Title: 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.
The 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.
The 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.
I 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.
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.