Series: Lux Series #1
Published by Entangled Teen on 5/8/2012
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Romance, Science-fiction, Young Adult
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Starting over sucks.\r\nWhen 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.\r\nAnd then he opened his mouth.\r\nDaemon 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.\r\nThe hot alien living next door marks me.\r\nYou 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.\r\nIf I don't kill him first, that is.
I like that Young Adult and Science-Fiction/Fantasy are starting to get mashed up together more often, because I find them a fascinating blend, especially when done right. Sprinkle in some young romance, and you can have a seriously great story. Obsidian was like that for me: it hit all my sweet spots, with a few extras for good measure and didn’t disappoint. Let me start off by saying Jennifer Armentrout won my heart the moment I read Katy had a book blog and participated in the popular mailbox meme and Waiting on Wednesday. You hear me, Jennifer? YOU CAPTURED MY HEART IN BOOK PRISON. But not only is Katy a book blogger after my own heart, the story is great, too. Having moved to Nowheresville, WV (keep the WV jokes to yourself, folks) with her mother to start over a few years after her father’s death, she’s resigned to the fact that she’s left Florida for good and just wants her mom to be happy again. For both of them to be happy again. She’s a bit introverted and would be happy answering blog comments and trawling the internet, or reading. In short, SHE’S MY KINDA GIRL. Enter Daemon, the hot, cocky alien living next door. Did I mention hot? Yeah, hot. How do I know? He’s on the front cover of the book, DUH. Daemon and Dee, his twin sister, have been in hiding from evil beings who are hell bent on taking their powers, and West Virginia is the perfect place to hide. Until Daemon has to save Katy and his powers cause her to light up like a beacon, attracting danger to their small town – and them. The tension between Katy and Daemon was just played up SO WELL. Their squabbles and verbal repartee was amusing and held me in an anticipation unlike any other young adult book I’ve read in recent history. I could have read an entire book of just their dialogue and been completely happy with it, these two characters were just so well developed. They came alive off of the pages. Other characters, the twins “friends”, Katy’s mother and some of the townspeople, were also well done and very believable and overall, I really enjoyed the complicated relationships between everybody. Ah and the secrets! The plot was well thought out: as I said, Daemon and Dee are on Earth, hiding in West Virginia from their enemies who want nothing more than to steal their powers, and will let no one – no HUMAN – stand in their way to get it. Considering this is a SFF novel as well, it was all quite believable! I think if anyone is looking to dive into the SFF genre, this is a good one to get started. Jennifer Armentrout is a superb writer and I can’t wait to read what happens next.
“I don’t review books to get paid or anything.” Although that would be sweet, which reminded me I needed to get a library card. “I do it because I like it. I love reading, and I enjoy talking about books.”
Disclaimers: This ebook was purchased with my own hard-earned moolah, but my review is still honest. Blurb and photo source courtesy of Goodreads.