Monday, September 16, 2013

Obsidian, Onyx, Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout

Here's a mini review for the first three books in the Lux Series by Jennifer L Armentrout

Title: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Pages: 335
Publisher: Entangled Teen
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.34 stars
Published: May 8th, 2012


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.

Title: Onyx
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Pages: 366
Publisher: Entangled Teen
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.45 stars
Published: August 14th, 2012


Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we're linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible. Against all common sense, I'm falling for Daemon. Hard.
But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?
No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies.

Title: Opal
Author: Jennifer L Armentrout
Pages: 382
Publisher: Entangled Teen
My rating: 5 stars
Goodreads rating: 4.34 stars
Published: December 11th, 2012


No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well... There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.
But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different... And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.
Together we’re stronger... and they know it.

Okay, I read these this summer {honestly, about 2 months ago}. I'm still waiting to get the fourth book from my library, and all I could say was "arg!" when I finished Opal and realized I would have to wait at least a couple months to read the next one.  While these have the easy reading of a good amount of YA books, they're really interesting and totally grabbed me and hooked me in after just the first chapter.  I'd seen a few book bloggers that heralded these as absolutely amazing, as well as things like "Team Daemon" all over Twitter.  So, this summer I was going through my to read list on Goodreads and thought I would knock off some of the books on there {reading tends to take a lot longer when the only time I have is during Little D's naps... which is also when I tend to try to get everything else done, too}.  Obsidian was at my local library, and I ordered the other two from other branches.  Yay for free books!

Obsidian wasn't quite what I expected.  In some ways it was, because it has some of the typical YA elements {hot guy, all the girls like the hot guy, he's snarky and rude, and irresistibly drawn to lead female}, but there were other things that took me off guard.  First off, dude, they're aliens.  I think these might actually be the first books about aliens I've actually ever read.  I can't help it... I was actually mentally going back and thinking about Roswell while reading this a little, at least of the first part of it.  But it didn't last too long, because these aliens are so very different.

Daemon Black is everything you don't want in a guy.  Its so true what they say about guys/men in books compared to what you really want.  I've dated a guy like Daemon, all snarky and cocky, knowing he looks good.  That's not the guy you want to have a relationship with.  But for some reason in books the author knows just how much snark and cockiness is okay, as well as when to start changing the guy to so it has all of us reader swoon.  Armentrout does this with Daemon, starting in Obsidian, but really getting more so in Onyx...

Katy is a book blogger.  Yep, guys, an author went there!  And I love her.  She is fun, spunky, and perfectly okay not being with Daemon.  But she randomly gets some of his alien mojo lighting her up like a Christmas tree, and has no choice but to be around him and his freakishly hyper {and awesome} sister, Dee {who I love until Opal... she's starting to warm up to me again, but I want the old Dee back!}.  Katy is perfectly happy with her life, and loves that she gets a new friend when her mom moves them up from the East Coast.

Guys, I'm going to kinda end this review... Its currently 9PM, which is my bedtime now that we have Little D {and I don't tend to really sleep that much past 5AM when the hubs wakes me up as he leaves for work and makes sure I have my earplugs out}.  But, I want to say, if you like snarky leads, females that can hold their own, crazy aliens that literally move at the speed of light, than these are probably right up your alley.  If you're not sure, pick up Obsidian and check them out!

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