Saturday, July 25, 2015

Obsidian (Lux1) By Jennifer L. Armentrout Book Review

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.

My rating: 3/5

I will be honest with you guys, the only reason I started Reading Obsidian is because I wanted to know just how similar to Twilight it was. And the hot aliens, I won't lie.

I know, not the right thing to do, but everybody was talking about it! And I was really masochistic curious to see up to which extent the similarities would be.

However, and to my surprise, this books is not a Twilight copycat. I mean, yeah, sure the description sounds just like it, dodgy internet access, hot and mysterious neighbors that everbody in the small town stays away… but the actual story, what happens in between this pages is nothing of the sort and I found myself really enjoying this book with all its quirks and aliens and weirdness.

Katy has just moved to West Viginia with her mom, looking to make a fresh start after her father’s death.

I loved Katy from the start, she is a blogger and only child who understands that moving was something that had to be done if they wanted to carry on with their lives. You can see from the beginning that her father’s death is not just a plot device to get the family to this new place and so the romance can begin, but rather something that ahs defined this character and that affects her until this day.

It was also easy to identify with her with how she felt about starting over and meeting new people, exciting… and terrifying all together. Katy wants to have friends, but she is a bit shy and is afraid that her quirky personality will mark her as the “odd” one in a small town were everybody has known each other since infancy. Still, when it comes to introducing herself to the new neighbors and ask for directions she does it without hesitations, and that’s when Daemon appeared.

Daemon is an ass, a truly rude what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-you ass. He doesn’t just dismiss Katy right away, he also insults her for no reason at all! So she leaves, confused and pissed off at the stranger, only to then meet his sister.

Dee is nothing like Daemon, sure, she is gorgeous, but she is one of the nicest persons Katy has ever met, and the two become friends right away much to Daemon's displeasure.

But there is something strange with the two siblings, they talk about the town and her as “they” as if they were different for some reason, and it doesn’t take long before Katy finds out the truth, that they are Aliens being hunted by another especies across the universe.

I loved the whole alien aspect, I thought it was well developed and it honestly surprised me!
However, I gave Obsidian a three stars which is painful considering this would have been a four or even five stars for me, and the reason for it was Daemon.

Every review and friend praised the hot and sexy alien, and he was one of the things I was looking for in the reading. But, unfortunately, I was really disappointed.

For whoever it is that is reading this review, I want you to do something, imagine your best friend. No, wait scratch that, I want you to imagine someone you love, either that is your best friend, your brother or sister, your parents.

This will work as well. Awww.

Now imagine someone who says and does to them the same things that Daemon does to Katy, imagine them calling your loved one an idiot, a moron “empty eyed and vacant”.

Imagine your loved one coming home crying because that person humiliated them once again. And then, imagine having to witness all of that and then have your loved one say “but he/she loves me!” he’s just doing it because that is who he is, but he loves me!

Do you think that someone who does that sort of thing loves that person?

I know what you are going to say, that Daemon had to keep Kat away and that is why he treated her like he did, but that is not true. If he had wanted to, he could have just stepped back, let her live her life and Katy would have lived happily ever after. Instead he insults her and treats her horribly, Only to then show her a few glimpses of kindness. That is not fair, and I could not root for the romance when I disliked Daemon so much.

What do you guys think?


  1. I know that I should hate Daemon for the asshole that he was in Obsidian, but after reading the whole series, I couldn't help but fall in love with him. You should give the rest of the series a try, it just keeps getting better :)

    Ranu @ The Bookish Life

    1. I had been thinking on whether I should give this series another try! My problem with this was that I had a personal experience that reminded me too much of Daemon, a friend of mine (as sweet as a person can be) had a boyfriend like him, needless to say we didn't like him very much. So when I was reading this I kept remembering that guy and... ugh! I could not stand Daemon and his behavior!
      But maybe he changes or we get to see another side of him? It was a really fun book, and if you say so maybe I'll give it another try, thanks!!!

  2. This book was compared to Twilight? Well, for me, they both did have one big thing in common... I couldn't finish either of them. I can't stand annoying characters, especially ones with no self-respect (Bella) and ones who express little respect for the ones they supposedly care about (Daemon). It was a shame about Obsidian though. I enjoyed the writing style. If ever I run out of other things to read, I would go back and try finishing it.