Obsidian (Lux #1), by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publish Date: May 8, 2012 (audiobook published March 18, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: approx. 9 1/2 hours (335 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)
When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth.
Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien.
Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is, if she doesn’t kill him first.
It has taken me a long time to read this book because the description always made my eyes roll. But with my friend being obsessed with this series and so many others loving it, I finally decided to give it a try when I found it as an audiobook on Hoopla. It is safe to say I enjoyed it a lot.
I think right off that bat I liked Katy because she is a book blogger. It’s one thing to see characters in novels being avid readers, because like oh wow what an amazing character trait that I have never seen before. But making her a book blogger made it a little bit more interesting and something I could connect too. Katy is interesting beyond her book habits – she is smart, doesn’t brush aside strange things, is witty and brave. I didn’t get a huge sense of character growth over the course of the novel, though, but there was enough going on to make me okay with that because she remained an engaging narrator throughout.
Daemon (pronounced Demon in this audiobook and I know that was wrong and it was frustrating), was both annoying and interesting at the same time. I definitely couldn’t stand him when he was being rude and obnoxious, but I also understood why he was being that way and could sympathize a little. Even after Katy knew the truth of things whenever he acted like a jerk I knew it was because he was putting up a wall to keep themselves from growing closer than they should. I liked that he showed some character development over the course of the story, allowing himself to accept his attraction to her and be more inclined to admit his feelings, both to himself and unintentionally to Katy. I wouldn’t say he is my favorite love interest ever written, though, because he was very arrogant at times and didn’t always make the best impression.
I absolutely loved Dee and her friendship with Katy. In fact I really enjoyed how well Armentrout showcased Katy’s female friendships, with Carissa and Lesa being polar opposites to each other but being BFFs and instantly clicking with Katy and Dee. It was just so nice seeing that on the page rather than making Katy seem like an outcast or something. The only thing that felt stereotyped was Ash’s hatred towards her but you can’t win them all. Anyway, I loved how quickly Dee and Katy became friends and how much they grew to care for one another.
As for the plot it was fast-paced and highly engaging. Although it reminded me of Twilight sometimes, I loved that Armentrout alluded to that and poked fun at how similar certain plot points were. It also made me think of Escape to Witch Mountain and Roswell (which I watched all of 2 episodes of I think). I liked the dynamic between contemporary teen novel and sci-fi alien stuff. It worked well together and made for a great story that was full of action, heated romantic attraction, and great friendships.
I am glad I finally picked this one up (relatively speaking) and am definitely going to keep going with the series.