2 June 2013

Review: OBSESSION by Jennifer L. Armentrout

What they say: 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?

What I say: Holy Hotness! I loved OBSESSION. From start to finish I was completely enthralled! It made me completely rethink everything when it comes to the Arum and Luxen and I was left contemplating who exactly are the bad guys? Even more so than before I cannot wait for the next Lux book Origin!
I'm a total fan-girl when it comes to Jennifer and her books! OBSESSION was one of my past Waiting on Wednesday reads and I was extremely excited to take part in the cover reveal. The good news is that OBSESSION was even better than I had expected! Jennifer manages to mix great drama and tension with wit and humour!
I have to admit that I was worried that Serena would simply be another version of Katy. Don't get me wrong I really like Katy, but I don't like seeing authors reusing similar characters again and again, it seems lazy. I should never doubt Jennifer though because Serena is a great female lead and yes she has a certain stubbornness common in many of her leading ladies,  but Serena is most definitely not Katy! Serena is less impulsive (mainly) although this probably comes from being older. Both Serena and Katy are strong ladies who do not enjoy being ordered around, but their strengths come across in different ways.
Serena is not afraid to embrace the darkside when it comes to the Arum and Jennifer does a great job of showing the varying degrees of good and evil. If you've read the Lux series you'll be expecting 'Luxen good, Arum bad', but after reading OBSESSION I'm really not sure anymore. Jennifer has created this fantasy world, then abruptly turns it on its head and makes her readers question everything - clever lady!
First up I need to say that Daemon Black has got some serious competition in Hunter! I didn't expect to like any Arum and I never considered that Jennifer would create another male character who is right up there with Daemon, but Hunter so is! Hunter is snarky, moody, a murderer and totally lethal. He's also strong, oh so hot and comes with a real dirty grit and dark sense of humour.
I do not want to spoil any of your reading experience when it comes to OBSESSION so I won't go into the plot any further, but be prepared to be amazed! I'm ready for the Hunter Invasion!

5 shiny Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • I'd most likely be dead or locked up in a lab somewhere, getting probed - and not in the fun way.
  • "Are you done acting like a psychotic, cracked-out Muppet baby?"
  • At least I now knew that the male species were asses no matter what planet they hailed from.
  • ...sitting in front of a man, who may not be a hundred-percent human but had to have caused a panty-dropping crisis across the universe.

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