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The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Obsidian (Lux Novel)

Obsidian - Jennifer L. Armentrout Katy is pulled away from a life she knows so well when her mom decides to move them to West Virginia. Nothing but a dull town to bring down Katy’s unrelenting detest over this move to sheer boredom and gloom. That is until her mom decides she needs to go out and make friends. Katy obliges and introduces herself to their next door neighbor... an extremely arrogant, rude and infuriating HOT neighbor named Daemon. Aside from the occasional banter and disagreement with Daemon, Katy goes about her days as she always does, plus hanging out with her best friend, Dee, who also happens to be Daemon’s twin sister... until she starts seeing things out of the norm. She notices odd things about Daemon and Dee... and then something Deamon did to save Katy from being run over by a speeding truck made her a glowing target to people beyond her imagination...I have heard nothing but great things about Obsidian. I have also been pestered by bookish friends to get a move on and read this ASAP. When I finally gave in... Wow! Talk about a mind blowing book! I couldn’t put it down. And I am thankful to my book buddies for the non-stop “read it already” commentaries I’ve been getting from them – even if they totally duped me over claiming Daemon. Meanies! How dare you?! LOL.Katy is another one of those protagonists that pretty much makes her an embodiment of what a normal girl feels about herself: meek, ordinary, etc. But what makes Katy more relatable, especially to bloggers and YA lovers, is that she’s a book blogger too. She participates in memes that an everyday person who blogs about books does. And to nerdy girls – that is awesome! So yeah, me like-y Katy! Ha! Ha!Now let’s talk Daemon. I know a lot of you are about to get a heart attack at the mention of this dude’s name, much less knowing who he is, so calm down. Breathe in... Breathe out... Find you’re safe space... Relax... rela – Oh who am I kidding? This guy is freaking HOT! Scream girls, scream your lungs out!!! *fan girl moment*Alright, I think I’m calm now – or as calm as I can be considering I’m talking about Daemon. So what is with this guy that makes girls drool all over him? “Beautiful face. Beautiful body. Horrible attitude. It was the holy trinity of hot boys.” Ditto, J. Armentrout! I think that pretty much sums it all up. But we can’t help but love him either way, right? Okay, everyone, let the fan-girling craziness commence again! LOL.There is something that bothered me with Obsidian though. I noticed that the author tends to name-vomit some characters. Like when Katy met Daemon, he immediately knew Katy’s name and she didn’t even think twice to ask how he knew her name before she even mentioned it; or the time that, out of the blue, Simon was mentioned as if he had always been there from the start when in fact he just happened to pop in at the moment. Not that I’m completely bothered by it, still it was kind of distracting.The highlight of this book would probably be Dee and Daemon’s identity – what and who they really are. The idea of “aliens” living amongst us is nothing really exceptional but the scheme of them as beings of light was what got me most interested in, along with their enemies as life forms in shadows. Also the title of the book “Obsidian” is so apt to an essential part in the story. I’m glad it actually had a purpose, other than being a catchy title [unlike some books - meh!]. Obsidian isn’t exactly anything out of the ordinary – except for the alien part. But mostly it has the same elements as any YA novel usually have: the new girl in town, the arrogant hot guy, a lively girl becoming the new girl’s best friend, the bitch ex-girlfriend, the I’m-attracted-to-you-but-we-can’t-be-together relationship of the protags, and of course, the otherworldly secret of our male lead. In short, it’s very typical – nothing special [not you, Daemon, you’re always special *wink*]. So what makes Obsidian appealing to readers? I can only think of three things: Humor, Writing Style and Execution. Writers/Authors can always use the same ground of elements to establish their stories and characters, but only few can be able to make their works stand out. Plus those three are the things I always consider when reading a book. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com