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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!!

    11 of 14 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 Member Since 2004
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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.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 08-24-14
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 08-24-14

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "Supernatural Teens Series Looks Promising"

    ET meets Twilight in this teen novel. Daemon is an alien alright. Katy is the heroine and is really is a great counterpoint to Daemon. What you will really like the unfolding of the mystery of the story. They are many parallels to Twilight if you swap out vampires for aliens and roll everyone back to high school.

    The narrator's voice at the beginning is very annoying. But after a while, it settles in okay. It's hard to describe why it is not great; but it Eyre's voice doesn't detract too much from the story; so I'm not going to ding it. This is a good teen novel for all ages.

    I recommend it for a nice end of summer beach read.

    2 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.

    4 of 7 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!

    4 of 7 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!

    2 of 4 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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.

    2 of 4 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!


    3 of 6 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.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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