Obsidian (Lux Series #1)by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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
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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Obsidian (Lux, #1)
A Lux Novel, Book One
By Jennifer L. Armentrout, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2012 Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I stared at the pile of boxes in my new bedroom, wishing the Internet had been hooked up. Not being able to do anything with my review blog since moving here was like missing an arm or a leg. According to my mom, "Katy's Krazy Obsession" was my whole life. Not entirely, but it was important to me. She didn't get books the way I did.
I sighed. We'd been here two days, and there was still so much left to unpack. I hated the idea of boxes sitting around. Even more than I hated being here.
At least I'd finally stopped jumping at every little creaking sound since moving to West "By God" Virginia and this house that looked like something straight out of a horror movie. It even had a turret — a freaking turret. What was I supposed to do with that?
Ketterman was unincorporated, meaning it wasn't a real town. The closest place was Petersburg — a two or three stoplight town near a few other towns that probably didn't have a Starbucks. We wouldn't get mail at our house. We would have to drive into Petersburg to get our mail.
Like a kick in the face, it hit me. Florida was gone — eaten by the miles we'd traveled in Mom's mad dash to start over. It wasn't that I missed Gainesville, the weather, my old school, or even our apartment. Leaning against the wall, I rubbed the palm of my hand over my forehead.
I missed Dad.
And Florida was Dad. It was where he'd been born, where he met my mom, and where everything had been perfect ... until it all fell apart. My eyes burned, but I refused to cry. Crying didn't change the past, and Dad would've hated to know I was still crying three years later.
But I missed Mom, too. The Mom before Dad had died, the one who used to curl up on the couch beside me and read one of her trashy romance novels. It seemed like a lifetime ago. It certainly was half a country ago.
Ever since Dad died, Mom had started working more and more. She used to want to be home. Then it seemed like she wanted to be as far away as possible. She'd finally given up on that option and decided we needed to drive far away. At least since we'd gotten here, even though she was still working like a demon, she was determined to be more in my life.
I had decided to ignore my inner compulsive streak and let the boxes be damned today, when the smell of something familiar tickled my nose. Mom was cooking. This was so not good.
I raced downstairs.
She stood at the stove, dressed in her polka-dotted scrubs. Only she could wear head-to-toe polka dots and still manage to look good. Mom had this glorious blonde hair that was stick straight and sparkling hazel eyes. Even in scrubs she made me look dull with my gray eyes and plain brown hair.
And somehow I ended up more ... round than her. Curvy hips, puffy lips, and huge eyes that Mom loved but made me look like a demented kewpie doll.
She turned and waved a wooden spatula at me, half-cooked eggs splattering onto the stove. "Good morning, honey."
I stared at the mess and wondered how best to take over this fiasco in the making without hurting her feelings. She was trying to do mom-stuff. This was huge. Progress. "You're home early."
"I worked almost a double shift between last night and today. I'm set to work Wednesday through Saturday, eleven till nine a.m. That leaves me with three days off. I'm thinking of either working part time at one of the clinics around here or possibly in Winchester." She scraped out the eggs onto two plates and set the half-burned offering in front of me.
Yum. Guess it was too late for an intervention, so I rifled through a box resting on the far counter marked 'Silverware & Stuff.'
"You know how I don't like having nothing to do, so I'm going to check into them soon."
Yeah, I knew.
And most parents would probably saw off their left arm before thinking of leaving a teenaged girl at home alone all the time, but not mine. She trusted me because I never gave her reason not to. It wasn't for lack of trying. Well, okay, maybe it was.
I was kind of boring.
In my old group of friends in Florida, I wasn't the quiet one, but I never skipped class, maintained a 4.0, and was pretty much a good girl. Not because I was afraid to do anything reckless or wild; I didn't want to add to Mom's troubles. Not then ...
Grabbing two glasses, I filled them with orange juice Mom must have picked up on her way home. "Do you want me to get groceries today? We have nothing."
She nodded and spoke around a mouthful of eggs. "You think of everything. A grocery trip would be perfect." She grabbed her purse off the table, pulling out cash. "This should be enough."
I pocketed the money into my jeans without looking at the amount; she always gave me too much in the first place. "Thanks," I mumbled.
She leaned forward, a twinkle in her eyes. "So ... this morning I saw something interesting."
God only knows with her. I smiled. "What?"
"Have you noticed that there are two kids about your age next door?"
My inner golden retriever kicked in and my ears perked up. "Really?"
"You haven't been outside, have you?" She smiled. "I'd thought for sure you'd be all over that disgusting flower bed by now."
"I plan on it, but the boxes aren't unpacking themselves." I gave her a pointed look. I loved the woman, but leave it to her to somehow forget that part. "Anyway, back to the kids."
"Well, one is a girl who looks about your age, and there's a boy." She grinned as she stood. "He's a hottie."
