Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: November 29, 2011
Rating: B  
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. (Goodreads)

A book full of tension, full of smoldering looks, and full of out-of-this world HOTNESS. Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is hands down the hottest book I’ve read this year. Like a cat playing with a mouse, this book drove me crazy. Crazy in an insane way, and crazy in an “I’m going to combust” kind of way.  Obsidian is pretty much teasing at its absolute best. Thankfully, I was up for a long wait and high blood pressure.

I was going to approach this review like any serious reviewer, but I’m afraid that within five seconds I’ll start sounding like a psychotically frustrated middle aged woman. Since I’m not middle aged, I cannot approach this review seriously. I’m just going to go at Obsidian full on gushing. Seriously, who wouldn’t be gushing or exploding from the intense hotness that is Katy and Daemon? These two characters just about blew up my Kindle while I was reading. Steam was coming out of my fingers as I turned each little digital page. Words of “ouch” and “holy smokes” and “OMG!” and “OMG KISS ALREADY!” flew out of my mouth at least once each chapter.

I was scorched.

I was absolutely tormented.

I was captivated.

Obsidian is a book that sets off all kinds of smoke alarms.

When Katy moves to West Virginia she’s not exactly thrilled. It’s been three years since her dad died and although she’s handling things pretty well, she doesn’t enjoy being uprooted and moved to a different state. Within her first few days of arriving she meets (one of the sexiest book characters EVAH!) Daemon. It doesn’t hurt that he’s shirtless the first time Katy meets him, and the readers. Hello handsome…. Call me…  Anyway, all goes pretty smoothly until Daemon opens his pouty little mouth and starts spewing out insults. Instant dislike meets instant frustration.

As Obsidian progresses, Katy becomes close friends with Dee, Daemon’s twin sister, and he tries everything in his power to break up Katy and Dee’s relationship. Without any motive Daemon acts like the biggest jerk. I went from loving his pretty face to hating his mean nature. He deserved a few kicks to the groin. In my honest opinion! What I really loved is that Katy felt the same way. She was as frustrated with Daemon as I was. Her thoughts were so well written.

Armentrout wrote Obsidian exclusively from Katy’s point-of-view and I loved it. This girl is a spitfire. The only character that can stand up to Daemon; and the only character that can match his stride foot for foot. She gave Daemon just as much as he gave her. I love Katy something fierce!

I knew pretty early into Obsidian that Katy and Daemon were going to wind up with each other. The big question was when. Unlike some authors, Armentrout toy’s with her readers just like Daemon does with Katy. Just when I thought these two were going to hook up (you know the part when my blood pressure had risen to an all-time high?) one of them would pull the rug out. Argh! I think that’s why I both love this book and slightly hate it. I don’t hate it hate it, but I hated how frustrating it was. Sexy? YES. Frustrating? OMG YES!

Despite a couple of cheesy moments, this book is full of everything. I can see myself rereading this one over and over. I’m dying for book two to come out. The ending of Obsidian is genius in its teasing. Katy rocks my socks with how she takes charge and turns the tables on Daemon!

3 comments:

  1. yet another rave review for Obsidian! :) awesome post Cyndi, thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. I agree wither absolutely everything that you've mentioned! Obsidian is the hottest book I've read this year, I loved it to pieces and I want more.. as soon as possible!

    Fantastic review!
    -Kate
    http://www.nomaliciousreads.com

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  3. I love books you just have to gush over! :D Gah, I'm super curious about this one by now and I NEED to get my hands on it ASAP! It sounds so awesome. And your review makes it sound awesome and... yeah. I definitely need to read it! Great review! :)

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