Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Teen review: Sci Fi / Romance

Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Obsidian young adult, sci-fi, action, romance novel (the first in the series) has been sadly underrated. It hasn’t yet grabbed the attention that it so deserves. Do not be thrown by the cover; contrary to popular belief, it is not all about a starry-eyed girl who needs to be saved by the mysterious and alluring boy/alien next door.

Moving to West Virginia was definitely a big change for Katy (or Kittycat), who had spent all of her 17 years in Florida. Of course, a change is exactly what her mom needed after her father passed away from cancer.

After moving in, she quickly comes to the conclusion that her neighbor, Daemon, is a jerk (but she says it in a rude way), and his sister Dee is just adorable! Dee soon becomes her best friend, and this results in a lot of time being spent with Daemon. Gradually, Daemon and Katy start hanging out together alone, and Katy notices some very strange things happening. One night, when she has a fight with Daemon and accidentally runs into the road, the truth is revealed: Daemon is an alien!

Katy handles this shocking revelation surprisingly well, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed the book so much. The main reason that she handles the news with ease is because she knows that she will do anything to protect her friends. She genuinely cares for both Dee and Daemon (even though she stubbornly denies her feelings for him), and wouldn’t want either of them to get hurt.

In just 335 pages, Jennifer L Armentrout manages to make you laugh, fall in love, and cry in terror (or at least she did that to me). This book is great for anyone who loves aliens, action, angst and hot boys. The characters are all very relateable. I’m not exaggerating when I say Katy was me. She was the awkward teenage girl who was obsessed with books and was always trying to do the best thing for her friends. Dee was the lovable best friend who is sweeter than can be. Daemon is the hot boy next door who insists on being shirtless 90% of the time; he’s rude at first, even cruel, but he feels terrible for making Katy feel hurt. He wants to protect her from his terrible and dangerous alien life. The book is marked as a young adult novel, but I would recommend it to 8th or 9th graders and up. There is some mature language, in addition to a minor scene in which another high school student oversteps his boundaries. Overall, I would give this book 4 stars out of 5, only because it took at least 100 pages for there to be any alien action whatsoever.

Reviewed by I.M.C., grade 9

Editor's note: For some reason, we own the sequel (Onyx) but not this first book in the series, so I'll take care of that at once, for all others who are intrigued by this review!

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