A tiny piece of egg caught in my throat. It was seriously gross to hear Mom talking about boys my age. "Hottie? Mom, that's just weird."
Mom pushed off from the counter, picked up her plate from the table, and headed to the sink. "Honey, I might be old, but my eyes are still working fine. And they were really working earlier."
I cringed. Double gross. "Are you turning into a cougar? Is this some sort of midlife crisis I need to be concerned about?"
Rinsing off her plate, she glanced over her shoulder. "Katy, I hope you'll make an effort to meet them. I think it would be nice for you to make friends before school starts." Pausing, she yawned. "They could show you around, yes?"
I refused to think about the first day of school, new kid and all. I dumped my uneaten eggs in the garbage. "Yeah, it would be nice. But I don't want to go banging on their door, begging them to be my friends."
"It wouldn't be begging. If you put on one of those pretty sundresses you wore in Florida instead of this." She tugged on the hem of my shirt. "It would be flirting."
I glanced down. It said My Blog Is Better Than Your Vlog. There wasn't a thing wrong with it. "How about I show up in my undies?"
She tapped her chin thoughtfully. "That would definitely make an impression."
"Mom!" I laughed. "You're supposed to yell at me and tell me that's not a good idea!"
"Baby, I don't worry about you doing anything stupid. But seriously, make an effort."
I wasn't sure how to 'make an effort.'
She yawned again. "Well, honey, I'm going to catch up on sleep."
"All right, I'll get some good stuff at the store." And maybe mulch and plants. The flower bed outside was hideous.
"Katy?" Mom had stopped in the doorway, frowning.
A shadow flickered over her face, darkening her eyes. "I know this move is hard for you, especially before your senior year, but it was the best thing for us to do. Staying there, in that apartment, without him ... It's time we started living again. Your dad would have wanted that."
The lump in my throat I thought I'd left in Florida was back. "I know, Mom. I'm fine."
"Are you?" Her fingers curled into a fist. The sunlight coming through the window reflected off the gold band around her ring finger.
I nodded quickly, needing to reassure her. "I'm okay. And I'll go next door. Maybe they can tell me where the store is. You know, make an effort."
"Excellent! If you need anything, call me. Okay?" Mom's eyes watered on another long yawn. "I love you, honey."
I started to tell her that I loved her, too, but she disappeared upstairs before the words were out of my mouth.
At least she was trying to change, and I was determined to at least try and fit in here. Not hide in my room on my laptop all day like Mom was afraid I'd do. But mingling with kids I'd never met wasn't my thing. I'd rather read a book and stalk my blog comments.
I bit my lip. I could hear my dad's voice, his favorite phrase encouraging me, "Come on, Kittycat, don't be a bystander." I squared my shoulders. Dad had never let life pass him by ...
And asking about the nearest store was an innocent-enough reason to introduce myself. If Mom was right and they were my age, maybe this wouldn't turn out to be such an epic fail of a move. This was stupid, but I was doing it. I hurried across the lawn and across the driveway before I chickened out.
Hopping onto the wide porch, I opened the screen door and knocked, then stepped back and smoothed the wrinkles out of my shirt. I'm cool. I got this. There is nothing weird about asking for directions.
Heavy footsteps came from the other side, and then the door was swinging open and I was staring at a very broad, tan, well-muscled chest. A naked chest. My gaze dropped and my breath sort of ... stalled. Jeans hung low on his hips, revealing a thin line of dark hair that formed below his navel and disappeared under the band of the jeans.
His stomach was ripped. Perfect. Totally touchable. Not the kind of stomach I expected on a seventeen-year-old boy, which is how old I suspected he was, but yeah, I wasn't complaining. I also wasn't talking. And I was staring.
My gaze finally traveling north again, I noted thick, sooty lashes fanning the tips of his high cheeks and hiding the color of his eyes as he looked down at me. I needed to know what color his eyes were.
"Can I help you?" Full, kissable lips turned down in annoyance.
His voice was deep and firm. The kind of voice accustomed to people listening and obeying without question. His lashes lifted, revealing eyes so green and brilliant they couldn't be real. They were an intense emerald color that stood out in vibrant contrast against his tan skin.
"Hello?" he said again, placing one hand on the doorframe as he leaned forward. "Are you capable of speaking?"
I sucked in a sharp breath and took a step back. A wave of embarrassment heated my face.
The boy lifted an arm, brushing back a wavy lock of hair on his forehead. He glanced over my shoulder, then back to me. "Going once ..."
By the time I found my voice, I wanted to die. "I ... I was wondering if you knew where the closest grocery store is. My name is Katy. I moved next door." I gestured at my house, rambling like an idiot. "Like two days ago —"
Ooooo-kay. "Well, I was hoping someone would know the quickest way to the grocery store and maybe a place that sold plants."
