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.
As I started reading this book, I immediately thought of Twilight. New girl in town, hot guy who treats her like crap, makes friends with the sister, but make no mistake, Daemon is no Edward and Katy is absolutely no shrinking-violet Bella. Katy kicks butt and takes names! Unlike many books in this genre, it didn’t take long to suck me in. This one hooked me immediately, from the minute Daemon opened his smart-ass mouth. The conflict between Daemon and Katy sizzles, sparks, and catches fire instantly.
Sure it’s somewhat formulaic. The protagonist is attracted to smoldering hot guy, he’s an asshat to her, but ultimately he reveals he’s crazy about her. But I love that the author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, points it out herself. Because Katy reviews young adult romance novels for her blog, she mentions every cliche in her own life and keeps the reader from screaming it out loud. It’s there, but that’s okay, because Obsidian is a unexpected thrill ride that keeps you turning page after page (or swiping across your e-reader screen) until the wee hours of the morning.
The plot is fun, even if somewhat predictable in certain areas, but considering that it involves aliens living next door, anything can happen, and often does.
The characters may not be deeply developed, but they are a helluvalot of fun. This is definitely a plot-driven story, and that story is a rip-roaring roller coaster ride that leaves you breathless. I found some niggly inconsistencies and a few areas where I needed to suspend my disbelief to accept it, but I’m still giving this five out of five stars because it was just such a damn fun read!
I absolutely love Obsidian. It was fun, hot, funny, and about a dozen things I can’t put into words because I’d need a few new ones to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book.