Review Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release Date: May 8, 2012
Page Count: 361
Source: My copy.
Rating: 1.5/5

I think this book is very immature. Not because it’s YA and the characters are young and immature, but the delivery of the whole thing is just very immature. My initial thoughts from the first fifty pages were that it had elements from my list of no-nos:

-Corny dialogue. Katy calls Daemon “buddy” when she’s mad. Like, “Oh, no you don’t, buddy.” What teenager talks like that? It’s lazy. In real life, not everyone talks the same as everyone else. Let’s give these people some originality.

-Amateur writing. There was no setting, no world-building. I couldn’t envision the characters and what they were doing, just what they were saying.

Katy was a book blogger. When I read other reviews/praises for this book I thought that it would be really cool. It turned out that it would annoy me to no end. Again, I think this book fails in the delivery department. When “Waiting on Wednesday” was referenced, I just felt like the author was mocking me as a reader, and friends who review books on their blogs. I felt that she was stealing from the literary community instead of choosing to be original. It was like a kick in the face.

Katy was a book blogger, and yet she never read anything. There was one reference in the book to her reading, and yet she didn’t enjoy herself because she had other things on her mind. For someone who says people don’t get books like she does, she sure doesn’t do a lot of reading. And I would have expected Katy to demonstrate a better vocabulary for herself, being someone that read so much. Yet, she expresses herself with “whatever” and mindless statements like that.

Daemon. Daemon is the reason I bought this book. (And bought book two, too.) When I got excited about reading this book, it’s because I thought I had found a YA fantasy/paranormal romance that told an engaging story about a guy, an alien, who was, basically, an asshole, but a charming asshole! You know, there must have been some reason (other than he’s hot) that Katy wanted to be around him?!?! But there’s not. He’s not charming, funny, or even likeable. And when he’s being “the real Daemon” as Katy describes him when he’s being cordial, there is nothing special about him. He’s just a regular guy. With that, I’ve come to the conclusion that the only reason that Katy is drawn to him is because “he’s hot”. Which speaks to me about her character: she’s self-absorbed and materialistic. Not someone teens reading this book should want to be like.

A 1-star rating for this book may seem unfair, especially since I read the whole thing. And I did enjoy certain parts: their kiss was well written, for example. And the ending had an interesting twist. But a total of thirty enjoyable pages out of 361 just doesn’t seem like enough to me to warrant a “it was okay”. I’ll call it 1.5.

As I ended it, despite all my negative feelings towards it, I was planning on reading book two. I already had it, for one, and I thought maybe it might be interesting to see how the story moves forward and whether or not these characters will develop and grow. Maybe they can redeem themselves. And then I read the last page, and (removed for spoilers). So, I won’t be continuing this series.

I will keep the books in my shelves. The covers are so fucking gorgeous, I’ve never seen anything like them. It’s really too bad because I really wanted to love this series. I thought I would love it, which is why I bought both books without even thinking twice about it. But from page one it just fell down, down, down. And it never came back up.

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About Lulie

Call me Lu. I'm a newbie book blogger and self-professed literature addict. Love my husband, my cat, and my books. View all posts by Lulie

2 responses to “Review Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  • Emily @ Falling for YA

    I had similar feelings about this book. I did not like Daemon at all, his sister was obnoxious, and the main character had no personality. I feel like the kissing scenes were well written because Armentrout edits and revises them, and just kind of leaves the rest of the book. I think I’m still going to read book 2 though because like you I bought it thinking I would love the first one.

    • Lulie

      I hope you like it. Personally I don’t think I can stand another minute of this series, but hopefully book two will be better for you. Looking forward to seeing what you think.

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