Obsidian by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian

byJennifer L. Armentrout

Paperback | May 8, 2012

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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.

Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you?ve heard about her state aren?t true. Well, mostly. When she?s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, and her hyper Jack Russ...
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Title:ObsidianFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8.14 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:May 8, 2012Publisher:Entangled Publishing, LLCLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was another 'stay-up-until-2am-to-finish' read. In other words, I loved it. To be honest, I didn't have high expectations going into this novel. I picked it up based on a recommendation but either than that, I had not heard of it or seen anything about it whether it be online or at a bookstore/library. The story was a little slow to start but it wasn't at a snail's pace. There were just a lot of unanswered questions and for a while it didn't seem like the story was progressing. But in the midst of all of the unanswered questions, we were getting angst. Lots and lots of angst. While reading, I could say that the angst was frustrating but now after reading, I believe that all of it was necessary. It kept the story entertaining, it created a more meaningful relationship between the characters, and man, it was kind of enjoyable. Frustratingly enjoyable. I also really liked the characters in this story. Kat, the main character, I LOVED. An introvert that loves to read and post book reviews online? Sold, I am there! Dee I also really enjoyed as she seemed like the quirky best friend that truly wanted a real friend that wouldn't abandon her. Daemon? Oh, we have some love/hate feelings on him but it's mostly love now (we'll see...there's future books). I totally understand the reason/purpose behind his attitude but there were definitely some jaw dropping parts where I'm surprised he didn't get hit [ (i.e. the moment he told Kat she was not wanted in the cafeteria or the 'work out' in the living room...I could go on) (hide spoiler)] This book really blew away all my expectations and I cannot wait to continue this series. I have ordered the books already. I know this series does have a following but I truly believe/wish that there was more out there surrounding and promoting this book because it was awesome (we have a fangirl right here) and prior to picking this up I had not seen/heard anything about it. Definitely recommend!
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Don't let the (slightly cheesy) cover fool you and convince you to not read this! It is a beautiful piece of YA fiction.
Date published: 2017-09-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great series!! Not a fan of YA but these were great reads.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Immediately hooked! Soon to become one my favourite series
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eek!! I'm Hooked Already!!! Omg! So this is only my second Jennifer L. Armentrout novel and I am totally hooked. From the first sentence to the last page she gets you hooked into the story. I love the Lux series so far and I am so excited to continue on with Onyx later tonight. This book is definitely a 5 out of 5 stars.. more if I could. I love the characters, I love the easy flowing writing style that Jennifer has. It makes you warm and fuzzy inside like you're drinking hot chocolate. This book made me laugh, blush and not want to go to work. I read it in a day and half and only because I need to pay my bills. I cannot wait to read anything/everything that Jennifer publishes.. she is absolutely amazing!
Date published: 2017-07-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book! Firstly, I would like to say how well this author not only writes, but creates a distinctive, vivid story in each book she writes. In this books the characters are really interesting and are developed throughout the story, in a way that not only makes you interested in the characters and their future, but also in a way that excites the reader and makes them route for them. I will also say that the character Daemon is a solid male character, which is hard to find in books now, as female authors tend to be repetitive in the way they describe a character and how that male characters progresses throughout the story. His character is brooding, strong and protective of the ones he loves without being excessive. That being said the relationship between the main characters is witty and enjoyable, and progresses in a more realistic fashion. Again, this is a fantastic novel.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsidian is a fantastic first novel of a series that introduces a truly unique cast of characters that you can't help but fall in love with as soon as they're introduced.  It's been a few years since I've read Obsidian, so I figured it was the perfect time for a reread. Obsidian is one of the few books I would give anything to reread for the first time and it experience as a new reader. It has an amazing main character, quick and witty writing/dialogue, an intriguing plot, and one of the most frustrating and swoon worthy book boyfriends.  The first thing I'll address in my review is the parallels to Twilight. Yes, they exist and are pretty obvious, however it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. The first time I read Obsidian I didn't even notice because I was too engrossed in the novel. I devoured it in one sitting. What sets Obsidian apart from Twilight is the quality of the characters and writing. The overall writing style of Obsidian is sarcastic and clever, whereas Twilight features a more bland style. Katy is a character I identified with immediately. She's a book lover with a blog, isn't afraid to speak her mind, and gives just as good as she gets, whereas Bella is a more submissive bland character meant to be as uninteresting as possible so that the reader can better picture themselves in her place. In other words, Katy sticks out and Bella blends in. This distinction alone is what makes Obsidian a million times better (not that I'm dissing Twilight because I fell in LOVE with those books. Hard.).  So, is Obsidian worth reading even though is features many parallels to Twilight? Absolutely! A million times yes!  My favourite aspect of this novel is the dialogue, especially between Katy and Daemon. It's quick, witty, sarcastic, and doesn't miss a beat. Katy and Daemon's dialogue is Armentrout at her best. Not many books or authors can live up to this level of writing.  Another element of this novel that sets it apart from similar novels is the progression of Katy and Daemon's friendship. It's refreshingly different from what's offered in typical novels. After all this time, they're still easily one of my favourite couples.  Overall, Obsidian is a fantastic first novel of a series that introduces a truly unique cast of characters that you can't help but fall in love with as soon as they're introduced. 
