Friday, February 27, 2015

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date:  May 8, 2012 
Publisher:  Entangled Teen
Series:  Lux #1
Pages:  335
Genre:  Science Fiction
Synopsis:  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:  I don't know, I just don't know why I like this book so much.  It isn't the most fantastically written piece of literature in the world, in fact, it is compared to Twilight.  There a million reasons to not like this book, but all I want to do is grin like an idiot. Despite the clich├ęs (of which there are many) and the romance-driven plot, I really enjoyed reading this one.  

The writing style is sassy and straightforward.  It is a book that will grab your attention and make you laugh until you cry.  There is nothing new about this book, but it is strangely refreshing.  The commentary between Daemon and Katy is hilarious and the entertainment value is through the roof.  But those things are a little let down by the fact that the plot is admittedly quite formulaic. Otherwise, there are only two things I have valid complaints about. One:  the things Katy says to Daemon.  It's like watching a car wreck about to happen.  She asks some of the most cringe-worthy things ever, and I often found myself experiencing major second-hand embarrassment.  Two: there isn't enough about the alien aspect.  I expected more science fiction, less romance and angst.  

But, I have to admit, I quite like the concept of the aliens.  There are the Lux, made of pure light, and their opposite, the Arum, made of darkness.  Props the Jennifer L. Armentrout for creating interesting new creatures from the age-old concept of light versus darkness.  One issue I have with the aliens, though, is that they utterly suck at blending in.  For supposedly being at a higher level of intelligence, these extraterrestrial beings are in dire need of a lesson on how to hide among the human race.

The best part about Katy is that she has a book blog.  I love when I read about a main protagonist who loves books just as much as I do, but for that character to also have a blog dedicated to books? That's plain awesome.  Besides her wonderful choice in hobbies, Katy is feisty and completely relatable.  She's down to earth and unlike the numerous vapid girls often found in young adult books. That is pretty much to opposite of her love interest, Daemon. 

When Jennifer L. Armentrout created Daemon, I think it went a little like this:  a pinch of brooding, a dash of protectiveness, and the entire box of jerk.  Although Katy acknowledges, multiple times, that he is in fact, as she puts it, completely "stab-worthy", that does not give him a pass to act like an idiot whenever the urge hits.  Admitting that Daemon is demeaning does not make it acceptable behavior.  Just because he is supposedly an extremely attractive alien with cool powers does not make him good boyfriend material. Not that the romance isn't fun to read, it is just that it is hard to accept Katy falling in love with such a person, no matter her reasons or his excuses for acting like so.

All in all, Obsidian is inoffensive.  It doesn't set out to blow you away with magnetic prose or shocking plot twists.  It aims to amuse, and it does that successfully.  I flew through this one.  It is a book you can't help but love.

3.5 Keys

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