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Obsidian: Lux, Book 1 | [Jennifer L. Armentrout]

Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

When 17-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.
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Publisher's Summary

When 17-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.

©2011 Jennifer L. Armentrout (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"The beginning of Armentrout's new Lux series is a thrilling ride from start to finish. A cross between Roswell and Dawson's Creek, this series is guaranteed to hold your attention and have you begging for more." (Romantic Times)

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    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-14
    Katheryne MD, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2009

    Busy mom who loves to read but doesn't always have the time. I enjoy YA, Romance and the occasional Best Seller.

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    "Holy Alien Hotness"

    This book has been described as "Twilight with aliens", which didn't sound appealing to me at all. However, based on all the 5 star reviews and hype for this book I went ahead and gave it a try. WOW did this book surprise me. It's witty, fast-paced, full of action and mystery and some very swoon-worthy scenes. I am a huge fan of YA romance books and this one is quickly rising to the top of my favorites list. This series is so addictive and fun that I've already downloaded books 2, 3 and 4. I'm going to be in listener heaven now.

    5 stars!!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Vega LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-20-13
    Vega LEXINGTON, KY, United States 03-20-13
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    "Eagerly awaited on Audible!"
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    I stumbled upon this book looking while looking for an entertaining read for my kindle and it was one of those "wow... I'm so glad I found this!" moments. As soon as I read it, I immediately went to Audible and was broken hearted when I found it wasn't available for download yet. I've been stalking Audible since then, eagerly awaiting this book's release and at last! The day has arrived! Why did I like this book so much? The main characters tend to bring out the worst in each other and that made for an entertaining read. And though there is romanitc interest, neither character wants it... nothing about their relationship is easy and they fight their attraction tooth and nail. Not that I have anything against love at first sight, but this was a nice change of pace. The sarcastic banter really makes this story. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes YA romance series. I think, like me, you'll find it's well worth your time and you'll join the ranks of those of us eagerly awaiting the next release in July.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. Wesner Roanoke Rapids NC 04-04-13
    J. Wesner Roanoke Rapids NC 04-04-13 Member Since 2013

    Audio book addict - completely taken with the YA Dystopia genre, although I also like a good biography or sci-fi novel, especially when it involves time travel . . .

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    "Good story if you can get past the narrator"

    I'm undecided on Jennifer Armentrout. I would prefer that the main character here (Katie) had less of a potty mouth - but that said, the story is pretty good. I liked the type of aliens here. Daemon (pronounced Demon? Didn't care for that) was a rather infuriating character. This wasn't a story that went where you thought it would - so that's good.

    Justine Eyre was a very bad choice as a narrator. She has a bit of a whine, her voice is entirely too low, and she can't do a West Virginia accent at all. She was a terrible match for this story. And that's sad, because it definitely colored my impression of the book. This one is better read in print.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amm Westminster, CO, United States 04-16-13
    Amm Westminster, CO, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing!!!!"
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    I have her books in print but love the story so much that I also bought the audio version too. Jennifer Armentrout is a great story teller.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    heather brentwood, CA, United States 04-04-13
    heather brentwood, CA, United States 04-04-13 Member Since 2007

    I am such a fan of Audible! I love Mysteries, Romance, Paranormal novels of all kinds, spy novels, and self improvement books. I am particular about the quality of story telling by both authors, and narrators so I hope listeners will find some of my reviews helpful. I value the artists who respect the nature of audio book entertainment, and thank each of them for their ability to transport listeners to another level!

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    "Interesting concept, witty dialogue, A+ narration"

    This author seems to have tapped into interesting new concept for YA para/novella. The door is wide open for a long series, with colorful characters. There are a few holes in the ground work, but they may be filled in as the series progresses.

    This narrator really brought out the color of the main characters. I loved the ease with which she used to make the banter between the characters witty and fun. Very realistic inflection, and tone.I really enjoyed her performance.

    I'm glad I took a chance and spent a credit on this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nazari LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-20-13
    nazari LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing! Another great series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. I've already read this book and still bought it again to listen to it. It's that good! Love the characters and the spark between two main characters is electrifying.


    What other book might you compare Obsidian to and why?

    Roswell. It's got the whole alien thing going but it's got a way better spin to it and its just so entertaining


    What does Justine Eyre bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Attitude. And she's got a great voice. Makes it seem like u are there :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh and almost cry it was one of those books that does both


    Any additional comments?

    Check out this authors other books! They are all good!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 03-20-13
    nicole HAGERSTOWN, MD, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Awesome series"
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    I am only half way through this book and I don't want it to end! Amazing series, way better than her vampire series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Snow Bunny GOLDEN, CO, United States 01-15-14
    Snow Bunny GOLDEN, CO, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2012

    Little bunny foo foo

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    "Fun twists and turns...sizzling sexual tension!"
    What made the experience of listening to Obsidian the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is AWESOME. She does the male and female voices so well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsidian?

    I love how the main characters have so much tension between them!


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    Katy


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    tenderness of Daemon


    Any additional comments?

    sweet book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 04-18-13
    Lisa United States 04-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!

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    "Needs a new narrator"

    It's too bad that the narrator ruined this book for me. It's a pretty good story but I can't get past her whiny voice. I don't think the banter between them came across as realistic, her voice just sounded forced and fake.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 06-02-14
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "more action please"

    No surprises here, it is the YA formula for freaky teen romance. That's why I guess it's okay. What it's missing is action. Action in the conflict between races, sex action (there's only so much angst you can take), action from any of the good or bad guys, and yet I picked up the next in the series. Had to see if anything more substantial develops. As far as the narration, there is a squeaky and shaky quality that sometimes works but most of the time is annoying.

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