Audiobook Review: Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux #1)

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Narrated by: Justine Eyre

Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Aliens, Paranormal Romance

Rating: 2 stars

Format: Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date:03-18-13

Publisher: Tantor Audio

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Synopsis (From Goodreads):

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.

Obsidian Lux #1 (Audiobook) Review:

I’m going to be honest, I think the only reason I made it through this entire book was based on the nostalgia connect my pre-teen-self had in relation to the aliens in high school concept. Growing up, I was in love with TV Roswell, which was a three seasoned show on the WB about these three teen-aged Aliens living in Roswell New Mexico. Sent to Earth in these pods and biologically reborn into human form after the destruction or political overtaking (can’t really remember) of their home planet, Max, Isabel and Michael found themselves amongst us.

Where, Max, the once and future Alien king falls in love with the human, Liz Parker and after saving her life one day in her father’s restaurant after she is shot, none of their lives are normal anymore.

I mean a lot of the plot was similar to the show and since I liked the show, I was half expecting the book to get better, but it never did. I was even expecting to get used to or see Daemon’s character (yeah, real normal and not outstanding name that one) who reminded me of Michael from Roswell (who did change and had character depth and feelings) to change, but it never did.

The 2 star rating for this book however was not just about Daemon’s lack of character depth, it was also because of its sexism, misogyny, superficial characters, lofty first person perspective of the flighty protagonist, Katie whom could not go two seconds without reminding the reader she was “cool” because she had a blog *insert side eyes*…..*insert eye roll*.

Furthermore, her character continuously contradicts her rebel and independent thinking image as the book continued. I think the most annoying thing I found with Katie’s character was the fact that she would comment on the danger or uneasiness of a situation but do nothing about. So was it any wonder she was in some sort of “trouble” every other chapter? No, because she sensed you shouldn’t do something but she did it anyway.  I mean, was she not raised to use her brain??? Concept aside (the reason I choose this book as it reminded me of Roswell) I will NOT be continuing with this series.

I am liking this audiobook thing so far and I look forward to the next book in my #2016audiobook challenge list for February.

Thanks so much for reading, guys.

Until the next post,

Gia.

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