The Messenger Reviews

Obviously, this is a book review blog. I mostly read Young Adult books, but I try to branch out every once and a while as well!


Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian. I have absolutely no idea why I liked this book as much as I did. I really can't put my finger on it. There are some things in particular that I know I liked, but that doesn't explain why I liked this book as much as I did. 
First off though, I will start with what I didn't like. This is just a bunch of books mixed together and rehashed with some nice writing, as many others have pointed out.Some of it is a bit of a stretch, but you can definitely see the similarities, right? It doesn't hinder the book too much, but it would have been nice to have some more originality.
One major difference between this book and Twilight is the fact that Katy has some major nerve, unlike Bella. Don't get me wrong, I like Bella for different reasons, but Katy is feisty. I loved Katy, surprisingly. I don't usual like girls like her. She reminded me a lot of Mara, from The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, who is another love of mine. I loved Katy's wit and her love of books. I also love that even though she seems like a social recluse and a "geek", she still isn't socially inept. Her isolation seems to be based purely off of personal choice, not social necessity. I love how gutsy she is. She was one of the things I definitely loved about this books and that I thought worked. 
I was not blown away by her counterpart, Daemon, but from the preview I've read of the second book, Onyx, I think I will like him far more. I thought he was definitely well written and a complex character, but I didn't particularly like him as a person. It's not that I hated him, because I did like him well enough, I just didn't love him like I was told I would. He reminded me of Mara's counterpart Noah, but a little bit less likable, probably because he didn't let his jerky/arrogant guard down as much and was so off an on, instead of Noah who, after the initial guard was down, remained pretty much all awesome all the time. For me, Daemon was just a bit too jerky, a bit too arrogant, a bit of a player, and a bit too off and on. However, much like the plot, I didn't dislike him enough to think that he made the book worse.
I loved this book, though I honestly can't tell you why. I've obviously found enough problems with it. However, I still liked this book a whole lot, and can't wait to read the sequels. I would suggest it to only people roughly thirteen and up though. Really, just use your own personal discretion. If you don't think you can handle some semi-mature content, than don't read the book. If you can, definitely go and read it. 

Four Point Five out of Five Stars