Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Publication date: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Format: Audiobook, Length: 9 hours and 32 minutes
Narrator: Justine Eyre
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When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth.
Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.
Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon's touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she's getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is, if she doesn't kill him first.
With the upcoming release of Opposition looming (*cough* August 5 *cough*), I discovered something disturbing… I never finished the first four books in the series! What the what?! Thankfully I have time for a refresher on the first two books, and to finish the other two, before Opposition’s release.
Obsidian is definitely one of those books that I enjoyed far more the second time around than I did when I first read it. Not that I DIDN’T enjoy it the first time… I just connected with it more, and rated it higher, this time. Obsidian was my first alien book way back when I read it, and now that I think about it, I haven’t read another alien book since! With her trademark humor, kickass heroine and super sexy men, Jennifer set the bar high and no other alien book has caught my interest.
I freaking love the dynamic between Katy and Daemon. Their banter was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them grow from neighbors who had no desire to be around each other to friends… and finally more. Sure it was a bumpy road with lots of secrets and twists and turns, but I was hopelessly hooked, even the second time around. I remembered the big parts of the story, but I was a little fuzzy on the small details so it was like discovering the story for the first time. With a strong female lead, swoony book boyfriend, kissy scenes, tension, secrets, mystery and action, Obsidian had a little something for everyone.
One of the other things I thoroughly enjoyed about the book this time around was Katy’s life as a blogger and her obsession with books. The references were a bit lost on me the first time I read this book, in my pre-blogging days. I didn’t even follow blogs back then, even though I was an avid reader. But this time, I had a bit of a chuckle or a head nod every time she mentioned it.
I did read this in audiobook format and I have to mention how much I enjoyed Justine Eyre’s narration. I think she did Katy’s voice and inner dialogue perfectly. When I read Katy the first time, I read a lot of her inner dialogue as sarcastic. Justine sounded *exactly* like I imagined Katy. Plus I loved the way she did Daemon’s voice… especially when he was saying “Kitten.” Yes, please! Pacing and inflection is important in an audiobook and I think Justine absolutely nailed it.
Books like Obsidian make my daily commute – and sometimes household chores – so, so much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to finish the first four books and then see what happens in Opposition!