For some reason, it didn't sound as though he was asking me a question, but I rushed to answer anyway. "Yeah, see, there's this flower bed in front —"
He said nothing, just cocked a brow with disdain. "Okay."
The embarrassment was fading, replaced by a growing surge of anger. "Well, see, I need to go buy plants —"
"For the flower bed. I got that." He leaned his hip against the doorframe and crossed his arms. Something glittered in his green eyes. Not anger, but something else.
I took a deep breath. If this dude cut me off one more time ... My voice took on the tone my mother used when I was younger and was playing with sharp objects. "I'd like to find a store where I can buy groceries and plants."
"You are aware this town has only one stoplight, right?" Both eyebrows were raised to his hairline now as if he were questioning how I could be so dumb, and that's when I realized what I saw sparkling in his eyes. He was laughing at me with a healthy dose of condescension.
For a moment, all I could do was stare at him. He was probably the hottest guy I'd ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche. Go figure. "You know, all I wanted was directions. This is obviously a bad time."
One side of his lips curled up. "Anytime is a bad time for you to come knocking on my door, kid."
"Kid?" I repeated, eyes widening.
A dark, mocking eyebrow arched again. I was starting to hate that brow.
"I'm not a kid. I'm seventeen."
"Is that so?" He blinked. "You look like you're twelve. No. Maybe thirteen, but my sister has this doll that kinda reminds me of you. All big-eyed and vacant."
I reminded him of a doll? A vacant doll? Warmth burned in my chest, spreading up my throat. "Yeah, wow. Sorry to bother you. I won't be knocking on your door again. Trust me." I started to turn, leaving before I caved to the rampant desire to slam my fists into his face. Or cry.
"Hey," he called out.
I stopped on the bottom step but refused to turn around and let him see how upset I was. "What?"
"You get on Route 2 and turn onto U.S. 220 North, not South. Takes you into Petersburg." He let out an irritated breath, as if he were doing me a huge favor. "The Foodland is right in town. You can't miss it. Well, maybe you could. There's a hardware store next door, I think. They should have things that go in the ground."
"Thanks," I muttered and added under my breath, "Douchebag."
He laughed, deep and throaty. "Now that's not very ladylike, Kittycat."
I whipped around. "Don't ever call me that," I snapped.
"It's better than calling someone a douchebag, isn't it?" He pushed out the door. "This has been a stimulating visit. I'll cherish it for a long time to come."
Okay. That was it. "You know, you're right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you," I said, smiling sweetly. "You're a dickhead."
"A dickhead?" he repeated. "How charming."
I flipped him off.
He laughed again and bent his head. A mess of waves fell forward, nearly obscuring his intense green eyes. "Very civilized, Kitten. I'm sure you have a wild array of interesting names and gestures for me, but I'm not interested."
I did have a lot more I could say and do, but I gathered my dignity, pivoted, and stomped back over to my house, not giving him the pleasure of seeing how truly pissed I was. I'd always avoided confrontation in the past, but this guy was flipping my bitch switch like nothing else. When I reached my car, I yanked open the door.
"See you later, Kitten!" he called out, laughing as he slammed the front door.
Tears of anger and embarrassment burnt my eyes. I shoved the keys into the ignition and threw the car into reverse. 'Make an effort,' Mom had said. That's what happens when you make an effort.CHAPTER 2
It took the entire drive into Petersburg for me to calm down. Even then there was still a hot mix of anger and humiliation swirling inside me. What the heck was wrong with him? I thought people in small towns were supposed to be nice, not act like the son of Satan.
I found Main Street with no problem, which literally seemed to be the main street. There was the Grant County Library on Mount View, and I reminded myself I needed to get a library card. Grocery store options were limited. Foodland, which actually read FOO LAND, brought to you by the missing letter D, was where Douchebag had said it would be.
The front windows were plastered with a missing person's picture of a girl about my age with long dark hair and laughing eyes. The data below said she'd last been seen over a year ago. There was a reward, but after she'd been missing for that long, I doubted the reward would ever be claimed. Saddened by that thought, I headed inside.
I was a speed shopper, wasting no time strolling aisles. Throwing items into the cart, I realized I'd need more than I thought since we only had the bare necessities at home. Soon, my cart was filled to the rim.
Lost in thought, I jumped at the soft female voice and dropped a carton of eggs on the floor. "Crap."
"Oh! I am so sorry! I startled you. I do that a lot." Tan arms shot out and she picked up the carton and placed it back on the shelf. She grabbed another one and held it in her slender hands. "These won't be cracked."
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Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia. All the rumors you?ve heard about her state aren?t true. Well, mostly. When she?s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel, and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Armentrout writes Adult and Young Adult Urban Fantasy and Romance. She can be found ?brainstorming? on Twitter or stalking Goodreads while fighting her never-ending addiction to caffeine.
