Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

December 6, 2011 Review 3

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
on December 6, 2011
Genres: Romantic, Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 292
Sexual Content: Kissing, sexual contact, references to sex, and attempted rape.
Reviewed by: Julia
4 Stars

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

Jennifer Armentrout’s OBSIDIAN is the perfect book for anyone who has wondered where all those dreamy alpha heroes come from.  They don't grow on trees, you can't find them in a cabbage patch, but one may have sat behind you in high school math class poking your back with a pencil. Daemon is a baby alpha, which means there's an added immature gloss to the archetype, but his button pushing and hormone revving skills are already in full form.  As angry as he made me in this book (and believe me, you’ll be ready to throw it at some points), I could relate to Katy's breathless passion or rage every time.

That strong mix of emotion is characteristic of OBSIDIAN as a whole, not just my reaction to Daemon.  Katy and her friends each had one main trait, and while Armentrout eventually fleshed them out as characters, it took time for me to get past Katy’s blogging or Dee’s cheerfulness to see them as individuals.  It was actually Katy’s interaction with Daemon that grew her into a more complex character in my eyes.  As much of a grade A, "keep away" jerk Daemon was, Armentrout does a good job raising the stakes and explaining his behavior.  And even though Katy vacillates between attraction and frustration, the moments when she sticks up for herself are where I really fell for her as a heroine.

It will come as no surprise, then, to hear that my all time favorite scene in OBSIDIAN was one of the moments where Katy doesn’t put up with Daemon’s attitude.  Her line about her parents' relationship was beautiful, valid, and a perfect cap for this initial part of their relationship. I'm looking forward to ONYX, and if kick butt Katy shows up with her game face on, Daemon had better look out!

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3 Responses to “Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. Julia

    @Rachel – I'm in a fan-girl downward spiral, I had a crisis of cover art in tomorrow's coverage over the ONYX cover. It's smoldering, and great for any other series, but I hate that it's on THIS one. Those two cover models don't match my mental picture of Katy and Daemon and all! I know I'm being ridiculous, and yet, I can't stop…