For the first time in a long time, a great young-adult book that is not so much about the story (not that it isn’t substantial and interesting) but mainly about the relationship between the two main characters. And that it’s a relationship with a capital R.
When Katy goes to ask the neighbors for directions to the store (as a cover to get to know them) and is greeted by a super hot guy who is wearing nothing but jeans… well, no wonder she’s incapable of words… and then he opens his mouth and what he lets out reveals something in Katy that she didn’t know she had inside her. From that moment on, she starts to change from a grey mouse/bookworm to a bold and confident young lady who doesn’t go far for a punch (just a verbal one). And the way she and Daemon (the sexy neighbor) treat each other… Katy gets pretty confused at times… In the beginning, Daemon is really mean to her… but then his sister hides his keys and won’t tell him where until he takes Katy swimming and leaves to visit their family. What choice does Daemon have but to grit his teeth, shut his mouth and listen to his beloved little sister Dee? Little did he know that Katy wasn’t as bad as he thought and he’d have quite an afternoon with her. Katy would get to know the part of Daemon that afternoon that wasn’t so bad, so arrogant. But it’s not that easy with him. For a while, he’s the jerk who opened the door for her when she went to ask for directions, and then he’s like the pretty funny guy from the lake.
I really liked how Katy thought about him and how she tried to tell herself she hated him. And the internal struggles of Daemon? Just awesome… Saving Katy and letting her in on his (and the whole family’s) secret? Or let her get hit by a truck?
I really had fun with that. I found myself laughing like a depressed teenager at times 😀 Good thing no one was home when I read it 😀
I’m looking forward to seeing how their relationship develops.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout, born 11 June 1980, lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia
Published: November 29, 2011
Series: Lux #1
Starting over sucks.
When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.
And then he opened his mouth.
Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.
The hot alien living next door marks me.
You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.
If I don’t kill him first, that is.