booknook — Young Adult book reviews3.5 starsUgh. I feel like the only person in the world who doesn't love Obsidian. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't wowed by it either, and I certainly didn't like the romance.Okay, so Daemon is hot. But honestly, that's about it. He is a complete and utter douchebag. Right away we see that he's a douche, but I dealt with it, and I even laughed a bit, because I honestly thought he'd come out of his shell and turn into this nice amazing guy... so wrong. He continued to be a douchebag, with fleeting moments of sweetness in between. Even Katy realized this and bitched at him for playing hot and cold with her. It was so infuriating. One minute he's being an arrogant self-absorbed dickhead, and the next he's saying something sweet.. and then he's back to being a douche. Okay, so he was fiercely loyal and protective of his family and I guess that's admirable, but he still acted like a dick when it was completely unnecessary and uncalled for. I don't care how hot the guy is, he's still a dick.I think I was hoping that Obsidian would have this great knee-weakening romance, but what I got was two people who hate each others' guts but happen to be sexually attracted to each other. That makes for some steamy, charged moments, but a crappy relationship.Moving on. Dee was totally an awesome character and I adored her! She's one of those sweet, adorable, totally huggable best friends. I think I'm obsessed with these kinds of characters. She's just a cute, bubbly, sweetheart who you can't say "no" to. And then there's Lesa. Lesa was totally my favourite character! She didn't have a huge part, but there were small bits now and then that had me cracking up!"Oh my god, you have to tell me everything! Did you guys kiss? Wait. Did you have sex?" "Lesa, seriously, chill.""Whatever. You have to tell me. I will hate you forever if you did but don't tell me. What does he smell like?""Smell like?" I scrunched up my face.Obsidian, Page 240"I don't think he meant to kiss me," I say finally. "What? Did he slip and fall on your mouth? Those things are known to happen."Obsidian, Page 241"I don't know. I mean we haven't talked about it. He literally left afterward, and all he's done since then is poke me with his pen." "Probably because he wants to poke you with something else," she said dryly."Obsidian, Page 241So, the bottom line: I hated the romance, the alien stuff was kind of cool, the side characters were great, but this book didn't rock my world. I read it through quickly enough but it just didn't draw me in. I wasn't hooked. I didn't scream with delight or squeal or cry or any of that awesomeness. And there was a time sort of in the middle when I was getting a little bored. It was in between major plot moments and I was like, "Okay, ready for something new to happen." The beginning was also a little frustrating because it was before we found out about the alien stuff and everyone seemed to be alluding to this big mystery. It reminded me a lot of when people say stuff like, "So I know this super awesome secret... but I can't tell you." There is nothing more annoying than that!I didn't hate Obsidian but I clearly didn't love it. I'm kind of disappointed because I literally see everyone and their mother obsessing over Obsidian and I kind of wish I could be one of those people. I wanted to be super excited about this book but it just wasn't thrilling me.