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“Daemon and Katy are combustible…Obsidian is an action packed ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more.” — Jus Accardo, author of Touch
“Daemon and Katy are combustible . . . Obsidian is an action packed ride that will leave you breathless and begging for more.” — Jus Accardo, author of Touch --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 1650 KB
- Publication date : May 8, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 294 pages
- Publisher : Entangled: Teen (May 8, 2012)
- ASIN : B00K48GW96
- Language: : English
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,540 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This personal intrigue is what compelled me to stick around through the first few chapters. While ultimately, I enjoyed the book, I did take fault initially with some of the key characters. The protagonist, Katy, describes herself in a bland light despite most of her features being unique and coveted by general opinion. Also, the fact that Katy's mom was pretty much absent and Katy acted as her own guardian was tiring. I get that it needs to happen so that Katy can experience everything she does, but I can't help but be annoyed that her mom was so lenient and oblivious and was so cool with everything Katy did. And then there was the love interest, Daemon, who is the oh-so-typical jerk in that first meeting (and throughout the entirety of the book) and this hot and cold, bad ass jerk of a man trope is so overdone and not very refreshing. And then there was Dee, Daemon's sister/Katy's instant best friend. I really did like Dee's character all the way through, but what made Katy so special that Dee had to pursue her and make her her new best friend? I just didn't understand why it had to be Katy when there were already quite a few people who would have loved to be her best friend. I think most annoying of all was Daemon's kind of ex-girlfriend, Ash. She served no purpose in this story other than to be an unwanted, but accepted arm piece to Daemon, and to stir up Katy's jealous side. It was embarrassing how she threw herself all over Daemon when they weren't even a couple, and it was even more disturbing how Daemon accepted her behavior toward him. It felt like he was using her just to keep Katy away, and that's just not cool on a few different levels. Despite all this, the fact that I'd wanted to pick out which places I'd been to and what I could recognize from the town kept me reading.
Which I'm glad I did because once you can get past the cliched, almost forced characterization in the exposition, it does get better. The plot expands to a depth to where I wanted to keep going and find out how it played out. The setting was perfect for laying out the groundwork for a bit of the plot, and I might be biased in saying it adds a certain quaintness to the story, an almost magical element. I really enjoyed the world-building the author did, it terms of how realistic it could be if the events happened in real life.
Besides Katy's far too easy acceptance at Daemon's behavior toward her, her character was quite lovely. She's a book blogger, and her enthusiasm for it is extremely refreshing, since readers can share her love and passion for books. She's quirky, feeling a bit goofy when one of her book review videos catches another character's interest. If you have a blog or a private social media account, you know the embarrassed feeling that consumes you when a friend in real life comes across your internet life. Yikes. She also loves to garden, a past time she shared with her father and still engages in. I always love when a character is passionate about something I'm not familiar with because I love getting to know more about that topic, learning just enough to get me interested and to keep up with.
There was always something going on in the story, whether it be a witty conversation, or a battle sequence, so it never felt too slow going. Katy went through her own transformation, and I was quite happy with how we left her off. It's a really quick read, and I'm excited to pick up the second book.
Katy our FMC, infamous book blogger, moves to small town life with her mother after her father passes away for a fresh start. New town, new school, new neighbors... Daemon the MMC and his twin sister Dee are hiding in plain site, and keeping some major secrets. When Katy meets Daemon, his instinct to push away any human to protect his sister and their secrets turns him into a big jerk. His constant flagrant insults toward Katy make him mostly unlikable for most of the book. Even his tiny hints of vulnerability are usually ruined by a snide or sarcastic comment. I mostly like how Katy handles it, at least she has personality and stands up for herself, even if we had to read her inner monologues about his hotness the whole time she was doing it. Of course as Katy and Dee become BFFs, Daemon finds it harder and harder to protect their secrets, and eventually....way into the book....it puts Katy in danger. I will say once the reveal comes that I wasn't expecting it, and had to go back and reread the blurb just to see where I was headed lol.
The book of course left off right as I was becoming excited about the plot and starting to get really interested lol. I definitely need whatever answers the next book is bringing!
Girl meets boy. Boy has ABSOLUTELY NO redeeming qualities, but he's SUPER HOT so she falls in love with him immediately, but spends the entire book denying it while bickering and lusting after hot boy and being told by everyone around her how he's SOOOO into her.
