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53 out of 57 people found this review helpful.

Obsidian Rocked My World!

There are a few authors that I know I can always count on, my "Old Faithfuls". I can always count on their books leaving me satisfied, thrilled and usually wanting for more. I'm talking about authors such as Cassandra Clare, Jeri Smith-Ready, and a few others. Now, I am...
There are a few authors that I know I can always count on, my "Old Faithfuls". I can always count on their books leaving me satisfied, thrilled and usually wanting for more. I'm talking about authors such as Cassandra Clare, Jeri Smith-Ready, and a few others. Now, I am without a doubt adding Jennifer Armentrout to that list. To be honest, I went into Obsidian expecting another good book from Armentrout. What I didn't expect was for Obsidian to completely rock my world!

I don't even know how to start explaining my love for this book. Maybe the story. New girl in town meets hot, snarky guy. Sparks fly. Literally. Their being together is bad news. Like, deadly bad news. Seriously, in Obsidian, the author has taken the teen alien story and given it the coolest, most unique spin. I always strive for spoiler-free reviews. I love for the reader to be able to discover the intricate details of the story for themselves. So I'm not going into the nitty-gritty of the story. Just trust me when I say that as far as these books go, Obsidian is, to me, heads and shoulders above books such "I Am Number Four", which I really liked.

The characters in Obsidian are so vivid, alive. Katy, the main character, is...wait for it....A BLOGGER! Katy loves to read and blog. She checks her comments, her follower count and films IMM vlogs! That just felt like a huge shout-out to the book bloggers of the world and made me totally love Katy. But that's not all I loved about her. She is independent, self-reliant and does not take any crap off of people (or aliens!). She's quick to call Daemon out on his crap and flip him the bird as she's walking away. What's more, she is a loyal friend. Katy holds the fates of her new friends and never once considers giving them up, even when her own life is at risk.

One of Katy's new friends is Dee, the girl next door and sister to Daemon. Dee is completely,
squish-ably, adorable. She is like a breath of fresh, drama-free air. Especially when compared to her brother.

Daemon. Where to begin. Okay. You know those hot, sarcastic, can-be-a-real-jerk guys that we all know and love? For example, Jace from The Mortal Instruments series, or Adrian from Vampire Academy. Take everything you love, and what drives you crazy about those guys, and multiply that by 10. Or 20. Possibly 100. Are you picking up on what I'm saying here? For real. Daemon made me bonkers. Take a look at the cover of Obsidian. He's hot, right. Devastating. Who wouldn't want some of that? I wanted to like him. And he did have some nice moments in the first half of the book. But then he would do or say something that made me want to scream. He comes across as an arrogant, rude... ass hat. I actually tweeted Jennifer Armentrout at one point and said that "I want to punch Daemon in the throat and make out with him, simultaneously". Her response was, he would probably like that. I swear, I felt everything that Katy was feeling about him. I honestly wondered if there was any coming back for Daemon.

There was. Like many tortured heroes, Daemon's startling behavior is explained by a look at his past. Once you know why Daemon is so guarded and hostile, you can start to understand his actions. And why he is so desperate to hang on to what's left, especially his sister. The sibling love between Daemon in Dee was so beautiful, it just broke my heart.

Obsidian left me emotionally exhausted. I'm still reeling. And the ending? Evil

posted by Andreat78 on October 28, 2011

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6 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Let me tell you first how excited I was about this book. When I

Let me tell you first how excited I was about this book. When I first heard that it's about aliens, I screamed with joy. When the first glowing reviews came in, I wanted to cry because I couldn't get it yet. I finally bought the Kindle edition last week and again scream...
Let me tell you first how excited I was about this book. When I first heard that it's about aliens, I screamed with joy. When the first glowing reviews came in, I wanted to cry because I couldn't get it yet. I finally bought the Kindle edition last week and again screamed with joy. But, boy, that was one of the biggest disappointments in my reading history.
Here's my problem: Twilight. Or Obsidian bearing a suspiciously strong resemblance to it. Which explains why people love it. I respect that. I also know that the PR genre doesn't leave much space for anything never-seen-before, and Armentrout is definitely not the only one jumping on the Twilight bandwagon. I see why Obsidian is the best book ever to so many readers. My problem? If I wanted to read Twilight, I would have picked up Twilight, but with Obsidian it felt just as if I did.

