The Book Bird

My name is Nicole and I'm an aspiring editor. This is my place to review books and record my progress in reading. I mostly review YA books, with some others thrown in occasionally.

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout Review

Obsidian follows a teenage girl who moves to a small town in West Virginia with her mother, and is not particularly happy about this decision. Next door to her lives a very attractive, and very rude, boy along with his twin sister. When she sees them do something out of the ordinary, she finds out that they are hot aliens from far, far away. 

The Good:

  • The plot was entertaining. The book was very fast paced and made you want to read on, and the drama kept me wanting more.
  • Although it was not as funny as the hype says it is, Obsidian still has some humor here and there.
  • The action scenes were entertaining.
  • The writing was solid. Not award-winning prose, but there weren’t any problems. It did its’ job.
  • The idea for the aliens was original, which I appreciated.
  • I had a lot of empathy for the MC. There was plenty of second-hand embarrassment involved.

The Bad:

  • The whole “I hate this guy but I am still in love with him how funny and unique” plot is getting really old, and I was rolling my eyes the entire book. MC wasn’t fooling anyone.
  • We get it. Hot alien guy is hot. You tell us every time we see him, we don’t need to be reminded on every page. If I had a dollar for every time the words “his hard chest” were used I could buy the rights to this book and fix it.
  • The author tells all the information at once. I wish there were more suspense on that front.
  • The idea for the aliens was really cool, but I wish it was developed more and there was more information on how they actually work. Especially the Arum. How does that work?

Overall rating: 3/5 stars. I will be reading the next books. It was very entertaining, and if the kinks in this book were worked out the rest of the series will be great. I hear the books get better as they go on, so I will be holding out hope. The author accomplished what she was trying to do, but I won’t be nominating this book for any awards.

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