Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publication Date: December 6th, 2011
Entangled Publishing
Format: EPub Galley
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

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.


Katy and her mom are starting over. Far from the memories of her deceased father, they relocated in a small town somewhere in West Virginia. It’s not so bad, really. As long as Katy’s within close range of a library, as long as Amazon ships in her area, and as long as she has access to the internet to post her book reviews on Katy’s Krazy Obsession, she’s all set. When she finds out that her neighbour is one hot piece of…pie, she was more than happy to swallow down her introvert tendencies and borrow some sugar next door. Unfortunately, within seconds of meeting the tall drink of water that was her neighbour, she quickly figured out that he’s the “holy trinity of hot boys” – beautiful face, beautiful body, horrible attitude. Then things started to happen – weird things, impossible things that she soon found herself dragged into Daemon’s world…which turned out to be out of her world. Literally. 
Aliens? Really? 
Seriously. Aliens.
Don’t scoff yet. We’re not talking about little green, cone-headed creatures with oblong onyx eyes. Nope. Far from it.
We’re talking – hot, model-types; the kind of aliens that you want abducting you in the middle of the night, begging them to do some experimental er, probing of the non-scientific variety. Uncouth, I know. But I can’t help it and I’m not going to apologize for it either. You’d say the same thing if you’ve met Daemon Black.
Ms. Armentrout’s future release combines scintillating, frustrating, romance interspersed with rousing action sequences in between. Be prepared to be taken for a dizzying ride that doesn’t give an inch or allow for some recovery time.  I don’t think I ever took a breath until the very last page. The action sequences were done in such a way that were both highly imaginative and simplistic.  I didn’t have a hard time envisioning what was going on. The suspenseful elements didn’t only come from the actual aliens’ chase and fight scenes but from the romance as well. Half the time, I was holding my breath because I didn’t know whether Katy would unleash violence toward Daemon (like I wanted to!) or suck face with him till he’s breathless (like I wanted to!). It was frustrating.
Speak of the devil; Daemon Black incited some pretty spastic, exasperating reactions from me.  Talk about Jekyll and Hyde! He just might be the very first literary character that got me saying, Lord, have mercy! in one scene then Lord, give me strength in another. I was constantly on edge and eagerly anticipating which Daemon would show up. Frankly, the infuriating side of him is the one I found the hottest. I’m just quirky like that. 🙂

Katy was hardly the shrinking violet in this book. She did have some insecurities but when push come to shoved, this girl kicked some major alien derriere. How could I not relate to her? She’s a freaking book blogger! It’s practically like reading my life…except I’m married…and I don’t have alien neighbours (though I suspect my neighbours are!)…and okay, so we have NOTHING in common except for the book blogging thing. Whatever. I love this girl. She’s refreshing, funny and selfless. 

Obsidian boasts an inventive and ingenious plot. The characters were drawn with depths which made for an even more enticing read. If you’re looking for an out-of-this-world read (get it? heh) then Obsidian’s romance, humour and a touch of sci-fi is just what you need. 

Incidentally, I was ready to forego seeing Breaking Dawn today because I didn’t want to stop reading. That’s a big deal. Lol. 


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