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.
Holy Unbelievably Addictive Plot, Batman! If you told me three months ago that I would not only read a book that has aliens but that I’d actually end up really loving it, I would probably think you’re insane and that you clearly don’t know me at all. But all I can say now is wow, wow, WOW! I’ve known of this series for a while, even seeing a couple of my friends on Tumblr and Pinterest have edits and boards for it but I never saw myself actually reading it because it’s about aliens. Right? It sounds weird! I’m usually down for most supernatural or paranormal plot lines, but I feel like I always drew the line at vampires and aliens. Now I just draw the line at vampires. Cool. Anyways, the main reason I read this book was because I recently discovered Jennifer L. Armentrout through her NA series, Wait For You, and I loved her writing SO much so I knew I just had to give this series a shot. Let’s just say that this book definitely hit it’s mark.
- As I just mentioned, I love Armentrout’s writing so much. I love how she constructs her narratives, how her words and dialogue flow naturally, and how she develops her characters. Now, there wasn’t MUCH world building in this book like there is in various other YA books, but there’s a hint of it in regards to the Lux. When she had Daemon explain his, for lack of a better word, species to Katy and describe what his people and his planet were like, I felt like it was not only something I could see in my head but something that could truly exist. Now, that might make me sound crazy but it also shows how great of an image Armentrout put in my head. I also feel like she really thought through not only the Lux but their counterparts, the Arum, and their relationship. I could tell she put a great deal of thought and effort into creating these aliens (that’s still so weird for me to say) and I appreciate it.
- Speaking of the aliens themselves, I liked how there was somewhat of a plausible explanation for how they’re able to look like humans. Again, this goes back to how Armentrout was able to give a little bit of world building to the Lux, but it’s also somewhat of a “history” of the Lux as well. Part of me was afraid that when we got to the eventual explanation of Daemon being an alien that he’d reveal himself to be like the ugly green ones in Jimmy Neutron. But I’m glad that didn’t happen and the reveal was much more beautiful.
- Never in my life, other than like one time with Lily Calloway, have I ever related to a character like I did with Katy. From the moment I met her in this book I connected with her immediately. Physically I feel like we have some of the same attributes but personality wise we’re so so similar. First of all, girl runs her own book review blog…..hello, I do the same thing!! I mean, she’s definitely more popular and established than me but I love that I have that in common with her. She also really likes history, I have a degree in history, and we both have sass and sarcasm for days. Then there’s the teeny tiny fact that we both understand the “hot boy trifecta” so it’s almost like we really are the same person. But what I loved most about Katy’s character was the fact that she was normal. She wasn’t some “chosen one” or “special one” that was meant to befriend the Lux and help save their lives. She’s actually pretty ordinary and I like that. Constantly reading about the chosen one can get pretty tiring so it’s nice to have some normality once in a while.
- Oh Daemon, my beautiful bad boy alien. Honestly I wouldn’t know what I’d do if I didn’t end up liking Daemon because he is my type to a T. I’m not gonna go into too much detail about him, because I could probably go on for days, but I really loved how much he cared about his family and how protecting that was his main goal in pretty much anything he did. I feel like that’s the best thing about his character, other than, like, everything about him.
- I loved how meta this book got! Like for example, when Daemon was explaining to Katy that he was an alien, or in his initial attempts, she would ask him things like whether or not he sparkled and theorized that he was potentially a vampire or a zombie, things like that. And I couldn’t help but laugh because this was clearly a poke at the sparkly vampires of Twilight and Daemon was so insulted by the fact that she thought he sparkled. He was also insulted when she thought he’d look more like ET which again was super funny. And then there was Katy’s commentary about how this had or would play out in a book and I just thought it was great.
- The romance, oh boy the romance. This is definitely a haters-to-lovers type romance and it is, in a word, awesome. It’s also a huge slow burn and will continue to burn until the very end of the book but for once I’m not mad. There’s also a point where Daemon somewhat starts to admit his feelings for Katy but she basically tells him that she’s not gonna stand for his back and forth/hot and cold personality, and I LOVED that. As much as I love Daemon, I’m glad that Katy stands up for herself and doesn’t end up like…..I don’t wanna say most YA girls but majority of them who take the guy regardless of his crap. Again, it’s refreshing.
- I honestly can’t find anything bad to say right now because I loved every little bit of it. Actually that’s a lie. I took off half a star because this cover is hideous so that’s probably the one thing I don’t like about this book. Other than that, the way this book made me feel leads me to believe that I can’t find anything bad to say about it.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- I know that this book sounds SO stupid, being about aliens and all, but I promise you that if you pick this one up you will not regret it whatsoever. Jennifer L. Armentrout and her writing will come through for you like she came through for me.
BONUS: how the book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Pages: 360 (Paperback)
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