Series: Lux #1
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Date Published: 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Description: When seventeen-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she’d pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up…until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It’s hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he’s an alien. Turns out that Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities and Katy is caught in the crosshairs. Daemon’s touch has lit her up like the Vegas Strip and the only way she’s getting out of this alive is by sticking close to him until her alien mojo fades. That is if she doesn’t kill him first.
Katy is a teenage book-blogger (yay book bloggers!). She and her mother have moved to a small town in West Virginia from Florida. Here personal motto is: Katy’s personal motto: “Come on, Kittycat, don’t be a bystander.” Being the new girl in town, she needs to make some friends. And right next door is Dee and her twin brother Daemon. Katy and Dee become fast friends. But Katy and Daemon become fast frenemies. Daemon is super hot, has piercing green eyes, and a bad attitude towards Katy. If you didn’t guess by now, yes, there is something “super-natural” about Daemon and his sister Dee.
Argh. This book was very frustrating for me to read. I think I liked it and loathed it at the same time.
Parts I liked: the sexual tension and arguments between Katy and Daemon. And yes, I am a believer in the prelude to the relationship. The build up is usually way more interesting than when they actually get together. Here’s an example from their very first meeting.
“Now that’s not very ladylike, Kittycat.”
I whipped around. “Don’t ever call me that,” I snapped.
“It’s better than calling someone a douchebag, isn’t it?” He pushed out the door. “This has been a stimulating visit. I’ll cherish it for a long time to come.”
I did also really like the extra chapters at the end of the book (at least my ebook version) from Daemon’s point of view. Reading his thoughts was actually more interesting to me than Katy’s.
Parts I didn’t like: all of the similarities with Twilight. I know I shouldn’t compare books to one another, but I really could not help it with Obsidian. Daemon is hot and cold, an emotional roller coaster. And I always felt that Edward was the same, especially at the beginning of the series. There are hints of the super-natural. The slow reveal while Katy and Dee and Daemon are getting to know each other, similar to Bella and Edward. Katy even at one point asks if Daemon sparkles. There are even some very similar scenes between the two books. I won’t spoil them for you, but I’m sure you’ll recognize the scenes right away.
There are quite a few books in this series. And to be completely honest, I don’t know if I care enough about what will happen between Katy and Daemon to read them. Maybe the series gets better? And less Twilight-y.