Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 266
Source: Netgalley/Publisher
Rating: ★★★★☆ 
Buy It: Amazon | Book Depository

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. – Goodreads

Review:
After having loved Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Half-Blood, I had been very much looking forward to whatever she came out with next. Obsidian was an excellent second book to follow up with, in my opinion. If I had to choose one word to describe it, it would be “fun.” Armentrout succeeded in making this a highly enjoyable read with the right amount of chemistry between her two leads, laugh out loud humor, and rising suspense and mystery.

Following the death of her father, Katy and her mother move out to a small town in West Virginia. She was sure that boredom would ensue, but then things got interesting once she met Daemon, her next door neighbor. Daemon is… an interesting piece of work, but I admired Katy for holding up against him. With every nasty word that came out of his mouth, Katy shot it right back in his face and it was hilarious seeing them get under each other’s skin. There was one particular scene where I gave Katy a mental high five for really managing to one-up him. Anyway, yes, I have a soft spot for those love/hate relationships and this one definitely delivered with the growing chemistry between the two.

While I immediately took a liking to Katy, Daemon took some time to get used to. I was a little taken back by how mean he could be! Not that I would excuse his actions, and there were definitely moments when I wanted to kick him in the face, but I loved that it was all (mostly) due to his absolute need to protect his sister, Dee. Despite how hot and cold he could be, his devotion to his sister never wavered and that, my friends, gave him major points in my book.

The romance wasn’t over-the-top and lovey-dovey. In truth, it was a lot of hair pulling and annoying the crap out of each other. But it worked! I was hooked and Armentrout knows how to write those steamy scenes really well… I think there’s a good setup happening between Katy and Daemon for the next book and I’m dying to see how it plays out.

As for the alien stuff, I liked how straight forward it was. Armentrout didn’t bog down their backstories with unnecessary details that would have gone over my head and/or bored me and they were just, overall, very cool. There were definitely some good action scenes and it was awesome seeing what her aliens could do.

The book did include some familiar elements, such as the missing parental figures, and there was a certain degree of predictability with the romance and scifi stuff, but I still found myself completely engaged with Obsidian. As proven with Half-Blood, and now this, Armentrout does an excellent job of keeping the energy moving in her novels and I know I’ll love any future books from her. When can I get my hands on them?!


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Comments

  1. With every review I read for this, I’m growing more and more needy for Dec 6th to arrive so I can finally read it!! I LOVE how you describe the relationship between Katy/Daemon. The getting under each others skin, the banter, the frustration and chemistry and oh, it sounds so infuriatingly sexy. I can’t wait.

    I recently finished Half Blood and loved it, so I’m definitely on board with whatever Jennifer writes next. Fantastic review! And congrats on hitting 500 followers! <3

  2. I am super curious about this one! I’ve heard a bit of mixed things about it, but I love the sound of it. I hope I’ll be able to get my hands on a copy soon! Great review. :)

  3. The fact that the romantic duo pretty much hate each other make me imagine scenes where they’ll be arguing or something then just jump each other’s bones!! I hope it’s like that lol ;D

  4. I’m really curious about this book as well! I’ve heard good things about the author. I’m definitely going to have to check this book out! As well as Half Blood. :)

  5. I had my doubts about this one but after reading your review I think I just have to pick it up. I still think it’s partly due to the covers that throw me off. :P I really need to stop judging by covers.

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