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Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: May 8th 2012 by Entangled Teen (first published November 2011)

Format: Paperback , 2nd Edition , 335 pages

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Language: English


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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 alon 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.

30 review for Obsidian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily May

    Not long ago, someone I know got into a really bad relationship. It was the kind of relationship where the guy was a pretty-faced douchebag who would tell her he loved her one minute and the next he would be making snide remarks about her weight and about her career, or standing her up when they were supposed to be going somewhere. But the worst part of this relationship wasn't him, it was my friend. Everyone she knew, including me, warned her away from him, told her he was bad and that she dese Not long ago, someone I know got into a really bad relationship. It was the kind of relationship where the guy was a pretty-faced douchebag who would tell her he loved her one minute and the next he would be making snide remarks about her weight and about her career, or standing her up when they were supposed to be going somewhere. But the worst part of this relationship wasn't him, it was my friend. Everyone she knew, including me, warned her away from him, told her he was bad and that she deserved better... you know, the usual. And she knew exactly who he was, knew that he was playing constant mind games. But she honestly believed that what she put up with was a worthy sacrifice for love. And she honestly believed she could change him. She would say "he's just an immature guy" as we sat with her while she cried because he'd made her feel like shit again. We subtly tried to remind her that there was such a thing as self respect and she was rapidly losing grip on it. I sat there and wondered how someone so pretty, smart and full of fiery personality could truly believe this was something normal that she had to accept and get through. But it's when I read books like Obsidian that I receive a painful reminder that this kind of psychology is not only way too frequent, but also constantly reinforced by books selling such relationships as romantic and passionate. Do I need to point out the obvious example? Some people said this book was another Twilight - complete with sappy heroine, paranormal love interest and a shit ton of angst. Honestly, they insulted Twilight with that one. Give me that creepy creeper called Edward Cullen any day over this rude, arrogant piece of work. I'm pretty sure Edward was actually kinda nice to Bella in his weird archaic "I won't shag you before marriage but I will sneak into your room and watch you sleep because that is totally acceptable and normal" way. Daemon, on the other hand, is an arrogant and downright RUDE dickwad. I'm not even going to pretend to understand the attraction because I don't see it. 'kay, he's beautiful, whatever. He also talks to the MC like she's crap he just stepped in, whilst interspersing the abuse with heated kisses and whatnot. There is nothing, NOTHING attractive to me about making out with a guy who insults me and acts like I'm worth less than nothing. I don't get it. The heroine - Katy - isn't terrible. She has high points where she pulls out some well-placed snark AND she's a book blogger - woohoo! But she has plenty of eye roll-worthy Mary Sue moments where she frets about her obvious beauty. In the first chapter (I think) she describes herself in a way that is supposed to imply she is somehow plain - with "curvy hips, puffy lips and huge eyes". So... she has big eyes, full lips and curves. Yeah, we really feel your pain, Katy. I realise I just basically trashed a book that tops a lot of people's favourite lists - sorry. I am currently working my way through some popular YA that I always meant to read but never did, so that's how I crossed paths with this book after avoiding it for so long. But yeah, guess you figured out this one wasn't for me :) Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Armentrout

    Since I wrote it, I kind of think it deserves 5 stars. =)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sasha Alsberg

    Aliens, hot aliens? DAEMON BLACK???? YES PLEASE! Loved this book, read it in 2012 but decided to come back and write a review for it. This is actually the book that made me start book blogging!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Zoë

    3.5/5 This book was such a quick, fun read! I haven't read an alien book before, and I found these aliens to be so interesting. Katy was a great main character and I LOVED that she had a book blog. It was a little repetitive at times and the constant bickering between Katy and Daemon, although funny and filled with sexual tension, was almost too much sometimes. However, I'm invested in this story now I will be picking up the next book sometime in the future!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blacky *Romance Addict*

    “I have a strange idea that I should test this out.” “Test what?” My eyes dropped to his lips. I felt myself sway. “I think you would like to know.” He moved closer, his hand sliding up my arm and resting carefully at the nape of my neck. Well, now I know why this series is so popular :) It took me one scene, meeting Daemon, to completely fall in love with him/the book. And it just got better and better! I literally couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing it in the same day I started. Well t “I have a strange idea that I should test this out.” “Test what?” My eyes dropped to his lips. I felt myself sway. “I think you would like to know.” He moved closer, his hand sliding up my arm and resting carefully at the nape of my neck. Well, now I know why this series is so popular :) It took me one scene, meeting Daemon, to completely fall in love with him/the book. And it just got better and better! I literally couldn't stop reading and ended up finishing it in the same day I started. Well that says a lot :)) -Here's something you need to know about the STORY- Katy and her mom move to Vest Virginia after her father's death, and she meets her gorgeous, irritatingly rude neighbor Daemon. The tension between them is incredible, but with Daemon acting like a jerk, they end up fighting most of the time, and the other times are just swoony as hell!!!! Since Daemon behaves terribly toward Katy, and his sister Dee forces him to be nicer to her, which leads to some very very nice scenes like car-washing, swimming in the lake, the swing scene (*sigh*), the kitchen scene and well basically every scene where Daemon and Katy are together (and there are a LOT of those) One night Daemon saves Katy from a terrible accident and she realises he's not what he seems, he is in fact - an alien! The laptop scene... No comment to that, you just have to read it ;) The ending was awesome, action packed, but also emotional and sweet. And funny. Well it was everything!!! -The romance- *sigh* Well, first thing you need to know is that with Daemon, hearing something romantic come out of his mouth is practically impossible, even though he had his wonderful moments which I treasured because they were rare :D But it was all still there, even though he behaves like a jerk to her, he's still protective, and man, that made some amazingly swoony scenes in here <3 And even though I've said it before, every scene with those two was amazing, it was full of tension and butterflies <3 Can't wait to see how their relationship moves forward with each book :) -Daemon- He's the overprotective brother, trying to prevent Dee (the sister) from forming a friendship with Katy, the new neighbor. He's kind of hot and cold toward her, one moment flirting, the next insulting, probably because he's intrigued by her, but at the same time, he knows what humans can do to him and his family :( As he reveals himself to Katy, he knows he has to keep her safe from his enemies, and they have to spend a lot of time together (ehehehehe). Well, for me, Daemon was insta-love. I loved every scene with him, when he was a jerk, when he was swoony and protective, and yeah, even him being so incredibly full of himself :DDD My favorite scene with him was when they were at the lake and she hugged him <3 I don't know why, but he just seemed so vulnerable there, maybe because he's so tough throughout the book, I don't know. Anyway, love love love him!!! -Katy- She's a book review blogger, pretty much an ordinary girl, whose life changes completely once her dad dies and she moves to West Virginia with her mom. She becomes friends with her neighbor Dee, but frenemies with Dee's brother Daemon, who tries to push her away from his family, but at the same time flirts like hell with her :D As time goes by, it gets tough for her to fight the attraction, especially because Daemon feels it too, and on top of all that, he has too look after Katy in case his enemies target her. For a heroine, she's pretty great :) She gives as good as she gets, and it was so fun to watch the bickering and fighting all the time :) She is brave, and I have to say, I am very very happy with how she deals with the enemies! It surprised me, and I guess that's why I love that fact even more :) The end fight was awesome even though I can't say I understand everything that happened, but I think I'm not supposed to (aka it will probably be explained in the next book). -Overall feelings about the book- The pic says it all :DD I devoured this book! I loved every single scene between the MCs, and the good thing is, the book is full of those!!! Honestly, I just can't think of anything that bothered me here or that I didn't like. Anything! Maybe this is just the new fangirl me talking, but I don't know, this book definitely deserves 5 stars from me, and it's going into my bestest of the best shelf :)))) PS: V... I love you woman! I would've never picked this up if it weren't for you. Yes you told me so, but I just have to say THANK YOU!!! <3 PPS: This should be made into a movie.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    All my ratings have been pretty high lately, mostly because I choose very carefully what to read next. I value my time too much to purposely read books I know I won’t like. So what on earth possessed me to pick up this book after the Half-Blood debacle, I have no idea. Most of my friends loved Obsidian and I respect that, I really do. I can even see why, the ingredients are all there: a gorgeous, mean guy and a plain, book-nerdish girl, a love-hate relationship between our protagonists, hero’s p All my ratings have been pretty high lately, mostly because I choose very carefully what to read next. I value my time too much to purposely read books I know I won’t like. So what on earth possessed me to pick up this book after the Half-Blood debacle, I have no idea. Most of my friends loved Obsidian and I respect that, I really do. I can even see why, the ingredients are all there: a gorgeous, mean guy and a plain, book-nerdish girl, a love-hate relationship between our protagonists, hero’s perky sister that becomes the heroine’s best friend, the evil ex-girlfriend that spits fire every time our heroine gets close, two clueless friends and a mostly absent single parent… need I go on? However, even when you figure all this out, Armentrout finds a way to sneak up on you. Every now and then I’d lose myself in a funny piece of dialogue or an especially steamy scene, but it wouldn’t take long for me to remember what I was really reading and why it was making me so mad. But let’s start at the beginning. Three years after the death of her father, Katy’s mother decides that it’s time to move on and that, in order to do that, they need to sell everything they own and move from sunny Florida to a town of about 500 inhabitants in the middle of nowhere, West Virginia. On her first day in the new house, Katy meets her next door neighbors, twins Dee and Daemon. While she and Dee instantly hit it off, Daemon acts like a total jerk and makes some cryptic comments about ‘Katy’s kind’. He is, of course, absolutely gorgeous (Ohmigod, he’s so gorgeous, how could he possibly be attracted to plain ol’ me? I must be imagining things.), and very mysterious. As the time passes, Kat starts noticing that something is not quite right with the way Daemon, Dee and their friends are behaving, and then he saves her from an attacker and well… you know the rest. Apparently, aliens are the new vampires. No, seriously. Daemon is Edward 2.0 – a moodier, meaner and prettier version of our dear Mr. Cullen. To be honest, this entire book is just another Twilight rip-off. Not flat-out stolen like Half-Blood, but not that far, either. That alone wouldn’t really upset me much since it's not the first and it certainly won't be the last, but what I found unforgivable was that Armentrout felt the need to make fun of Twilight while writing the exact same story. And when he spoke, it wasn’t out loud. It was in my head. This is what we look like. We are beings of light. Even in human form, we can bend light to our will. There was a pause. As you can see, I don’t look like a giant insect. Or… sparkle. Even in my head I could hear the disgust on that last one. See? So rude. It’s true that Daemon doesn’t sparkle, but he IS made of light. Pot, meet kettle. Kettle, you should kick pot’s ass. I’m sure this book will have many fans, but I’m afraid my short and turbulent relationship with Ms. Armentrout is now over.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    5 WHOLE INSANE STARS! One of the best books I have ever read and also the best series starter I know. I have read this series and I must say it gets better and better.But believe me it starts GREAT.The story is interesting and keeps you thrilled the whole time.The characters are smoky cool.I could relate so much to this book (beside the alien thing). Me while reading the book : “You look like you got more of a bath than the car. I never thought washing a car would be so hard, but after watch 5 WHOLE INSANE STARS! One of the best books I have ever read and also the best series starter I know. I have read this series and I must say it gets better and better.But believe me it starts GREAT.The story is interesting and keeps you thrilled the whole time.The characters are smoky cool.I could relate so much to this book (beside the alien thing). Me while reading the book : “You look like you got more of a bath than the car. 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.” “If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now” “I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.” “Kat, say something insulting. Come on.” I highly recommand you to read this book and the whole series.It's one of the greatest I have ever read. Me after finishing the book : I HEARD RUMORS ABOUT THE MOVIE COMING OUT SOON!!! *Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr*

