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REZENSION: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout


author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
title: Obsidian
publisher: Entangled Teen
publication date: May 8th, 2012

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.


Okay, I don’t even know where to start. Now that I finished Obsidian I feel like I’ve read some Twilight fanfiction. Obsidian isn’t my first Armentrout book which is probably one of the reasons why I am so disappointed. I’ve read the first installment of her Dark Elements series and really really liked it so when I picked up Obsidian, I was almost 100 % positive I would love it because people keep bragging about this series and I really wanted to find out myself what all this hype was about. Roswell has always been one of my favorite TV shows; I always had a soft spot for Aliens so of course I wanted to read this one and I was hoping that maybe it would be a little bit like Roswell.

So the book starts out with Katy, a bookworm and bookblogger, and her mother moving to a tiny little town somewhere in West Virginia, in the middle of nowhere, after losing her dad to cancer three years ago. Stereotyped? Yes! So Katy spends most of her time reading and blogging and reviewing books what made me relate to her a lot to be honest, at least at the very beginning tho. So but since the internet access pretty much sucks and since there is now real postal service or whatever (well at least there is a library) Martinsburg turns out to be Katys person hell. So when her mother convinces her to get out of the house and get to know their neighbours, Katy soon discovers that her new neighbour, who happens to be a guy her age, is not only the hottest guy she’s ever met but also a total douche. Stereotyped? Yes! So while Daemon is nothing but rude and irritating, his twin sister Dee actually welcomes Katy warmly and makes Katy her new best friend. Even though Daemon seems to hate Katy for whatever reason since he just met her, he finds himself spending time with her anyway and there is this hate-love-relationship growing between them which basically drives them both nuts. And of course, besides all the relationship drama there is this huge secret the siblings are hiding and of course Katy finds herself right in the middle of it. Stereotyped? Yes!

There are so many stereotypes in this book – new girl in town, single-parent-household, hot boy next door, a huge secret/mystery, shitty behaviour but sexual tension between the girl and the boy, clumsy girl who always gets herself hurt, boy who rescues her, High School drama, gorgeous mysterious students everyone wants to be friends with, car shredding, of course biology classes, bitchy ass ex-girlfriend, etc. pp. Reminds you of something? Twilight maybe? Well, yes!

Katy is seriously one of the most annoying book characters ever. Could I relate to her at least a little in the beginning of the book the only thing I wanted to do throughout the story was slap her right in her face. She seriously annoyed the hell out of me.

But then of course there’s Daemon. He’s such a jerk; such a pain-in-the-ass but also quite an interesting character. He had so many sassy hilarious lines, I loved it. And despite the fact that – of course – he was described as physically perfect (stereotyped? Yes!) he had some serious issues that made him came across so real that I pretty much fell in love with him even though he behaved like a total jerk from time to time.

I actually liked some of the secondary characters better  than I liked Katy, Dee for example. Well she reminded me a lot of Alice from Twilight, like all quirky and fun to be around and being a real fashionista and stuff but I really liked her a lot.

I feel like I’ve read the same story like 20 times already; and my goodness, it reminded me so much of Twilight I just wanted to throw the book out of the window. I also didn’t like the writing that much which was weird because as I’ve mentioned before, I really really enjoyed the first installment in her Dark Elements series. Obsidian isn’t the most original work out there and even tho it drove me nuts because I always pictured Edward and Bella I finished the book in only two days. So despite the fact that I didn’t really like the story itslef, I really loved the whole Alien-thing and I also loved Daemon so much, which made me rate the book two stars instead of only one or even zero. So thanks to Daemon and his alien friends that this book wasn’t all bad.

As you can see it really didn’t become one of my favorites but since I love Daemon so much and the German book covers I kind of want to continue with the series and I really hope it will get a lot better at some point.


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