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Review: Obsidian

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout will be released in the U.S. on December 6, 2011 in paperback format. It is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Entangled Publishing, the print edition is 280 pages.

Obsidian is the first book in the Lux trilogy by the author.

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Goodreads description:

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.

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Katy Swartz is forced to leave her life behind when her mother decides to move to West Virginia to start over. Having already lost her father, leaving her home, her friends and her school just before senior year isn’t easy.

When it turns out her new neighbors are aliens, Katy can almost take that in stride. What she can’t take is Daemon’s hot, cold and colder attitude toward her. Tired of being a pushover, she is determined to stand her ground and fight back.

Which proves to be more difficult than she would have imagined. Because as much as she can’t stand Daemon, she is drawn to him. With every insult, cruel remark or show of arrogance, her anger grows, but so does her attraction to him.

But there are rules. And there are risks involved with getting too close. And if she can’t stay away from Daemon or keep him away from her, then it won’t be only her, but Daemon and his entire family, that will be in danger.

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Obsidian is the electrifying, action-packed and tension-filled first book in the new Lux trilogy by author Jennifer L. Armentrout.

The immediate, intense and sizzling chemistry between the main character Katy and her next door neighbor Daemon will instantly captivate readers and pull them into this world of rivals, danger and forbidden attraction, that won’t let go.

In this story of aliens – both good and bad, beautiful and ugly – it is the thrill of danger and the excitement of the unknown that keep these two characters alternately drawn to and repelled by one another.

And it is this magnetic push-pull that will keep readers on edge, as they discover just who Daemon really is, just how much trouble Katy is really in and what lengths they’ll have to go to keep everyone safe.

Author Jennifer Armentrout has managed to write a book about aliens that weaves together elements of science fiction, drama, action and romance in a way that is enticing and incredibly appealing to readers beyond those simply lured in by the science fiction aspect.

Right from the start, the tension between these two characters builds and continues to build until they and the reader are ready to explode, making this one electrically-charged and immensely entertaining story that is unputdownable.

As this is a novel aimed at a more mature young adult audience, there is a bit more violence, language and sexual content than is typical in a young adult story, but nothing that feels over the top, out of character or unnecessary to the story.

Obsidian is a deliciously tormenting, absolutely explosive must read with an ending that will leave readers begging for the sequel.

Reviewer gives this book…

Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.

On a personal note:

Obsidian was such an amazing surprise and a book that kept me completely twisted up in knots because of that little dance that Daemon and Katy did throughout the whole entire book.

Talk about chemistry. Well, this story was all about the chemistry between the two of them. Sure, there was all sorts of action. The pace was definitely quick. The story was completely intriguing. But it was that electricity between Daemon and Katy that just made this story so aaaahhhh-mazing.

I don’t know how many times I wanted to scream at the two of them to “get on with it already” because the push and pull was just too tormenting. And yes, I mean tormenting in a really good way.

The author did such a fantastic job of keeping me on edge throughout the book, wondering what would happen. When it would happen. If it would happen. I wanted to skip to the end just to find out. I barely restrained myself. Barely.

There were a few choice scenes that made my heart race. A few scenes that made my blood boil. And a few scenes that made me so worried the story would end before coming to a satisfying conclusion.

And while the author did tease right up to the end, it’s a conclusion I can live with for the next long while as I wait for the release of Onyx next spring.

I love when books surprise me and what a surprise this book was. On so many fronts. I read the first chapter on the author’s blog when she posted it and I fell in love with the very hot, very much the bad boy, Daemon Black.

What I didn’t realize, until I read the description on Goodreads after having requested the book on NetGalley, was that Daemon Black wasn’t a demon. This was a story about aliens.

I am not a fan of reading science fiction. And I’d never read a story about aliens. So when I began reading I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy the premise of this book at all – hot boy or no. Even one where the main character is a book lover and book blogger who does IMM vlogs, WoW posts and sometimes gets zero comments on her reviews.

But if all books about aliens were anything like this book, I’d proudly wear the “I believe” T-shirt and download every book I could. Because this story was so addictive and totally unputdownable and I was devastated that it had to end.

Katy is not typical of my favorite heroines. She doesn’t have nearly the snark of Alex in the author’s other series, who I absolutely adore, though she’s not weak or completely sarcasm-free. And she definitely has claws. But I like that she’s different. And her personality is the perfect yin to Daemon’s yang.

Oh but how I do love Daemon Black. Though I’m sure not everyone will. He’s not particularly nice. In fact, he can be downright cruel at times. Most of the time, actually. And he’s so unbelievably arrogant.

But he has those green, intense eyes. He has some seriously wicked awesome powers. He’s incredibly sexy. And every so often he says or does something surprising. And rarer still, he can be sweet. But it’s rare. And I don’t always trust him.

And that name. I love that the author gave him the name Daemon Black, because it’s so opposite to what exactly he is. Though it suits him – it’s a hot name and he is definitely hot.

As I haven’t read any other books about aliens, I don’t know if the story is unique, but to me it was new and different and fascinating and exciting. I really never thought aliens could be exciting, aside from the kind you’d want to annihilate, that is.

Though there was one scene in the cafeteria, where Katy noticed the table of too beautiful aliens that kept themselves separate from the human population that did somewhat remind me of another lunchroom and other beautiful “people,” but that similarity quickly faded when Katy did what she did – I’m not saying what – that kept me grinning for several pages.

If I could immediately re-read this book I would. It was just that good. I’ve still got it stuck in my head and I know that even if I were to re-read it, I’d be just as tied up in knots anytime Katy and Daemon were together as I was on my first read.

And there will definitely be a re-read of this book once I get the finished copy. If I manage to wait that long.

My favorite non-spoiler-y passage:

He lowered his head until the edges of his dark curls brushed my cheek. I was caught between wanting to crawl into my locker and crawl into him.

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The second book in the series, Onyx, is slated for release in May 2012.

To read an excerpt of Chapter One from the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

This review is based on an eARC I received from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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