Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review: Can anyone say Twilight clone?

November 4, 2012 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 2 stars, Books, Reviews

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review: Can anyone say Twilight clone?Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #1
on May 8, 2012
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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 came to me highly recommended and I really wanted to love it. I mean, hot alien bad boy living next door? Yes please. I really hate to do this, but while I was reading it, the Twilight similarities just kept on popping into my head. And once I was there, I couldn’t stop seeing the references.

First, you’ve got Daemon, a sexy teenage boy who is repellent to Katy. He’s possessive, overprotective, and a total jerk (Edward). His bouncy sister wants to be best friends with her (Dee). Then you’ve got Ash, the bitchy gorgeous girl in their group (Rachel), the authoritative biology teacher (Carlisle) and the dude who just doesn’t support them (Emmett?).

The first half of the book was about getting used to Dee and Daemon and realising there was something weird about them. Katy walks in front of a truck accidentally and Daemon saves her from it with superhuman speed and some strange glowing. Later, she finds out that he not only glows, but he’s actually a source of light.

Not to mention the chase at the end of the book against an evil alien who wants to kill Katy (Victoria). I mean, does this not exactly sounds like the plot of Twilight to you? It’s as if the author has taken the blueprint of the book, changed the vampire to aliens, taken out the weird stalker tendencies and made Katy into a stronger/snarkier person. Funnily enough, Obsidian has achieved a near 5 star rating on Goodreads, which means even years after Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series, it shows that readers are still loving the sexy supernatural dude going after a normal teenage girl.

I can see the appeal though. I mean this guy is HOT, six pack and everything. There’s ever-growing tension between him and Katy, and Katy just seems more real and likeable compared to Bella. It’s not hard being better than Twilight, but someone needs to start the trend. Pretty much a better Twilight, but with aliens, makes it hard for me to rate this highly.

I read this for a buddy read here. Check out our discussion if you’re interested.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Jeann is an Aussie YA blogger and mum who loves to read and recommend books! You can usually find me fangirling about books on my various social media channels including Twitter @happyindulgence, Instagram and Youtube.

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