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Obsidian (Lux Novel) (edition 2012)

by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author)

Series: Lux (Book 1)

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Title:Obsidian (Lux Novel)
Authors:Jennifer L. Armentrout (Author)
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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Originally Published On My Review Blog, www.thebookavid.blogspot.com

In the first installment of the Lux Series, Katy moves to a new town in Virginia. Nothing ever really happens there, weren't it for her neighbours, who are stunningly beautiful and from a different planet. Katy instantly has an eye on the older twin Daemon, who's just perfect, weren't he such a massive, arrogant douchebag.

What can I say, I am a sucker for Hate-Turns-Into-Love Stories. Honestly, one day I'm going to have devoured every single story of that kind there is in the world. I'm very nitpicky though when it comes to YA love interests, and I can't stand perfectly dashing beautiful guys that are good at everything and have some kind of superpower. Yawn. I can't stand protagonists swooning at the thought of such a dude and drooling just because he is so damn attractive.
I really thought I was going to hate "Obsidian" and especially Daemon, who is introduced as the hot, distant guy that I'm sure everyone has encountered in literature before. The thing Armentrout does to make me love her characters is that she builds her novel on clichés and molds these into something completely new and different:

I'm not exaggerating; every single character is a cliché, I wouldn't even be surprised if it started out as fan fiction. But - she manages to give them a twist. Daemon for example is the classical hard shell, rude but secretely fragile - type. Typically, YA authors match them with submissive shy kids. In "Obsidian" his love interest is the most badass girl I've read about in a while. Protagonist Katy doesn't take no shit from anyone. No matter if you're an alien, a human, a drunk jock - she will call you out on it. Maybe even fight it or stab you with a sharp object. Therefore Daemon, who could have anyone in the novel because he's so pretty yada yada yada, is rendered speechless when Katy just calls him an asshole 24/7.
Every time I rolled my eyes when he made a stupid pickup line or said something that would've made any other girl swoon, Katy just backfired. That's what made me love Daemon, the fact that he has a worthy match in Katy. She may not be as powerful as him, but she can sure kick his ass in theory. I'm in love with characters that aren't build solely for the romance plot, she is definitely a role model:

She's brave, daring and passionate about what she does. And she's also a book blogger, which is a nice plus. The other characters are only outlines so far in the first novel because the majority of it deals with Daemon and Katy and alien stuff. It's introductory, you can't really expect perfectly drawn characters in a multi-novel series. So far I'm liking Dee, Daemon's twin sister very much and I'm hoping that she gets to play a bigger role in the second novel. I'm pleasantly surprised by the great characters and I'm so proud that Armentrout decided to give this series a kickass heroine. While Daemon is overprotective and annoying throughout the novel, Armentrout gave the fact that he basically stalks her and tells her what to do, a worthy justification. I'm not going to go into any detail in order not to spoil it for anyone, but instead of just going for "Oh my God, I have to protect you because I couldn't stand losing you" it's not all about Katy in "Obsidian". Of course, Daemon secretely thinks like that too but he'd rather chew off his left leg than say it. Which I love. (Characters 5/5)

There's a lot of dialogue in the novel due to the fact that the reader has to get to know Katy and Daemon in order to like them. For that reason, the plot suffers slightly. We have cliché scenes I've read about 3729792 times including gems like grocery shopping, homecoming ball and going to the hospital. While that remains definitely a downside I have to say that there is little to no information dump. This is quite impressive given that we are introduced to a whole new species. Instead of just making one character give Katy a 10 page crash course about everything, the information is splitted brilliantly, making the reader only aware of what's going on a few pages later. This makes me curious and want to continue reading - clever solution there, Armentrout. (Plot 2/5)

Opposite to the species that Daemon and Dee belong to, we have the Arum, shadowy-creepy figures that I've read about seventeen times at least. This whole light-business is definitely nothing new and one of the go-to superhuman plotline first time novelists choose. Me, too, whoops. Still, while Armentrout recycles a lot of storyline and isn't really innovative if we're being honest here, she does create an insane amount of tension. Yes, there were some slumps and the plot isn't really worth mention, but she manages to keep my attention with those amazing characters. However I'm really bothered by the massive dialogue scenes, it's too much. Usually I'm all for dialogue but I feel like there are almost no paragraphs in this. (Writing 4/5)

Overall: Do I recommend?

I'm going to go with yes. While this novel would never make it to my Recommendations Page, I did have a great time reading it and actually, I think I'm going to even reread it in the near future. Also I'm going to continue with the second book right away which I rarely do - unless I'm really into the world building in a novel. Overall, "Obsidian" is rather kickass, the love interest is still a douchebag but I love to hate him.

Rating: ★★★★☆
- See more at: http://thebookavid.blogspot.de/2014/09/role-model-material.html#sthash.wwe9rAks.... ( )
  bookavid | Oct 16, 2014 |
Katy Swartz isn't exactly thrilled about moving from Florida to West Virginia. But her mother needs a fresh start in life, especially after Katy's dad dies from cancer a couple of years ago, and so Katy doesn't protest all that much. And West Virginia, Katy soon learns, isn't so bad; she quickly makes a new friend, Dee Black, who happens to be her next-door-neighbor. Too bad Dee's twin brother, Daemon, is such a jerk.

First off, let me say how awesome it is that a book is actually set in West Virginia. That almost never happens, especially when it comes to YA, and since I spent most of my life living less than an hour from its border, I was all excited about it. But that was really the only thing that got me excited about this book, unfortunately.

I love aliens. I love science fiction. I thought that I was going to love Obsidian. But I didn't. I waffled for a while between giving the book two or three stars, but eventually I chose two because, in my opinion, the book was "okay," but I didn't particularly like it all that much.