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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
In case you didn't know, our main character Katy here is a book blogger. Awesomesauce, right? So I was hooked from the very first paragraph. She's a reader, she's from Gainesville FL, and she's sarcastic. Oh, and she sometimes fantasizes about punching people and considers being around children the perfect abstinence program. I liked her immediately. (Now don't get me wrong, I like children, as long as I can hand them back at the end of the day...) Then there's Daemon. She really wasn't kidding about him being stab-worthy. In the first chapter of meeting him I already wanted to punch him in the teeth and gouge his eyes out with a rusty spoon. Frustrating. Insufferable. Asshat. Exactly the kind of guy we tell ourselves not to fall for and do it anyway (ladies, you know exactly what I mean). "Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. The holy trinity of hot boys." I thought I was going to get mental whiplash from his mood swings. Yep, I wanted to punch him. To see the rest of this review and other book reviews by me, visit my blog at geobobspinelli[dot]blogspot[dot]com
Well, I wasn't going to tell you they were aliens, but the product description did it for me. So now that is out-of-the-way. This is your typical YA book, angsty teens, love/hate relationships, and something forcing the two to work together and work through their mutual attraction. I have heard others relate it to Twilight, and not in a positive fashion. I can see where they are coming from. However, I disagree. The heroine, Katy, has a brain in her head, and is just fine being left alone. She doesn't feel lost without Daemon. These characters all actually have DEPTH and understandable MOTIVATIONS. They are not just magically attracted. Daemon, however much I get his motivations, is a giant jerk. He is that super sexy, boy next door, with no filter between his brain and his mouth. Well, that's not entirely true, he knows exactly what he is saying and what effect it will have on Katy. But haven't we all had "that guy" that we were attracted to that wasn't exactly the nicest? If you say no, you are lying to yourself. But that's fine with me! Katy doesn't just fawn all over him. She fights back. SHE IS NOT A PUSHOVER. Thank goodness. she gets back at him when and how she is able to. That scene in the cafeteria, I felt for her, and was then laughing at everyone else, even as I continued to feel protective of her. The one thing I didn't understand was her immediate friendship to Dee. She is just too bubbly and needy for me ... but maybe it is me because I wouldn't be friends with her from the get-go; too much energy for me. I am way too lazy for that. All in all, this book gets a solid 4 stars from me, and I will eagerly await the next installment, Onyx.
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.
Very good book with great story line. Kept me very entertained
Omg please get this book!!! If u r hesitaint about getting it dont be! Just get it nuff said:)
I was expecting great things from Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout because her other novel, Half-Blood, was fantastic! I was only a teensy bit disappointed because it did not compare to Half-Blood. Katy, the main character, is a book blogger. She does meme posts and makes "In My Mailbox" vlogs. I like that about a character because there is not any book I have read that incorporates a book blogger or blogging about books. However, I feel like that is not the main focus of the character. I also feel that it is not that important to know she is a book blogger. Although I feel that it is not important to know Katy as a book blogger, she is hit with the truth of who her neighbors, her friends are. I think she handles it quite well. She does not really overreact, but she is curious about them. I think it wouldn't be so interesting if she was scared and ran away, instead she is interested in who they are. Even though she knows who and what they are, she is a reliability, however, that is how she and Daemon really know that they have feelings for each other. I did not really like Daemon in the beginning because he was like a jerk. Then I felt that he was alright. And finally, I have a love-hate relationship with this character. The things that happen with him and Katy seem hot and cold, which made me develop the feeling of love and hate for this character. The story itself is extremely intriguing. The aspect to it is very surprising. I did not expect to find out what or who Daemon and his sister, Dee are. It is different from the regular kind of paranormal-beings we usually read in books that has been published recently. I cannot give away the story, but trust me, you should read this! Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is unpredictable, surprising, and intriguing! I cannot wait for the next book! I know it will be even more amazing!
