Book Review – Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

by Maryse on January 8, 2012 · 16 comments

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Obsidian (A Lux Novel Book 1)
Yep. Squee-worthy. You all already know I *squee’d* from the last post. ;) This one will, for sure, (I already know this) make my best of 2012 list. It had everything (well… almost everything considering it’s YA) that I love in a book. YA or not, though, this one doesn’t hold back in the romantic tension (and a few super *steamy* moments). There was so much of everything else to keep me enthralled, that  I didn’t “miss” what normally comes after all of that pent-up emotion. And the connections, the reluctant friendships, even the game-playing (and there is a lot of that)…. believable.

As I mentioned to Tina:

Maryse: “…the writing was good, and funny, and I could so relate to the girl. In YA like this, she had the tension all right and the steamy was steamy enough for me to keep me believing it. I dunno – there’s just something about an arrogant guy who is totally not into you… and yet pokes at you and tugs on your pigtails like he is… ignores you, and yet can’t stop staring at you…”

Tina: agreed

I felt an urgent need to read it when I started receiving recommendation after recommendation. Everything on my TBR list got pushed down by one…

Tess: “Have you read Obsidian by Jennifer Armentrout? I think you’d LOVE it. Daemon, the main character, is all kinds of arrogant and all kinds of hot. :)

(Yep. He was absolutely infuriating, and yet sooooooo irresistible.)

Tina: “Obsidian was good. I enjoyed it. It kept my attention… I think you’d enjoy it. There was a lot of sexual tension”

(boy, she wasn’t kidding there…)

Sandra: “You are going to love Obsidian…I can’t wait till you finish reading it. And Maryse dare I say I think it’s squee worthy…”

Yeah.. you all were EXACTLY right.

I love when it doesn’t come easy, and these characters gave each other a serious hard time, but in a way that didn’t make me roll my eyes (okay sure, there were a few *eyerolls* but they were in good fun). Mostly, I giggled with glee, and often gasped, appalled at Daemon’s audacity.

My Facebook reactions as I read the book:

Maryse: Omg! Almost halfway in and Daemon is STILL an ass! Grrrrrrrrr!

Maryse: That whole cafeteria scene. Blew. My. Mind.

Maryse: Ohhhh you girls know me wayyyyyy too well..

Maryse: And then… It gets worse. Love it! I’m FURIOUS!!

And the book is so funny, but it’s not necessarily… comedy. The “funny” is in the internal dialogue, and the witty, yet VERY sarcastic interactions between the two main characters. Their love/hate relationship takes the reader on an emotional thrill-ride, but the emotions are not necessarily angst. Sure, there’s some of that, but what’s prevalent is the butterflies, the “crushing”, the anger, the disappointment. The fun. The intensity of the attraction. Lots and lots of that!

So I’ve been asked. Is it Paranormal?

It is, I suppose. Yep. And basically, here’s how the story starts:

Katy moves from Florida to West Virginia with her mom after her dad dies. She’s a blogger/book reviewer (I adored her already and chuckled as I read her “blogging” issues). She has neighbors (twins) that are her age. Kat goes over to introduce herself, and Daemon’s first impression doesn’t impress. Oh sure, he’s undeniably perfect. HOT. Gorgeous. But OMG his attitude and arrogant demeanor are so over the top that Kat walks away absolutely stunned.

For a moment all I could do was stare at him. He was probably the hottest guy I’d ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche. Go figure. “You know, all I wanted was directions. This is obviously a bad time.”

One side of his lip curled up. “Anytime is a bad time for you to come knocking on my door, kid.”

But over the course of the summer, she befriends his sister “Dee” (best friends actually), while doing her best to avoid Daemon. Except Daemon won’t leave her alone. No… not because he’s trying to win her affection. Ohhhhh noooo. Nothing like that (at first). Daemon’s doing his best to repel her and is insistent that she stop hanging around with his sister. Why? she wonders. What’s so wrong with her, that he hates her that much?