With the exception of Katy who totally won me over (more about it later), I found little originality or excitement in Obsidian. The drop-dead gorgeous, rich and anti-social guy, his perky sister who just wants a friend, the single parent/moving story, the truck scene (really?!), the oxygen (breathing out of habit), the creepy "you were there, now you're here", even the "you've probably had a concussion", "you're taking this rather well/ it's adrenaline, I'll have a reaction later", "you're a shiny new toy for the guys" conversations...it was too much for me.

Everyone gave Daemon his own paragraph, so here goes. I didn't like his hot'n'cold game. For the bigger part of the book he was a complete jerk. I found nothing swoon-worthy about it (not even Armentrout's repeated reminding how hot it looks when he stretches and his shirt jumps up to reveal some skin. Or his shirtlesness. No. It didn't convince me the first time you wrote it, especially not the sixth time you mention it.)
Seriously. Is that how you want to be treated by a guy? I'd punch him in the face the first time he insults me no matter how hot he is. Kudos to Katy for giving him the finger more than once.


But at least he doesn't sparkle.
Oh,no.
He shines!


Yes, I'm very disappointed with the lack of creativity and originality, with the poor writing, disappointed in Daemon... The only thing that kept my interest is Katy. I liked her from page one. I was laughing so hard at her sarcasm, but I be damned if I know why she always falls for Daemon's teasing (oooh, the peek at his skin when he stretches. Sorry, now I get it.) Katy being a book blogger was really cool. What book is she posting about in her WoW, about a hot guy with a killer touch? My guess is Touch by Jus Accardo (I loved that one).

So, in the end the only feeling left for it is sorrow for wasting a gift card on this book. If you're angry at me for being obnoxious about your favorite book, sorry, it doesn't even get close to how angry I am.

posted by Ivana_Reads on July 30, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Different and entertaining

    I liked the unique storyline and background. Plot was well thought out. Hero and Heroine go back and forth a little too much with passive aggresive tendancies that seem over the top. Hero though sounding attractive... really did come off as a jerk even with his history. I will read the next one because of the welldefined background and unique concept.

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  • Posted December 3, 2012

    I had high hopes for this book, given the fact that I've been he

    I had high hopes for this book, given the fact that I've been hearing a lot of good things about it. And now that I've finished it, I can say that this book is sadly over-hyped. I understand why a lot of people enjoyed it though; a pairing that involves a super hot male protagonist with green eyes and a gorgeous body and ordinary girl who's kind of a nerd and loves books just like us? Occasionally humorous dialogue? More hot boys? Aliens? Yeah.

    I liked the premise fair enough and the prospect of aliens intrigued me since we don't get a lot of alien books out there. (Or I'm probably just not familiar with them.) And I think I would've given the story a higher rating, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Why? Mainly because of the characters. There's Daemon who, despite being godlike in appearance, is a jerk. It's annoying how he treats Katy, one minute he's sweet on her and he's acting real nice and all, then next he pushes her away and says nasty things to hurt her with a smug grin plastered on his face, leaving her mortified and confused and angry. Well, who wouldn't be mad? Daemon's constant change in emotions gets irritating and he constantly does the I-want-to-hate-you-but-I-can't thing which gets annoying and the way he pushes Katy away then pulls her back then goes on being a jerk to her... Seriously? I don't understand why Katy puts up with him. Now Katy isn't any better, and while I like her well enough, it grated on my nerves how she always, always, ALWAYS seemed to focus on Daemon's muscles. Every time she sees him her narration usually starts with a description of Daemon's bulgy muscles, the fit of his shirt and his biceps, and then when she's lucky and she gets to see him shirtless, the whole spiel starts over again. Don't get me wrong, I like abdominal muscles, and I do like bulgy muscles too, but this happens a whole lot and gets repetitive and I'm just saying, if I wanted an image of gorgeous abdominal muscles in my head I'd just go ahead and Google it. And Katy's feelings for Daemon were confusing too; she wanted him then she didn't then she wanted him again. Well, they obviously deserve each other.