When her mom decides to make a fresh start Katy can't say no because she understands that they both need to move on... But losing her dad and now leaving her friends and her whole life behind is not easy although it's the right thing to do. So she finds herself in the middle of a small town and instantly knows that, being the "new girl" will give her the spotlight... something she really dreads. But for now she can dedicate herself to her blog about books, her lovely books and the unpacking of all her stuff. And everything was fine until she tries to be friends with her neighbors, Daemon and his sister Dee. Turns out these two are aliens and every single human that becomes friendly with them disappears without a trace... But Katy can't stay away from Dee, who becomes her best friend, and even from Daemon despite the fact that sometimes he is kindness personified and then turns into a cold bastard. The attraction is there and no one can deny it. Now the only problem is that someone is trying to kill Katy and use her to get to the aliens... Personal opinion: Where to begin? Well, first of all, now I understand the whole craziness surrounding Daemon... And yes, I'm totally his fan, woohoo! His sarcasm, his comebacks, his smile and those eyes will mesmerize you until the end of the book. And Pepe, the model of the cover, just makes him even more yummy ;) Anyway, going back to the book: I love the book. In fact Obsidian was my first book about aliens living among us and if all the alien books are like this one then I'm a believer! (and how much would I love to meet a Daemon right now...) Sorry, I'm drooling too much, I know... But what can I say? Not only Daemon was to die for but also the plot was superb, the characters were very accurate, you will love the ones that need to be loved and you will hate the ones that need to be eliminated in order to save the day. I also loved Katy for her strength and her loyalty. Those qualities are high in my ranking of 'essential things in a best friend'. I would be delighted to meet her in person. And the fact that Jennifer made her a book blogger was AMAZING, kudos for that! It was so funny to Katy writing memes and reviews! The pace was right also, nothing was rushed and nothing was missing, Obsidian has everything to be the perfect book, it's funny, it's different, it's entertaining, has lots of action, sarcasm, drama and love to keep you turning page after page. And if you are like me then you will need (mark my words, NEED) to read the sequel, Onyx, right now... sadly it comes out in two months (August 14th, 2012) so we have to wait to read it, sigh. Would I recomend it? You bet! Will you love it? I'm sure you will! Do I treasure my copy of Obsidian? Yes, I do :] And now I'm off to read more of Jennifer's books... her Covenant series is next in my TBR and since I have them all I can't wait any longer, yay!
So by now if you haven’t heard about Katy and Daemon you’ve probably been under a rock. Like all Jennifer Armentrout books, I loved this one too. As a matter of fact (after Onyx) it’s my favorite of hers. I like how Katy goes from being this relatively shy girl to lioness. I like that her shyness doesn’t stop her from sticking up for herself when Daemon is a complete and total punk. Which he is. That boy has a mouth on him that will not close and he doesn’t really (appear) to care who he hurts in the process. But there’s more to him than his appearance—which is good y’all—and we get to see glimpses of it when he’s not being a jerk to Katy. As pretty much THE most powerful Luxen on the planet he has a heavy burden of responsibility. One he already feels he’s failed because of his brother Dawson. By the time Katy meets him he’s kind of broken and one more loss, that of his sister Dee, from human involvement just might shatter him so he does whatever he can to keep Katy away from Dee—who would totally be my BFF. Dee brings much needed lightness to the story, while the sarcastic banter between Katy and Daemon brings the funny. All in all one of my fav books.
This book came in a time when I had nothing to read. Bloggers have been raving about Daemon and his alien super powers so I had to check out what all the fuss was about. Oh,boy. I fell in love with Daemon in that moment when he opened the door and started to act like a jerk. I like the fact that Katy is also a blogger so it was easy to connect with her. What could you ask more from a book? It has bad bad guys from a different galalxy,hot guy with an attitude,sexy scnees that blow up you laptop and bickering. I recommend it to all fans of paranormal.
After the heartbreaking death of her father, Katy and her mother make the move to Ketterman, West Virgina, the town of one stop light, in hopes of moving on with their lives. Katy doesn't expect anything short of a relentlessly boring life in the middle of nowhere, that is until she meets the boy next door, Daemon. You see, Daemon's drop-dead gorgeous, tanned, with an added bonus of just about the most beautiful emerald colored eyes, but the boy is strictly hot and cold, constantly giving Katy emotional whiplash. What she didn't expect from the move, however, was to discover something literally out of this world about Daemon, his sister and his little circle of friends. Characters I Couldn't Help Loving Obsidian is a novel by Jennifer L Armentrout that I'd been highly anticipating since it's blurb was revealed. I was immediately pulled in by Obsidian's premise, promises of a Young Adult novel filled with something overwhelmingly extraterrestrial. Protagonist Katy was someone I could easily love and identify with. You see, Katy is a book blogger who runs her own little space called "Katy'z Krazy Obsession". It was disheartening, however, to see that she didn't think all that highly of herself, especially in concern to her adoration for reading and reviewing novels, labeling herself as a book crazed nerd. Despite that, though, I found that she was a character that many readers would find themselves easily connecting with, I know I did. Daemon, on the other hand, was undeniably handsome, especially with those piercing emerald eyes. Despite his Greek god looks, Daemon was very provocative, which I loved, and presented a hot and cold attitude, which I didn't love. In addition, I also found myself connecting greatly with Dee, Daemon's twin sister. She was a breath of fresh air, bubbly, outgoing and respectful. Close Calls Brushes with death, mystery, unyielding suspense and surprising discoveries - that's what I found in Obsidian. Obsidian featured quite a swift pace that wasn't lagging in the least in the progression of the novel, though thankfully it didn't overly rush the storyline into a mindless dribble. The plot itself was incredibly thick with detail and background stories. In particular I really enjoyed learning more about Daemon and his past, it was incredibly interesting and unique all on itself. I also loved the added blogger habits and terms mentioned through Katy, it was icing on the cake, especially for book bloggers who I find will enjoy this novel very much! Finally - the romance. The developing romance was immediately predictable but I found myself greatly enjoying it's torturous and heartwarming moments. Jennifer L Armentrout's wording and imagination definitely had a way of making my heart skip a beat, not to mention falling in love with her characters. With a unique and entrancing story, Obsidian was action packed, dramatic, captivating and exciting - I Am Number Four has some SERIOUS competition!
