Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: May 8, 2012
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.
The story in a nutshell…
Kat moves into a town in West Virginia with her mother and finds herself neighbors with siblings who could not have exacted more different reactions from her. Dee, the twin sister, seems really friendly while twin brother, Daemon seems like a really arrogant jerk. Never mind if he’s one of the most beautiful men Kat has ever seen. Making new friends in her new school in her senior year and the worries of book blogging from so far from civilization are the least of Kat’s worries when she finds herself embroiled in unexplained incidents that make her question the reality and possibility of a lot of things. First up, how about having aliens for neighbors? Or crushing over an alien neighbor?
What worked for me?
The initial set-up seems hardly new or unique but there was enough of that mystery factor throughout the story that it kept me wanting to learn more about this world. Kat is such a sarcastically funny heroine that I had no problems relating with. I like that she’s got guts and doesn’t let other people run roughshod over her. Daemon is a worthy hero and it was so fun watching these two trade barbs with each other. Love and hate had never had lines so blurred before these two. There are still lots of plot points left to be mined since this is just the first book in a series of five. It sort of reminds me of the TV series Roswell with all the mysteries surrounding these aliens on earth.
What didn’t work for me?
I have no particular bit that I didn’t like. Though I do remember thinking that I would have loved to get into Daemon’s head. But since the story is told from Kat’s point-of-view, I only got to have glimpses of Daemon through the filter of Kat’s thoughts and emotions.
My over-all take on it?
Jennifer Armentrout is a great new find for me. I’ve heard great things about her books, her Lux and Covenant series and also her NA novels and after reading this one, I have to say that I’m looking forward to reading more from her. OBSIDIAN is a great series-starter with a set of characters that I like to get to know more.
About the Author:
# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.
She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
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