Friday, April 27, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Jennifer L. Armentrout
December 6, 2011
(Paperback release date: May 15, 2012)
268 pp

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.

I'm not sure how she did it, but somehow Jennifer L. Armentrout makes a novel built on top of the themes of many other novels seem original. It's hard not to compare Obsidian to I Am Number Four (with a good dose of Twilight thrown in there)- aliens come to Earth after their planet is destroyed, followed by other mean aliens who want to kill them...extraordinary guy who usually only hangs out with his own kind falls for plain girl new to town. While the writing may be structurally better in I Am Number Four, Jennifer's aptitude for storytelling makes up for any lack in her technical abilities. In fact, that lack just may have made the story even better - it really felt like I was reading the story from a teenager's viewpoint. The crude and vulgar way Kat describes things are exactly how most teenagers I know would too.(I'm not sure I've ever seen the word "douchebag" written so often in a book!) I LOVED the tension she creates between Katy and Daemon -- it was so refreshing to not have the two heroes fall instantly in love, and instead be at each other's throats the majority of the book. Although it was extremely frustrating to watch Daemon go from hot to cold every few pages and act like a jerk most of the time- it gave weight to how Katy must have been feeling during those moments. Speaking of Katy, even though she made some idiotic decisions a few times, how could you not love her for being so brave and rescuing the guy more than once in the book! Oh, and one last thing...the decision to make Katy a book blogger? Well played, Ms. Armentrout, well played :)

Obsidian:4/5 Cover: 2.5/5 


  1. So glad that you liked this book. I want to read it and have been looking for other peoples thoughts about it. A book blogger. Too cool!

  2. Hi Laura! I actually won it in a giveaway on another book blog, Forbidden Passions Reviews. I hadn't heard much about it, but then I read so many great reviews, it made me interested. I'm so glad I read it, but upset they pushed the release date of book two back - it was just starting to get really good at the end and now we have to wait until August to see what happens! Oh well...good thing there are so many other great books still in my TBR pile!

  3. i've seen this seris a lot lately! Thanks for the great review! I actually love the cover!

  4. Hi Carrie!
    I would have liked the cover more except Kat (that's who I'm assuming the girl is supposed to be) is supposed to be this bookish teenage girl. Those arms don't look like they would belong to any teenager, let alone a nerdy one! (not that book blogger's can't be in good shape, but she never mentions playing sports or going to the gym!) I do like it better than the other cover and book #2's proposed cover where she looks 25 and reaalllly sexy. Way more so than I picture her. Now, Daemon, is perfect...he can be as sexy as he wants to be!! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Great review! I can't wait to read this.

  6. I've seen this books around a bit but didn't think to give it a shot until I just read this. Good review!

    1. Thanks Carmen! You should definitely give it a shot...I haven't heard from anyone who hasn't enjoyed it. There's just something about that Daemon... :) Enjoy it!