When I start reading a book the most important things are the first two or three chapters because these are the chapters from which I realise if the book is good or just mediocre from my point of view. Obsidian, instead, captivated me from the first pages that I couldn't let the book go so I read it without "blinking or breathing" in one night. From the moment when Katy moved to West Virginia and met the handsome but arrogant Daemon, I thought: "There's going to be a mixture of trouble and love here..." I like Katy because she is really a hero for getting into trouble with Daemon, she doesn't back down or hides behind him but fights along side with Daemon and protects him. Daemon on the other hand is the kind of guy that all the girls want. But even if he is gorgeous his behaviour kind of takes that away. Follow the course of action and you will meet another Daemon that would sacrifice himself to protect the others, mostly his sister, Dee, and Katy. Obsidian is a book that will make you read it over and over again. It’s surely a book that deserves 5 of 5 stars, or all the stars in the world.
Wow, incredible book. I loved every minute of it. Jennifer did an amazing job with every detail of this story. When I first heard about it my first thought was, really aliens? don't like already but boy was I wrong. Daemon is the best character. He is crazy hot but a jerk. Katy gets to see glimpses of his sweet side and that's more than enough to make you swoon. Katy is a sweet blogger (wooop woop) with an attitude. She doesn't take anyone's crap, especially Daemon's. The combination of those two make for some heated arguing and heat period. There is a lot of swooning and plenty of action. This is one of those books that will never get old. You have to read it over and over.
Looking at the cover of Obsidian I knew there was going to be a major hottie in it. I mean just look at those green eyes, and that black hair...I could go on and on about Daemon, trust me. The only thing I don't care for on the cover is how Katy's arm looks a little odd. The coloring and the muscle just look strange. After devouring the first 5 chapters I already knew that I could relate to Katy. She was witty, sharp-tongued and just bad ass as some parts. The whole time I was reading Obsidian all I could like was "Wow, Katy has balls." The way she stands up for herself was really admirable.Katy was a strong character, but she is human, there for she isn't perfect. While with Daemon, I couldn't help but blush while she was blushing, and this is rare for me, because I normally dont get into books. As I said before Daemon is a total hottie, but he defiantly has some flaws. Being a jerk is probably the biggest flaw of all. That said he also could be very deep, and sweet(sometimes). Daemon was a very complex and complicated character. He definitely made the story light, and playful. I think the whole plot was very interesting, and unique. I had never read an Alien book, so I honestly have no clue what to expect going into it. I always try to guess what was going to happen in the books I read, but for this book I honestly was surprised through out the book. Now I cant wait for OPAL! :D
I'll be honest, and I'll say that when I decided to read this book I expected it to be bad, like really to suck. But NO! After reading the first pages, Obsidian totally ''sucked me in''. Yeah, really! I did not expect to be that good. Fact:I read it on my computer, and I never would've thought of doing that. Now, where to start. First, let's start with Daemon. He started as an arrogant guy who shouts up a girls mouth. Think of that as a good thing. No, as a great thing. I liked that from him. And he is hot. Yeah, I know, I'm a guy but I liked him. My girlfriend still does. He was very loyal to Katy and that's another good thing about him. Now, Katy. What to say, exept that she is officialy on my TOP 5 List of favorite characters. That girl is awesome, take the fact that she is a blogger. A fricking book blogger. The parts of her talking about her blog, especially about her filming an IMM and posting an Waiting on Wednesday, one of my top scenes. Another good thing is that she is not an idiot, and she can take care of herself. (read, opposite of Bella, although I liked Twilight) About the secondary characters. Dee, she was my favorite. That girl can talk. Really. She has the brain like for everything. And she's beautiful, I imagined the most beautiful model on the planet, and further. Ash did irritate me at some times, but she was a good character. You may all wonder: Why do you give 4.5 stars to Obsidian when you totally adored the book? And this is my answer: I cut the half star because there was a part at the middle of the book that I think was boring, a little bit. Or maybe this is just my opinion? :D Let's get to the conclusion. I LOVE OBSIDIAN! It's deffinetly one of my favorite books. I can not wait to read ONYX, the second book in the LUX Series. And as you all know, I'm part of the #daemoninvasion and i'm in the most amazing team ever #TeamDaeVision so I might get to read Onyx and the rest of the series little bit faster than you, regular people. lol
Whats wrong with him?? Is he blind? His eyes look like theyre in the back of his head!! Someone needs to help him!