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourite series!! I love this series sooo much, and of course, Jennifer L. Armentrout never disappoints. If you've read any of her books before you know that mainly all of them are action-packed and this it isn't any different. They just keep you on the edge of your seat at all times! The characters are hilarious and give a sense of wittiness to the plot, and Daemon is just so swoon-worthy! I definitely recommend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2017-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This book was amazing, I loved everything about it! new favourite series
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Obsidian While the character types were different, there were so many scenes that felt like echoes of scenes that happened in Twilight, I much preferred the moments where this book followed its own path. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good! Very funny and easy to read
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love I loved this first book in this series. Could not put it down!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVED fell in love with it, on the first page
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Read Funny, sexy, and a tad angsty, with the perfect plot. This book is the whole package. I love this book and the characters. You need to read it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Series This was another amazing series by Jennifer L. Armentrout! When you find out this series is about aliens, you may be a little hesitant to buy it and read it, but I promise you, it's much more than that. This is a great series and you should definitely read it!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING THIS BOOK WAS BY FAR ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I'VE EVER READ, DEFINITELY RECOMMEND.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Loved It I have been looking for a good series to read for a really long time. I stumbled upon this book and let me tell you, it was absolutely amazing. Once i started reading I couldn't stop. So my friendly advice to you is buy the entire series. Not just one book because once you start reading it you won't be able to stop. This book has it all. Mysterious and super hit guy- check. Cute girl with a string personality - check. Sizzling chemistry - check. Female best friend - check. Its everything you've ever wanted to read.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must-read If you're going to start reading this book, you might as well buy the whole series because once you start reading it you won't want to stop! I've re-read this series MULTIPLE times, that's how good it is.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! Loved the sarcasm and sexual tension between the two. It was refreshing to read a young adult book where the heroine was the strong one.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute The book itself was an easy read and great for those romantics out there. Both Katy and Daemon are stubborn and quite annoyed by each other in the first book, but they both feel a pull which makes you fall in love with them and how they interact. On another note, the fact that the whole series is based on the alien mojo is brilliant considering there aren't too many alien books out in the young adult category.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from cute The book itself was an easy read and great for those romantics out there. Both Katy and Daemon are stubborn and quite annoyed by each other in the first book, but they both feel a pull which makes you fall in love with them and how they interact. On another note, the fact that the whole series is based on the alien mojo is brilliant considering there aren't too many alien books out in the young adult category.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read! So good, I've read it so many times I have almost memorized it
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite book ever! I bought this book when it first came out years ago and I have to say that I fell in love with it. I do not think I have reread a book as many times as I have this one. It is my personal favourite book I recommend it to everyone that asks me for a good book series to read.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting Read Usually I don't enjoy sci-fi books as much as I do fantasy and contemporary, but this was a surprising great read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never disappoints Jennifer knows how to right a good YA. It is impossible to put the book down.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Where's the second book?? The cover got my eyes, the summary stole my thoughts and the story captured my heart. I absolutely loved the book! Jennifer L. Armentrout is now one of my favourite author, I will absolutely follow her books more closely now.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book ever! I love everything about this book!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best book ever One word, hot aliens. This is a great book that introduces you to the sci fi genre.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsidian Omg. I do not give high praise very often, but Jennifer is a goddess! I am quite a picky reader however I find she is one of the best authors I have come across in years. Her writing style draws you into her world so easily, everything flows smoothly and the characters are so captivating you just wish you were one of them. Daemon is super sexy and some of the scenes with him and Katy can get pretty steamy, which us why this series is probably better geared toward young adults. I have absolutely nothing bad to sat about this book and I am going to buy the second right after I finish this review. I highly recommend this book. Jennifer, you are now one of my mist favourite authors! Thank you for such an awesome book!
