Sunday, November 3, 2013

Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux #1)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: May 8, 2012

From Goodreads:
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.

Given the number of YA books published by Jennifer Armentrout it’s rather remarkable that this is my first time reading her work.  As an introduction to her style of writing and story building it was wonderful.  I’ve not read many books with both alien and human characters.  To be frank I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it.  My co-blogger Pam highly recommended this series so I thought I would give it a try.  The goodreads review gives you the basic plot so I’ll give you a few reasons to read this book particularly if you are reading our blog and have been reading our blog for awhile.

First, this book has some really funny scenes between a mostly nice young woman and a guy who can be a serious jerk with a truly horrible ex-girlfriend. I loved the scenes where Katy does all the things I wish I had had the confidence to do when I was in high school.

Second, while many of the YA books I have read make mention of how attractive the young men in the books are only a few describe his body and the female characters reactions to their bodies in such explicitly sexual terms.  Plus there are a few great make-out scenes.  This book still follows the norm in YA fiction of not too much detail but it definitely doesn’t fade to black or simply imply.  It was a nice change!

Third, the main character is a BLOGGER!  How funny is that?  I kind of wonder is this Armentrout’s gift to all us bloggers out there. 

Finally, I really loved the relationship between the sister and Dee and the sister and Daemon.  It’s nice to read about functional sibling relationships!

Because I can't help but comment on the less than savory aspects of a YA story particularly as they relate to young women's identities, I honestly didn't understand some of need for the Homecoming scenes.  I realize this is kind of an oblique reference but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone!

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  1. I am glad you liked this book. Unfortunately, no matter how many positive reviews I read, my feelings for alien books keep me from picking this one up for the foreseeable future. I will had to start with something else J. L. Armentrout!

  2. I really want to read this series and her other books. I've heard such good things about Jennifer Armentrout, from Pam and lots of other bloggers as well. Glad you liked this one! Hope you're having fun in Poland!

  3. I am thinking of getting this for myself, had heard great things. Glad you liked it and I'm thinking it's something I should definitely read myself!