  8. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    Alien. I fell in love with a freaking alien. Not one of those greeny three-eyed creatures but still he is extraterrestrial life. As if book boyfriends from this galaxy weren't enough. “Welcome to West Virginia, the land of lost models.” There was something off with this little Virginia town Katy was forced to move in. Strange things happened, people were supposed to light up like Christmas trees and there was gossip about Men in Black lurking in the streets. And things got even weirder Alien. I fell in love with a freaking alien. Not one of those greeny three-eyed creatures but still he is extraterrestrial life. As if book boyfriends from this galaxy weren't enough. “Welcome to West Virginia, the land of lost models.” There was something off with this little Virginia town Katy was forced to move in. Strange things happened, people were supposed to light up like Christmas trees and there was gossip about Men in Black lurking in the streets. And things got even weirder when Katy spent time with her extremely beautiful neighbors, Dee and Daemon. Dee wanted desperately to become friends with Katy, while her brother seemed to consider Katy a stone in his shoe, something unpleasant and annoying. The truth behind this hatred? The Black twins were aliens, hiding from some not so friendly aliens, and Katy found herself involved in a world of secrets, super powers, obsidian knifes and a battle between light and darkness. And a seriously bipolar Daemon. “I was always able to lose myself in reading. Books were a necessary escape I always gladly jumped into headfirst.” I LOVE Obsidian so, so much. Mystery and paranormal romance combined with sassy characters and humorous dialogues, a healthy dose of tension and agony and sexual frustration and fast paced writing made this book such an enjoyable read! It's my first Jennifer L. Armentrout book and I am pleasantly surprised, I can say for sure she gained a new fan! She managed to make aliens fascinating without following the cliches, and her heroes are easily relatable! Kat was an amazing heroine, stubborn and feisty and sarcastic and caring and funny, it's impossible not to love her! And Daemon? “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” Totally swoonworthy. An arrogant, hot, overconfident, sex-on-a-stick asshole who gave you heart attacks and took your breath away at once. There were times I wanted to bang his pretty head in a wall and times I wanted him to bang kiss me hard against a wall. He was mostly a rude jerk, but his love towards his sister was touching and the moments he was vulnerable were enough to balance his assholiness. And the scenes between Daemon and Kat? Holy Hawt Chemisty, Batman! If you're looking for a good Young Adult novel from a very talented author, then Obsidian is the book for you. After you finish it, you will wish you were kidnapped by aliens (the hot ones who don't look like Chewbacca anyway).

  9. 5 out of 5

    Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies

    I want to believe. I really do. Just following the news these days is enough to make one lose faith in humanity. I really want to believe that there is something out there, god, gods, whatever. Aliens. ANYTHING. I want to feel like there are other creatures out there in this vast universe of ours, with greater knowledge, greater intelligence, and maybe one day they'll grace us with their presence and bestow on us their superior intellect. I certainly hope those future aliens are more intelligent t I want to believe. I really do. Just following the news these days is enough to make one lose faith in humanity. I really want to believe that there is something out there, god, gods, whatever. Aliens. ANYTHING. I want to feel like there are other creatures out there in this vast universe of ours, with greater knowledge, greater intelligence, and maybe one day they'll grace us with their presence and bestow on us their superior intellect. I certainly hope those future aliens are more intelligent than the dumb-as-dirt creatures in Obsidian. Seriously, how stupid can you get? I've never been on the run, I've never had to hide, but if there's some things I've gleaned, it's how NOT to stick out like a sore freaking thumb. First, you find a HUGE goddamn city, like San Francisco, where nobody will even blink if you step out into the street in rainbow-colored pantyhose and an accompanying beard. You do not find a backwoods town where it's likely you're considered outsiders if your grandparents were born the next town over. Secondly, you BLEND IN. 2 pairs of triplets move into town within days of each other? That is not blending in. Supernatural beauty? Not blending in. Names like Daemon? NO. NOT BLENDING IN. Thirdly, you FIT IN. You make friends, you're friendly to people. You do not act like everyone is your enemy and warn off the friendly girl next door just because she wants to know where the closest store is. I just don't understand how this book got so many positive reviews. I get that this is fantasy/sci-fi YA fiction, but there's gotta be a limit to willing suspension of disbelief. For me, there's very little to like about this book. The heroine is all right, but I kind of rolled my eyes at the "I'm a BOOK BLOGGER. I'M SO HIPSTER. I'M A ZOOEY DESCHANEL GEEK GIRL" bit. That's how she seemed to me. She's a fair bit more intelligent than some of the YA fiction heroines I've read, but considering there exists Luce/Bella/etc...that's not saying much. The spaghetti scene was kick-ass, though. I found Daemon to be an enormous asshat for most of the novel. He's hot, sure, but that's it. He's such an unbelievable jerk, and I found Dee to be like the patient wife of an abusive husband, sniveling and simpering and constantly making excuses for her brother's rude, boorish, borderline abusive behavior. And Ms. Armentrout, enough with the 100000x random alien references/foreshadowing in the book already. It's called subtlety.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Helen 2.0

    author: Hi this is my OC, Daemon Black me: hi me: what's he look like? author: he's dark and brooding and his green eyes are brilliant and his abs are so ripped and his skin is so tan author: but he doesn't know how gorgeous he is despite his washboard abs me: ok... author: and he REALLY hates his neighbor me: who's his neighbor? author: just your average blog-writing book-reading doormat who also doesn't know how gorgeous she is author: Daemon is super mean to her because he hates her me: me: author: Hi this is my OC, Daemon Black <3 <3 <3 me: hi me: what's he look like? author: he's dark and brooding and his green eyes are brilliant and his abs are so ripped and his skin is so tan author: but he doesn't know how gorgeous he is despite his washboard abs me: ok... author: and he REALLY hates his neighbor me: who's his neighbor? author: just your average blog-writing book-reading doormat who also doesn't know how gorgeous she is author: Daemon is super mean to her because he hates her me: me: what makes Daemon so special? author: he's an alien who looks like a person but he's actually a ball of light that also sort of looks like a person me: author: he can heal people and travel faster than the speed of light and shapeshift into an animal and make fire with his mind and stop time and change weather patterns AND CHANGE INTO A DIFFERENT PERSON AND MICROWAVE FOOD WITH HIS MIND me: me: wow, that's........ wow author: me: what does he use these powers for? author: to impress his blog-writing book-reading doormat neighbor me: but I thought you said- author: cause he hates her so much me: .... author: me: author: did I mention his abs me:

