read! The cover is simple, but very intriguing! Thanks for sharing!

  5. After reading your review and your content warning (I love steamy scenes!) I really am dying to read this book now! I read Half-Blood several months ago and really enjoyed it so I can't wait to see this different series by the same author.

    PS I also love it when characters do not get along! Go us! :)

  6. Just wanted to say, thanks so much for signing up for my "New Adult" challenge for next year! Hope you find some amazing reads along the way :)

    Also, I haven't read Obsidian, but the fact that the MC is a book blogger = awesome :D

  7. hehe, I loved this book soo much! Jennifer is an amazing writer and I can't wait to read more of her books in the future! Especially the next Obsidian book!

    Great review!
    Nomalicious Reads

  8. Roxy: It is! It's one of the quick & fun reads. :)

    We Fancy Books: Yes. Yes you do. :) Hope you get it soon!

    Alexa: Yes! You love characters who don't get along, too! We rock. :) I'm glad to hear you liked Half Bood. It's on my list to read, especially after how much I loved this one.

    Danya: You're welcome! It's a great challenge, and I'm happy to participate.

    KTJ: Yes! Another Obsidian lover. :) I can't wait for the next book either. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Hi I just found you blog and am loving it so far! This review was great and the Katie Perry theme song made me laugh so hard! Just perfect to go with this book! I just finished this book a few weeks ago and am waiting in line at the library for Onyx. Anyway loving your reviews! Thanks!

  10. I already think twice before I enter on your blog because in the end I buy the book. This one is not an exception. So good bye till tomorrow.

    Marlene Detierro (Alaskan Pay Dirt)


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