Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Obsidian
Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: December 6th, 2011
by Entangled Publishing

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.

*A copy was provided by Entangled Publishing for review purposes*

Ok, I have to gather my thoughts now, because this book has blown my mind! I absolutely loved it! This is my first book by Jennifer, but it definitely won’t be my last. I will now stalk all of her work – beware! There is no wonder she has been getting rave reviews so far.

Obsidian gets us acquainted with Katy, who has just moved to a boring small town in West Virginia, and with not-so-boring Daemon – the most arrogant human being she has ever met. And, lucky her (seriously! lucky her!), he lives right next door. At least his sister is great! When Katy finds out they’re all aliens, though, her life kind of gets weird… a little.

I instantly clicked with Katy- and not just because she is a book blogger even though that was awesome -, I found her to be a lot like me. Her reactions, her emotions, her attitude were all very realistic and I could completely relate to her. I particularly appreciated her reaction to finding out Daemon was an alien. First of all, she actually HAD a reaction! Secondly, she questioned it. An improvement over the lame- “Oh you’re a (insert paranormal being here)? That’s neat! So…*awkward silence* wanna make out?”- reactions too often encountered in YA paranormal. As for the secondary characters, I loved Katy’s friendship with Dee: She is a great friend and absolutely a lot of fun. And I was very happy with Katy’s mom who is down to earth, funny and caring.

Daemon, yes, he needs his own paragraph. Daemon is very likely going to end up on the top of everyone’s “most sexiest male character” list. He is definitely on mine! He is irritating, infuriating and downright bullheaded, but holy damn is he ever hot! Daemon is incredibly protective of his sister and others of his race, so even when he was being… difficult, it wasn’t without reason. He did love to push Katy’s buttons and I mostly found it hilarious (though if I was her I would have punched him in the face). What came out of his mouth actually made me gape with disbelief a few times. Despite his loveable personality, he is an incredible character who fits extremely well with the story, even more-so with Katy, and gives it a very attractive vibe.

Together, Daemon and Katy were fantastic. There was enough chemistry between them to give Marie Curie a run for her money! Their relationship was very love/hate. You never knew what Daemon’s intentions were from one page to the next and it drove me crazy as much as it did Katy. However, you still couldn’t help but adore them to pieces.

Now for the plot, I found it was very exciting and well thought out. I really enjoyed Jennifer’s take on the aliens in Obsidian: how they got there, their powers, the villains. It reminded me a bit of Smallville but it was still original and incredibly exciting. The book definitely does not lack in action and the climactic ending was completely fulfilling.

I really have no negative aspect to mention in regards to this book. It was everything I was hoping for and more than I was expecting. No doubt that Jennifer is the up and coming author to watch out for! 

5 Hot Espressos
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31 Responses to “Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. Andrea

    What a great review! Jennifer is a fabulous author, right? I love her work. I don’t know if you saw, but I put a Daemon button on my blog. I just couldn’t resist. Now, you have to read Half-Blood!

  2. Missie

    Okay, I totally wasn’t interested in reading this book because aliens aren’t my thing, but you have completely changed my mine! I want Daemon on my HOT list, and it seems like I haven’t hear one complaint about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s novels yet, so yes! I’ll be checking this one out when it is released!

  3. Anna

    Sooo I haven’t read anything by her, but I really need to haha. I’ll have to read Half-Blood soon! It sounds awesome! Great review, glad to hear Jennifer wrote another good one!

  4. Sylke

    Awesome review! Now I want to read it even more…

    It comes out on my birthday, December 6th, and it’s definitely on my wishlist, hehe (:

  5. Mary @ BookSwarm

    This one is so on my to-read list! I love that she’s a blogger, that he’s an alien and that all this happens in the middle of “nowhere”. Too funny. Can’t wait to read it!

  6. Giselle

    Awesome comments, lovelies! I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did! I’m happy I could get some of you to add this on your TBR! 😀

    Melissa (Books and Things): Sorry I thought you had heard of it! 🙂 I want to try to Half-Blood series asap!

    A. Knight: I heard it was going up on Netgalley on November 1st! That’s only a couple of DAYS!!

  7. Giselle

    Christy (Love of Books): Bahahaha. Well if it was Daemon, that would be my immediate reaction actually! Either that or to kick him in the balls.

  8. Mundie Moms

    I agree!! This book is FABULOUS!! That sizzling chemistry between Kat and Daemon is completely addicting. I want to sit and re-read this book again. Fabulous review!

  9. KTJ

    LOVE your review! I really felt like I connected with Katy too, and not only because she was a book blogger. 😀 Dying to find out what will happen next in this AMAZING world that Jennifer created! We will just have to pine away together until book two is released!

    -Kate

  10. Bonnie

    I fell in love with Jennifer a few months back after reading Half-Blood and am SO excited to read this book as well! Jennifer has an amazing ability to build her worlds and from your review I am guessing that she did it again!

  11. Amy

    Ok yeah I need to read this one! Sounds amazing! Just entered your giveaway (I can’t remember if I already did or not but if I did then sorry!! and delete my second entry!) Great review! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Amy @ Following The Reader

  12. Dani @ Refracted Light

    “Oh you’re a (insert paranormal being here)? That’s neat! So…*awkward silence* wanna make out?”

    LOL

    I agree. I finally got around to reading this one last week, and I’ve totally found a new favorite in Armentrout, Daemon and Katy. The chemistry, the characterization… it just done SO well. Cannot wait to read Onyx and …and I forget what it’s called at the moment but Dawson & Bethany’s story that comes out next month!!!