Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Will you show me what you really look like? You don't sparkle, do you?”

Having seen so many rave reviews about Obsidian I was a little unsure about reading, I'd seen the synopsis and I worried that it was going to be another Twilight but after seeing one of my favourite booktubers absolutely rave about this book I knew I had to give it a try and I am really happy that I did. Yes there are a few similarities between that and Twilight but believe me its so much more and eventually the similarities end and it becomes a story all of its own. Jennifer Armentrout is definitely becoming a major player in the world of paranormal fiction, with her adult and young adult series she is not to be missed out.

Obsidian is the story of 17 year old Katy who moves with her mother to a small town in the middle of nowhere for her senior year of high school,  after her father passed away from cancer. The last thing Katy wanted to do was move away but here she is. As a new comer to town Katy is in for the adventure of her lifetime, she gets off to a bad start when meeting bad boy Daemon (her dark and brooding neighbour), its instant dislike between the two of them but she instantly becomes best of friends with his twin sister Dee. Katy and Daemon have a rocky relationship, he is rude and opinionated and Katy can't stand to spend any time with him yet she is unable to deny the burning attraction between them and when Katy finds herself in trouble its Daemon who comes to her rescue, however Katy soon realises that not all is at it appears with her neighbours, they aren't normal......in fact they aren't human.......their Aliens.

From the very first page I was sucked in to the world of Obsidian and I was hooked. It had that addictive quality to it that make paranormal books such a treat to read. Katy was a great leading lady, she is smart, beautiful, strong and determined. She doesn't let Daemon walk all over her, he treats her like dirt and yet she doesn't back down, she doesn't take anything from anyone. She is brave and funny and we see her grow so much in this book, the Katy at the start is definitely not the same Katy at the end. I can I just say I loved how she was a blogger, it was great to see a character who is in love with books as much as I am and to hear her talk about the blogging community from in my mail box to waiting on Wednesday and to see her get all shy and defensive about the books she loves. She reminded me of me when I talk about books to other people, I really do have defend why I read so much to people sometimes.

And I can't not talk about Daemon, Daemon, Daemon, Daemon. Oh how I love you and hate you all at the same time. He is definitely attractive, the type of book boyfriend girls swoon over all the time and yet he has such an ugly personality especially at the beginning of the book that it makes him really unattractive.

“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” 

The chemistry between him and Katy is hot and heavy from the start and their is no denying that there is something between them as much as Daemon tries to. As the story progresses and we learn more about Daemon and Dee we get to learn about why he acts the way he does. He is loyal and protective of this family and he wont let anyone hurt those he loves and so I do learn to understand why he treats Katy a certain way in the beginning (I still don't like it though). Plus Daemon doesn't really change that much, he loves to wind Katy up and I love the back and forth banter between the two of them.

And finally Dee, I would love to have Dee as my best friend, the friendship between Dee and Katy was great, Dee was so sweet and funny. I loved when she had a fit about someone eating all her ice cream because who doesn't get mad when someone eats our favourite junk food. At the beginning she is just a lonely girl, the only friends she has are those deemed safe enough by Daemon aka other Aliens and so when Daemon tries to push Katy away from her sister, Dee fights for their friendship, she is just as loyal to those she loves as Daemon or Katy are.

The storyline was great, it was well paced and well written. Jennifer can has a real talent for writing witty banter between characters and she definitely knows how to create some hot and steamy sexual tension. The books flows with an ease that a lot of writers struggle with, it seems so natural and effortless, she made me understand Katy and I laughed and became frustrated right along side her. The Luxens and the Arum are great enemies (light vs dark) and I can't wait to learn more about them as the books continue. I also really enjoyed the lack of insta-love between Katy and Daemon, yes there is a mutual attraction but Katy refuses to give in to Daemon after how mean he was to her in the beginning and it was refreshing to see this from an author. Katy is a great heroine, she faces danger to protect those she cares about and is willing to face death for them. Loyalty was actually a big theme throughout this book, all the characters act a certain way because of a sense of loyalty they have to one another.

And the extra bonus chapters in Daemons pov was excellent, I loved, it was great to see how he noticed Katy before she even knew he existed and that he does actually care about her before all the weird Alien stuff. I'm hoping that we get to hear more from Daemon in future books

“If she was mine, I'd cherish every inch of her. And I wanted to. Now” 

This book is more than what I could have ever expected, exciting twists, a unique plot, kick ass action, hot romance and such beautiful friendships. Read this book now, you wont regret it.

My Rating: 5

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