Obsidian Sky Rocketed Above My Expectations…

obsidianWhich wasn’t that hard to do, because frankly I thought it was going to be total crap. Years ago I saw a snarky review which basically portrayed it as “Twilight with aliens” and I was about to take it off my tbr when I was clearing it up recently… but it was reduced on kindle, so I read it instead (which actually is one way to reduce your tbr 😉 ) Luckily, I ended up being pleasantly surprised. Don’t get your hopes up and expect a full on gush– it’s not the best book in the universe- just mildly entertaining.

Katy’s voice is pretty spunky and I found her blogging relatable- I’m all for bloggers as you know 😉 . Though not everything she did was super #relatable– and I’m not just talking about her green thumb (which I definitely don’t have). In a concerted effort to make her seem all grown up and mature, there was a long scene where she went to the grocery store… why?!?! Why do books do this?! I mean, my mum sent me out to the shops when I was ten (very good trick if you have a shy child that needs pushing out their comfort zone 😉 )- mundane life skills are not in *any way* impressive!! So yeah I wasn’t enamoured by that, but the massive downside to her character is that she’s a “plain Jane”– aka a good looking character that thinks she’s ugly and thus spends wayyy too much time comparing herself every other women she encounters. Ye gods that level of low self-esteem is annoying! And of course she has a weird way of dealing with it…

“Who knew the kind of girls he was used to seeing in bathing suits”- Ummm the regular kind- just because he’s good looking doesn’t mean he will only have seen super fit people. But don’t worry, she has a plan…

“That was the whole purpose of the red bathing suit. I wanted to prove to him I wasn’t easily intimidated”- hahaha sure. You show him by wearing the sexiest bikini you have 😉

The romance is… questionable. Daemon, the love interest, says plenty of dodgy stuff, comes across as more rude than endearing, and walks around topless, because why not? A lot of their initial conversations are super cringey as well. BUT it’s very clear that she’s into him (though I’ve no idea why) and it’s kind of a mixture of lust and hate-to-love rather than being instalove– hence it didn’t get on my nerves. Plus, he has a solid supernatural reason for keeping her at arm’s length, so it’s kinda fair enough. That said, there were still a fair number of Twilight-esque moments, which kept me from ever fully enjoying it.

 “A stranger approaches you for help in a dark parking lot and you go and help him? That has to be one of the most careless things I’ve heard in a long time”– Oh look it’s Edward and Bella 2.0

“This crazy but I’m not scared of you.”– hahahaha Twilight 2.0

Yes, alien boy gets weirdly overprotective, though in fairness to him, she does go off to help grown men change their tyres in the middle of the night- Bella Swan wasn’t that stupid. Plus it has a lot of typical tropes:

Tragic backstory – check! tick box

A hip mother who wants her teenage daughter to get into more trouble- check! tick box

A showdown at a school dance- double check! tick box

“I also knew there was something not normal about him. About all of them.”– no shit Sherlock

Yet for all that it was deliciously corny. I think now that I look back on some of the criticisms levied at the book, calling it “problematic” and whatnot, are taking the book a bit too seriously- which is quite the mistake considering this book doesn’t take itself too seriously. The author has deliberately littered the text with loads of little jokes that are basically “look he’s an alien!” and it this humour that saves this. All the references to Men in Black and ET and other tentacley goodness tickled my fancy. To my mind it’s not a bad book, it’s just endlessly silly and I got a good chuckle out of it.

 “As you can see, I don’t look like a giant insect”- well thank goodness for that

Rating: 3/5 bananas

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So have you read it? Love it or hate it? Somewhere in between? Let me know in the comments!

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86 thoughts on “Obsidian Sky Rocketed Above My Expectations…

  1. onespeculiar says:

    i haven’t read it although it seemed to bee famous in booktube. and it doesn’t seem like something i’d read after reading your review! (not that your review is bad or anything) but who knows, maybe if i’m in the mood for a cheesy book i’d check it out!
    great post as always.

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  2. Nel says:

    I had this book on my TBR for forever. I think I took it off cause a close friend told me to just avoid it completely; that it wouldn’t be worth my time. I always get the author confused with Jennifer Armintrout though who wrote a vamp series and faerie series that I enjoyed. Great review though. It’s basically what I’ve seen either 3 stars (bananas) or below. Glad its checked off your list haha.

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehehe no worries- it’s very middle of the road and just a really silly book- I don’t especially recommend it, it was just fun to kill time and not as bad as I thought it would be 😉 Gosh that’s a similar name! hehehe thanks! 😂

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  3. Leah says:

    I read this and I thought similar things to you! I was entertained and read it very quickly on one of my breaks from college. It was exactly what I needed. This review does make me want to go read the second one thought… 🙂

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  4. lucindablogs says:

    I can’t imagine why you expected this book to be shit. Look at that cover. The comparisons to Twilight. The sexy alien premise. Sounds like a literary masterpiece!

