Ok, so aliens have never been my thing. I was all about My Teacher is an Alien and the like when I was in grade school, but the YA paranormal alien genre has just never been my cup of tea. Or, should I say, I never thought it would be my cup of tea. Until I read Obsidian.
After moving from Florida to a small town in West Virginia, Katy and her mother hope to move on from their tragic past. When they move in, Katy’s mother encourages her to meet the new neighbors, two siblings who appear to be about her age, in the hope that she will make some new friends before the school year starts. Katy and Dee immediately hit it off and become fast friends, but Dee’s twin brother Daemon is the biggest jerk Katy has ever met. He is outwardly hostile toward her, letting her know that he feels as though he and his sister are too good to be friends with the likes of her. As time moves on, Katy and Daemon end up reaching frenemy status, allowing the two to coexist relatively peacefully, providing they don’t get in each other’s way too much. However, Katy soon realizes that there is more to Daemon and Dee and their bizarre friends than meets the eye. They are aliens from the planet Lux, hiding out on Earth after their world was destroyed by their enemies, the Arum. In building relationships with them, Katy has put herself in the line of fire as the Arum use her as a tracking signal to find and eliminate Dee, Daemon, and everyone else like them.
What I liked:
1. Katy actually seemed sincere in her hatred for Daemon. While Katy did fall for Daemon, she finally said enough was enough with his crazy mood swings. She also didn’t take advantage of his desire to be with her just because they were connected in some weird cosmic way. She wanted to be with him on normal terms, relatively speaking, not because some freaky connection brought them together. She didn’t let her feelings get too much in the way of logic.
2. Katy wasn’t dimwitted and was not a pushover. For the most part, she stood her ground and didn’t make decisions based on what the hot boy next door said or did. In particular I liked that she enjoyed giving Daemon a taste of his own medicine by intentionally annoying him and by doing things like brake-checking him.
3. The male-female dynamic was a little less eye-roll worthy than in other YA romance. Unlike many other female protagonists, Katy actually had past history with guys. And, in this case, “like” actually came before love.
What I Didn’t Like
1. It seemed like the author was going overboard trying to make Daemon seem like a jerk. I get why he needed to be kind of crappy toward Katy, but sometimes it just seemed to be a bit much.
2. As much as she hated him, Katy would not stop talking about Daemon’s shirt, position of his shirt, fit of his shirt, or the built body under his shirt.
3. Here’s yet another protagonist who looooooves books. At least in this case it wasn’t a deep and undying love of the classics, modern books be damned. But still, more often than not it seems as though the narrator/main character of YA books HAS to be bookish in some sense.
Anywho, I’m giving this one 4.5 stars because it was just awesome all around. Ms. Armentrout’s new take on “little green men” actually hooked me pretty quickly. The opposing light and dark forces made for a really interesting twist on an old standby. She made them interesting and very much not the creepy monster aliens of my childhood. This is definitely a book worth reading, but I’ll warn you, once you get into it you’ll likely have a hard time putting it down. I’d recommend this as a beach read for the summer because it was so easy to get wrapped up in.