Obsidian is HOT. Now to elaborate; Kate is your good-girl, kind of shy, but determined sort of girl. Daemon is your typical hot, sexy, oh-so-drool-worthy bad boy, but also the boy next door. When they first met... well it was like water and oil. Daemon is infuriating and it's like he lives to crawl beneath Katy's skin and possibly poke her with a needle while he's there. They simply repelled each other, but there was this spark! I loved how Katy didn't simply let Daemon push her around, but she put on her big-girl panties and dealt with him and threw back some verbal attacks of her own. Personally, I loved Katy. She was smart, funny, witty, and a bit daring when you got down to it. But I think that what I loved most was her passion with books. It was very relatable for me and her whole deal with the blog reminded me of my cousin who haves one, it was all so real. Daemon made me want to smack him upside the head a couple times, but when push came to shove he was brave and determined; fierce and protective. It was endearing and sexy, irritating and infuriating all rolled into one. This has all the characteristics to make it addictive and totally acceptable to give it the I-want-more label. It's snippy, fast-paced and, man the SEXUAL FRUSTRATION. *-*
I loved this book it a good buy, i can't wait till the 2nd book comes out
Witty, refreshing, and electrifying. With a brilliant set of characters, laughs, and sexual tension that will have you pulling your hair out, Obsidian is the perfect page turner that will have you begging for more. Ever since I read Half-Blood (and fell in love with it), I've been obsessed with Jennifer's books. I stalked her blog, her twitter, her goodreads real hard. And with all my high hopes for her sequel to Half-Blood and her other books, Obsidian in no way disappointed me. Instead, I found myself in love with yet another of her series. This book is about Aliens, as you can tell from the official synopsis, and not only is it unique and new from other paranormal reads, it's a fascinating and beautiful type of alien. I really fell in love it and definitely wouldn't mind being a Luxen. Next, I love how she touches on book blogging. That she intertwined it into her lead character's life. It's almost like a tribute to the blogging community and it gave me another thing to relate to Katy with. Katy is a strong lead character and I loved her for it. With her father dying, and her mother busying herself with work, yet still there for her daughter, Katy is very independent, and it's just one more thing I relate to. I don't have many close friends anymore like I used, and I'm constantly going places, and accomplishing tasks on my own and in my opinion it just makes me a stronger person, as we can see Katy is just that, a strong person. Katy deals with a lot through Obsidian, and she handles it all with bravery and her own little spice. :) Other than Katy, we have the hot-and-cold-pure-sex-with-amazing-green-eyes Daemon, and his ball of energy twin sister Dee. So many times in a book, you turn the pages and live for those steamy scenes between the lead "couple", and I admit of course I ADORED those scenes (I mean how could you not! UNF), but in Obsidian I also admired that Jennifer was able to pull me into the other scenes as well, particularly with Dee. I loved Dee and her over-energetic self. She's the type of fun-loving girl who would light up a room just by being in it. She just wants a normal friend, and she's a good friend at that. So, um, yeah.... Daemon. Can I just say the banter between Katy and Daemon had me feeling so much emotion. Sometimes I was laughing, others my jaw was dropping or wanting to hit one of them, and there were the times when I just wanted them to jump on each other... if you know what I mean ;). Daemon has the looks... the tanned, perfect sculpted body. The unruly wavy locks, with electric emerald eyes (which we all know is my favorite), but his personality is well hot-and-cold to say the least. Just when you think he's a complete jerk, he shows a softness. And just when you think the softness is there to stay, he flips the switch and he's back to the rude idiot that you cannot help but love any way. There was so much I could rave about this book. I loved the role that every character played. I adored the dance and party scenes. I ADORED the lake scenes. Kitten... yeah, I thought that was funny yet cute. The alien lore was so creative and I really truly loved reading about it. I love Daemon's wittiness and arrogance and how Katy played right back along with him. I thought the writing was beautifully written. Finally, I love how Jennifer takes romance, laughs, real life situations, thrills, and paranormal and wraps it all up into one brilliant book.
The first time I read this book it was called Twilight. This is just an alien version of the same story. The author even uses the same description of the heroine being "the shiny new toy" for the boys to play with. Glad it was free!