    I’m glad it didn’t take itself too seriously so you could enjoy it for what it was. I was starting to think you were some kind of reading machine so it’s good to know there’s a few guilty pleasures hiding on your bookshelf ☺

    Also, fabulous tick list! I will be stealing this format very soon ☺ (please don’t hate me).

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hahaha I was very tempted to mention how off-putting the cover was in my review lol- it’s so… yeesh I don’t have words! hahahaha!

      Yeah I think that’s the trick to books like this- the minute it gets all sombre and voice-overy I’m out . But this was subtly making digs at itself (at least that’s how I read it) hahaha hardly!

      hehe no problem- please do!! 😀

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  5. lostartofreadingblog says:

    This one isn’t one I am going to try out, but I get reading just a fun quirky book. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit back and enjoy the not so plausible but dorky type funny book. I have a book coming it at the library right now that is a cozy mystery that is called The Quiche of Death, and I know it won’t be amazing but I’m in the mood for that type of book right now.

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  6. Charlotte says:

    I have read this and the rest of the series. I feel like the story gets a bit strange as the books go on haha. I also found the romance questionable – he’s such a dick to her in the beginning! Great review!

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  7. Allisone Doerner says:

    I absolutely loved this series! I thought it was funny, endearing, full of action and passion lol But in the past, I was a Twilight fan, so maybe that’s why I enjoyed this series so much. I really liked the new kind of alien the author created. And you’re right, it’s definitely more of a fun read and nothing to take too seriously. And I also read this when I was in high school, so I could definitely relate to her humor and the insecurities that Katy has. And, even though her thought process or her choices may seem kind of…naive, I think that’s definitely one of the main points of change in the story. The characters grow as you read more of the books. But anyways, I frickin’ love this series and wish I could read them all over again as a new reader haha

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      I’m glad!! and I’m so pleased I’m not the only one that got the humorous side!! I really liked the alien too- it was very inventive! And yeah it’s definitely a bit of fun. hehe yes for sure! That’s awesome to hear 😀 Brilliant!! 😀

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  8. Winged Cynic says:

    Haha fun review! I also hate it when the heroine compares herself to all the other girls, and then also shows “defiance” to the dude by being coy or extra flirty; doesn’t make sense lol, like in the example of the red bikini here. But definitely! Self-aware humor can always elevate the corniness in a good way, so I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

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  9. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    That’s really interesting you liked this one more than you thought you would. I also saw some snarky (and very funny) reviews for it that made it sound terrible, but now you say it doesn’t take itself too seriously I can see why it might not be so bad as all that. I guess there’s not as much point interrogating the deeper messages and meanings etc. if it’s intended clearly intended to be a fun, silly read. I still don’t think I’ll be picking it up, but I enjoyed your review!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe yes it was a huge surprise. I saw one of those too and it did put me off. But when I read it I realised that the tone was completely different to what I expected. Yeah I think that investigating it on a deeper level might be a push- it’s just trying to be a bit of fun. haha no worries, it’s hardly a must read 😉 Thank you!

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  10. Nicole says:

    It’s always refreshing when a not-serious book doesn’t take itself seriously.

    I can’t get over that cover, though. The contrast between the characters and the background isn’t good enough, so it looks like a floating head and arm in space. O.o

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  11. Preeti's Panorama says:

    Deliciously Corny… ha ha ha.. Couldn’t agree more. had read this series in 2015. I remember choosing it as light read in between some heavy thrillers. I enjoyed the series because of it was what it was… Just a pleasant read, predictable but entertaining. I suggest you try the other installments of this series when you want to take a break… you will enjoy them more 🙂

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  12. Andie @ Andrea's Nirvana says:

    Glad you enjoyed this! I don’t think it’s the book for me, though…

    Haha I can totally see how that review was off putting! Also, not a big fan of the tropes… And I’m not that big on romance as it is, but if it’s also questionable? Uh, no thanks.

    Glad you loved it though! Great review 💛

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  13. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    Oh great review, and I’m glad this book ended up exceeding your expectations even if it wasn’t a brilliant read. 🙂 I read Obsidian a while ago and I think the first time I loved it (I was clearly still at the Twilight-phase of my reading journey) but I know I wouldn’t be quite as enamored with it now if I picked it up again. I feel like if I wasn’t taking the book series I’d still enjoy it, but it definitely wouldn’t be a five star read for me.
    Romance definitely seems questionable, and actually reading your review and thinking back to this book has kind of reminded me how similar to Twilight in places it is (something I didn’t pick up the first time I read it).
    Great review. 🙂 ❤

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  14. Cameron Graham says:

    You are an unending help in making decisions about giving books a go or not, thank you! I have several tbr lists (categorized, because I am That Person) and I love adding things to my ‘Silly, But Knows It’ list!

