Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted September 16th, 2013 in book review / 6 comments


Lux Series #3

by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Entangled Teen (Dec 2012)
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Format: eBook (382 pages)
Source: Purchased
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 stars)

No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

At A Glance
Wow, Opal is like a kick in the teeth, in a good way. Even with the slow parts, I was left breathless by the end.

The Good
I never really fangirled over this series like some people, but I really do love this story. Armentrout may not be the best writer in the world, but she can tell one hell of a story. The Lux series is like my guilty pleasure. Or I should say Daemon is my guilty pleasure? I just want to eat him up. Mmmm.

Opal starts off where Onyx ended. The gang has experienced some tragedy and they are all trying to recover, but there is still some business to take care of. I liked the action and heart-clenching moments in this book. I was really freaked out in some parts. Armentrout puts her characters through hell, and that’s the way I like it.

Katy is growing up so much. She is becoming her own woman. She has her cool alien powers that are really turning her into a kickass chick. She is learning from her mistakes and learning how to ask for help and let people in. I hope we see her character mature even more.

Daemon, my Daemon. We see a whole new side of Daemon. This Daemon is…wait for it…romantic. Yup, you heard right. Our new Daemon is sweet, caring, but with still enough snark to make us melt like we did the books before. He is so much more mature, just like Katy. He has a lot to deal with in this book, but he handles everything so well. I love this new Daemon.

This book will blow you away in a lot of ways. The plot is serious and dark with sprinkles of humor and fun. I think this is the best book in the series so far.

Worst/Best cliffhanger ever. You haven’t seen a REAL cliffhanger until you’ve read the ending to Opal. I wanted to throw up, punch someone, and rip my book apart. But, damn, that was pretty effing amazing. No way you can stop yourself from reading the fourth book of this series after that.

The Bad
There was waaaay too much downtime in this book. The beginning was slow and a lot of the time the characters are either waiting around or plotting to do something. I hate the waiting game. So boring.

The worst part was that our group let’s themselves be put in bad positions because of this certain person they know they can’t trust and should have killed a long time ago. I just don’t get why this group, who seem intelligent, don’t see what is going to happen when they let people into the group who are obviously devious. I can’t stand the stupid decision making in Opal.

The Snuggly
Hell’s yeah. Lots of steamy scenes to enjoy in Opal. Nothing too sexy since it’s YA, but still blush worthy. I loved seeing Daemon and Katy as a real couple. They are closer than ever. And Daemon is definitely bringing on the romance. *Swoon*

Final Thoughts
I can’t wait to read Origin, the fourth book of the series, especially with how Opal ended. I love how the characters are growing and the story is moving along. I expect it to get even better from here. Very recommended.

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will.”  

“A slow, wry smile teased Daemon’s lips. “Simmer down, Kitten, before I have to get you a ball of yarn to play with.”
Annoyance flared deep inside me. “Don’t start with me, jerk-face.”  

“You haven’t been smiling much. I missed it, so I decided to reward you for doing it.”
“Reward me?” I laughed. “God, only you would think kissing someone is a reward.”
“You know it is. My lips change lives, baby.”  

“He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.” I smacked my hands over my hot face. “I can’t believe I just said that out loud.”
Lesa giggled. “Sounds like one of those romance books you read.”
“It does.” I started giggling. “But, oh Lordie Lord, it’s true. I’m like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It’s embarrassing. I’m so, like, ‘Thank you, can I have another?’ Sad.”  

“There was a pause, then his lips stretched into a smile. “You’re right.”
Hell froze over. Pigs were flying. “Come again?”
“You’re right. I should have checked in at some point. I’m sorry.”
The world was flat. I didn’t know what to say. According to Daemon, he was right about 99 percent of the time. Wow.”
Lux Series (My Reviews):
Book #1: Obsidian
Book #2: Onyx

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