Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
ebook, 271 pages
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 8, 2012
Rating: 5 stars
Summary (Goodreads): When seventeen-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.
Though I had already read and loved the last book I read by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I was still somewhat skeptical about this book. The alien premise seemed interesting, but I wasn't sure how I would feel about it when I read it. Thankfully, my doubts were put aside after I began reading.
Katy Swartz has moved from Florida to an in-the-middle-of-nowhere town in West Virginia. She just wants to be unpacked and able to blog about her books, as she runs a book blog, but they didn't have everything set up yet so she couldn't. Her mother encourages her to introduce herself to the neighbors, as she spotted them and thinks they're about Katy's age.
Not really wanting to but needing directions to get to the store, Katy knocks on the neighbors door, only to be answered by an incredibly hot, shirtless guy named Daemon who immediately catches her eye. Her thoughts of him are squashed seconds later when he opens his mouth. He's arrogant and cocky, and just an overall asshole to her. Still, she gets given her directions and is on her way.
As she's shopping in the store, an astonishingly beautiful girl approaches her and starts talking. She's Dee, her other neighbor. A complete contrast to her brother Daemon, Katy and Dee hit it off and make plans to hang out together.
Even though Dee loves being friends with Katy, Daemon is strongly against it, being hostile and rude to Katy at every chance he gets, that is, until Dee makes him play nice. He helps Katy with washing her car, and then he invites her to go swimming. She reluctantly accepts.
This is when she begins to notice things are wrong. She could have sworn that Daemon was under water for at least ten minutes, though he denies it. He also begins to break down some of his walls, and you start seeing a little bit of a different side of him. He still keeps his distance though, as he has his reasons.
They all go out the window when Katy is attacked by someone and later almost gets hit by a truck. After this, she finds out all about the Luxen, as she has experienced their powers. She's also got a trace on her, which means Arum, the Luxen's enemy, will be drawn to her. Because of this, she has to stick by Daemon's side, regardless of how much she doesn't want to. This is when the story really begins to pick up, and we see more and more events unfold before our very eyes. I was glued to the page the whole time!
I loved getting to experience the interactions between Daemon and Katy. I liked how he called her Kitten and Kat, even though she claims not to like it. They're both witty and are an able match for one another with their snarky comments. Not to mention the chemistry! Though they're not together at all really in the book, there is a moment where they kiss, and it's literally explosive!
In the end, it was amazing to get to experience this new world with beings that were completely unique from any I've read about before. I absolutely adore this series, and I'm so glad I was willing to give it a try, even with my hesitance. I read this book in one day! It kept me up well past my bedtime, as I had to be up at a decent hour the next day. Totally worth it though. As I'm writing this review after I've read most of the books, I'm going to await anxiously for the last book in the series to be released!