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I'm an eighteen-year old two-faced Filipina extrovert who has been living in the pages of books for two years now. I expertize in warped logic and extreme criticism.

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Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book description: Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I'd pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring... until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something... unexpected happens. 

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon's touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I'm getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. 

If I don't kill him first, that is.

 

4.5 out of 5 stars.

 

Meh.

 

This book is okay, it's a fun read, I was laughing half the time...but I feel like it could have been at least 50 pages shorter.

 

The story begins with Daemon and Katy's verbal cat-fights since Daemon is indeed an arrogant, sarcastic asshat...well, thumbs up for sticking to his characterization. But then there's the issue of raging hormones once again. Ugh, what's up with these young adult novels about girls who ramble about these loathsome guys and then describe how good-looking the latter are in just a nanosecond? And the reason why I said it could have been at least 50 pages shorter is because the first one hundred pages are just about Katy and Daemon's love and hate relationship. Like what the heck, they fight and almost kiss and then fight again...it gets somehow annoying before you get to the best part.

 

Also, it is mentioned right away in the synopsis that Daemon is an alien, so I was expecting that his true identity will be revealed shortly after. No, it will be revealed only midway the book. It would have been okay to reveal his identity this way if Armentrout hadn't mentioned beforehand that Daemon is an alien. If it were that way, then it'd be more thrilling as the readers greatly anticipate for Daemon's "big" revelation.

 

I wish Jennifer Armentrout had written Katy's "infatuation" for Daemon after Daemon's identity has been revealed, and not before. 

 

I still love the book though. I mean, a hot alien guy? Hell yes! What I love most about this is Daemon's personality. Oh yes, I have this sort of weakness for sarcastic and somehow conceited guys (Jace Wayland, anyone?). He starts off as an arrogant jerk, trying hard to throw Katy out of their lives, especially his sister's who has now gone close with the former. You'll want to hate him for that, but heck, he's just so witty and at times he could be really nice to Katy, so we readers just end up loving him more! Although the reason for him being overprotective towards his sister is already predictable all because of that freaking synopsis, ugh! 

 

And then the action. This is solely the reason why I quickly read the book right after I saw the synopsis. Since Daemon is actually an alien, I really looked forward to a unique storyline and maybe even an action-packed story. Well, Jennifer Armentrout gave justice to that. Also, I was with Katy when she thought aliens looked like those from the film E.T. Turns out aliens need not necessarily be massive green blobs and the sort. I'd have to give Armentrout that.

 

So far that rant above is the only one I have.

 

Over all I'd give Jennifer Armentrout a two-thumbs up for the unique storyline, for the romance that frustrated me but made me giggle all in the same heartbeat nonetheless, for the action that held my breath for a minute or two (it's just a hyperbole, guys) and for the lightly-written book. I finished this in just six hours tops and it's a four hundred plus-paged book.