Oblivion by Jennifer L. Armentrout, published by Hodder on 3rd December 2015
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...
This book is 'Obsidian' retold from the point of view of Daemon Black. You would think that the story itself would be a bit repetitive for anyone that has already read the Lux series, but I can guarantee you that it is not in the slightest. In fact, seeing everything again but through Daemon's eyes this time, added an extra layer to the romance between himself and Katy. Where she sees him behaving like a jerk, being hot one minute and cold towards her the next, the reader sees him doing it to protect not only his sister Dee, but Katy too. He is determined to fight his feelings for her to keep her safe, but they are continually drawn to each other.
If you haven't read 'Obsidian' and this is your first introduction to the Lux series, then it would work perfectly well to read this one and then carry on with the rest of the books in the series. I don't think anyone would be able to resist getting caught up in the undeniable attraction and chemistry between Daemon and Katy. Sparks most definitely fly between them whenever they are anywhere near each other. It was also interesting to see how his perception of her changes as he gets to know her. His initial reaction that she is entirely average evolves very quickly.
What really came across was how much responsibility Daemon shoulders but also how there was never any doubt about his feelings for Katy. It seems almost inevitable that he was never going to be able to stay away from her for long, although he does his best to fight it.
I loved 'Oblivion' so much! I'm a massive Jennifer L. Armentrout fan and this series is one of my favourites. It was lovely getting to revisit all the characters and I fell for the romance all over again. This is yet another stunning five star book in the series.