Date published: 2015-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Book I Have Ever Read This book is the most amazing book. It has everything; romance, teenage troubles, humour, loss, love, friendship. Deamon, Katy, and Dee will have you crying and laughing in the same chapter. I've read and re-read this series several times. It is beautifully written and its story line is unique and not cliché. I love this book series and I recommend it to everyone I know.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsidian Excellent writing. Love the humour, often humour is left out in stories like this. A real page turner!
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fun But Cliche This... was kind of an interesting experience. Reading it, I felt like I was back in high school again and reading Twilight. It really does read a lot like Twilight did, only with aliens instead of vampires and with a lot more characterization. I'm not saying that's a bad thing because I did enjoy Obsidian. Quite a lot, actually. I'm a little surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did, considering that it hits one of my biggest pet peeves ever regarding romances. But I digress, I did enjoy it, for all it's Twilight likeness.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Definitely for late teens or even early 20's -- I was really surprised at at how well-written the book turned out to be! You'll probably read it through very quickly because it's so interesting:)
Date published: 2015-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I want second book!!! So obsidian...hmmm ...love love love... this book thrilled me but begging was hard for me... I don't know it took me a while to get into it but I'm really happy I continued this awesome book... I really need to read other books from this amazing author and then...hmmm we will see ;)
Date published: 2015-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Obsidian It is simply a awesome book ! I can't wait to read the the sequel. It is simply thrilling and I love the plot
Date published: 2014-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome This was such a great read
Date published: 2014-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book from start to finish! There were no parts that dragged and a great sense of humor throughout. Can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2014-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! I could not put this book down, read it all in one night! WOW the relationship between Katy and Daemon is incredible! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the concept !! I really liked this book. I loved the characters and loved the fact that they are aliens, it's so cool. I've never read another book with aliens in them and Jennifer made them very interesting. I felt like some action was missing, there was no action until the very end, when there could've been a bit more. She knows how to keep your attention nonetheless. Daemon is something special, you hate him, yet you love him and you wish something happens with Katy !!! Very good book, I really liked it and can't wait to see what happens in the next one :)
Date published: 2012-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hotness on Paper Couldn't put this book down! Read it in one night. Makes you laugh out loud, gasp, and want to yell at Daemon (and then steal him from Katy) ;)
Date published: 2012-10-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as great as people are saying it is I was surprisingly...disappointed by this book. The previous reviews were all gushing in joy about this novel. It does have all the ingredients for a hit novel: ordinary heroine who moves into a small town, gorgeous male counterpart who is actually an alien (his name is "Daemon"), and then the bad aliens who are hunting down these good aliens. But that's the problem. This novel is so generic that I wanted to cry in despair because I actually bought it. First of all, the characters were not developed very well. Daemon is just a ripoff of Edward. He glows like Edward. He is gorgeous like Edward. He has otherworldly powers like Edward. I figured that wasn't enough for me to dislike him - I mean, if the author develops him well enough, I won't care about all of that superficial stuff. Sadly, his character development never continued past the superficial. I can sum up his personality in one sentence actually: he is a jerk to humans because he doesn't want the bad aliens to hurt them, but sometimes he's nice to the main character (Katy) because he likes her. Katy's characterization was a bit better than Daemon's. In the end, though, what brought her down was the fact that I did not understand how her relationship with Daemon became so serious. They seemed to have formed a deep bond, but their conversations basically just consist of: "you're a jerk Daemon," "yes, I know but sometimes I can be nice too," "I think you are smoking hot," "I'm an alien, let me tell you about us and the bad aliens," "I'll protect you." I didn't see this 'deep connection' that they had. Therefore, I did not see how their feelings for each other grew so strong. Now, speaking of these bad aliens, this is a major issue I have with this novel. They