Monday, August 6, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L.Armentrout

Hi all!

Here's a review of a great alien themed YA romance.



Title: Obsidian
Series: Lux #1
Release date: 8th of May 2012
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: YA, Romance, Supernatural, Fantasy, Contemporary
Pages: 335 in Paperback
Source: Bought from The Book Depository

Summary:

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

Review:

The alien theme is quite an unusual premise for YA. I have never really read anything revolving around that side of the supernatural/fantasy. And I have to admit that the extraterrestrial isn’t my first pick for a fun, sexy and fascinating YA read. It feels weird since there are too many (ok, mostly all) instances where aliens aren’t really depicted as very attractive or good intentioned characters. I always seem to imagine the classical almost formless glowing skinny alien figure – wait, it kind of is worked into this book?! Still, I decided to give this book a go. One of the reasons, beside it getting tons of positive feedback and coverage, I picked up Obsidian was that it remained me of my favorite series as a teenager: Roswell. Oh, I loved that show, even though aliens didn’t really appeal to me, that show was just so romantic and sweet. Obsidian made me feel nostalgic despite the TV show and the book not having that much in common in the long run.

All in all, I wasn’t disappointed or weirded out, completely the opposite. This book was everything and more I could imagine while picturing what an enjoyable little-green-men themed YA book could be. I liked how the whole story was entirely focused on Daemon and Katy, so the plot and mythology of the setting/back-story couldn’t overwhelm or drown the character development and relationship of both of them. This story was definitely character driven and all of them were very satisfyingly fleshed out. 

What I also found very positive was the not so tame handling of sexual and mature themes. Maybe I haven’t read YA fantasy/supernatural books where either of the main couple isn’t virginal or completely slutty (but of course not with each other), but the way it was handled and not hidden in this book was a pleasant surprise. There were a couple of scenes that made me raise my eyebrow with surprise and approval.

So to conclude, I still don’t like alien themed books very much but I also have to hand it to the author for taking a not so common YA theme and creating something fun, sexy and fascinating!

Characters:

Katy was a wonderful lead! She was spunky, snarky, brave, sarcastic and didn’t let anyone put her down. She definitely never held back when she had something to say or hold her emotions in check when she felt wronged. She respected herself enough to always stand up for herself and never tuck her tail between her legs – this is something I adored about her. Her book blog hobby was an endearing addition to her great character too. Despite the multitude of her good characteristics she was also too impulsive and careless at times.

Daemon was a perfect match for Katy. He was hot, moody, sarcastic and a douchebag – but a sexy douchebag! While in his nasty persona he didn’t qualify as the best boyfriend material or even another tolerable person but once you are more acquainted with him and his reasons he transformed into someone totally awesome and swoon worthy. He is absolutely amongst my top YA heroes of 2012.

What I loved most about the characters of Katy and Daemon was every minute-second they were together and it included talking, or in their case funny, sexy, angry or teasing banter/conversations. Any kind of dialogue between them was definitely the highlight of this story with all the sexual attraction and pure electricity (sometimes real electricity mind you). Katy and Daemon kept me on my toes on what they would do or say next to each other.

Regarding other characters: Dee was just soooo sweet and likeable and she made such a cute and adorable friend to Katy. Her enthusiasm for that friendship was so precious. The villains were scary but not as prominent or influential in the plot since the focus was purely on Katy and Daemon. Maybe they can raise the bar in the other books in the series. Other than these two, I can’t really recall any other memorable characters, Katy and Daemon and their relationship was just so all consuming in the story.

Overall:

A great initiation into the alien theme in YA, especially for someone a little iffy regarding that theme in a storyline. Loved the characters and the books is definitely worth picking up for that purpose alone. I recommend!


4 stars!

LIIS

3 comments:

  1. i loved Obsidian,too. :) Daemon was kind of not as awesome to me until I read the bonus chapters in his point of view and was like. ok. back off, Katy. He is mine. I mean he was hot throughout the book and i LOVE his sarcasm. but he was so rude to her. But near the end he is all irresistible and stuff. haha. sorry.

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  2. Great review! I really enjoyed the story too and look forward to Onyx.

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  3. Thanks for the feedback! Yes, the chapters from Daemon's point of view gave great insight into his behavior and thoughts, made him even more likable. He was an ass but I still didn't see him as a complete utter and unlikable ass :D He was well written as the whole book.

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