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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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    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 01-29-14
    Judy Evansville, IN, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2007
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    "It was ok."

    This book kept my interest but when I had stop listening I didn't feel like "I can't wait to get back to it". It is a "Twilight " book. The difference being no vampires, just aliens. The main guy in this was very dislikable and I never warmed up to him. Not sure if I will read the next book in this series. Wonder if it will be a "New Moon" story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marie United States 12-21-13
    Marie United States 12-21-13 Member Since 2010

    I like any books that hook you within the first chapter. If a love story is involved even better.

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    "Loved it!!"
    Would you listen to Obsidian again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to it over and over again. You want so bad to hate Daemon at first but you know he has something special, and it hooks you.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Obsidian?

    I love it when Katy dumps spaghetti all over Ash and Daemon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the school dance.


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

    The whole book moved me. I really wanted to hurt Daemon a time or two.


    Any additional comments?

    It will captivate you. I have to admit that it took me a few chapters to get over Justine Eyre's voice. It has a certain tone and drag to it, but like any book you get use to it and don't notice it because you are too interested in what she is saying instead of how she is saying it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alexis United States 08-20-13
    Alexis United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2006

    In pursuit of truth, justice, and an end to spoilers!

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    "I wanted to love it..."

    I wanted to love it, I really did! Anybody remember that television series Roswell? I thought that was a fun show, and I kept seeing this compared to it so I jumped right in.

    And that comparison is exactly the problem. Yes, this is very strongly influenced by that show. So strongly that it’s hard not to constantly compare the two, but this book never came out on top.

    I’m struggling to express exactly why I didn’t like this more, and I think the main reason is that I never fully connected emotionally with the characters. The author was probably trying for “aloof and mysteriously cool” with the aliens, but hit “standoffish and disinteresting” with most of them instead. There’s one friendly girl, but even the main love could have used a few more cracks in his armor. He only shows physical interest in the female lead for most of the book and never has anything nice to say. He started to show a little more personality by the end, but he’s usually distant and a bit cruel, and it looks like that may continue instead of ease up. Maybe I would have liked this better if I hadn’t seen the show?

    The action picks up at the end, but by then I was ready to be finished. No complaints about the narrator at all. I just…oh dear, mostly this made me want to watch that drippy, emotional, soap-opera of a tv show instead of read.

    Overall there’s nothing particularly wrong with this, but there’s nothing particularly shiny about it either. I doubt I’d read another book in this series.

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    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13
    Kim NAMPA, ID, United States 04-26-13 Member Since 2011

    Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.

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    "Not original story; Narrator takes time to like."

    PARENTS, be warned. There are scenes in this book that should not be in YA books, including Daemon feeling between Katy's legs with his hands while both his and Katy's shirts are off. The scene was not too detailed, other than what I mentioned, and it lasted less than a minute, but it was enough for me to throw a caution out there. There is also very little parental involvement with any of the kids in the story. They all kinda roam free, and sleep over at each others houses (including guy/girl). That said, here is the rest of my review.

    I struggled to get into this story, and it wasn't because of the story. The narrator simply did not seem to fit the story! She sounds too grown up to be playing a whiny, lonely 17 year old. Not to mention that, for the first 1/3 of the book, her normal narrative tone was nearly a whisper. I had my volume up kinda high, just to hear the narratives, only to be hit with high octaves when she spoke in character. It was frustrating, but she did get better as the book went along. Even from the beginning, she was flawless about switching between character voices, and switching from character to narrative tone, despite the volume difference. I didn't care for the voice she gave Dee. Sure, Dee is a little unsure of herself, but she sounds unsure and hesitant with everything she said. It wasn't the way the story was written, it was the way the voice was portrayed. The tones used made normal statements sound like questions, or that Dee was simply very insecure. I noticed even in scenes where Dee had a chance to shine with confidence, the tone made it fall short of that.

    As for the story itself, well, it kept my attention, although I was rolling my eyes how very similar this is to the Twilight series, which meant much of this story was predictable. However, the author writes well, builds the characters well and maintains their personalities in difficult scenes. I'm confident she'll take the series her own way in the coming books. I'll continue on with book 2.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 04-21-13
    Vamparilla Atlanta, GA, United States 04-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Twilight copy!"
    What disappointed you about Obsidian?

    This was such a Twilight rip off I'm surprised that the author was allowed to publish it!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout again?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Justine Eyre?

    Anyone!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Obsidian?

    All the ones copied from Twilight!


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    amber GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-23-13
    amber GREENVILLE, SC, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Disappointed"
    What would have made Obsidian better?

    as an audiobook, the narrator could have been better. i can see the need for her voice in audiobooks because she has a unique, interesting voice but in this particular book, it made the whole experience so much worse.

    the book is about a teenager and this is a grown woman. her voice doesn't fit the book at all.


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer L. Armentrout’s story?

    just not my cup of tea at all. i'm not into aliens.


    How could the performance have been better?

    this narrator is not for this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    not for me, unfortunately.


    Any additional comments?

    i was completely disappointed. i read a lot of good reviews about this book but i just couldn't get into it. at first, i thought it was because of the narrator but honestly, i don't think i would have finished it even if i read it on a kindle or paper book.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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