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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Friday, July 27, 2012
Synopsis: 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.

Review: I wanted to like this book, but several pages in I realized that although I loved Armentrout's writing style I did not like her characters. Perhaps my expectations were too high for the alien romance category. I grew up on Melinda Metz Roswell series and when I found out about Armentrout's Lux series I was SUPER excited. Unfortunately, it wasn't what I expected. Daemon although described as hot and steamy just didn't do it for me. He was extremely annoying. I understand his reasoning for acting like an ass but even towards the end of the book where his secret was out and his relationship with Katy was much deeper, he was still annoying. It really felt to me borderline emotionally abusive and reminded me why I dislike books like Twilight. Here we have another gorgeous guy who acts like a jerk yet Katy is still drawn to him. It seems like the message is: It's okay if a guy acts like a douche to you as long as he's hot. While his attitude worked well for comedic value in specific scenes, it didn't have the force to make me really like him. I wanted a dynamic character but I didn't really feel like he changed at all. He stayed flat. Katy wasn't much better, she was also a very cookie cutter character to me. The one thing I thought was funny and kind of cool was that Katy is book blogger, but that's about it.

Overall, the storyline of this book was okay but I felt like the action of the book was really downplayed. I wanted more from the characters. I didn't feel a deep connection to any of them. Overall, the story didn't really feel that original to me. It was like a mixture of twilight and some aspects of the Roswell series. I hate to say this because I really did enjoy Armentrout's writing style but her dialogue was what saved this book for me.

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