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    • Cameron Graham says:

      Also, yes – why *do* writers keep adding mundane tasks as a character development thing? I keep expecting it to be setting up a future scene or something, and it never is! Who told you grocery shopping was interesting? Who hurt you like that?

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        • Cameron Graham says:

          I think it came in with the rise of characters needing to be #relatable, and I am longing for the end already. i know what a shop looks like, I know what clothes look like, and I know how to drive a car. Please stop filling pages with this and get on ewith the interesting story that you’re trying to tell me!

          It’s like some weird modern-day version of Victor Hugo’s tendancy to go off on weird tangents to fill up space because he got paid by the page! Only we don’t do that anymore so it just needs to stop!

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          • theorangutanlibrarian says:

            hehe yeah that definitely sounds about right!! Honestly, I do like the occasional relatable characters, but it’s not like I even care if I find a character more admirable than relatable, so I dunno why this has to always be a thing.

            hahaha oh gosh yes you’re right!

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            • Cameron Graham says:

              Oh, I don’t mind relatable characters, but when they are meant to be relatable because they spend their time only doing boring stuff like making a note to get the car serviced or something I start to feel offended. Like, if this is what’s relatable about me, should I be insulted? I can’t jump buildings in a single bound, but I’ll have you know that my ability to remember random trivia has won my team the pub-quiz trophy three times!

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              • theorangutanlibrarian says:

                Of course, completely agree. I’m just saying I’d rather the author didn’t try to make them relatable at all if the best they can come up with is doing grocery shopping 😜 Hahahaha 😂 will that’s impressive! And funnily enough it’s details like that which make people relatable!

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                • Cameron Graham says:

                  Yes! Yes! That’s it exactly!

                  Also, is it just me or do you also find yourself thinking ‘relatable to whom?’ whenever you see the term? Like, is all of human existence supposed to be summarisable in a single protagonist or something?

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                  • theorangutanlibrarian says:

                    Hehe oh gosh you’re so right- I always try to explain why a character’s relatable to me eg they like blogging, but a lot of the time people put it down to a general relatability and that doesn’t mean they’ll actually be relatable to everyone!

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      • Cameron Graham says:

        It is an absolute boon when I’m off on short holidays, because those books never take too much brain power, can be picked up sporadically without ill-effects and if nothing else, you can all get together, read it aloud and giggle at the silly without feeling mean!

        Every book has it’s perfect use, and ‘Silly, But Knows It’ is a fun list to have on hand!

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  15. Kat Impossible says:

    I remember the hype for this one a couple years back but I never got around to actually picking it up. I can definitely see how it’s entertaining, but I am not sure that I’d still be into that kind of book at the stage I am at right now. But this was still a very good review!!

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  16. Poulami @ Daydreaming Books says:

    Deliciously corny was edible I see… I wanted to pick this up when it was still hyped but then I never got the chance but I’m glad you actually enjoyed it!! I was quite surprised to see that actually because I have read mostly negative reviews for this book.
    Anyway, loved your review!

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  17. LizScanlon says:

    How interesting to see a review of this book here on this blog! 🙂 My first and only (until now) knowledge of this book came from a blog called Hey Ashers by Liam who was snarking each chapter as he read along and it was seriously entertaining… (come to think of it, I haven’t heard from this blog in a long while- I hope he’s OK!)
    Your review highlighted some points which I recall from Liam’s readalong as well and I am glad to see that it wasn’t a total waste of time! I am glad you enjoyed it and had fun with it!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehe yes I saw that too! It was excellent! (I just don’t agree with it as much now I’ve read it) (and yeah he posted a long while back saying he had to take a hiatus- I commented, but he kind of just disappeared, which was a shame, I hope he’s alright!)
      Yeah fortunately I had a lot more fun than I ever would have expected!

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hehehe yes- and it’s not far off that description 😉 But it was better than I expected cos it didn’t take itself too seriously 😉 hehe I don’t know that I’ll ever find out to be fair (I’ve not put the rest of the series on my tbr 😉 )

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  18. La La in the Library says:

    I have had this on my Kindle for about four years! Ha ha. It was free at one point and I had not read any Armentrout, so I downloaded it. I had no idea it was promoted as Twilight with aliens. Heh heh. If I had known I would have chucked it out of my Kindle. I have still not read any Armentrout, at least I don’t think so. Maybe I should give this one a try during summer vacation. 😁

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