Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted November 30, 2013 by Sophia

Lux #1
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Released Date: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

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.

     I’ve been procrastinating. And pushing Obsidian off for months on end. Until now, that is.
     (Actually, back in late October. The review just got posted late… because of blog posting schedule.)
     For a first-timer reading one of Armentrout’s books, Obsidian wasn’t terrible. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t exactly land on my favorite books list, if I even have a list.
     Did it land in a memorial place in my mind?
     Yep. Right… next to Twilight.
     Oh no, Twilight isn’t hated at all. The mere fact Twilight’s mentioned is the very fact Obsidian is similar to the very first book in the Twilight Saga, only it’s an alien version and Katy has much more spunk and personality than Bella Swan. And she’s so relatable, Katy might have just landed as my virtual twin (aside from gardening… in which I tend to kill plants instead o_O).
     But a few things similar to Twilight:

  • The new kid. Yep. Correct me if I’m wrong about Bella being the new kid at Forks High School. It’s been 4-5 years since I last read it, so my memory may have slipped (hey, I need room for other bookish memories too!).
  • Small town. Well, I don’t have a problem with that, but similarities are similarities.
  • Humans cannot be trusted. We aliens shall stay isolated at our own table.
  • You’re an alien?!?! Cool! – though a little reaction is honestly better than nothing at all, in my humble opinion. And no, Katy doesn’t exactly say it.
  • Remember that dance place where Bella gets hurt and then Sparkly Edward goes and saves the day? Yeah… I think I’ll shut up now. Too much will give spoilers away.

     Add to the fact Daemon does not sparkle, and is dreadfully irritating at first, despite the fact there’s a perfectly good reason and it’s entertaining to watch him and Katy go at it.
     Also add the fact that Obsidian was unfortunately read with Clockwork Princess, so half the time I dropped Clockwork Princess just to read Obsidian simply because the third book in The Infernal Devices was majorly emotional and I didn’t want to waste any more tissues (*pretends it’s allergies* Yes, mother, it’s simply allergies and the dust bunnies are taking over).
     Okay, that was a mouthful. Looks like I didn’t lose the run-on habit after all. *sigh…*
     The ending? Not so cliffhangery. But I’m willing to give the Lux series another chance, simply because it’s more action-packed and entertaining than Twilight, and maybe things will take a different turn from here on out.
     e_e *hides from tomatoes*

Rating: 4 out of 5 Owls

 ~Happy Reading!

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Sophia is a socially awkward Communications major who has a GIF for nearly everything and is frequently in a Hogwarts House Crisis. More of her bookish reviews can be found at The Arts STL.

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