Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen on 8 May 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: Kindle Freebie
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
Obsidian was a little confusing in places, and I was quite frustrated with Katy because of her suffering from something very close to insta-love/lust when it came to Daemon. She said he was a jerk, but then she went all googly-eyed at the thought of him anyway.
My Obsidian review:
There are many tropes in young adult novels – and sadly most of those I don’t really enjoy – that were present in Obsidian. More or less absent parents, as Katy’s father had died, and her mother worked a lot, it was almost as if Katy lived on her own. Also, Katy was really the girl-next-door, at least in her own mind, and so Daemon’s attention, even when he was acting like a douche was something she was able to see as partly positive, because hey, the hot guy was talking to her. And the fact that Katy’s instincts told her to stay far away from him, but she ignored those instincts and became best friends with his twin sister, and spent quite a lot of time with him as well. That being said, there were also parts I really enjoyed!
The fact that Katy was a book-blogger made me like her, even though she also annoyed me quite often. Sadly, we didn’t really get to see much of her blog during the story, because her computer wasn’t working, due to Daemon getting upset and blowing out all the light-bulbs in her house, and frying the laptop at the same time. Obsidian did include some pretty cool mythology, though, and when it was finally made clear what exactly Daemon and his sister and their friends were, it did make sense in a way.
The overall story-line didn’t really cover very much though, Obsidian was about Katy moving to a new town, meeting the douche-bag / gorgeous boy next door when she went over to ask for directions, and then realizing the tiny town was a place where people were very separate from each other. It also didn’t make any sense to me at all that Katy’s mom would want to move just before Katy was starting her senior year in high-school! It had been three years since her father’s death, why couldn’t her mom just wait one more year before deciding where to move, and let Katy go to whichever college she chose? And why, in one of the few moments she was actually present was the mom pushing her daughter towards the neighbors, just because the boy looked ‘hot’? I was definitely shaking my head at that one.
There were some battles, between good and bad paranormals, and Katy always somehow ended up in the middle of it – even when she was told to stay away, and not do anything, she would do the opposite and run straight into danger. Why did I give this book three stars, then, you ask? Well, because, as I said, the writing was good. And I actually enjoyed reading Obsidian enough to want to read the next Lux story, and the power-struggles amongst the paranormals were interesting.
Written in first person oint of view from Katy’s perspective, I saw the world through her eyes, and I don’t think I would have made any of the same choices she made. However, I had to admire her persistence, the fact that she didn’t back down from a challenge, and that she cared enough about her mother to not make life too difficult for her, even after being moved across the country and away from her friends with little notice.
Some of my favorite Obsidian quotes:
The day my internet was hooked up was better than having a hot guy check out my butt and ask for my phone number. Since it was Wednesday, I’dy typed up a quick “Waiting on Wednesday” post for my blog featuring this YA book about a hot boy with a killer touch – can’t go wrong there – apologized for my extended absence, responded to comments, and stalked a few other blogs I loved. It was like coming home.
Yuck for her. And hot damn for me. I started digging holes in several strategic places. My through felt dry. Beautiful Face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.
We didn’t speak as we dried off and dressed. We started back home silently. It seemed neither of us had anything to say, which was actually nice. I liked him better when he’d lost the ability to speak.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2015 Reading Assignment Challenge
- 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
- Bookish Resolutions Challenge 2015
- Summer COYER 2015