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steph Sinclair

    Actual rating: 3.5 (I think? Geez, I don't know! I just know I liked it a lot, okay?) Wow. I did not expect to enjoy Obsidian as much as I did. For some reason, I've just been avoiding it, but it was always there in my Twitter and GoodReads feeds. Daemon was frickin' invading my life. Finally, after seeing everyone change their avatars to the Lux series' covers, I felt I had to check it out. Almost all of my friends have given this book anywhere from 3-5 stars, but most averaging around 4. So nat Actual rating: 3.5 (I think? Geez, I don't know! I just know I liked it a lot, okay?) Wow. I did not expect to enjoy Obsidian as much as I did. For some reason, I've just been avoiding it, but it was always there in my Twitter and GoodReads feeds. Daemon was frickin' invading my life. Finally, after seeing everyone change their avatars to the Lux series' covers, I felt I had to check it out. Almost all of my friends have given this book anywhere from 3-5 stars, but most averaging around 4. So naturally I had to read it to see what the big fuss was about. I was initially wary because I had heard Obsidian was Twilight all over again and we all know how I feel about Twilight and its reincarnations. But surprisingly, I really liked it! Weirdly enough, I could probably go on and on why I didn't like it, but I don't have that urge. I have an urge to hug this book closely because it made me laugh on more than one occasion. Also, Armentrout. I want to hug her too. Because despite Obsidian's headdesk-worthy clichés, I cannot deny... it's an enchanting read. Either that, of I probably shouldn't be drinking while reading.... Ha! Yeah, right. Another reviewer said, "It was as if the author felt obligated to fix Twilight catastrophe and tried make it right again" and I completely agree with her. I'll even take it a step further and say it was like Armentrout woke up one day and said, "I'm going to write a book using all the tropes and clichés people usually hate and they're still gonna love the shit out of this book." You might be wondering, "How can one possibly make Twilight better?!" Well, let's take a look at Armentrout's plan for blogosphere domination: Step One: Create a likable and relatable main character. How do you make a female main character instantly relatable to most of the female blogging community? The answer is so simple I'm honestly kicking myself that I've never thought of it before. You make her one of them. There are so many books I've read where the protagonist is an avid reader. And now I usually find myself going, "YAWN. She can read. Good for her." But not here in Obsidian. Because not only does Katy love to read, but she is a book blogger. Say what? This main character has a... hobby other than staring at her hot next-door neighbor? Nice. Not only that, but Katy is smart, funny, witty and gives Jerkface Daemon a run for his money. Step Two: Add a bad boy with two scoops of asshole. Ah, the bad boy. Almost every girl goes through the "bad boy phase." It's like a black hole, totally unavoidable, unless you happen to be smarter than the rest of us, in which case, you rock. But there's just something about the thrill of fooling around with someone you know you have no business fooling around with. It can be the best and worst days of your life. That is... until you grow up and get married! XD Anyway, that's kinda what Daemon is for Katy in Obsidian. He is the irresistible, hot, bad boy who Katy can't deny she's attracted to. But the kicker is that even though Daemon treats her awfully (reasons are revealed in Shadows), she's not one of those heroines that sits back and accepts that. It's one of the first times I've seen a YA heroine differentiate between love and lust. Here's a girl who is saying, "Okay this guy pretty much sets my panties on fire and I would totally exercise him in my bedroom (and possibly in the kitchen by the buttered rolls), but I'm not gonna because he's a complete asshole and I'm better than that." How refreshing! And yeah, maybe Daemon is a nice guy underneath all his Jerk-titude, but that doesn't mean Katy has to bend over backwards and ignore his past behavior. Armentrout sets up Daemon's character for redemption because finally someone is saying, "Enough with all the douchebags treating the heroine like shit and still ending up with her in the end just by apologizing." And that is why Obsidian ultimately won me over. At first I couldn't figure out how everyone could love a book when the love interest was a complete tool, but when Katy gave Daemon the one finger salute with a nice "fuck you very much," I knew I was won over. Step Three: Choose a paranormal creature that isn't written to death. Vampires? Ugh. Werewolves? Old news. Fairies? Boooring! How about something we don't get to see a lot of in YA? Something that will grab your attention! (And I'm not talking about Daemon's... er... friendly nature.) Actually, now that I think of it. That image is pretty accurate.  Maybe I'm not as well read as I thought I was with YA novels, but I don't see a lot of PNR authors tackling aliens. And what a shame! There is so much untapped potential there. In Obsidian you have hundreds of aliens living in West Virginia amongst humans. They're in the schools, holding normal jobs and interacting with humans on a regular basis. So what happens if someone finds out their secret? Awesomeness happens. That's what. Step Four: Make overused YA cliché and tropes interesting again. Girl moves to a new small town? Check. Heroine doesn't know she's beautiful? Check. Single parent home who has a convenient excuse to leave the heroine alone for long stretches? Check. Paranormal characters hit the genetics jackpot lottery? DOUBLE CHECK. Love interest is so hot he practically melts the heroine's panties off with a grin? Check. Boy save girl from near death experience, therefore revealing his paranormal abilities? Check. Boy tries to deny those abilities? Check. Girl is allergic to his bullshit? Check. I admit, some of these this did bother me, but in the end, it didn't matter too much, especially since there is no insta-love and Katy is frickin' awesome! Hmm... This review turned into one huge lovefest for the MC, Katy. How odd. Step Five: Sit back and watch your magic work. Your work here is done.  Pinky ring not required, but recommended.  -------------------- Reaction right after finishing Obsidian: Gah! This is unexpected. I think my rating is more of a 3.5? 3.75? Got dammit! I don't even know. All I know is my emotions are confused. THEY ARE CONFUSED! This book is like Twilight. But I hate Twilight. Wait... does that mean I like Twilight?! NO. I refuse to believe that. Ahhhh! Katy, I love you. Daemon Edward, I want to shake you. There are so many things in Obsidian I despise. But I still liked this book. A lot. Review to come after I sort out these strange feelings. And now I'm off to buy Onyx from Amazon even though it's 3am. Armentrout, what have you done to me? Who am I becoming? Cat woman? (Between you and me, I look pretty damn hot in all leather.) (Okay, that made no sense and was really random.) Gahhhhh!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Edwards

    I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this, because I remember really liking this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Obsidian, and I didn't think I was going to because when I read books about Aliens, I always picture the alien from the film Alien...and that's not a sexy image. Obsidian starts with our heroine, Katy Swartz moving to West Virginia to start over. As it turns out, the new house she moves into has a really hot neighbor. His name his Daemon Black. He's tall and has green eyes. Soun I can't believe that I haven't reviewed this, because I remember really liking this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Obsidian, and I didn't think I was going to because when I read books about Aliens, I always picture the alien from the film Alien...and that's not a sexy image. Obsidian starts with our heroine, Katy Swartz moving to West Virginia to start over. As it turns out, the new house she moves into has a really hot neighbor. His name his Daemon Black. He's tall and has green eyes. Sounds perfect right? That is until he opened his mouth. Oh and not to forget that he's also an Alien. When I first read this book, I was a little freaked out with myself because I was falling for an Alien... Falling for someone like Christian Grey or Keiran Masters is considered fine, but when you read a book and fall for an Alien, you're kind of like 'wtf is wrong with me?' Now I really liked this book, and I don't read a lot of Science Fiction books. This book is a Paranormal Romance and Mystery. Obsidian has bad-ass characters, tension, it's pretty funny and has also a bit of sexual frustration between our main characters. The Characters Katy was a very likable character. She's stubborn, strong, feisty and hilarious. And Daemon? I want a Daemon for myself I love reading books with guys like Daemon. I don't know what it is with men who are arrogant, infuriating and mean. For me it makes the book more exciting. Jennifer Armentrout...you are a genius!

