Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Rating: 4 stars
Obsidian was an enjoyable, easy and fast read. I dove right into it and didn't want to put it down until I finished it. I pretty much finished it in one day (I didn't update my Goodreads status when I finished XP). It was action-packed, full of fun and unique characters.
Daemon was a very interesting character. Throughout the book, I couldn't really pin point what goes on in Daemon's head. He can seem really annoying and rude, but then there was always something that suggested that 'he is not what he seems' or that type of reference, but the reader couldn't be sure. So this, for me, fell short in the portrayal of his character. I didn't seem to connect with him or like him as much as I did other male characters (for example, compared to Aiden of Half-Blood). He was a nice character and all, and lots of girls go crazy for him, but I just didn't feel too connected with him.
This however, changed a little after I had read the little extra from Daemon's point of view. Those let me get into his head more and for once, understood what he was thinking or not thinking, and his motives for certain actions. It also made me think that he is, in fact, not the rudeness and arrogance he tries to be.
Jennifer had a whole new take-on on aliens in her book, and it was very refreshing to read something alien-connected that wasn't "slimy green creatures" or giantic insects as the book put it. Human-looking aliens do have a certain charm on the readers and the central character Katy.
But one more thing that I didn't quite like was the amount of swearing, rude words and gestures used in the book. It was not a good influence and I thought the author might have over-done it. A little bit was ok, but the inappropriate gestures and language in Obsidian was not just 'a little bit'. I hope that there will be less rudeness and the characters will mature in the next book.All in all, there were a lot more positives in this book than negatives, and some of the characters were very attractives and nice (Dee! She is an awesome friend!). So yea, I am looking forward to reading Onyx when it comes out. Don't know where Jennifer will take this series next?
Synopsis 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.