Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fanataskey & Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout

12578077I have placed these two books together because they are very similar (sorry if I offended anyone there…).

Obsidian is the story of Katy who, after her Dad dies, moves with her Mother to a backwater town to start over. In this small town is Daemon, a dark and brooding boy who hides a dangerous secret. Katy is thrown into a chaotic world and, torn between her desire and running away, she follows him down into his world.

(The actual blurb and further info can be found at Goodreads)

 

Jekel and Hyde is the story of Jill who, after her Dad dies, moves 6377326-200x300with her Mother to a backwater town to start over. In this small town is Tristan, a dark and brooding boy who hides a dangerous secret. Jill is thrown into a chaotic world and, torn between her desire and running away, she follows him down into his world.

(The actual blurb and further info can be found at Goodreads)

 

What I liked:

Obsidian was fast paced and easy to read. The sub-characters were believable and the world building strong.

Jekel and Hyde had a good concept, and the world building was well enough to be able to visualise the action.

What I didn’t like:

Same for both – the main relationships.

In Jekel Loves Hyde, our titular character Jill Jekel feels herself falling in love with a guy, Tristen Hyde, even though he’s broken someone’s arm, threatened to kill someone, and says he wants to murder her. You know, because she knows there is something good inside him.

In Obsidian, Katy loves Daemon despite the fact that he’s mean to her all the time, initiates intimate contact for sport, and has killed to stop aliens finding him and his sister. You know, because she knows there is something good in him.

Can we just stop?

Can we stop teaching and reinforcing to kids that this type of behaviour is acceptable? That a real relationship is all about finding that dark, violent and moody person and then changing them? Or worse, believing that the pain and fear is somehow affirmation that you’re in an adult relationship.

So, now I’ll step down from my soap box and say that if you like paranormal romance, then these books are for you.

 

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