I just finished reading both of these books and I needed to share my thoughts on them right away. I’m doing a double review since I read them back to back and some of my feelings on them will be difficult to separate. So without further ado, here are my thoughts on these books.
Obsidian and Onyx might be two of the most talked about YA books out there. I constantly hear about them, how awesome they are, and how much everyone loves Daemon. Add that hype to the trouble I had finding the books, they aren’t in my library nor in the bookstores around here, and I just had to get my hands on them! I finally ordered them and was super annoyed when I got Onyx right away but had to wait THREE weeks for Obsidian to finally get here. When it did, I didn’t wait long before tearing into them. And still, even with all the hype and the love out there, I was nervous about whether or not I would like them. And it turns out, I was partly right to be nervous. Here is what I liked about them and what I didn’t (gasp!).
Obsidian (Lux #1)
Summary (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.
My Likes: The characters. Katy was a great protagonist. She had the perfect combination of normal teenage girl angst alongside spunk and the willingness to stand up for herself. She didn’t back down when Daemon was mean to her. She didn’t let him get away with anything. She admitted he was hot but resisted the attraction. She didn’t forgive him easily and made him earn her trust. I respect that. Daemon was the perfect male lead. He’s hot, has alien super-powers, loves his family, and is a complete jerk. Girls love that. But honestly, he was a huge jerk to Katy and I’m glad she didn’t back down from him. Later on we learn why he’s so protective of his family, why he wants to keep away from humans, why he both protects Katy and wants to keep her safe and why he pushes her away at the same time. And I’ll admit, his reasons are good. But his actions are bad. But as far as book boys go, I can see why people like him so much. And why people like Katy and Daemon together. Because damn, they have some major chemistry.
My Dislikes: Okay, if you love this book already, you might want to just go ahead and skip this paragraph. I’m just letting you know, I’m probably going to rant a bit. But for me, Obsidian felt too much like Twilight. From the new girl in town to the irresistible yet strange boy to the girl getting saved by the boy from a moving car to the local boy who won’t stay away from the new girl to the boy finally sharing his secret with the girl. It all felt too similar. I know there are differences, not the least of which was the better writing and characters. But it was difficult for me to separate the two books in my mind while I was reading. For me, it was just too similar and that really kept me from being able to really enjoy the rest of the book. But it looks like I might be the only one that was bothered by this.
Overall Feelings: I wasn’t too happy with the similarities between Obsidian and Twilight while reading it. While I like almost everything about this one better, the fact that it felt like I had read it before overshadowed everything else. I did like the characters and the writing, but I could only give Obsidian three stars. And even though it wasn’t a favorite of mine, I couldn’t resist the pull of Onyx. I had to find out what happened. And I’m so glad I did!
Summary (from Goodreads): 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…
My Likes: Wow. Everything was better in this book. Obsidian was tame and calm compared to this one. The action picked up, the romance picked up, Daemon had changed, and Katy was different. Events from the first book changed both of them and their relationship changed accordingly. I liked the fact that the story moved forward, that we got some answers to a few of the questions, that the plot got much more intense, and that A LOT happened. We met some new people who shook things up a bit. And the world became a little bit bigger and much more dangerous. I didn’t think about Twilight at all during this one.
My Dislikes: There actually wasn’t much I didn’t like about this one. My main complaint would actually be about Katy. Normally I love her and think she’s great. But I was getting a little annoyed with her after so long of not believing that Daemon might actually have feelings for her. I know there is a lot that Daemon could lose by being in a relationship with Katy, a human. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for him to feel something real for her. I understood her hesitation and was even happy about it for a while. I just wanted her to stop arguing with his feelings and admit what they had together.
Overall Feelings: Woah. I had no idea what was waiting for me in Onyx. It was action-pacted, full of surprises, intense, and steamy with a large helping of “That did not just happen!”. I loved it. Really. So much happened and we learned so much about the relationship between the Luxen, humans, the DOD, and others. There were so many moments of surprise, so many emotions that I just didn’t get from Obsidian. I really wish I had something better to say than any of this, but really I was just totally caught up in this book and didn’t want to put it down. I won’t give away any of the surprises, but I seriously can’t wait for Opal. The ending on this one killed! Jennifer L. Armentrout knows how to captivate an audience. Consider me a fan. I gave Onyx four and a half stars.