    What also irked me was how Katy's mother was always absent. I know she's a nurse and is working the night shift, if I'm not mistaken, and I know that's not easy, but I just felt that it was way too convenient for Katy. It was annoying how she seemed to have a close relationship with her mother at the beginning of the story but after she meets Daemon it's like that relationship is well, in a word, ignored.

    As for the storyline, it wasn't anything special. More than half of the book consisted of romance, supposedly heated almost-sex scenes and Daemon and Katy fighting their obviously growing attraction to each other and for the life of me, I couldn't exactly understand why. Insta-love, how very... quaint.

    With a review like this, you'd expect that I'd be giving this book a lower rating than three rainbows, but you see, I can't. Despite all the things I didn't like about this book, I don't actually mind continuing the series and I know I should hate it but I really don't. It's addicting. I actually feel bad after reading it because of everything I've said about it, but I just can't stop. So there.

    If you're looking for a book where the actual storyline/plot gives way to romance and you're also into aliens and you like it when the protagonist constantly gushes about muscles and abs and various toned body parts, then this one's for you. Enjoy.

    -Nicole of The Twins Read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    Wow language

    The languag was very strong but the story line was good. Ut suprised e how mych language there was

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  • Posted November 6, 2013

    Good story but the writing is kinda weak.  This book could have

    Good story but the writing is kinda weak.  This book could have used a better editor. Yet, that did not stop me from finishing the story.  It did make me think of the old T.V. Show Roswell but I liked that show too.  It is a very easy to read book and I would recommend it.  I would not put it on the same level as the Hunger Games or Harry Potter as far as writing skill but is much better then the Vampire Diaries series.

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  • Posted June 8, 2012

    Took half the book to start liking it. It started it off okay bu

    Took half the book to start liking it. It started it off okay but really I think the most annoying aspect of it all was how much Katy complained about Daemon. I mean yeah he was being a jerk but she was only empowering him and letting him get to her by the fact she complained about him so much. Sure he was being rude but she wasnt really responding all that much better. Good for her for not putting up with his crap though. I was surprised by how steamy it got between the two of them actually. Spoiler! The time when he "burned off some calories to dim her light" yeah that was intense. Overall not bad I loved Dee and I am interested in reading the next book

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    I've been patiently waiting for this book to come out, so I was

    I've been patiently waiting for this book to come out, so I was crazy excited when I was able to get a copy off NetGalley a while back. I mean hello, what's not to like about hot looking aliens? Though I love me some alien eye candy, I'll be honest; this book fell below my expectations.

    I know a lot of people love the idea of a character being a book blogger, but it came off kind of cheesy to me. It was fun to see little shout outs to different memes and know what the character was talking about, but a part of me couldn't help being bothered by it at the same time. Other than that, I found Katy to be fairly realistic and enjoyed reading about her.

    Daemon. I wanted to like him, really, I did. He was a hot, douchebaggery(It's a word, just go with me.) mess. As I read though, there was just something missing about him for me to put him up on my list of potential literary boyfriends(Don't pretend you all don't have one, I know you do). I think a lot had to do with the characters going so back and forth with their emotions. Though I had my issues, I enjoyed Katy and Dee's relationship most about the book. Dee was probably my favorite character because she was so cute and bubbly.

    Overall, there were some great scenes written in the book. Armentrout definitely has a way with words when writing action and steamy scenes. I will say that I was a bit confused by the ending with the way it was worded, but I wouldn't say it was something that ruined the book by any means. Being a huge alien fan, it isn't a book I would read repeatedly, but it was a fun getaway read. If you're looking for a thriller Roswell-esque type of book, Obsidian would be right up your alley!

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