Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Review: Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout

Paperback: 400 pages
Release date: December 6th, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Goodreads Summary: 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.

Another fabulous work by Jennifer Armentrout! Obsidian is an unputdownable and fast-paced page-turner filled with sizzling romance and action packed story. It’s just amazing that other than knowing it’d be incredible because it’s written by Jennifer, I didn’t have any idea what this book is about nor what to expect from it. Granted, it ends up being awesome. I am pulled right into the characters’ world immediately and stayed there until the last page. 

This YA paranormal is a breath of fresh air from any other fantasy books. Sure, aliens in YA are not so new, but the author succeeded in creating a story that will leave its own mark and identity to the YA world. 

Katy and her mom moved to West Virginia to start over a new life. They have lost her dad a few years ago and now, she left Florida and the past behind just before her senior year in high school. Living next door are twins Daemon and Dee Black. She gets along easily with Dee, but her twin brother has a negative approach towards their friendship and never approve of it. Despite Daemon’s cruel and unkind attitude for her, she never backs down. What she didn’t expect for them to have is the strong attraction and chemistry they felt towards each other. 

It’s really hard not to like Katy. I mean, she’s a BOOK BLOGGER! She posts IMM vlogs and other book blogging memes, which is really awesome and new. I’ve never encountered something like it before in books. She’s also an independent and adorable heroine with just enough wits and character. She stood her ground and never let the others bully her. But like everyone in real life, she has also made some stupid decisions… like making herself the bait to the bad guys. Daemon is the epitome of a real bad boy protagonist! He’s protective and sexy as hell. I really like that Jennifer Armentrout goes consistent with his character. He shows some soft side of him without ruining his bad boy image. The chemistry between these two is enough to ignite an entire house. So much that I had a hard time fanning myself in one particular steamy scene. 

Aside from the sizzling romance, this book also has some intense action scenes that left me wanting for more. Obsidian was one heck of an excellent read that YA fans do not want miss. The graphical and descriptive scenes are hard not to be captivated with, especially the action and swoon-worthy ones! The ending wasn’t a cliffhanger (thank goodness!) that would have left me wanting to pull my hair out. But there’s no way the lack of cliffhanger made me feel any less excited for the sequel. All in all,Obsidian is a must buy and read! 
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