Dec 19, 2011

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher:  Entangled
Publication Date: 12.6.11
Pages: 266
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, Alien
Series: Yes (Lux #1)
Source: Ebook

Rating: A

Summary (from Goodreads):
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 need to get this out of the way: OMG!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! *squee*

Ahem. Now, onto the more adult and thought-out review:

This book completely took me by surprise, but I don’t know why. I love the alien concept (anyone remember the TV show Roswell, or better yet, the book series it was inspired by Roswell High by Melinda Metz?), the narrator is a book blogger, and it’s by Jennifer L. Armentrout. One of those things alone would make me go into a happy book coma, but combined they created a novel that sucked me in from the first sentence and still has me wondering about it 24 hours after I finished reading.

Katy is just fantastic. I loved reading about the world through her eyes. Granted, she got a bit annoying at times (what teenager doesn’t have their moments?), but for the most part I adored her. She’s funny, smart, and did I mention a book blogger? I loved that Armentrout was able to write how I feel every time I open the mailbox and see a packing envelope stamped MEDIA MAIL or the way I can gush about books all day long to my blogger friends, but I can’t to my family and real-world friends because they would smile, but never get it.

The alien twist on this made me giddy, I kid you not. Daemon and Dee and all their alien friends delighted me to no end. Daemon could be a total ass, but he also had this incredibly loyal and protective streak that awed me. He and Katy could be arguing so vehemently I thought they would come to blows, and then the next minute they were practically tearing each other’s clothes off. Their relationship was such a rollercoaster, and I’m a theme park ride junkie. I could read about them all day.

Once again Armentrout has sucked me in by her fantastical storytelling. She creates such visceral, emotional characters that the reader can’t help but love them. This woman is literary gold in my book and can do no wrong. Next book, please!

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  1. I'm reading this one right now, but I am having a little trouble getting into it. It's reviews like this one that keeps me still reading! I almost died when Katy wrote a Waiting on Wednesday post! Thanks for the review.

  2. You are so right! Fabulous book.


  3. Jennifer Armentrout could write a scene about anything--doing laundry, studying for exams, visiting grandma--and her character's snarky narrative voice would have me laughing out loud and wishing for more. Loved your review, Hannah!

  4. The way Daemon treated Katy got on my nerves way too much for me to totally love this one, but I definitely still did enjoy it. I totally dug the Roswell feel!

  5. I'm usually not a fan of alien themed books, but I've read more than 1 review now that says this book is basically awesome. So I've finally put this book on my TBR list. Also Daemon sounds like a great character. Looking forward to reading this book.

  6. I haven't read this book as yet.

    I am still in two minds about it as I have read very good reviews of it and also some that were lukewarm to say the most.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. I've been seeing this book reviewed lately on quite a few blogs. I've never read Armentrout's work before, and I'm starting to think I should remedy that. Thanks for this review, too.

  8. I haven't got the chance to read from this author yet but I probably will in the future, many people I know do.

  9. This sounds like a great romance read. I know a lot of people are liking it so i will have to pick this up. Merry christmas.

  10. From people, who read this book, I heard that it's awesome, so I am really curious and thanks to you review I am even more. I do remember Roswell, oh and a girl, who's a book blogger? Definitely must read it.

  11. I haven't read this book yet, but I do have it on my book wish list. I will definitely buy it on my next book shopping spree.


  12. I read this book this week and loved it too! Like you, I identified with Katy. I mean, how can you not like a character who is a book blogger?! The story, plot, and action was all amazing.

    I entered in the giveaway as Evangeline.

  13. JLA is such an amazing author.. I hope you grabbed Shadows when it came out. This is going to be such a great year for JLA and I can't wait to read the rest of your reviews!

  14. I just won this book in a hop last week and I'm so excited to read it! Your review just makes me that much more determined to get to it just as soon as I can!! Squee!! It sounds absolutely delicious!
    Thank you so much for taking the time to write up this review :)

    Gena Robertson

  15. Awesome Review I absolutely loved this book also. Jennifer just has a way with words a fantastic new author.

  16. love your review! I definitely love this book! Jennifer is a great author!!!

  17. I just finished reading this about a few days ago.. and OMG!! Haha.. I can't believe aliens can be this gorgeous.. Love Jennifer and Love Dameon... a lot!!

  18. +JMJ+

    I'm a little tired of the mythical-boy-falls-for-human-girl storyline, but this one seems to have a self-awareness that could set it apart from the rest. If Katy happens to be aware of the YA Paranormal trend, I'd love to see how she looks at her relationship with Daemon through that literary lens! =)

  19. Omg, I love this book! I finished reading it today, and it was amazing! It's truly a must read and I couldn't put it down! I've never read a book about aliens before, so I was a little wary before reading it, but I was so wrong! This book is everything I could dream of!

  20. I appreciate the give-away. I must read Obsidean because I am hearing a lot about it. Yes, I remember Roswell.

  21. i haven't read this book, but i know this is a faboluos book,,cant wait to read..
    nice riview

  22. Anyone who hasn't read this book... GO DO IT NOW!!!! This book is soooo good. I know a lot of people have been saying that dince the beginning of the year, but seriously. It really is. I totally agree about Katy - she's a strong-willed character. And in Onyx, Katy grows and develops into an even better character! That's awesome. And who can forget Daemon... well yeah. lol. Great review!

  23. I fell in love with this book for the same reasons you did.However,this is the first alien book I read.I love watching alien movies/TV shows(Roswell!) but never really cared to read about them.(I didn't know Roswell was a book series)But I had to see what the fuss was a bout and glad I did.I related to Katy too about her being a book blogger,that was such a cool addition to the story.If we are talking about book boyfriend crushes,yeap mine would be Daemon.

  24. I have only just recently heard about these books and I keep reading great review like this one about it. I can't wait to get my hands on it seems like an awesome read.


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