Katy moves next door to aliens. And no, I’m not just saying that because they’re a little strange. They’re actually aliens from another planet that was destroyed long ago and needed to find a new place to call home. Katy recently moved to West Virginia because her mom wanted a fresh start after Katy’s dad dies from cancer. Unbeknownst to them, they move in next to Dee and Daemon who shouldn’t have anything to do with Katy for risk of putting her and themselves in danger. But of course, Katy has a near-death experience and suddenly, her life revolves around the Black family and their strange secrets.
Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout aren’t the best written young adult paranormal romances out there but they’re a fast and easy read for a captivating escape. The series has a high rating on Goodreads and for a good reason. They have steamy scenes and compelling writing (when there isn’t a grammar mistake).
I’ve whipped through these books. The only reason I haven’t read more of them is because I currently don’t have access to a library and don’t want to buy anymore for my Kindle but it really starts to add up.
One pet peeve of mine is that it’s always mentioned that the character’s lives are not like the books the main character, Katy, reads. But here’s the thing. IT IS. And that’s super frustrating. I feel like it’s one thing that Katy is a book worm and loves paranormal romances but it’s another thing that Daemon keeps bringing up the fact that Katy & his life is not like a book. That there are real lives, etc. at stake because get this, it is a book! And why does Daemon have to be smoking hot just like all the other paranormal romance books out there? The whole school doesn’t have to think he’s attractive. A select few would be more realistic.
“This isn’t a book. This isn’t a paranormal fantasy or whatever the hell it is you read. There is no set plot or clear idea of where any of this is going. The enemies aren’t obvious. There are no guaranteed happy endings.” (from Opal)
But really, why I am asking these questions? Deep down, it’s really just a quick book to read during your commute or while you’re waiting for a new book to come out. The series is captivating but it’s something you can put down without getting too invested as well.
The Katy & Daemon hating each other theme got old real quick. I was sick of hearing how Katy didn’t think Daemon didn’t have feelings for her especially since he did. I was over it by the time they actually REALLY got together. Though, their scenes can get pretty steamy. The author does a great job of writing intimate moments. I wish I could get kissed like Katy gets kissed and preferably by someone as hot as Daemon is described to be. -le sigh-
I’m not sure how many more I’ll read but I think I’m committed to at least the one that came out this past summer. Just gotta get to a library! I honestly enjoy this series despite the occasional writing mistakes and sometimes annoying hatred between Katy & Daemon. I think it’s an original idea and I love the complexity and variety in characters. It almost reminds me of The Vampire Academy which also was a great addition to the YA paranormal romance genre. These books are action packed and make you laugh out loud. While it deals with some heavy stuff, too, Armentrout writes everything effectively so as to not lose the importance or weight of these issues.
For the entire series, I’ll give 3.5 stars because sometimes the characters really bug me and the writing isn’t flawless. But the story is unique and interesting and the characters are fleshed out well. I’m curious to see where the rest of the series will take us.
Holy Hawt Chemisty, Batman!” (Obsidian Published Nov. 2011)
“That’s the funny thing about trying to escape. You never really can. Maybe temporarily, but not completely.” (Onyx Published August 2012)
“It’s the human condition, Kitten. The unknown isn’t something that sits well. They’d rather push it away-not completely, but just enough that it’s not always shadowing their every thought and action.” (Opal Published Dec. 2012)