Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Our Rating: 6
Goodreads Rating: 4.26
This Book in a Song: Wildest Dreams by Taylor Swift
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.
Obsidian is the first book in the astounding Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. Seventeen year-old Katy who moves (reluctantly) to a little town called Ketterman, West Virginia. She meets her awfully handsome neighbor, known as Daemon Black, and is surprised. Not in a good way. Daemon comes off to Katy as an egotistical, sarcastic, yet mysterious jerk who Katy feels inexplicably drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. Even more surprising, he has a twin sister named Dee who is the complete opposite of him, and she and Katy hit it off right away; drawing the attention of Dee’s protective brother Daemon. Daemon seems 100% against Dee’s and Katy’s friendship, but Katy cannot tell why. Not that that’s going to stop her. She is determined to find out why everyone acts so strange around the Blacks… almost scared. Or fearful. But Katy wasn’t prepared for what she would soon discover, and she is sucked into a whole other world, whether she wanted to or not. Where making one wrong move can either mean certain death, or the harm of loved ones.
Oh boy, where do I start? For starters, I, personally, LOVED this book. The Lux series is definitely a must-read, with the perfect amount of action, romance, and sci-fi blended together flawlessly. The moment Katy met Daemon I knew right then and there that they were the perfect match, despite their terrible first impressions of each other. From the beginning, the hilarious banter between Daemon and Katy was refreshing and always had me laughing. I’ve always believed that if the characters in the book aren’t interesting, then that makes the book uninteresting because who wants to read a book with boring characters right? But I loved Katy’s character because she was a strong protagonist with a kind-heart but doesn’t take crap from anyone and knows how to handle herself. She isn’t one of those characters that always finds the easy way out, she will chose the option that has the best outcome not for herself, but for those she cares about. I also admired Daemon’s character because even though he comes across as the cocky, cold-hearted jerk at first, once you break down his walls, you see that he’s just very protective of his family (and of course Katy), and you could obviously see that he would do anything for them, kill for them or die for them. He puts Katy in front of him at all times, and I found myself overtaken by feels repeatedly during their sweet moments. The way Armentrout wrote about their relationship was different; she had Daemon and Katy really fight for their relationship. I really liked this because to see them work for it, was like saving up money for a bike, then finally getting the bike. Making them fight for their relationship instead of just giving it to them, made them realize how what they had was so special, and they shouldn’t take it for granted. They had to go through many (and when I say many, I mean MANY) hardships, and that just made their relationship stronger.
Great characters. Check. Great romance. Check. To add to that already awesome package, the Lux Series isn’t just about the romance, but it also has some amazing action in it too. There are some great and unfortunate battles. But in the end, it all makes for a great fast-paced novel. If you are looking for an action-packed, swoony, cool sci-fi romance book, the Lux Series will do the trick.