  13. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    N E V E R, in my 27 years on this planet, have i experienced so much secondhand angst. holy crap. the amount of pent-up energy between katy and daemon could fuel a rocketship to pluto. the tension is so intense in some parts, i was literally sweating. SWEATING! goodness me, i need a cold shower after reading this. ↠ 4 stars

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Don't mind me doing my happy dance... ****** This Valentines Day I fell in Love with Jennifer L. Armentrout. I had been hearing through the grapevine about JLA an one particular grape has been rather loud about her work. So with all the faith that Kay @ K-books knows what she is talking about I picked up Obsidian first chance I had to read one of "my choice" reads. And now I can officially jump on Ms. Armentrout's space ship and enthusiastically follow her anywhere...     I am not usually a b Don't mind me doing my happy dance... ****** This Valentines Day I fell in Love with Jennifer L. Armentrout. I had been hearing through the grapevine about JLA an one particular grape has been rather loud about her work. So with all the faith that Kay @ K-books knows what she is talking about I picked up Obsidian first chance I had to read one of "my choice" reads. And now I can officially jump on Ms. Armentrout's space ship and enthusiastically follow her anywhere...     I am not usually a big sci-fi reader but there are a few I can like, well I guess now there is one I LOVE and that is the Lux series. Which is actually quite refreshing! Some Authors try to capture true sarcastic personalities and wittiness in their characters but JLA masters it. There is a delicate line that must not crossed for you to truly appreciate the humor in it without turning you off to the character. You just fall for this highly passionate and combustable relationship between Kat and Daemon in Obsidian. You never know if the are going to kiss or kill each other and you can get lost into the journey with them. If you have not read this series yet you are seriously missing out! It's extraordinary! I also love the quirky personality in Kat and the way she stands up to the enigma that is our sexy arrogant devastatingly handsome Daemon. One of my favorite Kat quotes... “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” And doesn't that just say it all! So yes I will be eagerly awaiting the Prequel due out February 21st & the second book Onyx May 15th 2012. As well as purchasing everything that this budding new author has out. And the other good news is that I have already stalked her website and google and gotten you all the links you will need to properly follow her along, in what I am sure with be a very long and extremely successful writing career. Offical Website of Jennifer L. Armentrout , blog, twitter, facebook, and goodreads. You didn't doubt my stalking skills didja? Recommended for teens & Adult YA lovers. This one gets my top rating above the five stars it was - BEAST! Book covers And of coarse as always I will leave you with what I dug up and the characters. This one is easy becuase the cover is fabulous and matches the characters perfectly. Although there was not nearly enough pictures of the the models for my liking but here is what I was able to find... To see this review in all it's glory got to my blog shareAread.com Updated July 2012 Too see my Pepe Pics, read about my Armentrout fan girl antics, and meeting her go to passionatebookdivas.com

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    Whilst I was aware of this novel before Stephanie read and reviewed it, it didn’t strike me as something that I needed to read until that point. There are many unfavourable comparisons to Twilight floating around. This is not an invalid point. -6 inhuman teenagers who pretend to be siblings – 1) the love interest (Edward/Daemon) 2) the delicate best friend of the protagonist (Alice/Dee) 3) The bitch sister who doesn’t approve (Rosalie/Ash) 4+5) Background dudes who we don’t see a lot of – one of Whilst I was aware of this novel before Stephanie read and reviewed it, it didn’t strike me as something that I needed to read until that point. There are many unfavourable comparisons to Twilight floating around. This is not an invalid point. -6 inhuman teenagers who pretend to be siblings – 1) the love interest (Edward/Daemon) 2) the delicate best friend of the protagonist (Alice/Dee) 3) The bitch sister who doesn’t approve (Rosalie/Ash) 4+5) Background dudes who we don’t see a lot of – one of which is partnered with Alice/Dee. -New girl MC goes to school and meets asshole who is only behaving that way to protect his family. -New girl is with sole parent who provides highly dubious supervision and new girl acts like the parent – cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. -Love interest is devastatingly, unbelievably, inhumanly hot. Blah, blah, blah – we all know the deal. And I knew this going in – but was willing to go with it anyway because, as Steph repeatedly told me, “It’s like she wrote what Twilight SHOULD have been.” To that I say: maybe, yes, kind of, no, a little – but mostly… I guess? So let’s get this out of the way quickly: If you enjoyed Twilight but found the relationship dynamics, i.e. Bella Swan’s permissiveness and stalkish tendencies to be aggravating, then this is your perfect novel. Go forth and multiply, my friend. You will be in heaven. And I can certainly see how this novel could be as addictive as many of my friends say it is. Katy and Daemon scenes, when he’s not being a complete and utter dick, were exceptionally hot. But, to be clear, by scenes I mean “scene” (because there was only one of them – and he went right back to being a dick afterwards) and that wasn’t enough for me. But I could have put that aside, technically, and given this book a higher rating if I hadn’t found myself, for a not insignificant amount of time, bored with the story. Don’t be fooled by the fact that I breezed through it in a few hours. I was trapped in bed all day with sickness. There were a couple of times where the slightest distraction, had one existed, would have fairly swept me off my feet and away from the narrative. Then I started imagining a drinking game for every time I could have come up with a better comeback than Katy. Not an alcoholic one, because I’m sick, but with actual water in the hopes that I wouldn’t dehydrate – which I didn’t. Some of my favourites included: “Glow-stick-for-a-dick”, “Over-grown Fairylight”, “Skinny, limp Twat-bedazzler” and “You have all the charm of a facehugger and only the half the technique, you extraterritorial welfare-mooch!” (this one, clearly, happened after a certain scene that readers will all know and understand my reaction to.) But, and it must be said, having such a strong reaction to the love lives of the characters was a huge indication that I was at least invested, and after reading hundreds and hundreds of books, the ability to still get invested can sometimes be something of a gift. Ultimately I did like Katy even if, as far as I was concerned, she was far too permissive of Daemon’s behaviour. Sticking around and giving him a break when my personal sense of vengeance would have seen a different, more violent and less polite response. And I did, in true guilty-pleasure style, enjoy enough of the book to at least read the free chapters of its sequel, posted at the back. I decided that I will very likely read the next book, because it seemed much more my thing – and I think that interest in reading the subsequent novel is the highest praise I can give. Extra points* to whoever comes up with the best curses to throw at Daemon in the comments! *Points are completely meaningless, have no value, and result in nothing other than my esteem. This review can be found on my blog, Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    "If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now." HOLY ALIEN HOTNESS. After hearing nothing but positive things about this series, I thought it was about time I'd give it a try myself to find out what all the hype was about and WOW... I'm SO GLAD I finally started it!!! There was never a dull moment in this first part of the series and once I got into the story, I ended up devouring it! I'm pretty sure this will quickly become my new favorite YA series once I cont "If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now." HOLY ALIEN HOTNESS. After hearing nothing but positive things about this series, I thought it was about time I'd give it a try myself to find out what all the hype was about and WOW... I'm SO GLAD I finally started it!!! There was never a dull moment in this first part of the series and once I got into the story, I ended up devouring it! I'm pretty sure this will quickly become my new favorite YA series once I continue with the rest of it!!! Although it's considered to be YA, I felt it had a much more mature feeling to it. I loved the characters, the original storyline and the engaging writing style and well, Daemon Black is one hot alien you just HAVE to meet... THE STORY Starting over is never easy... After Katy's father passed away, her mother decides it's best for them to leave the house they used to live in and move some place new. They leave Florida and decide to start over in a small town in West Virginia. Moving into a new town and enrolling in a new school for her senior year, isn't easy... But what's worse is having a new neighbor who isn't very welcoming to her at all. "I thought people in small towns were supposed to be nice, not act like the son of Satan." While struggling to find her place in this strangely populated town, Katy also has to find a way to cope her handsome but extremely arrogant neighbor Daemon Black. Although Katy quickly becomes friends with Daemon's sister Dee, Daemon keeps treating her like she doesn't belong is this town, which makes her feel like something is off about him... And then she discovers the neighbors next door are nothing she could have ever expected; they're aliens. KATY SWARTZ "The day my internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check our my butt and ask for my phone number." I really loved Katy's personality. She's down to earth, funny, sarcastic and full of witty remarks. Plus, she's also a book nerd which made her all the more easy to relate with. I loved that the story was written in her point of view, because being inside her head was never boring. She's a strong character and I admired that she stood up for herself so well. Especially against someone like Daemon... DAEMON BLACK "Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys." Yes, Daemon is HOT as hell BUT at the same time he's also infuriatingly annoying. At first I didn't know whether to love him or hate him... And neither did Katy! Daemon constantly switches his attitude from hot to cold and back again. Most of the time, he treats her like his number one enemy and he even tries to keep her away from his sister, in fear of them becoming to close. "To Daemon, my arrival was the beginning of the end. The apocalypse. Kat-mageddon." Most of the time Katy and Daemon don't get along AT ALL. But since, Katy has become best friends with Daemon's twin sister Dee (who's character I absolutely loved btw!), they are forced to spent some time together. Whenever they do meet though, Daemon manages to infuriate the hell out of Katy. "I'd always avoided confrontation in the past, but this guy was flipping my bitch switch like nothing else." I loved the playful banter between the two of them. It kept the story interesting and refreshing and it provided some hilarious and highly entertaining moments... "You're such an ass. Has anyone ever told you that?" He flashed a genuinly amused smile. "Oh, Kitten, every single day of my blessed life." And even though they're constantly arguing, they also share a few intimate moments where Daemon shows the "real" him and he becomes a much nicer version of himself. Daemon tries to keep his distance from Katy, but because he's had to save her life a few times, she carries a glow of energy around her that the Arum, the Luxen's greatest enemy, can detect. Therefore, Daemon is "forced" to spend time with Katy and protect her from potential attacks until the effect from his alien mojo has faded away. Whenever they're around each other, there's a tension in the air and it's obvious they're attracted to each other... "Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman!" And when they *finally* kiss, the chemistry is off the charts!!! The entire story is written in Katy's POV but at the end of the book we also get a few chapters from Daemon's POV and for that I am VERY grateful. They really show that despite his cockiness, he actually had a good reason for acting the way he did. So, Daemon, despite some of your more "jerkish" moves... Luckily, this first part of the series does not end with a cliffhanger, but the ending still makes me want to read the next part of the series very soon!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal stories!!! ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~ "I won't hurt you, Kat." His tone was softer, but still laced with fury as he tried to control me without doing any real damage. "I could never hurt you." 4.5 STARS.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sandee

