Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

3.5 Stars

My reviews are spoiler-free. These are my general thoughts of characters, plotlines, and the writing itself. Also, this is my first review, so I would love it if you could all comment suggestions on what you want to hear more specifics about.

I have been wanting to read this book for quite a while, so when the bound up version went on Book Outlet (awesome site, by the way), I jumped right on it. I would first like to establish that I am not the biggest fan of paranormal or extra-terrestrial books. That said, my opinion of the book is pro12578077bably lower than what it would be if the book was fantasy.

Let’s start with what I liked. The first thing that comes to mind is the main protagonist: Katy I-don’t-even-know-her-last-name. Katy (or Kitten, as Daemon so lovingly calls her) is very relatable. She is a book blogger (hehe) who is very shy and sarcastic. She seems to have the most character depth, although she is predictable. Her reactions and responses to certain situations are understandable, and she doesn’t have any flaws that will make you throw the book across the room.

Except when it comes to Daemon, the stupid hot alien guy.

Oh, Daemon, why must you be such a jerk? And why does Katy put up with it? Sure, she calls you out on it, but if it were me, you would be struggling to get out of your own pool of blood. So… as you can see, Daemon is the character that really ruined this for me. I can understand his rudeness and arrogance to a certain point, and it can even be attractive at times, but he just started being almost cruel. Some characters (ahem, Will Herondale) are cocky and sarcastic, yet still adorable and sweet. It may be too early to tell, but I don’t think Daemon is one of them. He was just so annoying, and I hate to say it, but controlling. I really disliked him and Katy’s relationship, and I don’t think she should have put up with his crap. The rest of the characters were alright, if lacking in depth. I liked Dee, Daemon’s twin sister, but she was a bit too bubbly for my tastes.

The actual plotline was pretty good. It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down, even though the writing wasn’t that amazing. If you’ve read Hush, Hush, then you probably know the feeling exactly. The concept of Armentrout’s aliens and their origins wasn’t extremely original, but it had a nice little twist. The story was fairly fast-paced and filled with action and, uh, steamy, scenes, so there weren’t any dull moments. Like I said before, it’s a quick read that you can gobble up in one or two sittings.

I will obviously be continuing the series because the second book, Onyx, is included in the bind-up I have. I just really hope that Daemon gets better, because I feel like the plot has potential to be really awesome, and lead up to an epic alien battle. Please let me know what your thoughts of the book were in the comments below.

 

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