Wednesday, September 24, 2014

[Review] Obsidian (Lux #1) - Jennifer L. Armentrout

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In OBSIDIAN, Katy moves to a new town in Virginia. Nothing ever really happens there, weren't it for her neighbors, who are stunningly beautiful and from a different planet. 
What intrigued me: Aliens!


Kickass Characters!

Protagonist Daemon is the classical hard shell, rude but secretly fragile - type. Typically, YA authors match them with submissive shy kids. In OBSIDIAN, his love interest is the most badass girl I've read about in a while. Katy doesn't take anything from anyone. No matter if you're an alien, a human, a drunk jock - she will call you out on it. Maybe even fight it or stab you with a sharp object. 

Every time I rolled my eyes when he made a stupid pickup line or said something that would've made any other girl swoon, Katy just backfired. That's what made me love Daemon, the fact that he has a worthy match in Katy. I'm in love with characters that aren't built solely for the romance plot, she is definitely a role model.

The other characters are only outlines so far in the first novel because the majority of it deals with Daemon and Katy and alien stuff. It's introductory, you can't really expect perfectly drawn characters in a multi-novel series. So far I'm liking Dee, Daemon's twin sister very much and I'm hoping that she gets to play a bigger role in the second novel. I'm pleasantly surprised by the great characters and I'm so proud that Armentrout decided to give this series a kickass heroine. 

She Makes the Filler Work!

There's a lot of dialogue in the novel due to the fact that the reader has to get to know Katy and Daemon in order to like them. For that reason, the plot suffers slightly. We have cliché scenes I've read about 3729792 times including gems like grocery shopping, homecoming ball and going to the hospital. While that remains definitely a downside I have to say that there is little to no information dump. This is quite impressive given that we are introduced to a whole new species. Instead of just making one character give Katy a 10 page crash course about everything, the information is split brilliantly, making the reader only aware of what's going on a few pages later. 


Opposite to the species that Daemon and Dee belong to, we have the Arum, shadowy-creepy figures that I've read about seventeen times at least. This whole light-business is definitely nothing new. 

Yes, there were some slumps and the plot isn't really worth mention, but Armentrout truly manages to keep my attention with those amazing characters.


Overall: Do I recommend?

 I did have a great time reading it and actually, I think I'm going to even reread it in the near future. Also I'm going to continue with the second book right away which I rarely do - unless I'm really into the world building in a novel. 


Rating: ★★★★☆


Synopsis:

"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."

2 comments:

  1. Great review! Now I'm really curious how and IF your opinion about Daemon will change in the next book(s) - looking forward to your "Onyx" review! :)

    Your blog looks awesome btw and I love your titles, they made me grin a lot! AND I know now that I shouldn't read Starcrossed ... nope, thanks for that!

    Yvonne @ http://thebookishpanda.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much! Uh-oh, if you put it that way it sounds like there might be a plot twist around the corner. We shall see! I'm definitely contuining with Onyx and he hope he'll behave in that one haha. Yeah, stay away from that one, gave me a constant headache because of all the wasted potential. Thanks again for the feedback!!

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