Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book Review

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | Book ReviewObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen on May 8th 2012
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal, Sci-Fi
Pages: 335
Format: Hardcover

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.

What I thought NEW

After my sister had been bugging me for about a year, throwing around terms in daily life like: like Holy Alien Babies, food ninjas, Alien cooties, and something about ‘my blog being better than your vlog’ (and, not to forget, her desperation to name our kitten Daemon Black) I decided to give it a go. In the end that wasn’t enough for her, because she ended up ordering the book for me (who says no to a free book?!) and I ended up reading it in one sitting. So Merel, this review is for you!

While the 5 stars are a dead giveaway about my feelings on this book. I’ll try to keep the gushing to a minimum and actually get across exactly what my feelings are about the book (no promises though..). I adore Obsidian, or I adore Jennifer Armentrout. Nah, I’m pretty sure I love both. The story was just everything I wanted to find in my next read. I wanted something fun, something paranormal-ish, a story with awesome and relatable characters (preferably including a hot new fictional crush). And I got it all! 335 pages, all read in one sitting.

Something fun? Check. The dialogue throughout this book is one of the most entertaining I’ve read in a while. The quick and easy banter between Daemon and Katy never failed to amuse me, as did the quirkiness of Katy as a character. I lost count of the times I burst out laughing, or the times I laughed quietly to myself. Jennifer Armentrout has a writing style that I found to be very addictive. The story flowed easily alongside the dialogue, which made it so easy relate and root for the main characters all the way.

Something paranormal-ish? Check. While I’d never have thought I would like a story about Aliens. Which I decided must have something to do with the fact that when thinking of aliens I always picture little green monsters with black eyes and huge brainy foreheads… But this, this was ‘Aliens’ with a unique and incredibly cool twist, this was a story about Aliens that I couldn’t help but fall in love with.

Awesome and relatable characters? Double check. Katy and Daemon, while frustrating at times, are such cool characters and Katy is an incredible protagonist. I loved how quirky and sarcastic she could be(plus she is a book blogger, which -of course- ears her a fair amount of bonus points), she had a personality that I found hard not to love more and more as you get to know her better throughout the story. Then we have Daemon, who frankly was quite rude and mean at the beginning of the story.. Ah, who am I kidding, the guy has the worst social skills imaginable. But as the story progresses, you catch glimpses of a softer personality lying beneath the surface (and we all know I’m such a sucker for guys with softer personalities…). These two characters really made the whole story for me, their banter often hilarious and able to evoke emotions when needed.

I really needed a read like this, and I am so not ashamed to say that I already *cough* finished *cough* reading Onyx as well (review to come!). I might should’ve taken my sisters advice and read this book a little bit sooner… if I had, my sister would’ve probably have gotten her way in naming the kitten Daemon.

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  1. 30/06/2014 / 00:59

    I love everything Jennifer L Armentrout writes!

    • Iris
      01/07/2014 / 23:09

      I have stocked up on her other books! I’m definitely reading more of her work if it’s as good as Obsidian! <3

  2. merel
    30/06/2014 / 10:46

    I’m not gonna say I told you so but.. Screw this haha I TOLD YOU SOOO :D

    • Iris
      01/07/2014 / 23:09


  3. 01/07/2014 / 01:00

    I’ve been meaning to read this one for a while but I never got around to it. I’m glad to hear that you liked it though, now I’m doubly curious.

    • Iris
      01/07/2014 / 23:10

      I hope you’ll read it! Don’t put it off like I did, I highly recommend this book *drools over Daemon Black*

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