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Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’d heard so many great things about Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I finally picked it up. To be honest, was a bit disappointed and didn’t think it deserved all the hype.

Book Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Title & Author: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA – Paranormal

Release Date: November 23, 2011

Series: #1 in Lux series

Publisher: Entangled Teen

How I Got the Book: Bought


“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.”

Mediocre Martians

Let’s start off with what I did like about Obsidian

  • New twist on the typical paranormal book (different “beings”)
  • Katy’s blogging references – awesome and strange at the same time
  • Bonus chapters at the end of the book from Daemon’s perspective
  • Small town setting

Obsidian was a solid, middle-of-the-road book. It wasn’t amazing but it wasn’t terrible. A few of the things I didn’t like were the cheesy dialogue. It didn’t sound natural – it just felt like it was throw in to show how much banter Katy and Daemon could throw at each other.

That was another thing. The whole “we don’t like each other but are strangely attracted to each other” didn’t work so well. It was obvious that if Daemon had been more straightforward with Katy, she would have fallen for him with all his annoying quirks and all.

I was not convinced that they really didn’t like each other, a la Under the Never Sky.

Plus, something happens at the end of the book that makes Daemon’s attitude take a total 180. It was so fast that it didn’t make any sense or fit in with all of the opposition to the decision present in the previous 90 percent of the book. Agh!

Some redeeming qualities: I love that Katy’s a dork – she’s not the typical classic beauty heroine (although she is the pretty and doesn’t know it type). And seeing aliens make an apparence in the paranormal scene is pretty inventive.

Obsidian didn’t deliver everything I think it could have. Although the alien aspect of the book was unique, the plot and dialogue was same old, same old.


If you think the Lux series gets better over time (there are at least 2 other books out currently), then I say go for it. Personally, I tried with Obsidian and am respectfully declining to read any other Lux books. Obsidian was solidly average.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Ems

    I agree with you on this one. It was okay, but nothing special. It definitely didn’t live up to all the hype surrounding it.

    One thing that REALLY bugged me: Katy as a book blogger, doing the same memes. It made it completely impossible for me to suspend my disbelief and thoroughly enjoy the book. It was just too weird for me, and felt too much like name-dropping.

    I’ll continue with the series though, just because I have a weird thing where I MUST continue unless I really, really hated the first book. 😛

    • Ems – I couldn’t agree more. It totally took me out of the story and made it feel a bit jarring. Sad day.

  • Jen

    The second book was a bit better but I’m reading the third now and it’s so much worse than the first two. Definitely a good decision for you not to continue the series!