Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review Obsidian & Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout
"Now available together for the first time, don't miss Obsidian and Onyx, the first two
Release Date: June 3, 2014
from Entangled Teen
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books in Jennifer L. Armentrout's bestselling Lux series. Also includes bonus content exclusive to the print edition! "A thrilling ride from start to finish," says RT Book Reviews.
There’s an alien next door. And with his looming height and eerie green eyes, he’s hot… until he opens his mouth. He’s infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, he marks me. Turns out he has a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal his abilities and the only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is.
Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems. I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?"
***this review contains spoilers so proceed with caution***Wow! What a series. I had initially read Obsidian a few months back. Since Daemon was first introduced, I knew it. He was my new book boyfriend. He’s sarcastic, yet compassionate. Not to mention super hot and an ALIEN??? Hot boys and aliens are like my two favorite things EVER. This book was meant for me to love. Also, Katy is amazing. She’s strong, independent, and loves Daemon without taking any of his shit. While I was a bit angry that she refused to admit she loved Daemon for so long, I also respect her for her having enough respect for herself to make Daemon prove he was sorry for everything he said to her throughout Obsidian. This also kind of makes me happy because Daemon trying to prove he loved Katy was honestly adorable. Like I can’t stop smiling even as writing this. Between the cookie thing, The Thanksgiving scene, and him saying that he “has nothing against the internet”, had me screeching over him from page one of Onyx all the way till the very end. Especially when Katy admits she loves him and he tells her “It’s about time”. Why is he like this??? And why do I love him for it??? Should I actually start reviewing the book itself now instead of fangirling? Probably, but FIRST, we shall talk about my least favorite character so far. That is, Blake. From the page he was introduced, he rubbed me the wrong way. He seemed too nice to be true. I tuned out to be right. He totally used Katy! He had her fooled and Katy wouldn’t even listen to Daemon because she thought he would help her. He played them all to protect his friend. I guess if I had to choose something to enjoy about him it would be, nothing. I couldn’t think of a single thing that I could call a “redeeming quality”. Okay, NOW I’ll get to the meat and potatoes of the review, and that would be to actually review the plot.
The plots of these two books are just unbelievably good. I thought no series could top the Arkwell Academy series, but now, I’m not so sure. At the very least its tied with the series. In the first book, Obsidian the balance between growing attached to characters and action is perfect. Also, the way you find out about Daemon is great. (You may be thinking; must everything go back to Daemon? Yes. Yes, it does.) The battles between the Luxen and Arum are amazingly written and it’s impossible to set the book down when reading them. I also like that despite being only human in an alien battle, Katy refused to sit back and watch. She made herself an asset despite being seen as weak. Onyx’s fight scenes were just as amazing, possibly even better because Katy had cool alien powers too now. Also, when you find out what the DOD have been hiding from everyone, it seems like you can’t get your jaw off the floor because they were supposed to protect the Luxen, yet end up doing way more harm than good for them. Aside from the action portion of the plot, Katy’s high school experience was very interesting to read about. Even when she’s not involved in high school drama, reading about she and her friends hanging out and being teenagers is fun. Her friends are just as likeable as she is. I also like that Dee wasn’t the sister that pushed her friend away from her brother. She never stood in the way of their happiness, and even pushed them together. Dee is the Kaemon shippers MVP. Aside from her being adorable and hilarious, and everything good in the world, she was depicted in a way that’s just as bad ass as her brother instead of being pushed to the side as “Daemon’s sister”. She was Dee, she just so happened to be related to Daemon. I don’t know if I’m making sense there. I hope I am. This review was kinda nonsense, but to summarize; These books had memorable and loveable characters. Their plots are amazing, and has a super friendly author, so bonus points there. I’ve recommended it to people before and will continue to do so.