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)
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
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.
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.
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.
Roswell. It's got the whole alien thing going but it's got a way better spin to it and its just so entertaining
Attitude. And she's got a great voice. Makes it seem like u are there :)
Laugh and almost cry it was one of those books that does both
Check out this authors other books! They are all good!
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.
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I think this series is geared towards 15-year-old women. I'm not generally the eye rolling kind of listener, but this book definitely made me think otherwise. There were so many lines where I just couldn't take the writing. They were outlandish--very much the sort of things I would say/think as a young girl but now they just annoy me. I do understand why many are so drawn to this series but they are really not for me.
Justine Eyer's performance only made my listening experience worse. She has this scratchy voice throughout. It is so distracting. There were times where I was so caught up with how she sounded that I totally lost track of the story...I might have enjoyed the story a little bit more had I read the book on my own.
In conclusion, skip this audiobook and try reading it on your own if you're remotely interested in this series.
I have read this series several times and love it! I could not get through the first few chapters listening to that woman talk! She talks through her nose and at different volumes so i could not here her at times then wanted to gouge out my ear drums when i could hear her. I returned the audiobook because i could not listen to her anymore! Story is wonderful but get the book and dont waste ur money on the audio book
Though it is definitely not original, the writing is clear and well-paced. You can see where the story is going and it feels like a retelling of Twilight, but it is fun anyway. I enjoyed it. The narrator is great. My only complaint is her voices for the men. It's as if she has never been around a man who was mentally handicapped or groaning at something. It doesn't prevent the story from being enjoyed though. 4.5/5
This is one of my favorite series of all time. I was so disappointed to hear the narrator pronounce the two main characters names differently than what I had imagined. I always thought they called her kitty cat because her name was pronounced Kat- y not Katie. I also thought Damon's name was pronounced Daemon not Demon. "Ae" makes the long a sound. I could be totally off but it is definitely going to stop me from purchasing the other books in the series on audible.
Excellent story!!!! It takes the form of several other alien love and romance stories, but there is another layer here that is developing. I like the twist that the DoD knows about the aliens... it gives it a different flow than you'd expect.
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