I picked up (er, bought on my Kindle) Obsidian only because Amazon was selling it for $1.99 as a Daily Deal about a month ago. I had heard so many wonderful things about the series... and everyone seemed to be going crazy over Daemon Black (think: Edward/Jacob type craze) so I figured, why not? At best, this book will be an entertaining Twilight-esque paranormal romance... and at worst, I've only wasted $1.99.
Holy freaking crap was I wrong - I loved this book! Almost* everything about it pulled me in... because it had everything that I always found lacking in YA paranormal romance:
The main character acts her age - Katy is a typical high school student. Her behavior, her interests, and her internal dialogue reflect that. At several parts in the story, Katy acted incredibly immature when she was ticked off and I was totally okay with that. Why? Because she is seventeen years old. I often find that many YA main characters are adults trapped in the bodies of high school students and, while I do very much appreciate maturity in teenagers, it was a breath of fresh air to see Katy acting her age.
The romance felt real - Katy didn't lay eyes on Daemon and immediately offer herself to him. Heck, (SPOILER) they didn't even get together by the end of Obsidian. Although she felt attracted to him, he was also a serious ass to her... and she didn't let that go just because he was hot and started paying attention to her.
There was no love triangle. Obsidian should get a gold medal for this fact alone. There were bigger plot points at play during Obsidian and Katy didn't let herself become too distracted by one hot guy... let alone two. (Before you say it - no, I'm not forgetting about Simon... but would you actually consider him a love triangle? I don't!)
All in all, Obsidian was a really fun read. I often found myself laughing out loud at the interactions between Katy and Daemon, and also at Katy's internal dialogue. It was the type of book that I would tell myself, "Okay, one more chapter..." and end up reading five. If you're a fan of paranormal romances (or books along the lines of Twilight) definitely check it out. I don't think that you'll be disappointed.
*The two major problems that I had with Obsidian:
Daemon using "Kitten" as a pet name for Katy. I. Hated. That. I hated it more than Anastasia Steele calling her subconscious "my inner goddess."
Katy's name. Is it pronounced Katie? Because she was often referred to as Kat... I don't know! This wasn't a "major problem" but it really bugged me.