“She’s not welcome in our house,” Daemon snapped, turning to his sister. “Seriously.”

Surprised by the venom in his words, I took a step back.

Dee, however, did not. Her delicate hands balled into fists. “I was thinking we could work on the flower bed, which is outside – not inside – the last time I checked.”

“I don’t care. I don’t want her over there.”

“Daemon, don’t do this,” Dee whispered, her eyes filling with tears. “Please. I like her.”

The remarkable happened. His face softened.

Except that everyone in awhile, Daemon eases up on his apparent aversion of her, and it is in those moments that Kat’s little teeny tiny butterfly inducing crush on him begins to grow.

…his intense stare sent any coherent thought scattering.

Confusion flashed in his eyes as he leaned forward, his lips parting slightly. “I think I understand now.”

“Understand what?” I whispered.

“I like to watch you blush.” His voice barely a murmur as his thumb traced circles on my cheek.

But never fear, Daemon does his best to crush that crush right out of her. They can NEVER be.


Daemon lost his smile and stared. “I’m never happy around you.”

“What did you say?” My eyes narrowed on his blank expression. He did not say what I thought he did.


Because you see, Dameon, his sister and a few in their entourage are… special. Different (no not vampires!!! But… something ;) you’ll see, and it’s SO good!). And sure they are all physically perfect, but mostly, most of them, for the most part are… very unfriendly. They all sit together in the high school cafeteria while pretty much keeping to themselves, and with their haughty attitude, easily dissuading anyone from approaching.

I also knew there was something not normal about him.

About all of them.

Except Dee (Daemon’s sister) is sick of that, and wants to be friends with the other high school girls. Especially Kat. Which causes Kat a whole load of trouble (of the Daemon kind, his friends, and the paranormal world that she unwittingly finds herself mixed up in).

Okay I’m going to admit something (and by doing this, I may suddenly have fallen into a “cliché” if you will). I did have a few *flashbacks* to another book  that I absolutely adored to death, as I read this one. And as I explain this story in it’s “basic” sense to those who haven’t read it, of course, some may recognize a few similarities and raise an eyebrow at me. BUT NO!!! It’s not necessarily like that (although, if you ask me, those similar parts are what I LOVE in these kinds of stories, so I’m was totally good with it). But, okay I grudgingly say… maybe sorta in regards to those similarities, but only on a basic level.

And not everyone agrees with me. As one of my friends who has read this, pointed out:

“Yeah – but wasn’t that a classic formula for romance? The instant hate attraction?”

True. And it seems to be what sucks me into these books… so again. I’m good with that formula.

And anyway… the characters themselves, well they are I dunno… older feeling? More relatable? Sexier? It’s less “dreamy” and more “grrrrrrrr!!!” This has an older YA feel to it. A slightly more “gritty” vibe to it? But as I told my friend who asked if it was like… ?

I said:

The rhythm, and the action and the comedy (it’s not a “comedy” per se… but it’s funny and super-witty). Different enough to stand completely on it’s own. I dunno. Better? As good? Super steamy, too. This girl… has spunk, and made me laugh. And the guy… he thinks ALOT of himself and struts it. This one… well. It’s different enough to love. You’ll notice the similarities, I’m sure. But again, it was perfectly fine, because the writing was awesome. I connected to them 100%. Loved it!

Believe me, the main characters. No resemblance at all. Nope. Their energy, their banter, even their relationship (their “frenemy” status, and even the closer then they care to admit stuff) – totally it’s own thing. Totally different. Not sappy (don’t get me wrong, I love sappy) but THIS is not really sappy. NO. Nope. Daemon… not such a romantic. Nope. And yet… *sigh* (oh and… DON’T ask him if he sparkles).

Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.

Heh. You just gotta read it, and you’ll see where I’m coming from.

MUST READ Obsidian. MUST! 5 stars!

