My buddy reading with Jamsu is continuing with Obsession, an Arum novel!
Instead of posting our reviews for the book on our blogs, we thought that it would be nice to exchange reviews and post each other’s review, so the review you’ ll find below is Jamsu’s and mine is posted on her blog!
Series: Arum #1, spin-off of the Lux series
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Aliens
Release Date: 31 May 2013
This is a stand alone novel that is an adult spin-off of the Lux Series You do not need to read a Lux book to read Obsession and vice versa.
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?
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This was a very interesting read! Lux books are young adult and this one was new adult, which I liked. I don’t read a lot of new adult books but whenever I do, I remember how much I love them and wish I read more of them.
Armentrout showed us perfectly how different sides of a war have different stories, especially if their ancestors caused the said war. In Lux series Arum are the bad guys who caused the war and kill Luxen just for the fun of it and none of them are good. In Obsession other hand Luxen are the bad guys. Hunter describes them being power-hungry and they’d kill humans just to keep their secrets.
What’s with aliens and triplets, though? Both Luxen and arum have triplets. Are they not capable of having just one child? 😀
The romance is slow burn and I just love the development. Hunter went from being unhappy about having to watch over Serena and not believing in love to wanting to be like his enemy just so he could heal her and admitting that he’s in love with her.
I should’ve remembered what project eagle was! It felt obvious after it was revealed since I remember what happened later books in Lux series.
I loved that we had both Hunter and Serena’s POV but they were so confusing. You never knew when the point of view change was coming. I really enjoyed this book and I’m sad that we didn’t get book two about Serena and Hunter.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more. She is also the creator and sole financier of the annual Write Your Way To RT Book Convention, a contest that gives aspiring authors a chance to win a fully paid trip to RT Book Reviews.
I’m really enjoying this reread! I’m so glad that Jamsu suggested to read Obsession as well!
Have you read the book? After this one are you Team Luxen or Arum?
Let me know at the comments below!!
Until next time..Demetra xx