Are you seriously kidding me!!!? You are actually going to just sit there and read this review instead of heading out and buying the book right now!? Well, if you are, then you better make sure to read this book afterwards, DO NOT FORGET IT, or I will personally track you down and make you read the book. Okay that's probably a little too much exaggeration, but I'm sure you get what I mean. This is one of the most bestest of the bestest book I have probably ever read! (And yes, I know bestest is not a word, but I am still going to use it). This is not your typical " alien from outer space" science-fiction book. This is one of those real wonderful, totally "unputdownable" books that you will probably ever read. This book is written as perfectly as can be. Jennifer L. Armentrout is a great writer, and she has balanced out the whole alien-human relationship very well. She put in just the right amount of every ingredient: suspense, mystery, action. However, in my opinion she has added a little too much romance in this book, nothing too erotic, but still a little too much. Actually, the romance between Katy and Daemon is great, but I think what I meant to say is that she carried out the whole "do I actually like him, does he actually like me" part for too long. I mean, they don't actually kiss until almost towards the end of the book, but you can understand their feelings toward each other from the very beginning, but it's still okay. Anyway, putting all that aside, the overall story is just great. The action between the Arum and Luxens keep things interesting, and all the silly banter between Daemon and Katy are really hilarious. Overall, this was one of the best books that I have read, and I couldn't wait to read the next two in the series, which I have finally finished reading and will be reviewing next. Now, all of you better run off and GO BUY THAT BOOK, OR BORROW IT FROM YOUR FRIEND OR LIBRARY! You are wasting your time reading this, you don't need my opinion to know how good this book is. However, what you do need to do is go read that book and decide for yourself whether you like it or not! Quotes From Obsidian: And now, it's finally time for some quotes from this wonderful, hilarious book!! "I never thought washing a car would be so hard, but after watching you for the last fifteen minutes, I'm convinced it should be an Olympic sport." - Daemon "You remind me of a little fuzzy kitten, all claws and no bite." - Daemon "Dee, I think the reason why he stares at me is because he's planning on ways to kill me and hide my body." - Katy "For starters, you're a jerk." -Katy And that concludes this super long review. Make sure to read the book, it's really good!
Stunning. This series is amazing and my new favorites hands down. The plot is well thought of, the characters are well developed, and the book flows together very well. I loved this book and am in the middle of reading the third one. I have honestly had a hard time finding new books to read. They're always missing something. The girls too whinny, or the book jumps from one thing to the next to quickly, or the paranormal part of it is way to overboard. This book however has just the right amount of everything. Katy does not take crap from anyone, the storyline flows well never leaving out a detail. The romance between her and Daemon isn't rushed. Oh! and i love that they cuss! i know thats a weird thing to be looking for in a book but they actually cuss instead of saying things like "butthead" or some other stupid filler word. They also have really intense scenes that goes into just the right amount of detail. Its not over the top but it doesnt stop at just them kissing. This book had it all for me and will be one of my favorites for a long time! Definatley a must read!
I have to start with the main fact: this book was GREAT! I was trying to find a book for a while and guess this one was okay by the description. Normally, well never, did I read alien types of books, but wow this book change my mind. Jennifer's writing has you hooked from the start. You can tell by her writing the passion she has for story telling and the love for just reading books. Must read and you'll be glad you did.
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout is categorized as a young adult novel in the mixed genre of science fiction/paranormal. While this is true, I, as an adult, fell in love with the story, so feel that it goes beyond that age range, as many YA novels do today. Within Obsidian, readers will find a truly unique storyline, enormous tension, romance, humor, suspense; paranormal and engrossing reading that will hold their attention and melt the real world away. This is the experience that I had while reading, in any case. While Obsidian is about Aliens, you do not have to be a Sci-Fi/Alien fan to become immensely absorbed within the pages of this book. Personally, I have not had that much experience reading books revolving around Aliens; however that did not stop me from falling deeply into this story. Ms. Armentrout has penned a masterpiece of engrossing and incredibly entertaining literature. Katy is a teenage girl who has recently lost her father to a sudden diagnosis and death from Cancer. It is for this reason that her mother has decided that the best thing for both of them is to move to someplace completely different and begin their lives again. After meeting one of her neighbors, Dee, she quickly makes an instant connection and friendship. It is after meeting Dee’s twin brother, Daemon, that the real fun begins! For some reason, Daemon acts as though he cannot stand even the mere sight of Katy. His attitude is a bit like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – one moment he is absolutely horrid, the next tolerable. The banter between the two builds some unbelievable tension, as well as sizzling chemistry, that will hold the reader’s eyes glued to the pages. Toss in the discovery that the beyond gorgeous twins are actually Alien beings of light (and they are not the only ones) and you have one heck of a story. Ms. Armentrout ignites the imagination with a paranormal story that is not all that far-fetched. Never was there a moment where I rolled my eyes and thought to myself “whatever, this is so out there”, instead my attention was instant, unwavering and solid. Smooth, tight, believable and just plain delicious, Obsidian will be a book that will remain on my mind for a long time, as will the sassiness of the characters and the smoldering sexiness of Daemon. The ending was perfection for leaving the reader yearning for more and I cannot wait to see what happens next between these two and the other characters. Mind-blowingly amazing. These were the words that instantly popped into my mind as I finished the final page of Obsidian. Oh, yeah, and WHY?!?!?! I truly and honestly did not want this story to end. I am so incredibly in love with the characters and their story. I want more, more, more!! Thankfully, this is book one and the Book Provided By NetGalley. Review originally Posted @ Romancing The Book
Much better than I anticipated. Great romantic tension.