Review: Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout


Title: Obsidian

Author: Jennifer L Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Publishing



May Contain Spoilers

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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.


Obsidian takes the prize for featuring the biggest douche bag hero in 2011.  I don’t mean that in a bad way, either, because protagonist Katy is more than up to the task of dealing with Daemon and his fits of social cluelessness.  They are like oil and water, no worse, they are like paper and an angry, open flame.  From the moment they first meet, and almost every moment after that, they are verbally sparring, refusing to relent and allow the other to savor even a moment of superiority.  Their first, antagonistic meeting had me shaking my head in disbelief.  How could this surly guy, with hardly a redeeming quality, be the romantic lead in this book?  The dueling nature of the relationship between Katy and Daemon continues even to the end, where, quite satisfyingly, Daemon is given a challenge instead of a declaration of undying love.  I liked that a lot, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book, if only to see if Katy continues to give Daemon the hard time he richly deserves.  If you are looking for a YA paranormal romance where the girl melts into a puddle of brainless goo every time the hero enters the scene, look elsewhere.  This is not that kind of romance.

The constant bickering between Katy and Daemon did occasionally grate on my nerves, but for the most part, I enjoyed their verbal exchanges.  Katy is no pushover, even though she is tempted by Daemon and his stunning good looks.  When he keeps getting into her business and keeps interfering with her friendship with his sister, Katy is taken aback.  She is certain that she hasn’t done anything to warrant his immediate dislike and the barrage of unfriendly behavior that follows them whenever they are together.  Though I did feel bad for Katy, I starting anticipating their exchanges, because I kept wondering what awful things Daemon would say next.  And what rebuttal Katy would throw back at him.  Daemon really did make it a chore to like him, and it was difficult to get to know him, but as his secrets were slowly revealed, I started to cut him some slack.  It wasn’t totally his fault he was a butthead every time he opened his mouth.  Daemon and his people were in a struggle for survival, and he wasn’t about to jeopardize his family just because Katy and her mother moved in next door.  His sister, Dee, was being far too friendly, putting herself at risk, and he was going to put an end to their budding friendship before any bad things happened.  

Too bad for Daemon that Katy wasn’t some shrinking violet.  Instead of running in tears, she gave back just as bad as she got.  Katy demonstrated a bull-headedness that slowly beat back against Daemon’s yet unmatched hardheadedness.  As she fended him off, she slowly uncovered the secrets surrounding him and his friends, and no wonder he kept pushing her away.  He’s a freaking alien!  And he’s waging a deadly war against the enemies of his people, who have been chased away from their home world.  I haven’t read many books with alien heroes* so this was a nice change of pace from vampires/shifters/zombies.  Add to the fact that it really does take a lot of work to like Daemon, despite his drop-dead good looks, and you have a fun, fast-paced read.  I liked Katy, and felt an immediate affinity with her, especially when she obsessed about her book blog.  I bet it’s difficult to keep up with regular updates while battling hostile aliens.

Obsidian is a quick read, and while it did require a solid dose of belief suspension, I enjoyed getting to know both Katy and Daemon.  I only hope that Katy is able to continue to hold her own in the next installment of the series.  The fact that Daemon didn’t completely win the girl over made the book a fun read for me.

Grade: B

Review copy provided by publisher

*The first I remember reading is Yargo, by Jacqueline Susann


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