Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Review: Obsidian (Lux Series: Book One) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

How I Came to Know About this Book: Through Goodreads.

Format of The Book: Ebook (epub version).

Genre: Paranormal Romance/ Young Adult

Length of The Book: 335 pages (for paperback)

A Short 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. (Goodreads Description). 

Characters of The Book: Katy, Her mother, Daemon, Dee, Dawson, Bethany, Lesa, Carissa, Ash, Adam, Andrew, Matthew, Simon.

My Review: Initially it felt like I was reading a carbon copy of Stephanie Meyer’s “Twilight”.  To my disgust, it was all the same.

3 years after the death of Katy’s father, her mom decided that they should move on. And for that they shifted from Florida to West Virginia, just like Bella left Phoenix and went to Forks. Well, reasons may be different but the thing is same. They move to some rarely populated small town and come across some extra-terrestrial creatures! I was annoyed as I wasn’t ready to read a replica of “Twilight”. But the names, both “Lux” and “Obsidian” restrained me from terminating the book midway.

From the beginning it was certain that Daemon wasn’t going to be a vampire- then what was he? I needed the answer, so I kept reading. And I’d say it was worth reading as finding out the truth about them was quite fascinating. The concept of Lux, Luxens, Arum, and Obsidian was fresh and adorable. 
The extraordinary things the Luxens could do were amazing actually. 

But other than that it was so much comparable to "Twilight", IN EVERY RESPECT! Like,

Daemon = Edward (Why not? Apart from belonging to different species (or whatever), they are basically the same.)

Katy = Bella (Do I even need to explain this?)

Dee = Alice (Aren't they alike?)

Luxen = Vampires (of different kinds, but with super powers and all that mysterious behaviours!)

Arum = The "Anti-Cullen" vampires. (The Arums travel in four and the vampires too travel in groups. The Arums seeking revenge for the death of their brethren reminded me of Victoria hunting for Bella to take revenge of James's death! So so similar!!)

And Katy's trace or the glow of light around her whenever she is saved by Daemon from some sort of danger (which is obviously damn frequent) is similar to the vampiric smell Bells carries for hanging out with the bunch of Vampires! Ridiculous!!

Another flaw was the predictability of the story. It was predictably throughout, all the incidents. Towards the end things looked a bit better to my relief and that's why I could complete the book.
Another thing (apart from what is said before) I liked about the book is Katy and Daemon's chemistry. I kind of loved the "Jerk Daemon" and his kick-ass attitude- for me, it was the essence of the story. The oh-they-have-almost-kissed moments were enjoyable and when they finally did kiss, I felt it was worth waiting so long, splendid and romantic. 

Other than that Dee's lively presence kept up the pace of the story. 

And I think if I hadn't read Twilight already, probably I'd have liked it much more.
Actually with the kind of reviews I had seen for this book, the expectation was very high. In that comparison, this was a huge disappointment! 


My Reaction: 


  1. Aw, that sucks that you didn't like it more. I don't like how Twilight has ruined so many people's enjoyment of books. I really liked this one.

  2. I'd rather differ with you, Kaitlin.
    I think Twilight had a fresh story line (though I'm not a big fan of it), new concepts and a different way of story-telling.
    But I found J.L. Armentrout basically imitating those things(apart from some positives, like the concept of Luxens and Arum).
    When I had read Twilight for the first time I liked it more than Obsidian.
    But surely opinions vary and I'm glad that you liked this book.

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    1. I'm glad that you liked it, Mina.
      Keep reading. :)

  5. I didn't finish this book, and I gave it up for exactly the same reasons you listed: it was a carbon copy of Twilight. Though Katy has a bit more personality than Bella (it would be hard to have less personality than Bella, admittedly),

    1. You bet!
      I'm not sure how I managed to finish it either! May be because of the alien stuffs.
      Katy and Bella.. they were more or less same for me!