Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Lux Readathon ~ July 30th ~ Obsidian

Wednesday is Obsidian Day

Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L Armentrout

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don't kill him first, that is.

5 stars - a must read

Sometimes when I read, I have to take breaks.  I get stressed by the action or frustrated by the plot.  This is NOT one of those books.  I read this book straight through with no breaks.  I also made the HUGE mistake of starting this book late Friday night.  Needless to say, I didn't do much sleeping.  I couldn't put this book down.  I wanted to understand Daemon.  I wanted to understand their secret.  I wanted to know what this danger that was so obviously there was.  I wanted to know how Katy would react to Daemon's provocation.   I laughed.  I was amused.  I was ticked.  I was scared.  I worried.  I LOVED this book.

The world building was perfect.  It's easy to believe this aliens living among us set-up.  The little talents of the resident aliens start showing up quickly giving hints to who they are and what they can do.  The danger is also clear though it takes a while to understand the cause.  When the explications are given, it all seems very plausible.  I think I really prefer the strange among the familiar that this book delivers. 

The characters are fabulous.  I love Katy.  She is somewhat reserved at first, but Daemon has a way of pushing her buttons and she blossoms into this outspoken, strong girl that is willing to fight hard against impossible odds.  I love her.  Now Daemon is a very complex guy.  I can't wait to read the chapter Jenifer has promised from his POV.  I would love to know what is going on in his head.  He is ridiculously a jerk.  I think he does it on purpose to push Katy away from him and his sister.  He's fiercely protective and incredibly badass.  But it's also pretty clear that he is fighting his attraction to Katy or kitten as he likes to call her just to tick her off.  Since Katy is also fighting her attraction to Daemon, you can just imagine the hot explosion of emotions that erupts from the two of them.  They are like flash combustion together.  Daemon's protective streak quickly includes Katy and the trouble just keeps coming from there.  I am anxious to read book two and see where this relationship goes.  

The plot is action packed.  Like I said, I read this straight through never even wanting to stop.  The time flew and I was surprised to look up and see I had read all night.  Jenifer is fast becoming a favorite author.  I would read anything she wrote.

If you read YA then you should read this book.  If you just love to read good books, you should read this book.  Whatever you read, you should pick this one up.  It's fabulous.

This book . . . there are no words. There are seriously no words, but I'm going to try. Okay.

This book is 100% my favorite book EVER. The best book I've ever read in every single aspect of everything ever. The characters are amazing, the storyline is riveting, and the writing is just fabulous. I have absolutely no problems with anything in this book. None. Nada.

This book begins perfectly--with us meeting the OHMYGOODNESSGRACIOUS Daemon Black. From there, the story spans out into a big, understandable story about aliens. Yes, aliens. This may not sound so great right now, but trust me--Jen does this in the best possible way. It's sci fi, but not overbearing sci fi.

I absolutely, positively enjoyed Jen's writing style. Her writing just stands out. It's perfect for the characters and the story. It holds our attention and makes us laugh and is just AH. There is not one word in this whole book that Jen wrote that I want to change in any way.

Character Rundown: Katy. I LOVE KATY. Those words don't even express this enough. She goes from being a meek little book blogger to being the most awesome female lead I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. (And still a book blogger, hehe.) I love the fact that she's a book blogger. It adds some normalcy to her life. Next we have . . .

DAEMON. FLIPPING. BLACK. OH, DAEMON. Yeah, he deserves his own paragraph. Daemon is just . . . there are no words good enough. He can be a huge jerk. I know this. I admit it, but--dear goodness--he has his moments. And it's a mix of those moments with his neverending confidence and just that Daemon-ness that makes Daemon my favorite book character EVER. I usually love to use the word "swoon" when talking about male characters in books whom I love. That word doesn't really cover Daemon, though. He's totally swoon-worthy, but "swoon" may be too civilized of a word for this. Let's suffice it to say that there was a nice puddle of drool collecting as I read this book. Yeah, there's lots of Daemon. He's the amazing guy who just . . . you'll see. I could go on about this forever.
One more thing about Dameon, though--that guy on the cover? PERFECT person to portray Daemon.

The ending. IT KILLED ME. But this book was so marvelous that I can't even complain about this. All I can really do is wait impatiently for Onyx--the sequel--to come out on August 14. I legit CANNOT wait for this. Seriously. Just thinking about it gives me the tinglies.

Overall, this book is my favorite book ever. And Jen is now my favorite author ever. And I suggest everyone reads Obsidian because I loved it so SO so much. Therefore, I have much hope that everyone else will love it as well.

I just want to say real quick that this review is the hardest I've ever written. Because I love this book so much, it's hard to think of productive things to say other than OHMYGOSH, READ THIS BOOK. Still, I had fun gushing about how much I honestly love this book.

Thank you to Billy & Angie for getting it for me! I'm so glad I own this book. If I were to have borrowed it or something, I never would have been able to give it back.


Recently Jessica and I re-read Obsidian together.  Check out some of what we were saying.

We were plotting to steal ALL of Daemon's shirts so he had to go shirtless ALL the time!  Hehe

And our ever growing HATE list is in there.  

If you are joining us for the Readathon, we're reading Shadows!  Prize pile and giveaway info below.

Prize Pile...

These things that have been donated to the giveaway pile.  If you still have something to donate, please contact valerie @ and she will add it to the pile.

Signed copy of Lux Beginnings, INT (donated by Valerie @ StuckInBooks)
Signed copy of Lux Consequences, INT (donated by Valerie @ StuckInBooks)
eBook copy of Opposition, INT (donated by Valerie @ StuckInBooks)
eBook Short story, Fallen Souls by Linda Foster, INT mobi or epub format (donated by Linda Foster)
eBook copy of Origin, INT (donated by Kara Blank)
eBook copy of Alienated by Melissa Landers, INT (donated by Giovanna Arevalo)
eBook copy of These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman, INT (donated by Giovanna Arevalo)
JLA swag pack, INT (donated by Lea Krnjeta)
JLA swag pack, US/Can (donated by Jessica @ StuckInBooks)

How the Giveaway works...

The required entry is being signed up for the Readathon.  You can still sign-up here.

Each day, the rafflecopter will have entries for the book of the day.  One entry will be a question you can answer from reading the book.  One entry will be a direct link to a tweet of a favorite quote from that day's book.  One entry will be a direct link to a facebook post with a favorite quote from that day's book.

New entries will be added each day for the book of the day.  You do not have to complete the entries on that books day.  You just need to complete them before the end of the readathon.  Entries for books coming later in the readathon cannot be entered until the day that book is featured.

The first winner chosen by the rafflecopter will get first pick from the prize pile.  As the prizes are claimed, they will be crossed off the pile and the next winner can chose from what remains until all the prizes are claimed.  New prizes may be added over the course of the readathon as things become available.  If you would like to add something to the prize pile, contact valerie @ and she will add it.

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