Saturday, June 15, 2013

Review: Obsession by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Goodreads Summary: This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series
He’s arrogant, domineering, and... To. Die. For.
Hunter is a ruthless killer. And the Department of Defense has him firmly in their grasp, which usually doesn’t chafe too badly because he gets to kill bad guys. Most of the time he enjoys his job. That is, until he’s saddled with something he’s never had to do before: protect a human from his mortal enemy.
Serena Cross didn’t believe her best friend when she claimed to have seen the son of a powerful senator turn into something... unnatural. Who would? But then she witnesses her friend’s murder at the hands of what can only be an alien, thrusting her into a world that will kill to protect their secret.
Hunter stirs Serena’s temper and her lust despite their differences. Soon he’s doing the unthinkable—breaking the rules he’s lived by, going against the government to keep Serena safe. But are the aliens and the government the biggest threats to Serena’s life… or is it Hunter?
Goodreads / Barnes and Noble (I believe it's just an e-book)

Genre: Adult, science fiction
Pages: 370
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
How I Got It: Purchased e-book

First Line: "In the dim, almost-but-not-quite seedy bar lights, I stared open-mouthed at my best friend in what had to be the most unattractive manner."

Favorite Quote: "Never in my life had a I been more frustrated. Go figure it wouldn't be with a human but a freaking alien. At least I now knew that that the male species were assholes no matter what planet they hailed from."


When I first saw this book, I was pretty excited. I absolutely adore the Lux series (well, Onyx was just okay but the other two were amazing), so to see a full size novel set in the same world but focusing on other characters was awesome. It was interesting that the author chose to make it adult, considering the series it's based off of is YA. Personally, I didn't mind, but at the same time I wonder if a good chuck of Lux fans might shy away from Obsession for this reason. Hopefully that won't be the case, because this book has a lot to offer all on its own. It's not often that I get into novels focusing on aliens - sci-fi has never been a favorite genre of mine - but Armentrout makes it impossible not to get attached to everything about her works.

Throughout the book, it felt a little strange getting to know Hunter and liking him, since in the Lux series the Arum are always portrayed as the bad guys. In Obsession, the opposite is true - the Luxen are the bad ones, and honestly I can see why. There is something mentioned towards the beginning called Project Eagle, and as the novel progresses you learn more about it, and I'm wondering now how it will play into the main series, because there's no way something like that won't have an affect on the characters in the upcoming fourth book, Origin. Thankfully, it doesn't seem like I ever have to wait that long, because Jennifer L. Armentrout is some kind of mean writing machine - it seems like she always has something coming out. And she writes so much diverse stuff - contemporary to science fiction. She is truly a gifted author.

Serena is different from Katy. For one thing, she's an adult. But there was that same love-bickering present between her and Hunter as there was with Daemon and Katy. Both couples argue a lot, but it's a happy kind of argue, if that makes any sense at all. Hunter is definitely one of those bad boy exterior characters who actually has a good heart buried somewhere deep inside - and I happen to be a sucker for that kind of thing, so by the end of Obsession I loved, loved, loved him. The side characters - Lore, Dex, and a few others - were all pretty good additions to the story. You'll be happy to know that Daemon makes the tiniest of cameo appearances here - he doesn't even say anything, Serena just describes him a little (as being completely hot, of course). I greatly appreciated the lack of insta-love in this novel. Though I guess Serena and Hunter didn't know each other for that long, their relationship progressed believably.

Towards the end, my Nook glitched and I couldn't read the last few chapters. Finally it started working again the next day, but I was beyond annoyed I didn't get to finish the book then - the climax at the end is very engrossing. All of Armentrout's books I have found to be paced very well, actually. Her books are just fun, all around. Obsession is a standalone book, but I wouldn't be opposed to another Serena/Hunter story. At least let them make an appearance later on in the Lux series, please, Ms. Armentrout?

4 stars

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  1. Loved this book. I was so surprised how much more than the lux series I liked it and I loved Hunter! I couldn't believe Jennifer was able to make me love an arum. Hope she does more in the series.

    1. Me, too! I felt so odd, liking Hunter. The whole time a little voice was saying wait...the arum are bad. Luxen are good. What is this?! Lol. Thanks for your thoughts.