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Obsidian Buddy Read Chapters 5-11

Hi everyone! I have my second post from my buddy read with Olivia from Brewing Up Books. Olivia is going to be elaborating on the book much more than I am because this is her first time reading it. To view my first post click here. Also, I did not mention in the last post, but these will NOT be spoiler free discussions.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My thoughts:

In these chapters, we start to see the relationships develop among the characters. We see Dee and Katy grow closer as friends and we see an inkling of an underlying sweetness in Daemon that was not present before. We also get a heightened sense of unease from Katy. She begins to grow suspicious about what is happening around her. When we leave off with chapter eleven, Katy begins to add two and two together to realize that something is not normal around her. One of the defining moments between chapters one and eleven is when Katy is attacked in the library parking lot. I’d say the three most important reasons for this are A. to increase the sense of abnormality within Katy’s environment B. to show us the defensive, yet caring side of Daemon C. It causes readers to view Katy as somewhat naive and very innocent (which comes to be important throughout the rest of the series, if you don’t mind my jumping ahead a bit.

Quote I liked:

“‘I’ve always found that the most beautiful people, truly beautiful inside and out, are the ones who are quiet;y unaware of their effect.’ His eyes searched mine intently, and for a moment we stood toe to toe. ‘The ones who throw their beauty around waste what they have? Their beauty is only passing. It’s just a shell hiding nothing bu shadows and emptiness'”(Armentrout 54).

 

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Obsidian Buddy Read Chapters 1-4

Hi everyone! It’s time for the buddy read I mentioned in my last post with Olivia from Brewing Up Books. Olivia is going to be elaborating on the book much more than I am because this is her first time reading it.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.Starting over sucks.

When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

And then he opened his mouth.

Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

The hot alien living next door marks me.

You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

If I don’t kill him first, that is.

My thoughts:

The first four chapters of this book are fairly uneventful. We do get a foundation for the entire plot line, as we meet the primary characters of the series. Katy comes across as very angst-ridden, for want of a better word, which I suppose is understandable in her situation. I really love how relate-able I  felt with her because not only does she have a book blog, but she’s got a very “girl-next-door” sort of vibe. Many paranormal-type books often depict the characters as inhuman, meaning they lack all human qualities. I’ve found that often even the human characters don’t necessarily seem real. It’s almost as if they are trying to appear perfect, but this is not true in the case of Obsidian! Right off the bat, Katy tells the reader that she looks like a “demented kewpie doll” (Armentrout 2), which makes her more easily connected to others because the reader doesn’t get the sense that she is flawless. Daemon is sort of the unattainable and saucy neighbor, but we see by the fourth chapter that he is capable of acting kindly. Dee seems to be starved of attention. I feel like Daemon treats her as if she is younger than she truly is. By the close of the fourth chapter, we see the plot beginning to take off, but not quite. Overall, I do not have entirely much to say about this portion of the novel because not very much actually occurred.

Quote I liked: “probably how I looked when I had to give a book I’d been excited for a less than stellar review” (26).

 

Does anyone have any thoughts about these chapters? Do you agree or disagree with my opinions on paranormal books? Let me know in the comments!

Lastly, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas if you celebrate it!

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I HAVEN’T FALLEN OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH UPDATE

Hi everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I am in fact still living, but none of you would know that because I haven’t posted in about A MONTH! I’m super sorry, I was very busy with school and the production of my new YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFlLbPIfPPrNkzcgJIfkaJA/videos). It seems like I blinked and suddenly it’s December 22! I had midterm exams last week and I am so thankful they’re over and I can now relax over break. I’m hoping to post a couple times during the week over the course of the holiday, so please stick with me for that! Also, I’m extremely excited to announce that I have a new design for my rating icons (instead of stars) and my signature as well as a blog button, which I will add to my blog over the next few days. I’m also participating in a buddy read with my lovely friend Olivia, who is the creative genius behind my new icons. We are reading the book Obsidian, and will prospectively be posting everyday for that. I’ve read the book many times so far whereas Olivia has not read it yet, so definitely follow her blog so you can read both perspectives (https://brewingupbooks.wordpress.com/). Also, feel free to participate in this read-along and comment your thoughts and opinions! That’s all for now; catch you later!

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