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
"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)
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a very good story. I liked Katy very much. Daemon was a jerk most of the time so it was hard to like him but I can see him being a good hero once he pulls his head out of his butt.
Katy is a senior in high school who just moved to West Virginia with her mother. Katy used to live in Florida but her father died a few years ago due to cancer and her mother decided to move to make a new start. Katy loves to read and garden and writes a blog in her spare time.
Daemon is an alien from the planet Lux. Daemon is one of triplets consisting of him, his sister Dee and their brother Dawson. Unfortunately, Dawson was killed about a year ago by an alien known as the Arun, who are enemies of the Luxen and kill them for their powers. Dawson was involved with a human girl at the time and Daemon is convinced that Dawson wouldn't have gotten killed if not for that involvement.
Katy is unpacking in the new house when her mother convinces her to go next door to ask directions to the store. She convinced Katy by telling her that she saw two kids Katy's age next door and maybe they can be friends. Unfortunately, Katy encounters Daemon first and he's a major jerk to her, making his dislike for her quite clear. Dee on the other hand, hears about Katy and is really excited about being friends with her. Dee and Katy start hanging out but Daemon constantly tries to break up their friendship. His attitude confuses Katy and she can't figure out why he is so insistent that she's a bad influence and should stay away from Dee since he doesn't know anything about Katy. What she doesn't realize until later, is that Daemon is hating on her just because she's human.
Daemon's attitude is enough to piss Katy off but she doesn't let it block her friendship with Dee. For a couple of different reasons, Daemon and Katy end up spending some time together but Daemon's attitude makes sure that Katy ends her time with him more pissed off than anything else. Katy is attracted to Daemon (majorly) but she hates his attitude and tries to hide away any attraction because she knows it'll just make Daemon more insufferable if he finds out. Katy actually finds out about Dee and Daemon's secret pretty early in the book and has to deal with a lot of flack from the other aliens in the area who don't trust her. There's drama and danger but in the end, the Arun have been taken care of (at least the current group of Arun) and Katy and Daemon are discussing the possibility of dating (Daemon's now all for it while Katy is leery) in the future.
I enjoyed this story very much. I liked Katy and how she handled everything. She was very mature for a high school student and handled herself well considering the situation she found herself in. TBH, while I look forward to Daemon convincing her to change her mind, I can totally understand her reluctance to date Daemon considering how he'd been treating her for most of the book. Daemon I was alright with but I'm sure I'll like him better once he's not acting like a jerk constantly. Overall, this was a very good start to the series and I'd recommend it. :)
* note - I will say that I noted a few times in the story where it seemed like the wrong name was used...like once someone asked where Adam was and then the continuing convo indicated that the question was actually about Daemon (and Adam was actually there and part of that convo). I'm not sure these were from a mistake in the narration or if it was how it was written since I haven't read the written version.
I'm hooked on this series. Love them! Paranormal romance at its best! I hear there are 5 books though which means a lot of content to get through quickly. Not a fan of these cliffhangers.
The story. I loved the story that Jennifer L Armentrout wrote.
She had a very nasally voice. In this story, it is difficult to enjoy, especially when she performs a male voice. She also pronounces the male lead character's name wrong. The author has said the name is pronounced Day-mon not Demon. It should really be rectified.
I love Katy and Daemon's first kiss.
Narrators should check name pronunciation before they start the story because now you have six books with an incredibly annoying mispronunciation where if they would have emailed the author, it could have been corrected immediately.
Daemon who the reader, referred to as Demon.
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This narrator does the crackle thing with her voice. It becomes extremely distracting. Unfortunately I purchased all the books at one time. For the first time I flirted with the idea of a return. I believe the crackle is something put on. J,E.please cut it out or do not subject us to anymore narrations.
As always Justine Eyre was awesome. The story just wasn't there for me. I think it's because I just finished the Appolyon series and the main characters in the series are basically the same person.
That said, I'm still going to finish the series even if only in the background.
Like all of the Armentrout books I've read so far the story is cheesy (in the best way). the "sex" scenes are immensely hot, and the characters are great.
The main character in this book is meant to be that neutral face so you can see everything through her eyes.
Overall a 4/5, made awesome by the narrator.
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This book reminds me of Twilight with aliens, only I like the main character more and it doesn't have the creepy bonding thing that happens between werewolves and children. With that said if you can get over how much Daemon is an asshole, the story is not too bad for a Twilight rip off. Luckily Katy didn't just let Daemon get away with his crap. Of course that being the most compelling part of the story, is the hot and cold chemistry between the main characters. It is an easy listen and I am curious to find out what is going to happen. Although I am on the line about whether or not to get the next book, but defiantly only if there is a sale. The narrator does a good job.
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