Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout (Review)

Obsidian (A Lux Novel)


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. 



My thoughts:
This book has been all the talk on blogs everywhere. The Daemon craze is crazy. To be honest, when I dove into the book, I didn't like Daemon. Now coming from me, that's not a criticism. I love to dislike characters. I think if an author can make me feel any emotion strongly enough, that's a good thing. So, yes, I didn't like Daemon. He was nasty to poor Katy. Of course, as the book progresses, we learn he's acting this way for her own protection as well as for his family's protection. So, okay, I like Daemon now.
The tension between him and Katy is intense! There are some really swoon-worthy moments in this book. The divide between the alien world and the human world was portrayed really well and created plenty of conflict. And having written about aliens, I'm a fan of beings from other places, so I felt very at home in the world Jennifer created.
I read the book while sick and having the worst few days I've had in a while and really, it cheered me up. If you haven't read Obsidian yet, I'd highly recommend it.


Just for fun:
Katy and Daemon are obviously attracted to each other, yet they fight like crazy. Have you ever been in a relationship like that where one minute you wanted to hit the person and the next you wanted to make out with them?

53 comments:

  1. I don't read a lot of supernatural romance, but this sounds intriguing. Perhaps I will try the genre with this one.

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    1. It's definitely a fun, fast read.

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    2. I'm with Carol: I don't read much of the genre but this one sounds like fun!

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    3. It definitely is a fun read.

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  2. This sounds like an intense book. I just added it to my wish list. Thanks for featuring it.

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  3. I've been hearing a lot about this one. It's already on my list. Thanks for the review!

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    1. Yeah, this one has been all over the blogosphere.

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  4. I'm pretty sure I have this one waiting on my Kindle. Jennifer & her cover models were actually at my local B&N a few weeks back and I was out of town. :(. Wish I could have gone!

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    1. Yes, they've been going all over the place together. Very cool idea.

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  5. I can't speak to romance in real life(Not all folks under 30 are "Experimenting" to keep it PG-13), but as a reader, it is fascinating to watch two characters, whether friends or couples have so much conflict between each other. Yet not enough to warrant the relationship a disastrous failure.

    There's a story I've more or less outlined (as much as I normally HATE to outline) with similar yo-yo chemistry as Kelly described in the reviewed book above, though I haven't read it.

    Though in my story, the characters aren't romantically involved, but are rival warriors who learn they're actually related (by blood) and how they have to learn from each other to achieve their goals in life and as warriors.

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  6. Very nice review. I'll have to check on this book.

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  7. Yay you finally read it!! :) Glad you enjoyed it. Fun tidbit. Jennifer actually said she wrote up the first draft in a week!!

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    1. LOL. Yeah, I was really far behind on this series. :)

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    2. :D Better late than never ;) I still have plenty of books I needa hop onto LIKE Under the Never Sky

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    3. I still need to read that one too!

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  8. Classic romance elements! Guy is arrogant and mean but the girl can't quite get enough. :D

    Those are my favorite types of romances. Great review, Kelly!

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    1. Yes, but there is a twist at the end. I don't want to spoil it though. :)

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  9. I've been really getting into Paranormal Romance lately. Sounds like my kind of book. Great review!

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  10. Oh, and...

    I also selected you for two awards. Come get em!

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  11. I don't tend to read much paranormal, or alien-ish, or even romance novels. However, this does sound good. Thanks for the review!

    Oh, and CONGRATS on two awards! Woot Woot, Kelly!

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    1. You saw that I got awards already? You're good! Thanks! I'll be posting them on Friday. :)

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  12. This looks really interesting! Thanks for sharing it. I'm never going to read everything I want to read at this point, LOL!

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    1. I know how you feel. My TBR list is crazy!

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  13. Sounds lovely! A little like I Am Number Four meets a Harlequin romance. Thanks for featuring it, Kelly. :-)

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  14. Great review, Kelly! Loved your sentiments on "disliking" a character being an aspect to stories you enjoy. I'm the same way. Sherlock Holmes might be my favorite character of all-time, and he's pretty hard to justify liking. :)

    Also wanted to say I appreciated you stopping by my blog recently. I'm most definitely following you back. :)

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    1. Thanks, E.J. Nice to meet you. I'm glad you enjoyed my review, and it's nice to hear others like to dislike characters, too. :)

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  15. Alllllll right, I guess I'll pick it up, then. I'm still wary of aliens-that-look-like-people after "I Am Number Four," but that's no reason to ignore a book that could be perfectly good.

    And hot-headed men are my favorite--both of my two current manuscripts feature them. Ironically, though, I never find them attractive in real life!

    Thanks for the review, Kelly.

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    1. There's been so much talk about this book, which is why I finally read it. I've read other books by Jennifer and I liked them a lot so I figured I'd like this too. And I did.

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  16. Read about these relationships? I've *been* in these relationships.

    Reality - they are more fun to read than to live. Won't stop me from enjoying books like this, though.

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  17. This one sounds good, actually. I am like you, I love to dislike characters. I hadn't heard of this one, clearly I am not reading the right blogs. I confess I've had a couple of relationships like this over the years. A good friend of mine told me once, with great passion comes conflict. I believe this to be true.

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    1. That's definitely a true statement! Brenda, I try to stay on top of all the great YA novels out there. It's tough though because there are so many!

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  18. I loved this book. Yes, Daemon was kind of a jerk to Katy but he was just trying to protect his sister.

    Glad you liked it!
    I like what you said about disliking a character. I agree with you on that.

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    1. Yeah, I don't mind if a character is likable or not. As long as I feel something strongly about them, I'm good. :)

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  19. Hi Kelly,
    I just nominated you for a couple of blogs--today's a great week for you. Check it out here:

    http://micheleberger.wordpress.com/2012/07/07/paying-it-forward-receiving-and-passing-on-blogging-awards/

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  20. What an interesting storyline, and your review really makes the book seem interesting.

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  22. Hello, Kelly.
    Nice review. I think we have the same thoughts about Daemon. But I eventually understood his jerk-iness from the bonus: Daemon's POV.

    Thanks for droppin by and following my blog. I followed back.
    Btw, I'm interested in your debut YA, is there any way I can get a copy for a review, if only you'd like.
    Thanks again,
    Michelle (Michelle Shouts Random)
    from Book Blogs

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. Yes, I understood his attitude later on, too.

      If you'd like to request an ARC of Touch of Death, you can do so on Spencer Hill Press's website. There's a form to fill out here: http://www.site.spencerhillpress.com/Reviewers.html

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    2. Thanks Kelly!
      I'm looking forward in reading your book!
      Congrats and good luck! :)

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    3. You're welcome, and thank you!

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