are characterized as evil, one-dimensional characters whose only goal is to destroy aliens like Daemon and suck out their powers. They don't care about humans and will kill them mercilessly if they get in their way. Writing about this type of villain is a cop-out because everyone naturally has to hate this type of merciless antagonist; we can't sympathize with them at all. Not everything is this black and white! Whether we like it or not, most villains don't do things without a reason. I can only hope Jennifer's next novel improves upon this aspect. And so, because these bad aliens are flat characters, the plot just falls flat on its face because it is so generic. I thought that this story would be more plot-driven given the summary, but that really isn't the case. Most of it is about how Daemon and Katy's relationship develops (which wasn't done very well anyway), then enemy aliens attack and Daemon has to reveal his secret to Katy. That is literally it...there are no twists or surprises. Now, this book isn't completely terrible because I did give it two stars rather than one. Jennifer Armentrout is very witty and has a way of making dialogue/inner monologues funny and relatable. My favourite lines from the book are: "Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys" and “My palms itched to have a close encounter of the b*tch-slap kind with his face." Sometimes it's easy to forget all of the problems this book has because you get caught up in the dialogue. But then you realize that the dialogue does not contain anything of substance, and that is a cold reality indeed. In conclusion, I think that Jennifer Armentrout has a lot of potential, but that she might be bogged down by trying to imitate popular YA fiction. She is very witty and has a knack for dialogue, now she just needs to work on directing her dialogue a bit more to improve character development. She definitely needs to work on creating a more riveting plot. Therefore, if there was one word I would use to describe this novel, it would be generic. I think I would only recommend this book for people looking for a quick romance.
Date published: 2012-09-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Warning: Addicting! By the time I found this series, Shadows(the prequel) was already released and I read it before this one. Because of that I came into Obsidian knowing about Daemon's past and the loss of his brother Dawson. I don't know why it took me so long to finally read this book, maybe I was nervous about it not living up to the hype, but instead it exceeded it. It's aliens, something not seen a lot of in today's craze of vampires, werewolves, and fairies. I love aliens. From Rosswell to ET to Doctor Who. They're fascinating and the Luxen are no different. Katy moves next door to the Black family after her mother decides she needs a fresh start, away from all the memories of her late father. Katy's first encounter with Daemon doesn't go well, with her knocking on his door for directions, him answering shirtless, and a rude exchange. At the store, Katy meets Daemon's twin sister Dee and, despite Daemon's disapproval, the two become friends and because of Dee, Daemon and Katy start spending time together. Jennifer L Armentrout has this amazing way of taking things that usually annoy me and seamlessly making them fit into the plot. The relationship between Katy and Daemon is more hate than love for most of the book, and every time Katy thinks that maybe, just maybe, Daemon is showing some feelings toward her, he pushes her away. Getting close to humans is dangerous for the Luxen, and for the humans, and he's really just trying to protect everyone the only way he knows how. Katy proves to be a strong young woman, refusing to back away from a friendship with Dee on Daemon's say-so and even when her feelings are hurt by Daemon, she doesn't become an incoherent mess. She fights back. I still want, need, to know what happened to Daemon and Dee's brother Dawson. And I wouldn't mind finding out more about Dee's boyfriend Adam, another alien who lives with siblings Andrew and Ash, who seem to be the mean characters of the series so far. Poor guy.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Jennifer L. Armentrout! WOW am still in shock of how great this book is!! Jennifer L. Armentrout has really got the great stuff, she has Half-Blood which I also LOVED, and now Obsidian which is out of this world!! Let me just say that it was hard writing this review. I am not gonna spoil anything! I have also fallen in love with another character by the name of Daemon... oh Daemon. Is it just me or any others who have just enjoyed him. Katy is one lucky girl!! (need to find Hot Alien Boy) I 3 Jennifer and Liz + Entangled Publishing. This book deserves 20x stars!! My emotions were everywhere throughout the entire book. One moment there was scenes that were soo intense that I wanted to yell at Daemon or Katy (all in a good way). This book has romance and action. I was practically jumping up and down during some of the scenes.Action packed,out of this world, romantic, and hot boys. Daemon maybe an alien but he is on HOT alien with awesome powers. Dee his sister does play an important role in the novel, she is very popular, she wants to be