Review: Obsidian

October 17, 2012 Review 12 ★★★½

Review: Obsidian
Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Publisher: Macmillan
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 400
Release Date: May 8th 2012
Series: Obsidian #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Book One of the bestselling Lux series 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.
 For awhile on Goodreads, this was one of the few books that I kept seeing more and more often. People seemed to love it but I never gave it more than a, “Eh, I’ll get to it someday.” Then finally I saw it at the library and picked it up on a whim. I’m glad I did because this was pretty enjoyable compared to other novels in the genre.
Paranormal young adult novels that actually please teen girls and critics both are few and far between. After a particular craze about a vampire and the human girl that fell in love with him the genre, in my opinion, has gone downhill, inducing cringe-worthy writing and cheesy relationships. Because of all this, it is hard to find a book that is actually liked by a lot of people.
I suppose Obsidian is one of those novels that a variety of people like but I could not fully enjoy it as much because it is hard to write a realistic paranormal novel with all the messed up novels in the genre hanging over your shoulder while you read.  But don’t get me wrong-I liked this book.
Putting my faith in my fellow readers, I went into this novel without any knowledge of what it was about. Going back and looking at the blurb had me somewhat shocked, it tells you what sort of supernatural creature Daemon and his friends are. I didn’t like that because Katy goes through a lot before she finds out what he is and I wish we were taken on a similar journey.
Daemon. First of all every time I read his name all I could think of was that ‘E’ is very lost. Damon is confused.
But I did not let that sway me against the character, Daemon’s personality is so arrogant and jerk-ish I actually started to like him. Not like like him but I found him hilarious. How could the main character even think about liking someone that is so mean to her? Of course we have all read a story like so and so I continued on.
About once every few pages you are forced to read how attractive Daemon is.
Okay we get it.
 I really don’t understand this because he’s an alien (no spoiler here, it’s in the blurb) and it is explained in the story *spoiler* that they get to choose how they looked. Unless I read that wrong, it basically means that’s not how he really looks. So Katy really has no excuse as to why she fell for him because his looks weren’t real and his personality was worse than a porcupine stuck in a bag of marshmallows.
Daemon (while trying to hide his secret from Katy) does pretty much eveything he can to make sure she knows his secret. You read that right. I didn’t understand it either. If you don’t want someone to find out something about you you stay as freaking far away from them as possible. Especially if you are an alien.
There was little plot besides Katy running into life-threatening situations all of the time and trying to figure out what Daemon is. There was some action at the very end but that was very short. 
 Even considering all of the negatives I still enjoyed this. Probably because it was still better than most novels in the genre.
I liked Katy because she is very, very easy to relate to. She has a book blog! I mean, come on! She’s like one of us. I loved her personality and her thoughts, which ranged from sarcastic to emotional and still stayed in the range of believable. She even stands up for herself when facing down supernatural aliens instead of doing nothing and waiting to be saved.
A negative I mentioned, the lack of plot, didn’t really deter me away from the novel. I don’t know what it was, but something makes you continue reading. (Deep, I know.)
I’ll be reading the sequel.
Rating Report
Overall: 3.5

12 Responses to “Review: Obsidian”

  1. Sarah

    New follower :) Thanks for stopping by my blog! My reply feature isn’t working on comments. (The learning curve for new bloggers, it is steep.) To answer your question, I haven’t read any of the Mortal Instruments series. I DNF’d City of Bones. But I’m loving the Infernal Devices books.
    Love this review of Obsidian! I laughed so much. I’m the same way: I can be reading along, thinking how absurd a character or situation is, but I CAN NOT stop reading and then I’ll read the sequel, too! :)
    Sarah’s YA Blog

  2. Crystal Licata

    Hi! Thanks for following my blog! I have been considering reading this book for a while but I keep choosing another book over it. After your review, I’m not going to rush out and get it but will keep it on my ‘to read list’.

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  3. Lyra

    Your review is hilarious! I prefer JLA’s Covenant series as compared to her Lux series but I know what you mean – I can’t not read the sequel of Obsidian either…

    I followed back, by the way! :)

  4. Ivana

    Hahaha, “his personality was worse than a porcupine stuck in a bag of marshmallows”. I laughed so hard. I’m one of the few people who don’t like Obsidian, and I was very disappointed because I was dying to read it since I first heard about it.
    Anyway. I’m your 100th follower! Yay, I love round numbers. You have a great blog.

  5. Lectus

    I abandoned the book half way through when Kat finds out that her friends (and probably half of the town? are aliens.

    “Do you hate me now” – Alien friend Dee asks Kat.
    ” No! Why would I? You are an alien and that’s way too cool!”
    Seriously people? If you just discover your neighbors are alien you won’t freak out… just a little bit?
    Lectus recently posted…Revenge of the girl with great personality by Elizabeth Eulberg

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