REVIEW: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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“I wasn’t going to die like this. Neither were Daemon and Dee, not in some Podunk field in bumfuck West Virginia.”

Publication Date: May 8, 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781620610077

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Back of the book blurb:

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.

A message from the cosmos:

My rating:

I wanted to like this book. I really did. We all already know I’m not that into fantasy/paranormal novels. I absolutely loved the Mara Dyer trilogy though which was a paranormal romance so when I heard about this book, I was like, fuck yeah, a hot alien badass who I can fall in love with.

I was wrong.

Daemon Black is this arrogant, cruel fuckboy who fucks with Katy’s feelings throughout the entire novel. I was so, so annoyed with the back and forth between them. It wasn’t the cute, sexy kind of back and forth either. It was just plain annoying. I could not get into their story. They had absolutely no chemistry. I would’ve enjoyed it more if Dee and Katy had a thing for each other, which I honestly thought would happen when Dee was so weird about Andrew. When I read about two people who are attracted to each other, I want to actually feel the sexual/romantic tension between them and that never happened while reading this. I don’t know if it was the fact that slow builds bore me (most of the time) or if the writing was just subpar.

Also, Daemon was just so mean. I get why he was, because he needed to protect everyone—hero complex, anyone?—but, damn, even if he was hot, Katy should’ve stayed the fuck away from him. He was a complete ass and it was not charming. His hot and cold bullshit was such a turn off. Ugh, I wanted to slap him! Right before the end, even I was questioning whether or not he truly liked Katy. And even after the end, I’m still not sure if he actually does or if it’s only convenient due to the circumstances.

I loved Dee and Lesa and Carissa, though. Again, I would’ve been much happier if Dee and Katy were the romantic interests in this novel rather than that dickhead Daemon. Lesa and Carissa was a refreshing upper in this otherwise serious and angry book.

The whole alien concept/plotline was pretty cool, but again, it just didn’t interest me. Armentrout’s writing felt forced and I could not get into it. I’m so glad I didn’t buy anymore of the series because I’m not sure I want to continue it, if it’s anything like this one.

I honestly don’t think it’s the fact that I’m not into paranormal/fantasy type books that made me not like this book. I mean, I loved The 5th Wave—aliens, with a side of romance—and I loved the Mara Dyer trilogy—paranormal, with a side of romance. I honestly think this book was just boring. The writing was sloppy, and just didn’t do it for me.

I tried… I really did. And I actually ordered the first book in her Wait For You series, which is under the name J. Lynn, so I’m hoping that she can write new adult better than paranormal romance.

Happy Reading!

The Cosmic Reader

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