Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…
I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.
And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.
But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.
Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...
Jennifer L Armentrout’s Lux series is one of my favorite series. After five books, one novella, one spin-off, and multiple bonus scenes released, it might seem a bit much to release a full-length alternate POV novel (three if you bought the e-books). It’s not. This book might not have been necessary, but it’s far from superfluous. Oblivion was fun and familiar, but still fresh and very exciting. Daemon’s voice was humorous, surprisingly emotional, and simply irresistible. It was just as enthralling as Obsidian, and you might be surprised to know that if I had to choose between the two, I’d choose Oblivion.
I’m assuming that if you’re reading this then you’ve already read the Lux series and don’t really need much convincing to read this book. If you’re on the fence, then get off it and go read this book. If you’re in the middle of the Lux series and considering reading this book before you complete it, so you’ll read them in the chronological order of events, then I recommend you wait. I believe knowing what happens next enhances this book. If you haven’t read this series at all and are questioning if you should begin with this or Obsidian…even though I said that I prefer this to Obsidian, you should read that one first. It might very well be the fact that I experienced Obsidian and went through everything that Katy went through that made Oblivion so enjoyable for me.
Quick recap: Oblivion and Obsidian are about a girl and her hot, alien neighbor. Of course she doesn’t know that he’s an alien – she just knows him as the douche with the banging bod and gorgeous face, who can be an infuriating and unpredictable mixture of sweet and sour. Obsidian tells Katy’s perspective as she navigates her life as the new girl in a town where strange, inexplicable things keep happening. The blurb on the cover states that it’s a “cross between Roswell and Dawson’s Creek…” Well, they got the Roswell part right. The tension between Katy and Daemon is on par with Max and Liz’s, where every simple interaction, every close touch had me bursting out of my skin and internally screaming “KISS!” Sometimes externally too. The Dawson’s Creek reference…well, I don’t know what the hell that’s about because there isn’t a maudlin, self-absorbed, man-child who is a secondary character in his own story, so yeah, ignore that reference. (In case you couldn’t tell, I’m not a fan of Dawson Leery.) Anyway, this recap isn’t as quick as I wanted it to be, so just read the synopses to find out what these books are about.
Where was I? Oblivion. Yes, Oblivion was fantastic! It’s that rare gem where the alternative POV actually gives the reader more as well as provides a fresh perspective of what we already know. In fact – and I’m not sure if it’s because it’s been over a year since I read this series, or it is just that this book is that amazing – this book felt new to me. There’s so much new material in it; it’s basically a standalone. I didn’t realize how little time Daemon and Kat actually spent together in Obsidian, so there was more introspection than dialogue, and it all felt like behind-the-scenes material. Also, Daemon’s voice was very strong to me, and unexpectedly poignant. Sure, there was plenty of his trademark snarkinees and asshole hotness, but it was his other side that had me distracted while I was doing real life stuff. He had a lot going on in his life, and so much responsibility on his shoulders – definitely more that he alone should’ve had to bear – and seeing what motivated him made me fall in love with him more. And trust me, I was in love with Daemon Black, so I didn’t think there was any further to fall.
Oblivion doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it delivers more than you might expect. Whether you’re a die-hard Lux fan or a fair-weather newbie, I can’t recommend it enough. There seems to be a lot of male POV books out there, and who knows what an author’s motivation is when they write them, but even though JLA said that this one was for the fans, it wasn’t fan service. This is a great book, one of my favorites that she’s written, and I’ll definitely be reading this one over and over again. Read it and enjoy!
Now, I’m going to sit here and wait for the audiobook to release…