    “So the dickhead had a name. Daemon—seemed fitting.” What do you get when you combine a shy girl from Florida and a sexy, arrogant next door neighbor? You get OBSIDIAN! What do I think about this book? [image error] Okay! I think that shows just about how much I love this book! And how absolutely crazy I am of it but at first I didn’t really feel that way towards it. INITIAL THOUGHTS A lot of my goodreads friends recommended this book to me but I was like “Oh no! Aliens?”. Then I sa “So the dickhead had a name. Daemon—seemed fitting.” What do you get when you combine a shy girl from Florida and a sexy, arrogant next door neighbor? You get OBSIDIAN! What do I think about this book? [image error] Okay! I think that shows just about how much I love this book! And how absolutely crazy I am of it but at first I didn’t really feel that way towards it. INITIAL THOUGHTS A lot of my goodreads friends recommended this book to me but I was like “Oh no! Aliens?”. Then I saw a lot of good reviews about it so I decided to grab a copy but still haven’t read it I wasn’t interested. But then this June I just had the urge to open it up and read it. After just reading a few pages I was in love! It was like love at first sight! THE GIRL Katy! I love you girl! Well of course not as much as I love beeeepp Daemon but yeah she’s a good and very amusing character. Why? First, she loves books and she blogs. You don’t often get kickass characters who read and blog right? Also she was not like most of the other female lead characters in YA books nowadays who are so dependent on their guys that it almost makes me gag just by reading about it. I hate needy, reliant female characters and Katy was NOT one of them. And I seriously enjoyed reading about her because she doesn’t take crap from ahhheeem Daemon who was also well a jerk most of the time. Plus this girl was not stupid. Yeah well she doesn’t have super powers (and most of the time I think she honestly forget this. Hahaha ) but she thinks before she acts and she thinks about the welfare of other too like. She doesn’t ogle. Even though Daemon was hot as hell she didn’t. She had thoughts yes but she doesn’t show it to Daemon well expect for the… Hahaha. I wouldn’t want to say when because that would obviously ruin the surprise! THE GUY OHHH I could feel myself fangirling again!!!! Oh Daemon! Where were you when I fell in love with Ash! You bad boy! You’re making me so unfaithful! Seriously, once you get a piece of Daemon you’ll definitely ask for more. Daemon’s character for me was so out of this world. Well technically he is really from out of this world. He was obnoxious, rude, arrogant and mean. But one thing is for sure though, DAEMON BLACK IS THE HOTTEST GUY I’VE EVER READ! It infuriate me sometimes that he could be such an asshole when he’s around Katy but when you read his short POV’s at the end of the book you’ll find out why he has to be that way. All I could really say is he’s more than that. He is more than the arrogant jerk that he puts off in front of everybody. DAEMON + KATY = UNDENIABLE CHEMISTRY They are mean to each other most of the time and I find it really enjoyable to read. I like how Katy stands up for herself even when Daemon embarrass her she still stick to her guns and stand up tall. There was really something there whether they deny it or not. Whether Daemon tries to fight it off by being a douche, he won’t be able to keep that for long. They’re just so cute. MORE THOUGHTS The plot for me was well executed. I mean it wasn’t fast paced as I would have wanted it to but everything seem to fall into place. There were no dull moments nor where there moments that you wouldn’t understand what was going on. Ms. Armentrout made sure that the readers would devour every scene and every word and every action of the characters. And she was successful in doing that. I read her other book but I wasn’t as into it as much as this book. This book was awesome! I couldn’t even find the right words. [image error] This book gives new light to Aliens. Well I did like I am Number Four but I don’t think it was as enjoyable to read as this one. And the writing was just so fluid for me. It was as if a teenage girl was really telling the story. It was just so authentic. TO RECOMMEND OR NOT TO RECOMMEND TO RECOMMEND DEFINITELY! I would have to say I enjoyed everything about this book start from the characters, the setting, the pace, the plot, the writing, the humor, everything. I couldn’t find a miss from my part. It was all too perfect for me. I mean you all might not agree with me but yeah I think this book was just perfect. And also did I mention that I love Daemon?! :D A PERFECT 5! Or 10! Or 100! :D

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” Jennifer L. Armentrout writes the best make-out scenes ever. No shit. Nevertheless the rest of the book was enjoyable, too. Most of the time I spent reading Obsidian, was with a big fat grin plastered on my face. What bothered me was how obvious and predictable the situation was: Katy being the new girl in town, Daemon Black being at least as obviously dark and sexy and mysterious as his name, the two of them “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” Jennifer L. Armentrout writes the best make-out scenes ever. No shit. Nevertheless the rest of the book was enjoyable, too. Most of the time I spent reading Obsidian, was with a big fat grin plastered on my face. What bothered me was how obvious and predictable the situation was: Katy being the new girl in town, Daemon Black being at least as obviously dark and sexy and mysterious as his name, the two of them "hating" and falling for each other, and the big secret that Daemon and his family tried to hide from Katy. There were so many Twilight similarities, but that didn't stop me from reading, since it was light and funny and really entertaining. I admit, I also kinda fell for Daemon, despite his stupid name and attitude. And now I can't wait to get my fingers on the sequels. Find more of my books on Instagram

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ben Alderson

    I really enjoyed this book! It took me a while to read.. but that is because I am in a EPIC book slump. But i am obsessed with Katy. She is literally me..! Jumping into book two now!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Emer (A Little Haze)