normal and she can do that with Katy. I really enjoyed the plot of the book, the characters personalities, Daemon's infuriating passion to annoy Katy, and how their personal relationship develops throughout the book. I personally loved his character, him and Katy are opposites but they fit perfectly together. It was a sizzling, romantic read, and I could read it over and over again. I am sooo looking forward to the next book in the series and also many more books by Jennifer. Thanks Jennifer for creating such awesome books Here's a Teaser: “I’m not a kid. I’m seventeen.” “Is that so?” He blinked. “You look like you’re twelve. No. Maybe thirteen, but my sister has this doll that kind reminds me of you. All big-eyed and vacant.” (all rights to Jennifer L. Armentrout & Entangled Publishing) (Page 7)
Date published: 2012-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! I kept being told that this was a great book but couldn't see a book about Aliens being that good... Boy was i wrong!!! My friend got me to read this and i am so glad she did. I could not put it down once i started!! You just can't wait to read what is going to happen next with the relationship between Katy and Daemon. It is so very well written. I loved it!!! A MUST read!
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this series to far! Daemon. Bad boy and he knows it. I can understand why her head is so confused and her body just wants to give in. There is definitely enough heat in this book to make you want to stand in front of an open fridge while reading it. I knew I was going to like this book from the moment he opened the door. Actually I take that back. The first chapter she speaks about how she has a blog and how her mother just doesn’t understand her love of books. She was preaching to the choir over here. Right about there I was like “I love it. Sold.” Then, when I started to really get further into it and my eyes were dodging back and forth over all the banter and pent up tension between Katy and Daemon I wanted to put the book down, start a slow clap and just say “Good for you.” Some of it was for Katy not putting up with his crap and sometimes it was for Jennifer L. Armentrout having created some seriously awesome characters who so obviously need to be together, but at the same time you can’t get enough of their bickering. Obsidian pulls you into your own word and questions the reality of Alien and their existence and make you question, like I Am Number whether or not we would actually know of their existence and what they would really do if they came here. If they were all as hot as Daemon I would say come right on over. I would actually hold the runway lights waving in their space ships attempting to direct traffic. She write up a pretty world…one that I wouldn’t mind being a part of. Good: Katy: mainly because she sticks up for herself, her friends and she knows how to throw one mean bowl of spaghetti. Dee: she reminds me of an Alice character. She’s innocent, nice and just wants to be friends with Katy. I hope she gets a happy ending and meets someone she really likes Daemon: Obviously hot and he knows it. Complete ass. But knows how to flirt, get his way and has abs you want to rub up against and eyes you would like to melt into. Bad: There wasn’t really anything bad about this book. You do however have to pay close attention to everything otherwise you might get confused or miss something. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I loved her characters. I loved the story line (refreshing from the Angels, Demons, and witches and whatnot that I am use to). I lover her comedy and humor and that she wasn’t afraid to make Katy some character would can throw around a mean middle finger and walk away with her dignity. The only thing I would say is that during the climatic end I wasn’t 100% sure what was going on. You never know, maybe I wasn’t suppose to, but I was confused by the description and ended up just stumbling over it and letting it work itself out. Still something I’m keeping on my shelf and something you should add to yours. One to curl up with next to a nice cold freezer while you fan yourself. View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com
Date published: 2012-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome read! This book is intriguing and hard to put down. I have to admit that I am not a huge reader but this book captivated me and got me hooked. I read it in a day. It is easy to follow and left me wanting more page after page. It is a GREAT read and I would recommend it to everyone. This book brought in love, intrigue, lust, friendship, and desire. A teenage girl moves to a new town and tries to befriend the neighbours. She is met by an arrogant male, who later plays hot and cold with her. One minute he is swoon worthy and the next he is arrogant and stand-offish. This appeals to and deters Kat all at the same time. His sister however becomes Kat's best friend. It is a real love/hate relationship with the kids next door. But are they really kids? You will have to read to find out all the fascinating, captivating details. This book is definitely read worthy. I have only chose to read a handful of books in the last 10 years and this makes one of the top 5.
