BOOK REVIEW – Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

BOOK REVIEW – Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. ArmentroutObsidian (Lux #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
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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.


*I reread this book and updated a few parts of my review from a decade ago ♥*

The Lux Series is what made me become obsessed with the enemies to lovers trope.  This book was everything!  Whether it was the infuriating, smug, sexiness that was Daemon, or the strong-willed Katy, or the energetic lovable Dee, or the duo that was Ash and Andrew, I LOVED all of the characters in this book. And the story-line? Not only did it have me grinning from ear to ear, but I kept finding myself saying “oh, just one more chapter”, and you know how that usually ends. Hours later and I couldn’t put this book down. JLA created the perfect world that I wanted to get lost in again and again.

For a moment, all I could do was stare at him. He was probably the hottest guy I’d ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche. Go figure.

Katy’s father passed away, and her mom was in desperate need of a fresh start. So they moved from Florida, to a small little town in West Virginia.  And in need of getting directions to the local supermarket and a place to buy plants, Katy had one of the most memorable meet cutes. That had no part of cute in it lol.  Daemon was sexy, shirtless and beyond exasperating.  He seemed to know how to push Katy’s buttons without a second thought.  From there I was glued to the pages.  I loved following Katy on her journey to discovering that Daemon and his lovable sister, Dee were aliens.  And how being friends with aliens can most definitely turn your life upside down and scrambling  just to stay alive!

Okay. That was it. “You know, you’re right. How wrong of me to call you a douchebag. Because a douchebag is too nice of a word for you,” I said, smiling sweetly. “You’re a dickhead.”
“A dickhead?” He repeated. “How charming.”
I flipped him off.

Katy is by far one of my favorite heroines. She never backed down from a challenge, didn’t take any of the garbage Daemon was constantly throwing at her, she tried her hardest to be fearless, while also being the best friend ever! She was an admirable girl that anyone would be lucky to call their friend. But my favorite thing about her? Her sassiness! She was one of the few people who took a stand against Daemon, and put him in his place. Her comebacks were hilarious, yet at the same time I couldn’t help but have my heart break each time Daemon was cold to her.  What did she ever do wrong? Why couldn’t she be friends with his sister Dee?  And why does he radiate so much pain when he lets his guard down for two seconds?

My lips pressed into a hard line. “You’re such an ass. Has…anyone ever told you that?”
He flashed a genuinely amused smile. “Oh, Kitten, every single day of my blessed life.”

Daemon was the ultimate book boyfriend! He made aliens sexy, and I never thought that was possible. Daemon had the weight of the world on his shoulders. He alone felt responsible for past horrific events, taking care of his sister, and sending Katy running away as far as humanly possible.  Yet, Daemon’s feelings towards Katy were a conundrum, that at times felt like whiplash.  You never knew if you were going to get the cold Daemon, or the one that had you begging for more.  Daemon will lull you into his web, and even if you want to hurt him, it’s impossible.  His heart shines through in moments that will have you clamoring for more.  Plus he was the embodiment of infuriating sexiness. And heaven help me, but I fell so hard for him.

Holding my breath, I reached up and brushed back a strand of hair. My fingers barely grazed his skin, but he sucked in a sharp breath and closed his eyes. I pulled my hand away, not sure why I’d done that.

The characters were addicting and impossible to get out of my head! The chemistry between Katy and Daemon was through the roof hot. I found myself smiling so much at their passionate banter!  And the story progressed at a perfect pace that always kept me intrigued and begging for more. Obsidian was an enchanting story that effortlessly captured my heart.  And a decade later, this is still one of my top favorite series ever!

Then I shifted my gaze, and my eyes locked with Daemon’s.  Even though several tables separated us, my breath caught.  There was something…wicked in those emerald-colored eyes.  Consuming.  I couldn’t look away, and he didn’t either.  The distance between us seemed to evaporate.

PS I highly recommend reading Shadows (A Lux Novel) by Jennifer L. Armentrout before reading this book!

Reading Order & Links:
Amazon (click on covers), iBooks (click on titles) & Book Depository (click on book #)
shadows a lux novel jennifer l. armentrout
Shadows #0.5

obsidian a lux novel jennifer l. armentrout
Obsidian #1

onyx the lux series jennifer l. armentrout
Onyx #2

opal a lux novel jennifer l. armentrout

lux origin jennifer l. armentrout
Origin #4

obsession lux jennifer l armentrout
Obsession (Companion novel) #4.5
lux opposition jennifer l armentrout
Opposition #5

oblivion lux jennifer l armentrout
Oblivion #Companion Novel
Told by Daemon Black


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  1. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Okay, this is going to sound crazy but I actually debated about whether to comment because I knew once I got started I would have a hard time stopping. lol This was possibly the first series that really and truly hooked me. One that I didn’t just enjoy, but I inhaled each book as it released and was borderline obsessed with the characters and the story. I’ve reread the series several times and even though it’s now been a few years since I did a reread, I still consider this an all-time favorite series. And Daemon is an all-time favorite character. I know JLA has turned toward fantasy the last few years, but I really miss her paranormal romance era! I agree that these characters are totally addictive!

  2. Lisa+Mandina+(Lisa+Loves+Literature)

    One of my all time favorite books! I need to go back and reread it myself. Like Tanya above I also miss these types of stories from JLA. Not that her new fantasy books aren’t good, I enjoyed the very first one in the current world she’s writing in, but I want the end of the spin-off series from this with Luc so bad! Great review, and yeah, now I feel the need to go reread.

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