For What It's Worth

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

Teenager and book blogger (how cool is that??!!) Katy is forced to move to West Virginia when her mom wants a fresh start three years after her father's death . She's expecting the stereotypical southern accents, and lack of technology, not the smoking hot guy and his friendly sister for her new neighbors.
When she decides to be friendly and go introduce herself she connects immediately to Dee but not so much to Dee's older brother Daemon who despite his good looks is rude and cocky right from the second he opens his front door.

Since Daemon Black seems to be taking the blogosphere by storm, let's get that out of the way first.

Daemon…..ahh Daemon. He runs really really hot - then really really ice station zebra cold. I am SO over the bad boy with a soft center if only the right girl is patient enough to wait for him but I found myself enjoying Katy with Daemon. I found his reasons for being such an ass to be justified. Sure he could have done it in a different way but he was protecting his sister. He has lost family members in the past and he has no reason to trust outsiders. Even better Katy absolutely does not take his crap. I think Daemon pushes it a little overboard in the arrogance department and almost lost me a few times but I still liked him overall.

The big draw to Obsidian is Daemon and the hotter than hot scenes between him and Katy. There is plenty of that but what I loved most about this book was the friendship between Katy and Dee. We don't get to see as many friendships between girls as we should in YA. This is a really good one. Both girls need someone to open up to and rely on and aren't considered part of the popular crowd. They are able to share their feelings and because of it help heal each others emotional wounds. Dee and Katy are quite different in looks and personality but they balance each other perfectly. And more importantly to me, is that her friendship with Dee is not dependent on her relationship or lack there of with Daemon. Makes me want to hug Katy!

There are touches of Twilight - Katy suspects that Dameon & Dee's family might be keeping secrets. They are other worldly beautiful, the other students are weary of them and they act aloof to those around them. Katy finds herself surviving situations that she shouldn't whenever Daemon is around.

But the bigger influence that I felt was from the TV series Roswell. Yup - Daemon and company are aliens, hiding on earth from enemies that mean to steal their powers. This puts Daemon, Dee and even Katy in danger.

I'm a little shocked at how much I enjoyed Obsidian. It contains loads of cliches and tropes I don't usually enjoy. Despite this Armentrout kept the story moving at a great pace and didn't take everything too seriously. There is plenty of teenage angst and hormones but it didn't slow the story down. The sci-fi aspects aren't anything new but again the story was fun and made me want to learn more about what's to come.

Rating: 3 out of 4 A fast paced, fun book filled with steamy kisses, aliens, danger and mystery! If you like brooding bad boys, Daemon is your guy.

Bonus! Because Katy is a book blogger there are lots of meme mentions like Waiting on Wednesday and "It's Monday, what are you reading? We also get to see Katy desperately checking the mail for her new books to arrive. Cute touch.

Jennifer L. Armentrout: website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
Buy the book! Obsidian (A Lux Novel, Book one)
Source: Netgalley / Entangled Publishing
Character Interview with Daemon Black from the Obsidian Blog Tour  HERE 


  1. Great review and I need to read this book :)

  2. She's a book blogger and does memes?! I have to read this. I, too, stalk my mailbox. ^_^

  3. I seriously love the idea of her being a book blogger. It would make it so cool to read, seeing as we're exactly the same! And appearing in memes too, that's awesome. I'm desperately waiting to read this book! It just sounds amazing. Great review.

  4. I'm not the biggest fan of bad boy love interests (like you said, it's getting a little old), but I still want to give Obsidian a try because it's about a book blogger! That is so awesome!
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)
    - Lauren

  5. Book blogger? *listening* Lol, yes that got me, I just haven't read a book about a bookblogger before

  6. Great review and I NEED THIS BOOK[yes there capital lettrs]

  7. I loved Katy and Dee's friendship too.
    I'm right with you with Daemon and his attitudes and reasoning.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Daemon is a character that would normally totally turn me off but I think it was written in a way that frustrated me but also made sense.
      Katy & Dee made the book for me.