Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
This is a young adult sci-fi type thriller/romance.
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.
Let me start this review by saying I picked this book up at around 1pm and I was finished by 8pm. I hardly put it down, so that is saying a lot.
Quick Review –
Too many other works of fiction came to mind as I was reading. The plot was somewhat predicable. Yet, I found myself unable to tear myself from reading it. I guess you can equate it to a car wreck, the relationship disaster yet you can help but watch.
Full Review -
As a lover of X-Files, Roswell, Dawson’s Creek, Stars Wars when I was a kid – what was not to like about this book.
But here is the thing, as I was reading I kept being reminded of different books I’ve read, tv shows, and movies. Not only did the author herself bring them up, certain phrases and situations also reminded me of popular books. I really don’t want to think about other stories while I’m reading. Also, there were several times while reading I thought I missed something and I had to go back and re-read passages. There were a couple of plot holes too especially with the last battle. So even though this book deserves more than four stars, I couldn’t give it five either.
Characters. I couldn’t help but like Katy. She was an avid reader and book blogger. She could knew the quote from my favorite sci-fi show. What wasn’t there to like? I’ll tell you who, Daemon. Even though he reminded me somewhat of Max from Roswell, Max wasn’t a douche. Sorry girls but I’m not into jerks. Maybe a part of me couldn’t empathize with him because I knew what he was. This book was at a slight disadvantage because of the hype. I’m not a reader of book summaries because I like to be surprised. But enough people talked about the book, what he was I knew before going in. If I had not, I might have swooned in the revelation. But I didn’t. I will say the bonus POV scenes at the end of him, did help some. And Dee was just great. However, I didn’t feel like I really got to know the characters all that well. Hopefully, we will in book two.
The storyline was interesting obviously. It’s hard to give more information without spoilers. So I will say that I can’t say it overly original. Certain aspects were but it felt like it began as a base model of a lot of popular books with a lot of great author’s flourishes and fascinating tweaks to take it where it went. Again, don’t get me wrong, it’s not often I read a book in one setting. Life gets in the way of that. So, I can’t really be that critical because I did really enjoy reading it.
So let me not say more. I would highly recommend for young adult fiction lovers. It was a good book and I look forward to reading more from this author.
And for this book my reluctant book boyfriend is Daemon.
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