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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

Posted by Irish in Review3 Comments

Title: Obsidian (Goodreads)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 08 May 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN1620610078
Format: ebook
Pages: 361
The Author on the Web:

Jennifer L Armentrout – Twitter

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
First Line: I stare at the pile of boxes in my new bedroom, wishing the Internet had been hooked up.
Lux Series Order
Book 0.5 – Shadows
Book 1 – Obsidian
Book 2 – Onyx
Book 3 – Opal
Book 4 – Origin (July 2013)
Book 5 – Untitled (2014)

The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout is a series of books that’s hard to miss if you’ve been a blogger for any length of time. So I gave into the hype and I purchased Obsidian a while back but then it just languished on my nook as I was wary on starting it. I am not a girl who tends to like the books that are over-hyped. But then that same friend who told me about If You Stay (my review) also told me how once she started these books she couldn’t stop reading. Now this friend isn’t taken in by bad books so I thought that it was time to give it a shot. Especially since I was in a bit of a reading slump.
For me, this book had a bit of a slow start but I was curious enough to keep turning the pages. I liked the main character, Katy, as she was feisty and had some good one liners. I liked her friend Dee and I liked many of the other secondary characters that were allowed to have some screen time. I did not like Daemon and as he’s supposed to be the main love interest this did not bode well for the book. He was an asshole. Plain and simple. There are no real redeeming qualities to him. Oh I get that he wants to protect his sister and that he feels that Katy is a weakness and an inadvertent threat to his sister but that doesn’t excuse his behavior. The Thompson family that they are friends with aren’t much better either.
Its always hard to like a story when you don’t really like one of the central characters but I did find Obsidian to be a fast read and I was done almost as soon as I started. I liked the overall story arc and felt that it was fairly unique compared to most books out there. I like that there wasn’t a vampire or werewolf in sight and found the alien concept intriguing. I do think that there were some aspects of the story that could have been explained better but I’m hoping that those details will be fleshed out as the series continues. 
One thing that I did like with Obsidian were the couple of chapters at the end from Daemon’s POV. Yes, I thought he was a jerk throughout most of the book and yes I am kind of hoping that something dire happens to Daemon. Although I am pretty sure that will not happen but a reader can dream, right? But those chapters, I felt were better written than some scenes in the book. I really liked seeing Daemon’s POV and thought that he had a stronger voice than Katy did. If Obsidian had been a dual-POV book I think that I would have enjoyed it more.

I didn’t fall in love with Obsidian but I didn’t hate it either. I am really curious to see what becomes of Katy and Dee. Obsidian isn’t a perfect book. There are plot holes and some awkward dialogue scenes but overall the story did keep me engaged. Which is more than most books with hype do. I am sure that I will be reading the rest of this series in the near future to see how it all plays out.

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  2. Briana

    I’m reading this one right now! 🙂 I just started but I hope I like it a little more than you did.

    When books get a lot of hype, sometimes I love them and sometimes I don’t. I hope in this case, I adore it.

    Happy reading! (PS… I see you’ve been getting spam comments too… I get them like 5 times a day -.- ugh.)

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