Interested in the series? ’cause it’s gonna be one —> Lux Series Reading Order Guide

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura January 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

You DO tell that it’s young adult!! I’m SO sorry I missed that in the reviews that I have read. You’re awesome, stay that way!! <3

Maryse January 8, 2012 at 4:01 PM

LOL!! *hug* Laura ;)

Jackie January 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM

I have read this from start to finish in one evening. A great book Maryse, and I totally agree with everything you have said. There are similarities in the storyline to ‘That Book’ – I agree, and you’d have to be blind not to see them. BUT Katy and Daemon couldn’t be more different characters. She is sassy and spunky and absolutely full of attitude. He is arrogant , obnoxious and often downright horrible. I loved them both. One thing I love about YA is that the sexual tension builds – well they can’t have the steamy sex scenes, can they? This was done brilliantly in this book – it was seriously hot, but not! I hope this does become a series – it has huge potential and already alot of unanswered questions . A great read – thanks again Maryse xxx

Jackie January 8, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Oh – and that cover is EXACTLY how I imagined Daemon to look! Xxx

Rebeka January 9, 2012 at 6:23 AM

I was reading the review, thinking.

‘OH yes i want to read that bad !’
the comes the cover.
*so off i skip ot Amazon*

I start this sexy looking book tomorrow after work :)
so excited !

Thanks Maryse

Rebecca January 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Just finished reading this late last night. Thanks for the recommendation, it was really good! I loved the little extras at the end from Daemon’s POV, made me love him even more! Before I read Obsidian, I had just finished the first two books in the Timber Wolves series by Tammy Blackwell, Destiny Binds and Time Mends and they were super good so, I was worried I was going to go into good book depression, not being able to find something as good. Anywhoo, thanks to Obsidian, I didn’t have that problem!

Maryse January 11, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Thanks Rebecca! I’m checking out that series!!

It’s always fun when a book or series has you so affected that you’re worried it’ll be awhile before something can live up to it.

Carla January 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Oh I read this book last year. And I liked too. He trully is a bad boy, isn’t he?. And I stil don’t know if I love or hate him. Maybe both. hahahaha He was so mean sometimes, I really felt bad for her a lot of times. He’s so selfish. gee! I liked her. I could relate to her, especially in the end of the book. They have potential together. I’m looking forward for the next book.

patricia January 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I feel dirty, shameful…….maryse he is 17…….Omb I am so gonna burn in hell for this one……..I am only at 32% but all I am saying is I am so going to Senneca Rock

patricia January 18, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Oh don’t get me wrong he flips my b*$#@ switch also…….a lot

bookster January 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I’m enjoying it but waaaaaaaay too many similarities , way too many :( yes the story is different about what he is but he’s still gorgeous like that other guy (swoon) and of COURSE the family does not approve, and this and that. ugh. I’ll finish it but I will scream if ONE more thing ends up being the same.

Sandi August 16, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I haven’t read Obsidian yet, It will be next, I am currently reading Armentrouts other series Covenant, I am on Half-blood and it has my interest, good so far. Thank you so much for a great web site

Tracy Brewer January 7, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I read this and couldn’t put it down. I was drawn in from the first chapter. I immediately downloaded and read book two and was loving it too… i will say however… I am currently on book three and I kind of had to put it down. It was just losing me… dragging on and on =( but maybe after a break when I pick it back up I will fall right back in love with it. Because I LOVED the first two….

Maryse January 7, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Oh wow!! I actually put #3 down at 50% too for the same reason. I hear the ending will freak us out though, so I definitely want to jump back in.

Sandi January 16, 2013 at 2:20 AM

I loved the Lux series and the covenant series also by Armentrout, you might want to give it a try. I love your web site! I don’t know what I did without it.

Melinda August 2, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I loved this book and I just got done with opal which is the 3rd bookin the series. I TOTALLY agree its squeel worthy :)

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