Date published: 2012-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revamping the Alien genre for teens! I’m a huge science fiction fan and alien’s are always so prominent in science fiction. For me aliens hit a high note with the X-Files in the 90’s, and another probably less known alien based tv show called Roswell - this one in particular is a dead ringer for Obsidian. But for a while there I think female teenagers equated aliens to be these slime covered green weird looking guys associated with greasy basement dwelling nerds, conspiracy theorists and a subject to be avoided in general, rather than a subject with high entertainment value. As it is, aliens aren’t very prominent as YA novel topics, I can’t think of any others, can you? So I’m going to start here by applauding Armentrout for successfully bringing a not commonly tread subject so successfully to life in the YA category because Obsidian was that freaking awesome. Both the new and old cover feature the now famous (and real life couple) Pepe as Daemon with strikingly eerie green eyes and Sztella as the absolutely gorgeous Katy. Although I do like the old cover version more since we actually get to see Sztella’s face. When the story starts we’re introduced to Katy, who is the new girl in the one horse town of Ketterman in West Virginia. We get a quick run down of who she is, and what she’s doing there. What I really enjoyed was Armentrout’s nod to the book blogging community by making Katy a book blogger herself, and inserting the little joys of book blogging such as memes and the excitement of books in the mail. Initially Katy is a quiet person who is more reserved and prefers the company of books, but when looking through her perspective you can see that she’d really like to change that and with this determination in mind she decides to go out into the world to meet new people… and what better place to start than with her neighbours? Upon reading the first 5 pages…and as soon as we meet Daemon in his completely necessary state of undress I was hooked and I couldn’t put it down until it was done a few hours later. Armentrout’s style of writing is casual, upbeat, deliciously detailed and she writes some of the sharpest dialogue that I’ve seen in a while . It all works together in perfect harmony to create rich characters, settings, tense action scenes and the aura of mystery surrounding the aliens. Katy’s character is easy enough to follow along, she’s smart with a healthy dose of skeptical (I mean aliens really? :D) but when things get weird she notices and when the truth comes out she at least accepts it with some fascination instead of running off in hysterics. What I thoroughly enjoyed was watching this struggle between shy Katy and a more bold Katy that wants to take the challenge of Daemon head on and how she eventually forms into a stronger unified Katy that I’m so excited to see in the sequel Onyx! Oh Daemon…I’m pretty sure anyone syllabically named in relation to Daemon (I’m looking at you Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries, specifically the TV version) is destined to be a dark, broodingly hot, with a wicked sense of humour but infuriating character that is lethal to the bone and is doggedly determined to protect his family no matter the cost to anyone else. That extreme loyalty is what gets me every time, no matter how much of an ass they are at every turn I end up absolutely head over heels loving the character because I love seeing the flashes of good and badass as the situations progress and aren’t these types of guys just more interesting than a perfectly good boy? The secondary characters provided such a well rounded support cast, from Dee’s adorable longing for friends, to Katy’s mom - who probably is the coolest mom ever, to highly entertaining jealous catty girls, gossip fuelled townies and dangerous villain’s that will have you looking around in hopes of finding Men in Black, or a hot alien to save you. I loved how Armentrout crafted every detail to a purpose, with seemingly small things that explode back into your face as a huge secret in the overall plot. She’s also got the alien explanation rationalizing to humans down to a science, and I bow down to her sexual tension mastery - she takes these two right up to the edge of a cliff, pushes them over and at the last second grabs them and saves their lives, the rush is both infuriating and addictive. The explanations for the aliens, and their abilities were corny I thought at first, but Armentrout does an amazing job weaving an intricate story web, and making these aliens believable to me through some heart stopping action scenes. What I do know for certain is that at the end of Obsidian I was having serious Daemon withdrawal issues (and still am) and all I want is to get a hold of Onyx to see what happens next!