    second reading: October 2017 Yup. This is still insanely addictive. Daemon is still insanely hot. It is still insanely ridiculous. Also insanely written! But most importantly I am still insanely in love with this book. #SorryNotSorry It is utterly trashtastic but it's hilarious. Like I legit burst out laughing at so much stuff when reading this. It's filled with innuendo and low key digs at Twilight. I mean it's basically a homage at times. But where it truly kicks Twilight's butt is the MC Katy... second reading: October 2017 Yup. This is still insanely addictive. Daemon is still insanely hot. It is still insanely ridiculous. Also insanely written! But most importantly I am still insanely in love with this book. #SorryNotSorry It is utterly trashtastic but it's hilarious. Like I legit burst out laughing at so much stuff when reading this. It's filled with innuendo and low key digs at Twilight. I mean it's basically a homage at times. But where it truly kicks Twilight's butt is the MC Katy... Katy is a fabulous main character. She is sassy, spunky, feisty, vulnerable, fierce... I mean don't get me wrong we are still talking about a trashtastic book so she's not entirely without a dusting of snowflakes of the spechul variety. But she's not a character that will make you want to shoot yourself to spare you from her repeated idiocy unlike a bazillion other YA spechul snowflakes. So thumbs up for Katy. Daemon is the king of emotional fuckwits but he's such a pretty king that you won't care. I mean you might think you have standards and are above all this abs stuff 🙄🙄 but, case in point, you should just see what this book has done to my GR friend Aimee, a sworn enemy of these trashtastic books who is now SO addicted she's already on the third book of this series!!!! Am I smug for recommending this to my book group and for having pretty much all of them fall desperately in love with my Daemon.... YOU BETCHA I AM SMUG AF 😂😂😂 Btw ladies of ABN. I saw Daemon first so he's ALL mine Anyway this is fast paced and filled with bonkers action to keep you wanting to turn those pages. Okay it's got TERRIBLE scientific explanations that will make you cry with laughter when anything regarding the *science* behind the alien "stuff" is mentioned but honestly I didn't read this book for a science lesson. I mean I can recommend some great science books to you if you want but certainly not this 😂😂😂 But the best part of this book is the relationship between Katy and Daemon. The chemistry between them is off the charts smokin' hot! I mean obvs they hate each other IMMEDIATELY but we all know not really and truly... Confession! The 'hate-each-other-at-first-sight-even-though-you're-insanely-attracted-to-the-other-person' is probably my absolute FAV romance trope. I just love it and can never get enough of it BUT only if it's done well. And it is done sooooooo well here. Like you will practically scream at this book waiting for them to either punch each other or make out. It's FAB-U-LOUS 💁🏼 So after a second reading has my four star rating changed to something lower?? HELL TO THE NO!!!!! YOU KEEP ALL THOSE FOUR STARS DAEMON BABY!!!! And you can have an extra half one for the LOLs four and a half I-have-never-been-so-easily-or-highly-entertained stars ***** DAEMON MY BABY I HAVE COME BACK TO YOU!!!!! Currently reading this little beauty for the second time with my book group. So proud that I'm the one who suggested this trash-fest of deliciousness. BRING ON THE ABS 😂😂😂😂 ***** FIRST READING: February 2016 Gaaaaah!!! So Obsidian... wow this book, THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So it was basically like the book version of crack!!!!!!!!!!! Or at least a caffeine fix (let’s try not to be too dramatic for once Emer…) Anyway ADDICTIVE!!!! YES!!!!... I am tooooooootally hooked on this book and these characters.... Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand… I WANT MORE!!!! It's all this super-addictive teen drama of hot aliens, dangerous moody, *cough* swoony *cough cough* boys and lust and excitement and... like I said before… I WANT MORE!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME!!!!! WANT WANT WANT!!!! Good gosh do I HATE myself for saying this because... well it means I am a walking, talking cliché but Daemon... I love you.... *swooning heart eyes* DAMN IT!!! I fell for the moody, mysterious boy who treats the lead girl, Katy, like crap...... I mean he's basically an utter tosser!!!... WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME????? Grrrrrrrr!!!! I just need to read ALL the books in this series like right this minute. If I could do some weird alien juju and absorb them into my own brain just immediately or something..... AHHHHHHH THIS WAS JUST TOO GOOD!!!! Ok breathe, calm down...think logically. Well it's a four star book for the thrills and spills and for turning my girlish head like that! There aren't any amazingly quotable passages, the writing doesn't exactly knock my socks off, there are clichés aplenty, predictable storylines and plot development.... but Daemon makes up for all of that!!! Oh I'd like to have been Katy and move next door to a hot bunch of aliens like that. This TOTALLY reminded me of Roswell High... you remember that series???? Max and Liz making googly eyes at each other and being all connected... *teenage sigh* I love that show... I love this even more!!!! So guess what……….. I loved this!!!!!!!!! *nods enthusiastically* It was a fun, flirty and very easy read. I read it in hospital while waiting to be called down to theatre for surgery so any book that can completely distract someone from an event like that deserves some praising!!! Four VERY HAPPY stars Roll on the rest of the Lux series!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    ❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books

    'OBSIDIAN' is the first full length PRN | FANTASY book in new to me author Jennifer L. Armentrout's 'LUX' series. Hello January Twice a month I'm going to fulfill my own reading challenge and that is to read something new/something old/something out of my comfort zone/a new genre/something I wouldn't usually even give a second glance too. A non ARC!! So this book is January's challenge!! It's a newish genre to me, it's an oldie/a new author to me/and has been recommended to me numerous times!! 'OBSIDIAN' is the first full length PRN | FANTASY book in new to me author Jennifer L. Armentrout's 'LUX' series. Hello January Twice a month I'm going to fulfill my own reading challenge and that is to read something new/something old/something out of my comfort zone/a new genre/something I wouldn't usually even give a second glance too. A non ARC!! So this book is January's challenge!! It's a newish genre to me, it's an oldie/a new author to me/and has been recommended to me numerous times!! HOLY CRAP There has to be something in the water 💦 because I SHIT YOU NOT I loved this! Who would’ve thought! It’s not a genre I’d gravitate to (like ever), it’s one I’d not even glance at, I'm not gonna lie when peeps were all like "OMG you are going to LOVE this one." I seriously kind of snorted like a pig!! And thought 'whatever' I’m a romance kind of gal! But this surprised me, I can’t even explain why I loved it so much! It’s beyond unique, and utterly unputdownable, I devoured this! It has those 'Twilight' feels to it, though this hotty on the cover is an alien, yep an alien!! 👽He's not the ET phone home type of Alien either. Thank god for small mercies because just no that would've been too creepy!! Now onto our heroine, oh my god did I love her, she had me giggling non stop!! She's who we all could relate to, a book blogger, a book nerd, a tough sassy mouthed kind of girl who stood her ground in every situation she found herself in!! She even gave Daemon a run for his money! I can honestly say that I’m not in love with Daemon’s character, because I guess Aliens are more like humans than I thought! He was hot and cold, went backwards and forwards more times than I can count, he was a bit of an alpha A-Hole really, but he does have me coming back for more! If I have no arc commitments I’m jumping on the next book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abbi Glines

    Oh WOW! That's all I've got. Well that and you MUST read this.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Taneika

    Well, looks like I'm a black sheep for this one guys. I did not go into this book expecting wonderful prose or a particularly moving story. I went into this book expecting pure fun, guilty-pleasure like entertainment and a hot alien. All I got was a hot alien. (Maybe I could put that on a t-shirt, "I read this book and all I got was this hot alien tshirt" and then just slap a picture of Daemon Black's face/abs on the back) Obsidian was a novel I avoided for a very long time as it sounded like somet Well, looks like I'm a black sheep for this one guys. I did not go into this book expecting wonderful prose or a particularly moving story. I went into this book expecting pure fun, guilty-pleasure like entertainment and a hot alien. All I got was a hot alien. (Maybe I could put that on a t-shirt, "I read this book and all I got was this hot alien tshirt" and then just slap a picture of Daemon Black's face/abs on the back) Obsidian was a novel I avoided for a very long time as it sounded like something I would despise. I finally bit the bullet and read it and while I didn't hate it, I certainly didn't enjoy it. I'm not going to sit here and draw all the parallels to Twilight because I'm pretty sure every man and their dog has come to that conclusion. The parallels to Twilight isn't even my main problem with this book, in fact I found it to be better written and marginally more entertaining than Twilight. My main problem with this book is that it was boring. I found myself putting this down and not really having the desire to pick it back up because I just didn't care. The plot was so damn predictable and I didn't feel any sense of urgency or excitement in it at all. I went into this thinking this would at least be entertaining and fun to read even if it wasn't a work of art, but I didn't even feel a little entertained by the story for the most part. Sure, there are parts where it's exciting and there's a few hot scenes between Daemon and Katy because they do have some pretty great chemistry, but those weren't enough for me to love this book. I actually really liked Katy, despite finding her a bit annoying at times. Not only is she a book blogger in which I found myself reminiscing about how book blogging used to be a few years ago, and I found her much more relatable in that she would come home after a bad day, see a parcel of books waiting for her and she would get super excited. But she was also snarky, aggressive and different to a lot of other YA heroines. As for Daemon, the alien who is super hot and infuriating etc, I found him hotter toward the end of the story, but for the most part I just didn't give a shit about him at all. The other characters were all cardboard cutouts and essentially added nothing to the story. The writing was okay and I did find this super easy to read in the parts I wasn't bored out of my mind. Even the antagonists were hilariously bad. Like, there's this one scene where THEY'RE ACTUALLY MAKING HISSING SOUNDS WHEN THEY SPEAK AND I COULDN'T CONTAIN MY LAUGHTER. It was so absurd, it was hilarious. The antagonists are supposed to be this huge threat and everything but oh my god, they had no substance whatsoever which just ended up making them seem more like caricatures than anything else. Overall, this was super underwhelming and I'm pretty sure I gave myself an eye strain from rolling them so much. I might read the next book in the series to see if it improves, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Reynje

