PURE YA GOLD!!!
I’ll be honest here, I didn’t think I was going to love a book about aliens. That’s why I put off starting this book for so long. Its not that I had anything against them, I just wasn’t sure if they were my ‘thing’, you know?? I was wrong. Horribly wrong. They are SO my thing. Well, at least Daemon is. Holy hotness. He’s just… *fans self*… seriously for a YA book the sexual tension is just out of CONTROL!! I mean wow! I totally loved it!! Honestly, I have no complaints… well, maybe only that the series isn’t finished yet and I freaking want MORE but there’s not much I can do about that except bite my nails and wait no-so-patiently. (2016 EDIT: the series is finished now)
Ok… about the book…
In an effort to ‘start over’ after her Dad dies, Katy’s mom moves them to a small town. And although Katy would much rather spend her time reading books or writing her review blog (yes, she writes a blog. So cool!! Instant bond!), her mom encourages her to get to know the neighbors… and she does. Meet Daemon Black. Gorgeous, tall, and alluring. But after her first conversation with him, she quickly realizes he’s also arrogant, stab-worthy and oh-so-very-very-infuriating.
“He was probably the hottest guy I’d ever seen in real life, and he was a total douche. Go figure.”
“Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.”
But something just feels a little off about him and his polar-opposite warm, sweet, fun twin sister who has befriended her. The way people treat them, little glances, tricks of the light… something about them is different and Katy is about to find exactly what it is.
I fell in love with this book and with the characters from the first chapter. It was fresh, fun and catchy. The dialogue was snappy, the banter was awesome, the story-line was engaging, and there was Unresolved Sexual Tension thick enough to cut with a knife. I mean holyyyy!!
The writing style had an easy flowing pace that never dragged or felt rushed. Honestly, it just a purely enjoyable experience. Total brain candy 🙂
I loved the light feel of the book. The little hints at mystery. The humor. The snark. The intrigue. But despite the ‘alien’ thing, it never felt over-the-top fantastical. And it was quite refreshing to have a new twist on the typical paranormal storylines.
Daemon… I couldn’t help but fall for him. Underneath all the bad boy, arrogant, stab-worthyness was a really gorgeous softie that we got little glimpses of here and there. Oh, and he apologizes!!! I’m such a sucker for guys who are badass enough to apologize and still remain badass 🙂 Even before you read his POV scenes at the end, you can tell that he’s a good guy despite some of his infuriating actions.
But I loved that despite his chemistry with Katy being undeniable, she didn’t put up with Daemon’s crap – not even for a minute. She called him on it, gave him the middle finger on occasion and just because she swooned over him, didn’t mean she just turned into a puddle of goo. She stood up for herself, held her own (I’m thinking about a certain cafeteria scene here involving pasta being dumped on someone’s head) and honestly, never annoyed me.
“Holy Hawt Chemistry, Batman!”
No kidding!! Half the time I just wanted to shove them at each other and be like ‘just kiss already!!!!!’
“Geez, I thought you guys were supposed to be nice and charming.”
He frowned. “What guys?”
“You know, the knight in shining armor and saving the damsel in distress kind.”…
“I’m not your knight.”
This book is a little different than a lot of romances because the main couple aren’t officially a couple for the whole of this book. There is a lot that comes between them. His kind isn’t supposed to mingle with humans and she is a huge liability to him, his family and his people. But events just keep throwing them together and by the end, we do get some feeling of ‘togetherness’ between them. And quite honestly, with his attitude in the beginning, if they had gotten together any sooner, it wouldn’t have felt right.
As for the ending, this is the first book in a series of 5 so there is definitely a lead in to the next book. But there is no nail-biting cliffhanger and although I promised myself that I would only read book #1 to see what all the fuss was about and then stop until the rest came out but I need MORE!!! So yeah… I’ll keep reading them as they come out 😛
Bottom line – definitely add this to the YA to-read pile! 🙂
READING ORDER + PURCHASE LINKS
#1 – OBSIDIAN (Start with this one!)
#0.5 – SHADOWS – Remember, DON’T start with this even though it’s the prequel. Read it after Obsidian!! TRUST ME!!!
#2 – ONYX
#3 – OPAL
#4 – ORIGIN
#6 – OPPOSITION