The Rift Walker (Vampire Empire, #2)

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Pub­lisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Series: Lux
Pub­li­ca­tion date: November 29th 2011

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.

2.75/5 stars

I always hope the hype surrounding a book is true, or at least, well-deserved. In this case, it isn't.

Katy's moved to a new town for senior year after her father's death. She's never been the newbie before and has no idea how to fit in. Enter Dee. As cute and energetic as her name suggests, Dee becomes fast friends with Katy. But close contact with Katy naturally results in close contact with her older brother, Daemon, and he hates Katy at first sight or so he pretends, but we all know better, don't we?.

Daemon's character is as clichéd as his name. He is a big fat JERK and, despite popular belief, his good looks don't even begin to make up for it. Just because the guy's hot doesn't mean you let him get away with treating you like crap, which is what Katy did. I think this, more than anything else, is what I held against Katy till the very end.

Granted, Katy does try to stand up for herself, but it's such a weak attempt that it fails to induce anything but pity. A girl comes up to her, puts her down in front of everyone, and the best she can come up with is, "Why do you hate me?" The asshole next door insulted her passion for gardening and all she could say in reply was, "Excuse me?" For real?

There were a few moments when I thought maybe Katy had finally grown a spine and learned to stand up for herself, but the follow-up would be so pathetic that it'd immediately kill all the warm fuzzies I was beginning to develop for her.

Like many reviews before mine have mentioned, there are A LOT of Twilight clichés in here. They are so obvious, spotting them is almost fun, like "Hey, let's see how many similarities you can find. So far, I've got nine!"

1. Katy/Bella moves to a new town at the beginning of the school year.
2. Daemon/Edward's sister is annoying perky and best friends with Katy/Bella.
3. Most of Katy/Bella and Daemon/Edward's "cute" scenes take place in the classroom.
4. Katy/Bella is a pale brunette with absolutely nothing special about her.
5. All of the aliens/vampires have their own little clique that everyone admires from afar but never approaches.
6. A dance scene. Of course.
7. Daemon/Edward is Mr. Perfect and everyone loves him.
8. Daemon/Edward tries his best to stay away from Katy/Bella for her own good but there's just "something" about her that makes her irresistible.
9. Daemon spies on his sister while she's asleep. I'm unsure whether that's more creepy than Edward watching Bella sleep.

BUT. I actually enjoyed reading this. Yes, there are a lot of clichés, but this is a far better version of all those YA rehashes than most. I had a couple of moments where I liked Katy and about a couple more where I genuinely felt Daemon's appeal. Those extras from Daemon's POV also went a long way in improving my opinion of him.

And hey, it's about aliens, not vampires or werewolves. That alone deserves a bonus point or three.

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  1. Replies
    1. I know! The couple don't look like teenagers at all and they just generally don't look good. Ugh. D:


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