Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | #COYER Audio Review

July 30, 2014 Reviews 10

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | #COYER Audio ReviewObsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Series: Lux #1
Published by Entangled Teen, Tantor Audio on March 18, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 294
Length: 9 hours 32 minutes
Format: Audiobook

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.

My Initial Reaction…

Obsidian was pretty good. I really liked the MC – How could I not love a character who has a book blog? – but the angst between Daemon and Katy really got old.

The Narration…

Justine Eyre was an okay narrator for me. There’s a very growl-like or gravelly aspect to her voice that kind of grated on me at first, but I grew used to it. She did do a good job creating different voices for each character – although at one point I distinctly remember thinking someone else was talking and finding out it was Daemon, so she wasn’t as great as I would like at keeping the voices consistently distinct. Oh and she said Daemon’s name about three different ways, which really irritated me. One of the things I like about audiobooks is learning how a character’s name is “supposed” to be said. So that was a real bummer. I’ll probably continue this series on audio just because that’s how I started it and the problems aren’t enough to take away from Obsidian. They just don’t enhance it the way a great narrator does.

The Characters…

I liked most the characters in Obsidian, particularly the main character, Katy. I think I just could associate with her pretty easily because she’s a book blogger and at some level that means we have a lot in common. It was neat hearing her mention things like Waiting on Wednesday or getting giddy over her book haul. I also liked her relationship with her mom and felt that she was a pretty decent person. But we didn’t get as deep into her personality as I would have liked. Her father died recently and I felt like we should have seen more of that impact on her. She’s likable, but I don’t love her yet.

I think the only character I loved was Katy’s next door neighbor Dee. I loved the way she wanted to be friends with Katy from the start – wants to be as normal as possible and have normal friends. She wants to garden and read Katy’s blog. I feel for her, because she’s in a tough situation and doing her best to make her life within the restrictions she has to follow. She’s a good friend and I hope we’ll see a lot more of her in future books.

And Daemon. I get the appeal – hot next door neighbor with amazing abilities. But his attitude grated on me after a while. At first I got it – he’s trying to protect his family and Katy’s a problem. But after a while it just got OLD and he became less hot and more of an ASS. I do like the personality he’s starting to sprout as Obsidian ended, but then Katy’s got this stick up her ass too. So IDK, but I’m not feeling their tension. It’s more like annoying squabbling than sexual tension at this point for me. I hope that improves in the next book.

The Story…

I like what Armentrout has done with the Luxen in Obsidian. It’s creative and different, at least for me. As I started reading Obsidian I hadn’t read any reviews recently, so I really didn’t know where things were going and for about the first 50% I was on my toes.

But after the first major reveal, things kind of fell into predictable territory for me. Not to say I didn’t enjoy Obisidan‘s story – I really did – but I would have liked it much better if there had been a few more twists and lot less predictability.

I enjoyed the Luxen abilities and the action was pretty great. Based on my comments about the characters, you already know that the romance fell pretty flat for me.

The other thing that kind of frustrated me about Obsidian was the way time passed. It was very choppy – I’d feel like a day had passed but it had been weeks and vice-versa. The same kind of choppiness hurt the general flow of Obisidan. A scene would end very suddenly and we’d pick up at another point and it just felt a bit jarring. I’m willing to entertain the possibility that this was because of the way the audiobook was read, at least in part.

Concluding Sentiments…

All-in-all, I’d say that Obsidian is a pretty solid start to a series and while I’m not in love with it, I’m definitely planning to continue it, in hopes that those things that bugged me will get better.

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About Jennifer L. Armentrout

# 1 New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion), and new YA paranormal series with Harlequin Teen.

Jennifer also writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn. The Gamble Brothers Series (Tempting the Best Man/Tempting the Player) and Wait for You. Under her pen name, she is published with Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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10 Responses to “Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout | #COYER Audio Review”

  1. Lupdilup

    I’ve been curious for a long time about this author’s books. I have a few of them on my wish list. It sounds like this could be a good place to start to get to know her work.
    I know what you mean about Justine Eyre, I’m OK with her male voices, but her female voices sound like they are at the verge of a nervous breakdown..lol I don’t know how to describe them..lol. She does take some time to get used to.
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  2. Ginny

    I totally just skimmed your review because I just picked this one up as a freebie this week and as soon as you mentioned the MC being a book blogger and mentioning Waiting on Wednesday it moved up on my read list. πŸ˜‰ I will come back and see how we compare with it when I finish it.
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  3. Iily

    I actually havent read this JLA series before but i’ve heard such good things about it that it’s on the list LOL! I love the fact that the MC is a book blogger! How cool is that?
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    • Berls

      I know, right?!? Totally connected me with her πŸ™‚ I hear there’s another book for this series coming out very soon, so I’m considering trying to pick up the next couple really soon.
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  4. Jessica @ Rabid Reads

    I’m kind of afraid to read this series again. I read it WAY before blogging, and I stopped reading at book 3, b/c I was warned about the KILLER cliffhanger, so I was just going to wait under the series concluded . . . which it does . . . like next week . . . anyway, I was planning on rereading so I wasn’t totally lost, but a LOT of the books I liked from around that time are turning to BLAH when I pick them up again . . . I’m scared, Berls!
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    • Berls

      LOL, I know what you mean. I remember noticing that you gave this 5 stars on goodreads and being a bit surprised. But I have a lot of books from my pre/early blogging days that are marked as 5 stars there that I probably would give lower ratings now. But I think if you enjoyed it then, you’ll probably still enjoy it now, just maybe not as much.
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