Katy and her mother have just moved to West Virginia, to a small town where nothing exciting should ever happen. Then Katy meets her next door neighbors, twin siblings Daemon and Dee Black. She and Dee quickly become friends but Daemon and her are a completely different story. They can barely go a minute before they're insulting one another. And then, strange things start to take place that has Katy questioning just who are her neighbors, anyway? As secrets are revealed and dangers increase, Katy's friendship and loyalty to the twins are tested time and again, forcing her to choose whether or not to step up to the plate and accept them for who and what they are.
Katy starts out as a shy bookworm that would rather spend her time reading books, updating her book review blog, and gardening. She has little interest in expanding her social life but as a promise to her mother, she puts an effort into making friends by introducing herself to her teenage neighbors, Daemon and Dee Black. As she gets to know these enigmatic teens better, she starts coming out of her shell more and more, especially where her interactions with Daemon are concerned. By the end of the book, she is emerging as a much stronger, more confident person.
Daemon has 'smarta$$' down to a science and looks wickedly good while doing it. He seems to find enjoyment in pushing all of Katy's buttons, but when it comes to protecting her, there is no better person. He has a strong sense of loyalty and protectiveness for those of his kind, and most especially for his sister. But that loyalty and protectiveness begin to grow to include Katy as well.
Dee is an extremely hyper girl that is also very desperate for real friendship. She is extremely devoted to her brother and is very loyal in her friendship to Katy, standing up for her when others put her down.
The world in which this story takes place is small town West Virginia. When Katy starts paying attention, she realizes that the town seems somewhat divided; those who are nervous or afraid of Dee and Daemon and those that look down on her and the ones that are nervous or afraid. The entire town has a tense atmosphere, like something could explode any day, and strange disappearances and deaths take place that don't quite fit in with the definition of small town.
All in all, this is an incredible beginning to a much needed sci-fi series in the YA genre. I loved the revelation and explanation of the type of entities Daemon and Dee are as well as what their enemies are. And the chemistry and interactions between Daemon and Katy are sizzling! I seriously couldn't get enough of those two and was super excited when I realized there was bonus material at the end of the book (two sections from the book written in Daemon's perspective....AWESOME)! I am seriously contemplating reading this book again once I finish this review, it was that good!
Just an FYI...there is a novella that the author is writing that will release in February that explains events prior to Obsidian. And Onyx, the second book in this series, will release in May. I really cannot wait to find out what's going to happen next with Katy, Daemon, and Dee and will be impatiently marking the days until I can get my hands on Onyx! (less)
From the beginning, this book had me intrigued, starting with the scene of how cyborgs gained their freedom. I found Chloe's initial interaction with Joe to be very accurate, considering her knowledge of cyborgs in general and how menacing they have been portrayed to be by the government and the military that she currently works for. She had the right amount of fear but his responses to her had an unintended consequence: she found herself becoming more intrigued with each visit to his cell. Then her world gets turned upside down when Joe escapes and takes her with him. Instead of being scared or uneasy, she finds herself actually looking forward to her uncertain future with the intimidating cyborg.
From Joe's perspective, he has a natural hatred of humans, especially the military, for the abuse and treatment he and his brother cyborgs endured during their captivity. But, Chloe speaks to his humanity in more ways than he logically thought possible. He finds himself having feelings and urges for her that he can't explain and almost all rational thought flees him when he is with her. He's determined to understand these unfamiliar sensations she is invoking in him, so when it is time for him to escape, he alters his plan and takes her with him.
I love the interactions between these two. There's so much fire and passion as well as tenderness. And Joe's gradual increase of humanity and feelings was handled very well while still allowing him to maintain his sexy Alpha male quality. As for the plot and action, it was well-laid out and offered up some twists I wasn't necessarily expecting but really liked. My biggest complaint (if it can be called a complaint) is that the story wasn't longer. I wanted to see more interactions between Chloe and the other cyborgs and I absolutely loved Seth. I really hope that the next story in this series will be his because I'd love to find out more about him...he seemed like such a fun character!
So, for a romance steeped in sci-fi, this was a really great read! I look forward to reading more in this series and checking out other books by Eve Langlais.
And I would like to thank the author and Crystal at Reading Between the Wines. I won this eBook from a contest that Crystal was hosting! Oh, and just a side note...isn't that cover just yummy?! If cyborgs look like that, sign me up! lol (less)
A quick read with many sexual encounters. But not all that steamy. Some concepts were really interesting and I really liked the character Alphie, the...moreA quick read with many sexual encounters. But not all that steamy. Some concepts were really interesting and I really liked the character Alphie, the AI in the story. The two main characters, Diana especially, just didn't really do anything for me.(less)
Hmmm...I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was different and it kept me turning the pages. Rose was interesting and I liked how she c...moreHmmm...I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this book. It was different and it kept me turning the pages. Rose was interesting and I liked how she connected with David and Charlie. I liked Charlie, didn't like David, but the overall feel I have now that I'm finished with this is uncertainty, as if I'm not entirely sure what I just read but at the same time, I know exactly what I was reading. Strange...(less)