Obsidian (Lux Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA Fantasy/Romance
Reading Challenge: 100 + Books in a Year
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.
Cover Talk: Daemon is hot. End of story.
First Impressions: Dear, Jennifer L. Armentrout, I sincerely apologize for taking so long to read your books. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about them, but never picked them up. Bad book lover of the year goes to me.
First Few Chapters: Um…I read this book in three hours. In one sitting. Clearly the first few chapters rocked my socks off.
Characters: Katy is my homegirl. Seriously, I feel like I would have been best friends with her in high school. Would prefer books to people, reserved, but fun once out of the shell. Truly, I love Katy. I also love her intense loyalty and courage that she develops over this book. I cannot wait to see what is in store for her in book two.
Daemon is such as ass. An attractive ass. And according to Katy he has an attractive ass. But dear Lord, I wanted to punch this guy as much as Katy did. I did not like him until the last few chapters of this book. I can understand that everything he did and said to Katy, he had good reason. And that was to protect the only family he had left. But seriously. His douchebag-ery was killing me.
Dee is just the sweetest. Her twin, Daemon, describes her perfectly when he calls her a ball of sunshine. And she really is. Every time she entered a chapter, I just got so happy. I hate comparing things to Twilight, but she reminded me very much of Alice. (Alice is the only redeeming character in Twilight.) So this made me very happy. I love the sweet, sister character.
Plot: Dude! So, let me just start off by saying, the random bits of Katy’s hobbie, BOOK BLOGGING, made my heart so incredibly happy. I have never read a book about a character who was a book blogger. As a book blogger, I loved feeling like I had something in common with her. Even though I am much more mature and older….(yeah, right.)
I loved this book so much. Even the romance. Or the sexual tension, rather. But the most exciting part of this book is that it’s about aliens. Not vampires, not werewolves, not faeries, but aliens. Hell yes. And beautiful, non-insecty kinds. If we ever have aliens come to Earth, please let them be from Lux. Okay?
Also, I loved the relationships that Katy developed over the course of this book. With the exception of Daemon, I feel like every relationship was presented in this novel. The workaholic, but caring parent. The two polar opposite friends. The loyal, sweet best friend. And the bitch from hell.
My only, only complaint of this novel (and I still gave it a five star because the book was just too amazing not to) is the way Daemon treated Katy when they first met and her dislike-yet-lustful response back to him. I guess I just have never experienced this intense dislike, but lust after you kind of relationship. And while the steamy make out sessions was…um, well steamy…I have to say, I am glad I have never experienced it. I would think that I’m going insane.
Final Thoughts: I cannot believe I waited so damn long to read this series…I have got to go buy the rest of them. Today.