    First, a caveat: I did not enjoy this book. The following is my honest opinion, however I mean no disrespect to those of my friends who liked it. Just to be clear, I approached Obsidian optimistically, looking for something fun and entertaining to read. Because hot alien spells fun, am I right? Particularly on the heels of a couple of quite emotionally taxing books. Well, apparently I should have checked myself before I wrecked myself, and paid heed to those little warning bells in the synopsis: First, a caveat: I did not enjoy this book. The following is my honest opinion, however I mean no disrespect to those of my friends who liked it. Just to be clear, I approached Obsidian optimistically, looking for something fun and entertaining to read. Because hot alien spells fun, am I right? Particularly on the heels of a couple of quite emotionally taxing books. Well, apparently I should have checked myself before I wrecked myself, and paid heed to those little warning bells in the synopsis: “Arrogant.” “Stab-worthy.” Attaching these descriptors to the love interest should have tipped me off that at least part of this story really wasn’t going to gel with me. Overall though, I am more disappointed than anything, because I feel that there was a lot going for this premise. It makes me sad to see such potential and a fun idea be eclipsed by a banal romance that draws so heavily on YA paranormal tropes and clichés. There was promise in Katy. Despite her familiar casting as the new girl in town who has no idea that she’s pretty – Katy has personality, interests, a good relationship with her mother and is generally down to earth. She wasn’t a vapid, self-insert type of character, which was a positive sign. Sure, the “bookish” type heroine feels a little tired these days, but Katy seemed like a strong enough character to carry this story. Enter the hot alien mysterious boy next door. From this point on, while there were flashes of the book I thought this would be, it started to take a disappointingly familiar path. I felt my enjoyment steadily decline, to the point where I was frankly just angry and frustrated. Having the protagonist state upfront that the love interest is a “douche” does not give said love interest carte blanche to go around committing Random Acts of Assholery in the name of Broody Hotness. The fact that the protagonist acknowledges the bad behaviour does not suddenly make it acceptable. Beating readers to the punch of calling out the love interest as a jerk does not award him a “Be A Jerk For Free” card. Honestly, it makes me just plain cranky even after Katy recognises that Daemon is a douche, we are supposed to simply swallow this and understand her poor choices because he’s so allegedly “intriguing” and has a smokin’ bod. Demeaning, obnoxious behaviour is still demeaning and obnoxious any way you slice it. No matter how rock hard his abs, how finely chiselled his jaw, how piercing his eyes, I don’t find it hot. Acknowledgment and justification are not the same thing. In short, and to channel Cher Horowitz of Clueless: “So okay, I don't want to be a traitor to my generation and all but I don't get YA love interests today. I mean, come on, they just turn up to the door shirtless and throw around some insults and make suggestive comments - ew - and then ignore you completely and like, we're expected to swoon? I don't think so.” Unfortunately, I suspect that there is an Edward Cullen style “I’m horrible to you because I secretly love you and I can’t admit it” dynamic at play here. I can’t help but speculate that beneath Daemon’s outward displays of arrogance and kick-to-the-crotch-worthy insults, Armentrout is going to slowly reveal a tender heart that beats with genuine love for Katy. Please. While there are some scenes that are quite funny and/or tense, and the make-out moments are well-written, I have to say that I feel the whole thing is let down by a rather formulaic plot. A few sharply rendered, interesting characters are counter balanced with some that feel like caricatures. The pacing, particularly of the climax, is gripping and fast – yet the events themselves feel all too familiar. Given the fact that a book I wanted to find entertaining yet left me feeling wound up and annoyed, I think it’s safe to say that it wasn’t for me. So if anyone can rec me a good alien book, please do. I’m all ears

  25. 5 out of 5

    elena

    ❝If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now.❞ Rating: ★★½ I don't think I'll ever get to love Paranormal Romance in any way. It's just something that doesn't get my attention or has me hooked up in any way. I kind of find that kind of romance weird to start off with. It's not something I enjoy reading about simply because it is a human catching feelings for some creature—faes, vampires, werewolves, aliens, zombies, ghosts, and other paranormals that I can't think of. A ❝If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now.❞ Rating: ★★½ I don't think I'll ever get to love Paranormal Romance in any way. It's just something that doesn't get my attention or has me hooked up in any way. I kind of find that kind of romance weird to start off with. It's not something I enjoy reading about simply because it is a human catching feelings for some creature—faes, vampires, werewolves, aliens, zombies, ghosts, and other paranormals that I can't think of. After reading mixed reviews about this one, I honestly did want to try and out and see what all the excitement and love is about or what all the annoyance and arrogance is about. I don't blame the people that disliked this book. Either disliked or hated it actually. And I also don't blame the people that enjoyed reading it for some reasons. I only got this novel because I wanted to see how Jennifer's writing is at first and how it might improve. Knowing her recent novel, The Problem With Forever recently came out this year, I wanted to get a hint of her writing style and see how it is. I I normally do that just because I don't want to move directly to their recently published one. Obsidian was an okay story for me. There were some bonus' but for the rest, I didn't really care about it. The characters were rude, the plot came to make sense towards the end, the romance didn't feel right at first and still doesn't, and everything else slowly came to a fast end leaving me worried about thinking if I should order the other books. _________________________________ Starting off with the story, we see that Katy and her mom have recently moved to West Virginia from Florida. Katy's dad had just passed away so her mom wants to start a new and fresh life with Katy and not be remembered about the past. Katy isn't really worried about much actually. She knews she's gonna be the new girl at school; she knows it'll take some time to make friends and be welcomed; she knows this might just be her hardest year since it is senior year; and she knows nothing is gonna be a more pain in the ass than her rude next-door neighbor, Daemon Black. Although Katy wasn't welcomed with a nice welcome when she went knocking on the Black's door, she didn't get a warm welcome anywhere else. She knew there was a reason to it, but she didn't understand it and wasn't able to figure it out. Even though Katy quickly forms a friendship with Dee, Daemon's younger twin sister, Daemon still treats her bad and insults her, telling her she should leave this town and not come back. Daemon knew her friendship with Dee might just be a problem, he just doesn't want to tell Katy. But after being suspicious for a while, Katy finds out what crazy world she'll be living in for the rest of her life: her neighbors are aliens. _________________________________ Katy was someone I loved since the beginning. She was positive to herself and always tried finding a way to make her mom happy and make sure nothing from the past would ruin anything. She was smart, funny, and was one of those girls I admire that don't take insults seriously and are able to back themselves up quickly. She wasn't sassy and rude, but she was rather nice and enjoyable. She was able to stand up for herself against everyone and especially Daemon. She was a book blogger and admired books very much so that was something else I loved about her. I'm no book blogger, but she has a love for books like many of us have here. The story being told in her point of view was nothing I would want changed and nothing disappointed me. Everything seemed right in her point and reading it from her perspective and seeing how well she handled things was something I was able to enjoy. Daemon was not my kind of dark bad book boyfriend. It took me a while to get into his character and see the real him, even though I didn't like any of them. At first, Daemon is rude, arrogant, and only spends time with Katy because he is forced to! He probably didn't enjoy it but he did it just for his car keys. I mean, I was glad he was finally gonna hang out with Katy and maybe be nice to her for once, but after that, he was back to the Jerk Daemon Katy knew so well. He was hot, fit, and had those perfect beautiful emerald green eyes but even with that, Daemon didn't impress me in any way. His attitude and personality would go from cold to hot and I would question myself if he was bipolar? Other than saying negative things about him, I will admit, he did turn into a respectful and nice guy when it came to Katy. He would still call her Kitten, but he wouldn't tell her that she needs to leave this town or that she isn't wanted here. If he did, he would feel bad about it and want to punch himself in the face; he would want to run down to Katy and apologize for the shitty thing he just did; he would want to go to back to the lake or Senaca Rocks with Katy and see what other adventure they would have together. Or, I guess that's how I saw it according to Daemon's point of views in the end. The romance didn't feel right until after. Daemon and Katy had to put up with each other and none of them liked it; none of them liked each other. Since Katy is good friends with Dee, Daemon has to show "some interest" in Katy because keeping them apart didn't work, so he would just tell him himself. But even with their horrible relationship together trying to grow and work out, Daemon later shows the real himself and Katy finds out he can be rather nice which was a surprise. He had saved her 3 2 times and after treating Katy like his #1 enemy, he instead finds himself having fun around her and feeling normal. He finds out he doesn't have to show his mask or hide it after she finds out the truth, letting him relax a little and see where all of this can really be taken. I will admit, I was glad they didn't get along quickly because if they did, we wouldn't be able to see Katy's other side of handling him so well and not really caring about what he has to say to her and about her. It kept everything interesting and a little captivating. After finding out the truth, I guess I had to approve of Daemon and why he acted like an ass at first. Even though this novel didn't end with a cliffhanger, I kind of still want to read the rest and see where this all goes. I was to see how Katy and Daemon's relationship works and how it really is accepted. In Obsidian, we see that Daemon is only attached to Katy and likes her because he is forced to. The reason for the attachment is because when Daemon saved Katy, he left a trace on her. That trace is what leads the Arum, the Luxen's greatest enemy, to her and the people around her. Because of that, Daemon has to be around her and that is why he didn't want her to grow a big friendship with his sister. And after hanging out with Katy quite some time, Daemon is able to see how fun it can be and how nice he can be around her as well. Daemon is in love with Katy, he just doesn't show it. He feels it and regrets some moments, but he is also afraid to show it because of what happened with his brother, Dawson, and his girlfriend, Bethany, who was a human. Although I know their relationship will work in the end, I'm curious as to how it works, and that is why I want to read the rest of the series. Overall, Obsidian had it's disappointments and its small plot twist but even with that, I think I'm gonna keep reading the series and see if it improves. Hopefully Daemon's character development grows and changes into the kind of guys I fall hard for. Hopefully he realizes what an asshole and jerk he is and how keeping a fair amount of distance is actually easy without hurting the person or treating them in some bad way. Katy was insecure, but when it came to showing Daemon she can be the strong girl she wants to be known as, she shoved Alien ass down and showed herself worthy of many things. Hopefully her character stays the same or grows as well. I'm just hoping nothing really changes from her. She was a character I absolutely loved since the beginning and hopefully continue to. Being honest, if you're a fan of rude jerks that suddenly turn into evil angels but are swoon-worthy hot males with some paranormal romance in it and a world where its not really like the one we live in, then this is the story you're looking for. If you're a fan of guys that can be douchebags at times but make up for it and enjoy a cute romance story where everything flows well and together, this isn't your story. I was actually excited for the romance, I admit it, but I was left disappointed with regret. Their relationship didn't fit well until I truly saw that Daemon really cares about Katy but before that, he was still rude. (view spoiler)[When they kissed, because she was glowing and having sex or a hot and long make-out session uses energy, he used her and pretended he was enjoying it. Okay maybe he was. But after that, he literally picked up his shirt and left. Oh! And left her topless in her own fucking couch! I was mad at that because the day after, he didn't even mention it or seem to bring up the subject. He didn't apologize until she brought it up. (hide spoiler)]