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read I absolutely loved this book. It kept me hooked from page one. Jennifer L. Armentrout really has a way with words and keeping the reader entertained. I didn't find any parts slow at all. Katy is amazing. She is so real as a character. Early on she refers to Daemon as a (view spoiler) and I knew from there I was going to like her =P I love that she's a book lover!! ...and then there's Daemon. Holy Hell. The ultimate bad boy. I fell for him, hard. I know some have compared this to Twilight but honestly only a few minor parts could be "similar" to Twilight(and a dozen other YA novels--nothing can be completely unique anymore) Jennifer has created a unique concept of Aliens that is different from anything I have ever read. Like a lot of recent YA novels, it has an inhumanly good looking male lead that is an ass in the beginning but turn out to actually have a heart. In saying that, it is still in a class all it's own. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone who loves YA lit with romance, action, wit, and a sexy bad boy.
Date published: 2012-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Jennifer L Armentrout Has The Good Stuff And I Want It! No, seriously, I want it! *copy provided by publisher for review* Jennifer L Armentrout Has The Good Stuff And I Want It! No, seriously, I want it! After the heartbreaking death of her father, Katy and her mother make the move to Ketterman, West Virgina, the town of one stop light, in hopes of moving on with their lives. Katy doesn't expect anything short of a relentlessly boring life in the middle of nowhere, that is until she meets the boy next door, Daemon. You see, Daemon's drop-dead gorgeous, tanned, with an added bonus of just about the most beautiful emerald colored eyes, but the boy is strictly hot and cold, constantly giving Katy emotional whiplash. What she didn't expect from the move, however, was to discover something literally out of this world about Daemon, his sister and his little circle of friends. Characters I Couldn't Help Loving Obsidian is a novel by Jennifer L Armentrout that I'd been highly anticipating since it's blurb was revealed. I was immediately pulled in by Obsidian's premise, promises of a Young Adult novel filled with something overwhelmingly extraterrestrial. Protagonist Katy was someone I could easily love and identify with. You see, Katy is a book blogger who runs her own little space called "Katy'z Krazy Obsession". It was disheartening, however, to see that she didn't think all that highly of herself, especially in concern to her adoration for reading and reviewing novels, labeling herself as a book crazed nerd. Despite that, though, I found that she was a character that many readers would find themselves easily connecting with, I know I did. Daemon, on the other hand, was undeniably handsome, especially with those piercing emerald eyes. Despite his Greek god looks, Daemon was very provocative, which I loved, and presented a hot and cold attitude, which I didn't love. In addition, I also found myself connecting greatly with Dee, Daemon's twin sister. She was a breath of fresh air, bubbly, outgoing and respectful. Close Calls Brushes with death, mystery, unyielding suspense and surprising discoveries - that's what I found in Obsidian. Obsidian featured quite a swift pace that wasn't lagging in the least in the progression of the novel, though thankfully it didn't overly rush the storyline into a mindless dribble. The plot itself was incredibly thick with detail and background stories. In particular I really enjoyed learning more about Daemon and his past, it was incredibly interesting and unique all on itself. I also loved the added blogger habits and terms mentioned through Katy, it was icing on the cake, especially for book bloggers who I find will enjoy this novel very much! Finally - the romance. The developing romance was immediately predictable but I found myself greatly enjoying it's torturous and heartwarming moments. Jennifer L Armentrout's wording and imagination definitely had a way of making my heart skip a beat, not to mention falling in love with her characters. With a unique and entrancing story, Obsidian was action packed, dramatic, captivating and exciting - I Am Number Four has some SERIOUS competition!
Date published: 2012-04-02