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!
I picked up a large book that contains the first two story I think in it from this series but it still sits on my shelf unread….lol. So many books!
I am not sure I could read the same story told two different ways even if it had a little bit different stuff….maybe if I read them years apart.
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Oh this is just the best series Stormi-you really need to read it. I have read books from another perspective before and felt kind of ripped off but this one had a lot of different scenes. Plus Daemon is just such a snarky guy-it was nice to see what he was masking with snark in his mind 🙂
I already own this one, Lorna. But gah! I have to read Opposition first! I know, I know… It’s up soon in the queue. 😉 I’m glad you enjoyed Oblivion though. I do worry about the disjointedness, even though you said it didn’t bother you, because that makes it seem like it’s not quite the complete story. I mean, I don’t want an entire retelling from Daemon’s POV but I want it to flow. Well, I trust you that it does well enough and that I’m going to LOVE it! Great review!
I think it was okay-it just took me out of the story a bit and had to think ohhh that’s what just happened a few times. I love this series so much it just didn’t really matter, but I thought it should be addressed. You NEED to read Opposition! So much happens in that book. And thanks 🙂
One of those days I am going to squeeze in JLA in my reading cycle. I have only heard good things. Disjointedness happens occasionally and I am ok with it.
The disjointedness happens mainly because the author isn’t rehashing every scene from the first books. So it jumps a bit at times and sometimes the jump is on the same page as another scene. It wasn’t a big deal but this where you should read the original books first comes in. Cause this one doesn’t stand alone 🙂
I really need to get caught up on this series (still have only read book one!) but I know I definitely want his POV, I just love his crappy attitude LOL!
I know his snark is the best and this book really explains a lot of the attitude he had towards Katy at the beginning. I found that part kind of endearing actual. He really had her best interests at heart. I loved the whole series and this book was kind of the icing on the cake for me 🙂
I have to try one book one day
You really should 🙂
Glad you liked it. Yeah, that page count was a shocker. I agree about how this one is disjointed if read without the other series. Loved all the extra scenes.
Yes, thank you for letting me know about the book-I had no idea! I really enjoyed it 🙂
I own the first two books of this series Lorna, and really should read them. I am glad they are still going strong for you.
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This really is one of my favorite series that I have read. I think you might really enjoy it Kimberly 🙂
I plan to start this series. I actually won book one on audiobook from Eargasms blog. Can’t wait to start it. I’m glad you enjoyed this one.
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I will be curious how you like it Melanie and I wonder if the narrator is any good. Enjoy!
Oh man. I don’t know. I can only handle Daemon is small doses. Lol.
Oh, I am just the opposite-I really love him as a character 🙂
Lorna recently posted…Review: Oblivion by Jennifer Armentrout (@Mollykatie112, @JLArmentrout, @Entangledteen)
I hear so many great things about the author but the only book I did read is years and years older, I reallt need to try all the new ones.
These would be some good ones to try 🙂
I’m SO far behind on this series!
Karen @For What It’s Worth
I know that feeling, so many I need to get back to 🙂
I’m so behind in this series. I have only read the first novella and first two books. I just need to find time to read them all because it is a good series. So glad this one lives up to the hype as well. Adding it to that list I must read!
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It really is a good series isn’t it? Just be sure to not read this one until your have read the first three books and you should be good 🙂
Great point about Daemon being like VD Damon in early days, never thought about that
He’s just so snarky and that’s Damon from VD as well. So yeah that’s who I pictured the whole time 🙂
I still have to read Opposition, then I am getting to Oblivion! I cannot wait to get Daemon’s perspective. I bet you did have a book hangover, I would too!
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Yep had a major one when I first read them back to back and didn’t expect it with this one but how could I not-it’s Daemon!