Book Review: Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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 SO been waiting quite awhile to see the story between him and Katy unfold through his eyes. Oblivion was every bit as comical, sweet, rage-inducing, and heart-warming as any Lux fan would come to expect from someone like Daemon Black. I loved every minute of being inside Daemon’s head, particularly when it came to Katy. It was fascinating seeing how fascinated he was with Katy, even though he didn’t want to be. The connection between them was obvious right from the get-go and I loved seeing small moments that we didn’t get to see from Katy’s POV. With this book, it was the little things that stood out the most to me and made me appreciate Daemon more, even in his jerkiest of times.

I had two issues with the book, the first being that it dragged on a bit for a little over half of the book. Too many times Daemon would reiterate the issue with Dawson and how obsessed he was with protecting Dee. Yes, that is very important and explains Daemon’s drive, but a mention once or twice would be plenty for me. This may have something to do with the fact that I read the actual series, so I know what’s going on, but it has been quite awhile since I read Obsidian, so I thought I’d be more enthralled by the book when instead I was wondering when something would happen, despite knowing how it would all go down. Also, it wasn’t as different a read as I was hoping for. JLA has done a retelling of a book in a different POV before and it turned out great! It truly felt like a different kind of story. This time, although I loved those special moments unseen by Katy’s eyes, the book itself wasn’t too far off from Obsidian.

In any case, I loved being inside Daemon’s head. He is one of those guys you can’t help but love, even when you hate him. I read the print version of the book, which only recounts Obsidian from Daemon’s POV. I hope to get my hands on the digital version so I can read Onyx and Opal from his POV one day.

The Titan Saga Book Trailer

Hypable unveiled the trailer for the Titan Saga today.

I just watched it and although I like the narration/commentary, there were a few things that felt kind of cheesy to me. Seth/Drew looks good of course, but when he was looking through Josie's window, all brooding like that, I kind of LOLed. Also, why did Apollo have to be shirtless? Go figure.

Anyways, I'm excited for everyone to read The Power, which was great, and if you haven't started the series yet, you need to get on that and get to know another side of Seth.

What do you think of the trailer?

Cover Reveal and Excerpt: The Problem With Forever

Hey JLanders!

Yesterday, EW exclusively revealed the cover "The Problem With Forever" along with an excerpt. I thought I'd share it here for you all, ICYMI:

Isn't it gorgeous?!?!

I love the colors and the contrast in fonts is great. I'm definitely a fan of the whole watercolor effect and sometimes, simple is best. I really can't wait to read this book.

Here's the excerpt to help get you pumped for the book:

Mr. Santos appeared at the front of the speech class like there had been a trap door in the ceiling he’d fallen out of. That took talent. “All right, kiddos. We’re going to start class off with a little exercise.” He clapped his hands together, startling the boy in the front of the room that had already drifted off to sleep. “When it comes to public speaking, practice is key. The more you do it, the easier it gets. Trust me.”

A tingling started in my fingers as I straightened.

“When I was your age—”

“A century ago,” someone muttered.

Santos shot the kid a droll look. “Cute. Anyway, when I was your age a few decades ago, the thought of talking in front of a bunch of people made me want to vomit.”

“Yikes,” murmured a girl.

There was a good chance I was going to hurl, myself.

“So it was something I had to work at. We all do. That means we’re going to kick off with a quick introduction.”

“Oh, s—,” Rider muttered under his breath. He of all people would know why this was impossible for me.

Santos continued, oblivious to the fact that I was staring at him with my eyes peeled so wide it was like I no longer had eyelids. “Each of you will stand up, face the class, give us your name, and tell us one thing you like—keep it classy, folks—and one thing you don’t like. Again, PG-rated.”

Laughter followed, but the blood was draining from my head so fast I felt dizzy. No. I had weeks to prepare for this. Talking in front of the class was not supposed to happen today or tomorrow or next week.

“Mallory.” Rider called my name in a whisper.

My hands gripped the edge of the desk as my pulse did its own version of house music. My throat was tightening up as my eyes swung in his direction. Hector and Paige’s faces were a blur. A chair scratched across the floor and my gaze followed the sound.

A guy was standing, hitching up his pants. As instructed, he faced the class. “My name is Leon Washington.” A big grin covered his face. “I don’t like cheese. And I like the chicks in the vids.”

Chuckles and giggles rose while Santos shot him a look. Leon plopped down, and up went a girl. My breath was coming out in fast gasps. Paige sat at the end of the first row, Rider at the second, and me at the end of the third. There were seventeen chairs in front of me, two empty.

Oh God.

My wide gaze darted to Rider. Understanding was etched into his expression, in the hard set of his jaw. His gaze darted to the girl who was now standing.

“I’m Laura Kaye.” She brushed shoulder-length brown hair back from her face as she turned to the class. “I… um, I like driving with loud music on. And I don’t like…” Her cheeks flushed pink. “And I don’t like gossiping b——s.”

Mr. Santos sighed.

The class erupted into laughter.

Laura sat down with a satisfied smile on her face.

There was a good chance I was going to have a heart attack as another guy stood, his face already the color of a tomato.

“Mallory,” Rider whispered, and my panicked stare drifted to him. Over his shoulder, I was aware of Paige watching us. “You can do this,” he said in a hushed voice. “You can.”

His eyes held mine, and he stared at me like his words alone held the power to convince me, but he was wrong. I couldn’t do this. The plug at the top of my throat turned into a seal. Oh God, there was no way I could get any words out. Pressure clamped down on my chest, seeming to completely cut off my airway. An all-too-familiar icy burn splashed across the base of my neck.

I couldn’t do this.

Daemon Black Reads Oblivion

Entangled Teen recently posted some teasers of Pepe Toth, aka Daemon Black, reading scenes from Oblivion.

I've gathered all the teaser videos here for your viewing, and listening, pleasure. Enjoy!

Happy New Year!

New JLA Book Teaser

JLA is currently working on an upcoming Adult Suspense/Romance novel that will be releasing next year from Avon! Woohoo!!! I love me a good suspense book.

What do you think of the teaser?