Tuesday, June 17, 2014

REVIEW: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux #1)
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: November 23rd 2011 by Entangled Teen 
Review Copy: ebook (Kobo)

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'm going to start this review by being completely honest (not that I'm not honest all the time!) I didn't think I would like this book. Aliens? Yucky! but I had nothing else to read and Kobo recommended it and when I checked on Goodreads it seemed well liked so I thought "what the heck?"
I've heard other bloggers gush, but it still never sounded like something I'd like.

Holy cow, this book is SO GOOD! I wasn't feeling Daemon for the first half, but boy that alien manages to win you over by the end. *fans self* 
Outside of straight up romance, there are few books with the sexual tension of this one. Katy and Daemon have a very strong physical draw to one another, even when they don't like each other and Jennifer L. Armentrout does a phenomenal job of capturing it. I may have actually had moments when my toes curled with delight while reading this book. Wow!

But, beyond gushing about the romance in this book (which is a grade A romance) the plot is really good too. As I said, I have never been interested in reading a book about aliens, but I like how these ones are designed. Not human at all, but not sticky, icky or gross. The reason they are here on earth and how that works is well explained. It felt logical and that's important. I hate reading a book and getting distracted by background that doesn't make sense. The Luxen are well crafted and that's a plus.

If you've been on the fence about this series, or if you've never heard of it, try it now. you will not be disappointed. Plus (in the copy I read) there are bonus scenes from Daemon's POV. 

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