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I tend to stay away from paranormal romance, because I don't think the genre is for me, but this one was actually decent. I really liked the main character and I thought it was cool that she was a book blogger. She was also sassy and a bit unpredictable at times, which I liked. I also loved the side character Dee, she was a fantastic supporting character. As for the male lead, Daemon, I'm still not sure how I feel about him. He's such a f I was honestly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I tend to stay away from paranormal romance, because I don't think the genre is for me, but this one was actually decent. I really liked the main character and I thought it was cool that she was a book blogger. She was also sassy and a bit unpredictable at times, which I liked. I also loved the side character Dee, she was a fantastic supporting character. As for the male lead, Daemon, I'm still not sure how I feel about him. He's such a frustrating character, he was super moody and temperamental throughout this book. For the most part I found this book entertaining! The dialogue between the characters was often hilarious and I was surprised by some of the action packed scenes. THEY WERE AWESOME. Something that did make me uncomfortable was the steamy lovey dovey scenes, but that's mostly because I just don't like that kind of stuff. In fact at times I found myself skimming over those scenes. :P Overall this was a fun read!

  27. 4 out of 5

    shre ♡

    WOW just WOW~! O_O bye! i need to go read it again! Full review at chocolatecoatedreviews.blogspot.com WOW just WOW~! O_O bye! i need to go read it again! Full review at chocolatecoatedreviews.blogspot.com

  28. 4 out of 5

    Giselle

    Ok, I have to gather my thoughts now, because this book has blown my mind! I absolutely loved it! This is my first book by Jennifer, but it definitely won't be my last. I will now stalk all of her work - beware! There is no wonder she has been getting rave reviews so far. Obsidian gets us acquainted with Katy, who has just moved to a boring small town in West Virginia, and with not-so-boring Daemon who is the most arrogant human being she has ever met. And, lucky her (seriously! lucky her!), he l Ok, I have to gather my thoughts now, because this book has blown my mind! I absolutely loved it! This is my first book by Jennifer, but it definitely won't be my last. I will now stalk all of her work - beware! There is no wonder she has been getting rave reviews so far. Obsidian gets us acquainted with Katy, who has just moved to a boring small town in West Virginia, and with not-so-boring Daemon who is the most arrogant human being she has ever met. And, lucky her (seriously! lucky her!), he lives right next door. But at least his sister is great. When Katy finds out they're all aliens, though, her life kind of gets weird... a little. I instantly clicked with Katy- and not just because she is a book blogger even though that was awesome -, I found her to be a lot like me. Her reactions, her emotions, her attitude were all very realistic and I could completely relate to her. I particularly appreciated her reaction to finding out Daemon was an alien. First of all she actually HAD a reaction! Secondly, she questioned it. Much better than the "Oh so you're a (insert paranormal being here)? That's neat! So…*awkward silence* wanna make out?" reactions I've too often encountered. I loved her friendship with Dee. I think Dee is a great person and she's absolutely a lot of fun. I was also very happy with Katy's mom. She was down to earth, funny and caring. Daemon, yes, you need your own paragraph. Daemon is very likely going to end up on the top of everyone's "most sexiest male character" list. He is definitely on mine! He is irritating, infuriating and downright bullheaded, but holy damn is he ever hot! Daemon is incredibly protective of his sister and others of his race, but even when he was being… difficult, it wasn't without reason. He did love to push Katy's buttons and I mostly found it hilarious (though if I was her I would have punched him in the face). What came out of his mouth actually made me gape with disbelief a few times. Despite his loveable personality, he is an incredible character who fit extremely well with the story, even more-so with Katy, and gave it a very attractive vibe. Together, Daemon and Katy were fantastic. There was enough chemistry between them to give Marie Curie a run for her money! Their relationship was very love/hate. You never knew what Daemon's intentions were from one page to the next and it drove me crazy as much as it did Katy. However, you still couldn't help but adore him to pieces. Now for the plot, I found it was very exciting and well thought out. I really enjoyed Jennifer's take on the aliens in Obsidian: how they got there, their powers, the villains. It reminded me a bit of Smallville but it was still original and incredibly exciting. The book definitely does not lack in action and the climactic ending was completely fulfilling. I really have no negative aspect to mention in regards to this book. It was everything I was hoping for and more than I was expecting. No doubt that Jennifer is the up and coming author to watch out for!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Maida»-(¯`v´¯)-»

    Okay so I waited for this book forever! I finally got it and read it non stop! It was amazing. I loved everything about it. The story line, plot, the idea of aliens, the characters, the romance and all the hilarious conversations between Daemon and Katy! LOL ;) It was kind of sad about the whole situation with Dawson (Daemon's brother). I can't wait to find out his story. I just wish he comes back with Bethany somehow. My fave part about the book was the first conversation Daemon and Katy have. I Okay so I waited for this book forever! I finally got it and read it non stop! It was amazing. I loved everything about it. The story line, plot, the idea of aliens, the characters, the romance and all the hilarious conversations between Daemon and Katy! LOL ;) It was kind of sad about the whole situation with Dawson (Daemon's brother). I can't wait to find out his story. I just wish he comes back with Bethany somehow. My fave part about the book was the first conversation Daemon and Katy have. It was soooooo funny, I had tears in my eyes cause I was laughing so hard! ;p Katy is your average teenage girl. I love the fact the she doesn't get intimidated and has a mind of her own. She believes in what is right and follows her instincts and her heart (Daemon...LOL)! She was incredible in this story, no matter how many times Daemon pushed her away, she only tries harder to be in his and his sister's life! It was inspiring. Then we have Daemon.mmmmmmm! Well, the first thing that comes to my mind is YUMMMM and then he is sooo funny! Although, he puts up a "douchebag" face he actually cares for Katy...even if it's in his own weird way. I love him. Really, that's all I can say. I think I am addicted to his funny comments. It was funny, cause when I was reading I always was anticipating when he would say something hilarious and I would laugh my ass off! LMAO;) It was a really great, amazing, fantastic book! I can't wait to read Onyx next and see where Katy and Daemon's relationship goes. I just wish the waiting time was much less. If I had it my way...I'd get that damn book in this second!!! LOL ;) I recommend this book to everybody! It was crazy but sweet. A great way to pass your time! ;)

  30. 5 out of 5

    shady boots

    Long story short, hate Daemon, love Katy. That's pretty much it.

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