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

12578077Title: Obsidian (Lux #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi

Synopsis: 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.

Final Rating: 3green

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aimal's review army greenThe gist of this review will go kind of like this: one star for quality, five stars for pure, mindless enjoyment. I had a lot of problems with this book- including that it was basically a Twilight rip-off – but boredom was not one of them. I flew through this in a day or so while being busy with college, which is an incredible thing for me to do. My point here is this: if you want to read something fun, I’d suggest  you read this. If you’re looking for a good quality book, walk away now.

plot armyThe plot of this book is basically a Twilight rehash with aliens instead of vampires. An insipid, dull main character? Check. Who moves from a hot place because of a parent? Check. Falls for a guy for no reason but his good looks? Check. A town with terrible weather? Ha. This book is… I mean, to be honest, I don’t know how it was published because it is legitimately Twilight fan fiction. Prom dress fittings, annoying jocks, strangely close siblings, attacks where our main hero saves the girl and she’s like *le gasp* “how you so fast yo?” Yeah, you get the point.

But despite all this, I’ll admit that the book went by incredibly fast. It’s full of kind-of-humorous banter between our characters. Full of action, angst and hormones. It is the perfect past-time when you have classes and you don’t want to think at all. Because there is also virtually no world-building. Whenever Armentrout should explain something, her characters just say, “d’oh science-y stuff, I don’t know why it happens but science” and move on to more hormonal things.

As I’m writing this review, I’m wondering if this book even deserves the three stars I gave it. BUT IT WAS JUST SO FREAKING ENTERTAINING, I CANNOT EVEN.

characters armyI mentioned above that the protagonist is insipid. She is, but I didn’t mind her nearly as much as I mind Bella Swan. She’s a book blogger who does other things besides books (re: Bookishly Ever After). I liked how she actually pays attention to her mother and her female friends, but that’s about where it ends. Because other than that, she was so… boring. She has no backbone whatsoever, when it comes to Daemon. She also has very little emotional depth.

Daemon Black: our resident, cocky bad-boy who isn’t nearly as creepy as his father, Edward Cullen. But even then, I don’t really like him. And I don’t understand why Katy is falling in love with him (apart from the looks, of course) because he’s just so… self-absorbed and arrogant and rude. And controlling.

The romance was… flat, but also kind of hot. And entertaining. This review is full of contradictions. Leave me alone.

writing style army

Armentrout is another Cassandra Clare. Their writing is nothing special, whatsoever, but you get sucked into its welcome simplicity. It’s addictive and reads like a movie. I’m sure I’ll fly through the next book just as fast as I flew through this (yes, I WILL be giving the next book a read!) But other than the addictiveness, there was nothing of substance to her writing. Also, it’s depressing that someone can just plagiarize another series and still get published.

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Comments

  1. OMG I totally get you. There are really books you can finish while classes are ongoing and realize after it’s a mash-up of another popular story. I love how you described this book as awesome but not too much. Haha! This review is fantastic, Aimal! 😀

  2. I’ve always been really on the fence about this book as to whether it’s worth it to read, but it might be kinda fun as like a breezy “beach read” sort of book.

  3. I loved this book. And I hated that I loved it. Totally agreeing with you on it being a blatant rip off of Twilight, with less drama.
    This was a great review!

  4. “if you want to read something fun, I’d suggest you read this. If you’re looking for a good quality book, walk away now” <- so true.
    This book is doesn't contain anything new, does it? But I still read it. And since I got it for free back then, I could have dnfed it without a second thought. But I didn't.
    So your review is spot on.

  5. Contrary to Bella, Katy is actually able to step up and not be just the weakling that all the characters with superpowers have to protect. Bella never really finds any power, she just wimps around and can never find anything to do to help. Katy however knows that she, being a human, is not as strong and powerful as the Luxen, but she doesn’t let Daemon do all the protecting. As you keep reading you see how badass and strong of a character she is, and Daemon is more than just a flat character; to me he’s so three-dimensional and dynamic!

    Of course this series isn’t an exemplary piece of literature, but to me JLA never fails to bring sass, wit, swoon-worthy romance and bad boys, and most of all entertainment. I hope you continue reading and find your opinion changing!

    • Oh, you’re right about Katy being better than Bella when it comes to the action-y, plot points of the book. But she’s very similar to Bella when it comes to her relationship with Daemon. Any self-respecting woman would back off if a guy treated her like the dirt underneath his shoes. Instead, Katy keeps giving into his bipolar tendencies. She cries an awful lot because her feelings get hurt but she keeps going back to him. A will made of mashed potatoes.

      Daemon wasn’t flat, per se. I just didn’t like him because he was ridiculously arrogant. I wouldn’t be caught dead interacting with a person like that. I would hate someone like Daemon mindlessly if he were in front of me, but nah, everyone in the book loves him because his eyes and abs are just so beautiful.

      I’ll continue on with the series, and I do hope I change my mind. Because it was hella entertaining. I just didn’t see any quality past that entertainment, though. Just my perspective though! 🙂

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