14 May 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 268
Source: Bought
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

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.

Obsidian was seriously just awesome, and dare I say that I liked it even better than Half-Blood? Yes, I do DARE SAY that Obsidian kicks Half-Blood's ass in terms of awesomeness!

 I really liked how Jennifer captures the teenage voice in this book. It's very believable and I hate it when authors try too hard when they try to imitate what a teenager should sound like. I also really liked the plot. The momentum builds up more and more until the final, epic conclusion! Although this book was engrossing, I couldn't feel like I was getting really into it until I was over halfway done.

As a heroine, I liked Katy. She was funny, smart, and the fact that she was a book blogger was awesome. However, nothing about her character really made her stand out to me, so she's (unfortunately) not a favorite of mine. The characters I really did like more than Katy though were Daemon and Dee! Dee had such a bubbly personality (She lit up the whole book... Get my joke? No? Yeah... I figured.) and Daemon was pretty hilarious at times. Even though Daemon was pretty much a jerk over half of the book, he kind of grew on me and had moments to make me swoon!

Although I'll try not to spoil too much in here, I really like the paranormal aspect of this book. It was really unique, and I love to see some new variety in the YA paranormal department. The whole idea of the aliens in this book was pretty much awesome, and I give Armentrout a high five for coming up with something original.

Oh, the romance! This was definitely a slow burning romance. I kind of expected there to be hints of instant love in this book (I don't know why, I just felt like I did) and there were absolutely no traces of it. I love the relationship between Katy and Daemon as it starts off rocky and turns into something more over the progress of the book. ♥

The ending was pretty much amazing. It wraps things up, but with a promise that there's more in the future between our aliens and Katy. Thankfully, it doesn't end with a dreaded cliffhanger but it definitely did leave me dying for the next book!

In all, Obsidian is a great start to what seems to be an awesome series! Despite the fact I couldn't get into this book until over halfway, I really liked it. With a refreshing take on aliens and wonderfully written, slow burning romance, I'm sure anyone who enjoys young adult paranormal books will really enjoy this as well!

9 lovelies:

Gianna said...

I actually tried reading it... You know, the first sample chapters and all. But I couldn't get into it! And everyone was excited about this book, but it just didn't do it for me. However, now that you say you couldn't get into it until halfway... Maybe I'll give it a try?

Because I read Half-Blood and I instantly fell in love with the author's writing and the action scenes. However, as it was too similar to VA for my tastes, I decided not to read it, either. LOL I really have to find a book I read by this author, because they look promising.

Nice review! :D I'll think about reading it.

Gianna said...

I really had my ups and downs with this book. I loved several aspects of the story but at certain points I wondered what on earth I was reading. I loved the story in the beginning then the middle is where I started to have issues with the way the story and characters were going and then in the end I liked it but I began to wonder if it was too much like Twilight. I hate to compare books but this time around after hearing how Armentrout's Half-Blood series is like Vampire Academy I just have to wonder if Armentrout is using big teen books as a major inspiration for plot points.

Thanks for the great review , glad you liked this one in the end. 

Gianna said...

Eeeeee! My copy of Obsidian JUST arrived last week and I'm SO excited to read it finally! With all the Daemon Invasion and Team Daemon craziness and one of my friend's reviews a couple of weeks ago I've been ITCHING to read! AND NOW YOUR REVIEW ADFHKALG.
Thanks for being honest about the slow start and Daemon's jerkiness, but it just sounds so amazing despite that! So excited to get started :)

Gianna said...

I believe that HB was way too similar to VA. :( You should give this a try! :D It was a suprisingly good read.

Gianna said...

That's what I was thinking! Sometimes it's hard to come up with something original since there's already so many out in the world (ideas wise).

Gianna said...

I hope you enjoy it Sarah! <33 It's a bit slow, like I said, but I really liked it :)

Gianna said...

I really enjoyed the voice for this story, too - very authentic and not overdone. 

Great review! 

Gianna said...

Thank you :)

Gianna said...

I already mentioned to you how I haven't been to sure on this one, but your review definitely makes me want to read it. I don't think I've read too much on aliens either, so I am looking forward to reading about them too :)

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