Series: Lux (#1)
Publisher: Entangled Teen (November 29th 2011)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“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.” GoodReads’ blurb
This particular review is going to get me fried by my bookish friends. Greatly whacked over the head stuff... But well, here goes:
I liked Obsidian.
... Which, yeah, it’s good news, but also means I didn’t love it either. Which is a bother, because everyone loved it so, and I did enjoy the prequel Shadows (read about that here) a great deal more than I enjoyed the actual first book.
Let it be said that all the ingredients are there, though: super hot guy with a bad case of bipolar personality, common girl who gets his attention no one knows how, dating and dancing and heroic moments, and moments of action.
But while I bought Shadows entirely and without a second thought, I just didn’t feel the overwhelming chemistry between Daemon and Katy. He’s under Merriam Webster’s definition of Mixed Signals, and she’s totally ensnared in spite of his bad attitude—and I take it kind of personally when a girl can’t walk away from a boy who’s being downright rude to her because of his chiseled abs. Their relationship clearly evolves, but I’m still not sure why.
By the end, though, I could completely see why Daemon would actually fall for Katy. And I did like her reaction to learning of his genuine interest! Also, things moved a bit out of pure romance entanglement and into mystery and adventure... Which is what I loved so much more about Shadows.
So, while I’m not as enthusiastic as most of my friends about this particular book, I’m still going to follow the series and I’m still going to be a Daemon Street Team member with my wonderful group, Got Daemon?, because I think that Obsidian is the basis and things are just about to take off (Shadows got written/published afterwards, even if the events mark it as a prequel).