MINI REVIEW ✧ OBLIVION

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“I knew right then I would burn down the whole universe for her if I had to. I would do anything to keep her safe. Kill. Heal. Die. Anything. Because she was my everything.” 

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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can’t stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won’t just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen…

I’ve been sitting on the idea of reviewing this book for a few days and I kept going back and forth about what to do. On one hand, it’s not entirely worth doing a full review because it’s essentially the same story as Obsidian, which I reviewed earlier this week, so my feelings are more or less the same about the plot and the writing. But on the other hand, because it’s in Daemon’s POV, you not only see a different side of him but you see the alien side of the story. So I’ve settled on a bit of a compromise: a mini review!! Basically I’m just gonna say what I liked about the book instead of doing my usual formal review. Sound good? Alright, let’s get cracking!

  • One of my favourite things is when an author writes the story from someone else’s POV, especially when the original story is a romance done in one POV. So finding out that Armentrout did it with Daemon practically made my heart combust. What I really enjoyed was seeing the Luxen side of the story and getting more of an understanding to what Daemon and the rest of the Luxen could do. For example, you learn more about the Elders and what they do, since they’re kind of mentioned off-hand once, and there’s more of a history given to the Luxen, more than before. You also get to see more of the relationship between Daemon and Matthew and you definitely get a feel of what they mean to each other. So I really liked getting more of all of this since we never could’ve gotten this in Katy’s POV.
  • Although most of the story is exactly the same, there are a couple of new scenes here and there, and not just with Daemon and anyone else other than Katy. Armentrout managed to write a few new scenes between these two that just expanded on their relationship and gave more depth as to how he really felt about her. There were also some really nice scenes between him and Dee and I thought that it was really important to his character because he always talked about how much his sister meant to him and how everything he does is to protect her. And in these scenes, Katy often comes up and while he tells Dee one thing about how he feels about her, you can see that in his head he’s thinking the opposite. I really loved that you could see how deep his feelings for Katy ran and that it’s been like that since the beginning. It also does a lot to justify his actions and the things he said to Katy that came off wrong. You learn that he hated most of what he said or did to her and he didn’t mean to do what he did. Essentially you get a better feel for his character and it reinforces that cliched “looks can be deceiving” thing.
  • I want to touch upon Adam’s character for a minute, because you see more of him in Daemon’s life than you do Katy’s, and I ended up really enjoying him!! I liked that in his family, the Thompsons, he was pretty much the only one who was alright with Katy knowing about them and seemed to genuinely like her. And he’s definitely the nicest one out of the three of them and overall he seems like a really good guy. I don’t know how much we’re gonna see of him in the rest of Katy’s story but I hope it’s more than before.

I’m unapologetically giving this 5 stars because a) I really enjoyed reading it and b) it made me love Daemon even more than before (which is impossible, I know). I’m so happy that Armentrout decided to write the story in his POV and I know she did it for the next two books in the series as well and I can’t wait to get to those!! I probably won’t mini review those ones, but I will definitely be formally reviewing the rest of this series for sure.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Oblivion (Lux #1.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 1, 2015
Pages: 350 (Paperback)
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Until next time,

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