Monday, December 3, 2012

Jen's Thoughts: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: May 8, 2012
Entangled Teen, e-book, 361 pages
Source: purchased
GoodReads Summary: 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.

So I first heard about Obsidian's awesomeness from Anna. Then Ginger. And Ginger's enthusiasm just sealed the deal for me. A sarcastic, arrogant, obnoxiously self-assured (and pretty) boy and a book blogger for a main character? PLEASE. My decision was made for me. It was a force of nature and I could not deny it.

But aliens? Really? I couldn't watch E.T. when I was a child because he was so hideously ugly and scary and that VOICE. Ew. Sick.

But I'll be damned. Katy moves next door to a hot alien.

Katy is awesome. She's what many of us are. She lives a normal life, reads the crap out of some books, then unleashes her enthusiasm upon a community who loves exactly the same thing she does. BOOKS. This is PERFECT. And really, when you move to a new town where everyone's weird and related and has like 65 siblings, what else is there to rely on other than books?

I can't help it. I love the love interests who are seemingly unattainable. I love a good guilty pleasure story about a sweet, pretty, normal girl who reels in the guy with the kind of confidence reserved for, oh I don't know, Narcissus. In real life, I hate these guys. In books? SIGN ME UP. As long as I'm reading about someone else dealing with it, it's perfectly acceptable. The struggle, the tension (OH IT'S PLENTIFUL), the small moments where you start internally and externally jumping up and down thinking "this is it, this is it, this is it" only to have the moment thwarted by some act of God or snarky comment by one of the parties involved. Those little stomach-flippy moments. Those are what I live for in my romance books.

Not to mention that Jennifer L. Armentrout is a seriously gifted storyteller. And she has this magical power that makes aliens appealing.

Other Bloggers' Thoughts


  1. yeah, this series has basically the sexiest alien everrrrr. And things only get better (by which I mean sexier) in the next book.

  2. Oh, this does sound good. I'll admit the cover throws me off because, gag me. BUT, I like the way you pitch this -- sweet normal girl gets Narcissus. Frick yes.

  3. This sounds pretty amazing, actually. And aliens are the next vampires, erm, werewolves, no, mermaids, scratch that. Aliens are just it! I love books that have endless flirtatious bickering between the love interests, so this is looking right up my alley. Plus a book blogger... somehow, I think, this can work.

  4. I'm so glad you liked Obsidian! I was hesitant as well, because I don't really like sci-fi ish books. But this really doesn't feel sci fi.

    And I like cocky, arrogant guys in books too. After I first read Obsidian, I was unsure how I felt about Daemon because he was such a jerk, but at the end you can read some scences from his POV and that made me like him more.

    I can't wait to hear what you think of Onyx! And Opal is being released this month, too. I'm really excited, and thinking of re-reading Obsidian and Onyx right before I read Opal.

  5. I have only read JA's adult series (which, btw, super hot and totally recommend). I've heard this series is just as hot but toned down a bit for the younger audience. I'm not sure about the whole alien business, but after the Gamble Brothers series I'm willing to give it a shot!

  6. I think I need to read this now. I mean, it just sounds very, very interesting - even though it just so happens to be about aliens.

  7. Armentrout = hotsauce. Guaranteed.

  8. Will I like this?? I need some sexytimes in my reading.