Book Review: Obsidian

Oct
09
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Obsidian Cover

Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary: [from GoodReads]

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.

My Review

From the number of people talking about this book everywhere I turned, I would swear it was officially declared THE book of summer 2012. Everyone and their cat thought Daemon was the greatest thing since sliced bread and gushed about Katy being a book blogger. With a myriad of recommendations like that I could hardly pass it up, now could I?

If I had written this review immediately after reading the book, it would be a very different review. I agree with pretty much everyone – the book is good. I got a little thrill of joy every time I recognized a blogger thing and I swooned over Daemon and his game of hard-to-get. But after a few steps back and at a remove of a few weeks? This seems an awful lot like a retelling of Twilight. And even after a few years to think on it I don’t have a strong opinion either way on that one.

Admittedly, some of the things I disliked about Twilight are much better, or not there, in Obsidian. Katy is much more take-charge than Bella ever was, though Daemon is just as determined as Edward that she’s a helpless girl who can’t defend herself. There isn’t a love triangle, which automatically eliminates the frustration at the obvious better choice never eve having a chance (to be clear – I am neither Team Jacob or Edward, because I don’t particularly like Edward, and I have a hard time ‘shipping anti-canon).

At the same time I have a few problems that I’m not sure will ever get resolved. The biggest one is the Lux’s story – why would they choose earth, what did they do to their enemies and how the heck are they able to stay so peaceful? I don’t exactly believe the few answers Daemon gave, but I’m afraid that’s all we’re going to get.

That all makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy the book, but while I was reading it, I really did. It’s just now that my cynical mind has had time to think… well, the shine has gone away and it’s just good, but not great. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a fluffy, fun, short-ish read, this should be perfect!





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3 Responses to “Book Review: Obsidian”

  1. Alexia561 says:

    Can’t believe I haven’t heard of this one, especially if its been unofficially declared the hot book of the summer! That’ll teach me to take any time off…

    Anyway, enjoyed your review! Think I would feel the same way, wanting more answers than it seems Daemon provides. And what’s up with guys thinking so many women are helpless and needy? Very annoying trend!

  2. EVERYONE has been talking about this book! I don’t know … I don’t really feel too interested. Sounds a little strange that it’s like a retelling of Twilight — there’s a lot of books that copy that kind of structure and while I love Twilight, I’m really not looking for books that are too similar to it. But you never know — I like fluffy and fun reads! Maybe I’ll try it one day.

    Great review, Anne!

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