Sure, Daemon, Dee, and others are aliens, but there sure wasn't much science fiction to be had here. And that's okay, because I wasn't expecting it all that much in the book. But still, I wish that there had been more. More of anything, really, except Kat bitching about how much of a jerk Daemon is and yet she can't help but be attracted to him anyway. There was beyond plenty of that.

Katy was an okay character. She's a bookish sort-of nerd who lives for blogging about books. I can totally get behind that. And she doesn't have a problem flipping off Daemon and/or calling him out for his bad behavior. Except...she still falls into the "omg he's sooooo good looking and I am so ordinary how could he ever even LOOK at me" trap that I despise.

And I'm not really all that sure why she's attracted to Daemon, except for his good looks and the brief glimpses of non-asshole behavior. But those are totally canceled out, at least in my view, by him being a jerk for 99% of the book. Daemon keeps telling Katy that she's not good enough to hang around Dee, that she needs to stay away from them both, that she's nothing but trouble. And Katy, though confused, doesn't really call him out on this for a long while. And Daemon tells her what to do - often - because he knows what is best for her. Uggggh. Intense dislike.

There's nothing attractive, at least to me, about a domineering guy who tells a girl (or woman) that she's not good enough and he knows what is best for her. Nothing.at.all. So please tell me why I'm supposed to find Daemon intriguing? Because I don't. And he doesn't really have much growth at all in this book.

Also, did the author seriously take a dig at Twilight when she pretty much rewrote that story featuring aliens instead of vampires? Sure, Katy is a better character than Bella, but Daemon is almost exactly like Edward Cullen.

Intensely attractive and brooding guy who prefers to stick to his own family members and/or friends, who are all also intensely attractive, but finds human girl intriguing in spite of himself. The guy isn't human, and his secret getting out is highly frowned upon by his clan of similarly-not-human people. He has awesome powers - super speed, for example - and uses them, rather against his will, to save the human girl, who figures out what he is. Follow this up with "we can't be together but we are so attracted to one another" angst. Oh, and there are good and bad types of their non-human species, and the bad kind is going to be gunning for the human girl now.

Umm, did I just describe Edward's relationship with Bella or Daemon's with Katy? You can't tell, can you? Because it's the same. Not plagiarism same, but definitely not "I wrote a superior story to Twilight and I am going to take a dig at Stephenie Meyer's story" different, either. And I say that as someone who is not a fan of Twilight. At all.

The only redeeming part of Daemon and Katy's relationship is that she told him in the end that he was a jackass and it didn't end all lovey dovey. At least Katy has some respect for herself. Not enough, unfortunately, if she finds Daemon the Dick a viable romantic partner, though.

So, overall, I found this book to be underwhelming. I purchased the two hardcover bind-ups of the first four books in the series (stupid me, I know), so I'll continue reading them. I just need to read some better stuff before I try to tackle the next book in the series. ( )
  schatzi | Aug 22, 2014 |
*No spoilers.

Initial reaction:
Blah. Blaaaaah. So much blah. Review to come when I can stomach sifting through my loads of notes. -_-

Okay. Fine. (1 month later..):

Do you like lashes? I mean, do you really like lashes? Well, you frikkin' better, because, while this is a YA book about aliens and shit, it can easily double as eyelash erotica.



The eyelash trope is strong with this one. Geebus, gimme a break. There were 16 mentions of lashes in only 30 chapters. I was ready to pull my lashes out.

I'm kind of at a loss with this book. There's a whoooole lot of fangirling going on about this mess and I just don't get it. I think I'm unimpressed, because I HATE DOUCHEBAGS AND THE "HERO" IN THIS STORY IS A DOUCHEBAG OF THE HIGHEST ORDER. That might be it.

Look, I like me a douche every now and then. Ya know, a little douche-y. Just as in real life, some mild douches just need a little kick in the ass to get their shit together and stop douche-ing around - I can get down with that small amount of douchiness, but Daemon is a MAJOR douche from BEGINNING to END. I shit you not. Dude didn't even take a lunch break. He douched every time, all the time, for all time. I'm not exaggerating. He was a fucking asshole from his first word to his last. I was waiting for "the change." Waiting for him to stop being a dick to Katy. Waiting for anything to justify all the ridiculous fangirling I've seen all over the place about this jerk. It never came. There was no redemption. No growth. Nothing. He's just a dick and that is apparently that. Blechh.

No, really. What's all the fangirling about? Oh, right..

I noted thick, sooty lashes fanning the tips of his high cheeks and hiding the color of his eyes as he looked down at me. I needed to know what color his eyes were.



They're bright-ass green. Like nuclear waste. In the dark. In a B-movie.

Anyway. I fucking hate Daemon.

Katy. She’s okay. I like her and she’s not a complete pushover, but she’s still pretty weak. She has her moments when she tries to stand up for herself, but they fall short IMO. I may feel this way due to my being a fucking bitch who has never had a problem telling someone to go fuck themselves if they so much as try to disrespect me. My standards for strength and bravery of book heroines are very, very high. Katy tried. She tried. I’ll give her that.

The whole storyline was lackluster. I can’t explain much without spoiling, but nothing blew me away. I enjoyed some of it, but not a whole lot. I could take it or leave it. I'll definitely not ever be rereading it and I love rereading. If anything, I found myself rolling my eyeballs a lot at all the stupid shit that was happening.

2 stars because I finished it, at least.







( )
2 vote JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Wow. I think I'm glowing after I've read this book. Hihi. Left me hanging. ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
Wow. I think I'm glowing after I've read this book. Hihi. Left me hanging. ( )
  margaraawr | Aug 8, 2014 |
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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.
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