Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout
Published by Entangled Teen
Published on: December 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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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.
When I read the Lux series awhile back, it literally consumed my life for about 5 days. I read them back to back and absolutely loved the whole experience. Oblivion tells Daemon’s side of the story from the first three books. So when I saw that Sophia at Delighted Reader had reviewed this book, I knew I had to read it.
Originally it was only supposed to be Daemon’s point of view from the first book, Obsidian. However, the author decided to continue his viewpoint for the next two books, Opal and Onyx, as well. The book comes in at over 1000 pages, although it only tells you the number of pages from Obsidian when you buy it,just a heads up. As before, I read them back to back because the story pulled me in and I was right back immersed into the world of the Luxen.
Luxens are aliens that came to earth to live in secrecy. They only live in areas that are close to a certain rock that can shield them from Arum’s. Arum’s are also aliens, evil ones that derive their energy from feeding off of Luxens. Luxens look like humans, but are really made up of light in their true form. Daemon and his sister, Dee, both Luxen, live in a small town in West Virginia. When Katy(a human) and her single mother move next door to them, life for the Luxen in this town is turned upside down.
Daemon has always reminded me of a young Damon from The Vampire Diaries. He’s a bit arrogant, snarky for days, and undeniably the best looking guy Katy has ever seen. And he knew immediately that Katy was going to be trouble for him. We get to see Daemon’s thoughts on her, well before he even meets her. And when he does meet her, he is determined to make her hate him, and he does a good job of it. Or so he thinks. And that’s because humans are not supposed to become close to Luxen, not supposed to be in on the secret. I loved that Katy is a book blogger and just a little bit of a book nerd. She doesn’t think she is anything special, but Daemon absolutely thinks she is. Of course, they fall for each other.
This book shouldn’t take the place of reading the original ones from Katy’s perspective. And that’s because her books tell the story from her human point of view. We get the entire story from her. In Oblivion, we do get quite a few scenes that weren’t in the original books, and we also see what Daemon is thinking about the things that happen to Katy. This is more of a companion book to the original. At times, it was a bit disjointed when it would jump from one scene to the next, sometimes on the same page without a true lead in, but I didn’t get lost or anything. And because I had read all the other books, it was okay with me.
These are young adult books, but border on new adult by the time the reader gets to book three, due to sexual situations, although nothing too explicit. There is also a lot of violence from the Arum’s and from the government people that know about the Luxen. Was this worth the read to someone that has read the series? Absolutely! After I finished, I experienced a major book hangover, and I am even considering reading the last two books from Katy’s point of view again. These are must read books for anyone that enjoys paranormal romance, science fiction, or even urban fantasy. Highly recommended to ages 16 plus!