Friday, January 25, 2013

Review--Obsidian: A Lux Novel, Book 1 by Jennifer Armentrout

From When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien. Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon's touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she's getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is if she doesn't kill him first.
I bought this book to take along on a plane trip. It was kind of difficult to resist reading it before my trip, but I managed (somehow). I was so excited for Obsidian because it was so different from other books I've been reading lately. I mean, come on, aliens? How cool! I ended up loving this book. It took me a few chapters to really get into it, but after that, I was hooked.
One of my favorite shows is Roswell, which sadly, only lasted for three seasons. It's about these teenaged aliens that have to live in secret in Roswell, New Mexico. Obsidian sort of reminded me of that show, except Daemon was nothing like the sweet and shy Max. Instead, he's wisecracking and smart-mouthed and can't help but trade insults with Katy. He's constantly calling her Kitten--much to Katy's frustration--and poking her with his pen in class just to get a rise out of her. The friction between their personalities was very much like Much Ado About Nothing's Beatrice and Benedick, and the chemistry was undeniable.
This was the first of Armentrout's novels that I've read, and I was not disappointed. I'm not sure why it took me so long to pick up one of her books. After finishing this book, I can assure you that this is not the last of hers I'll read.

My rating:
(four out of five stars)

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