The plot feels more like an excuse for these two to keep interacting with each other. And after the first few chapters you know practically a play by play of what's coming. A few minor surprises I didn't see coming (no spoilers) but it's mostly just the usual.
These depictions of such toxic and shallow relationships where the couple is constantly fighting and bickering while fighting their desires to dry hump in public are not only over done, they're unhealthy, and I don't know why so many people think this is "hot".
Also, I noticed a few minor typos but nothing that took me out of the story. There IS an update available as I write this, so they may or may not have been fixed. I don't intend to check.
Not particularly romantic, not particularly interesting, but the writing itself was alright, so I gave two stars instead of one. Not my cup of tea, so to speak.
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This Science Fiction revolves around the Luxians who have settled on earth. Only a select few know of their existence. Katy has just relocated to this remote location, and this is where she meets her frenemy, Daemon.
Daemon and Katy are always at loggerheads. He is ever so rude to her, but could he be using this attitude to hide other feelings?
The story flows very well and is beautifully developed. The Aliens are interesting and unusual characters. I became totally engrossed in this well paced story and cannot wait to see where it goes from here.
What carries this book for me is the dialogue. It's snappy and sharp. And whilst I didn't always like Daemon, the chemistry between him and Katy is brilliant. And I loved his sister, Dee, too. And I liked Katy's other friends, even if there wasn't much development of them.
What I also like is that Katy is essentially one of us. A blogger. An avid reader. And she is relatable and in that respect, likeable.
This was a fun read and I'm already onto the next.
Katy is a normal, everyday teen, who also happens to be an avid reader, book blogger and reviewer. She is full of angst after moving to West Virginia with her mother after the death of her father. I liked her a lot, though her (sometimes) bitchy inner monologue, as well as her constant swooning over Daemon grated on me at times. After meeting Daemon, her new next door neighbour, things begin to get interesting.
I bought this book (in paperback format) from http://Amazon.com way back in 2013 (though there seems to be no record of it in my account now?), as I had heard good things about it. Unfortunately, due to my rather large reading list, I have only recently been able to read it.
I began to read and was quickly hooked; I managed to read this book in one sitting. The story is told from Katy's point of view (in first person). This gives the reader the opportunity to watch things unfold from Katy's perspective. I really liked this, but often wondered what Daemon was thinking or feeling. However, reading between the lines, I got an impression of Daemon's character. He can be a total arrogant jerk, but he can also be a caring person. I must admit that I felt like slapping him a time or two myself, but I also realised why he was acting the way he was - he was protecting not only himself but his family too.
In a way, this story reminded me of my favourite YA TV programme as a teen, Roswell, which was also based on a series of books. You have a gorgeous guy, who happens to be an alien, and a teenage girl who lands herself into trouble. Throw in a lonely sister and you have a recipe for an exciting YA adventure/romance. Speaking of Dee, I liked her a lot more than Daemon. She is enthusiastic and bubbly, nothing like her sterner twin. The story is a little predictable if you have read a lot of similar YA stories *cough* Twilight *cough*, but if you are new to this genre, this has to be one of the best books to begin with. There are several twists and turns that kept me riveted from beginning to end, and the ending left me wanting to keep reading. I am hoping to read the next book in the series as soon as I can. Hopefully, it won't be another two or three years; it's sitting on my bookshelf, staring at me, so I had better get a move on and read it!
Jennifer Armentrout has written a fantastic YA romance. I love her fast paced writing style. The dialogue is sharp and snappy, though some of the characters are not as well developed as they could have been. However, the flow is wonderful and scenes flowed seamlessly from one into another. I would definitely consider adding this author onto my favourite authors list, and I will be reading more of her books in the future.
I highly recommend this book to teens aged 14+, and to adults who love reading books in the YA genre. - Lynn Worton
I would definitely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
Young Adult isn't something I read often, I find it hard to identify with the characters and often drown in the angst. I didn't have that here. I liked the slow build relationship between Katy & Daemon, their tension filled interactions didn't have me groaning in despair. Parts of the story felt familiar, I can't quite put my finger on why though. I'll definitely pick up the rest!