Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Review: Opal (Lux #3) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Release Date: December 11, 2012
from Entangled Teen
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"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."

My Thoughts:

There is a reason the Lux Series is my favorite series, and it is because each book just gets better and better. The plot continues to expand and you just never know who to trust. Jennifer L. Armentrout has created a world that it is so easy to get lost in. I tried to savor this book and make it last, but I just couldn’t. I devoured it and the other book I was reading was immediately put on hold.

Our main gal Katy is such a great heroine. I love her attitude, personality, snark, and her strength. Also, we cannot forget that she is a book nerd and I really do love that she is a blogger. I know some people don’t like this, but I personally love it. My favorite thing about Katy is that it is always clear why she makes the choices she makes. I never have that moment where I’m ready to smack the heroine because she is making a clearly dumb decision. Even if I don’t agree with the decision, I always understand where she is coming from.

Daemon Black is my all-time favorite book boyfriend. I absolutely love his infuriating personality. If you thought you loved Daemon after Onyx, well just wait, he somehow got even better in Opal which just proves that miracles do happen. There were so many moments where I just wanted to melt into a puddle of goo. My heart, on numerous occasions, melted into that stuff inside gushers. I really enjoyed getting to see Daemon’s sweet and romantic side. However, his egotistical and sarcastic personality was still there. I really liked that he was still his jerk-face self most of the time.

Opal was great because we finally get to see Daemon and Katy together as a couple. I enjoyed watching Daemon chase Katy in Onyx, but I absolutely adored watching them as a couple in Opal. They really are stronger together and luckily the angst between the two is limited in a pretty much nonexistent way. The two of them have some incredibly sweet moments that I just don’t have words for. However, they still argue a lot because they are Daemon and Katy and that is what they do. I really loved that they still argued because it is their “thing.” It would not have made sense for them to all of a sudden get along all the time simply because they are a couple.

Moving on to Dee. I really missed the old Dee with her vivacious lively personality in this book. Actually, I was very upset with her for a lot of the book. I understand that she is grieving and my heart breaks for her, but I disagreed with her blaming Katy for it. Maybe I just get defensive when it comes to Katy, but I felt like she was putting blame in the wrong place, because in the end it was her and Adam's choice to go into that house. Yes, other events led to that moment and maybe it wouldn’t have been necessary to go in had Katy acted differently, but the last and final choice was on them. Part of me felt as if Dee was trying to ignore this fact and not blame herself.

So can you tell I loved this book? Opal was just an amazing ride from beginning to end. Like I said before, I tried to make this book last, but I couldn’t. Once I started reading, I simply could not stop. I needed to know what was going to happen! And – oh my – there are just so many twists and turns along the way. It is so hard to know who to trust and there is just so much that could go wrong. I honestly didn’t see any of the events coming. Not because they were particularly hard to guess, because looking back I’m all “damn I should have seem that coming”, but because as I was reading I was so absorbed in the story that I just didn’t have time to speculate. I didn’t want to pause long enough to try and guess the outcome. Then you get to then ending and you feel as if your heart has been ripped out of your chest, stomped on, put through a grinder, gnawed on by a zombie, and then stuffed back in your chest. I mean this in a good way of course. The ending is so emotional and it leaves you breathless and desperate for more pages. It is an evil evil cliffhanger. If you thought Deity was bad, well then HAHAHAHA.

All in all, Opal is a great addition to my favorite series. I have still yet to be disappointed by any JLA book.

16 comments:

  1. Great review! Hah seriously I thought the Deity ending was like the most shocking cliffhanger but it seriously has nothing on what this book put me through. Definitely loved Opal though because we got to see Daemon and Katy together. Also agree this series just gets better and better! Dying for Origin now! :)

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    1. This book killed me! Between this and covenant I'm going crazy!

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  2. God I love your reviews! I never have to worry about you including spoilers and, well . . . spoiling a book for me! Thank you sweets! I'm still waiting for my copy of this one, curse you book depository but oh my goodness am I excited to start!
    I'm glad Daemon keeps much of his snarky self, I worried that that would take a back seat as his relationship with Katy evolved, but I'm so glad he's snarking it up with the best of them!
    Awesome review, my sweet! =D

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    1. And apparently I was so excited about your review I forgot how to use punctuation properly! :p

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    2. *hugs* I can't wait to see your thoughts on this book. Don't worry Daemon is still snarky as ever but he is also sexy as hell too.

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  3. Fantastic review. I totally agree, and you couldn't have described how your heart feels at the end any better. Now we all just have to try to live until the story picks back up in Origin.

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    1. Honestly I don't know if I'll survive lol

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  4. Nope, you cannot make a book that is as amazing and wonderful as Opal last. It's just so flippin' good!!! And girl! This review! Amazing.. I still haven't written mine, when I think about it, I just think of the ending.. then I wanna cry... *sigh* Opal's ending was just cruel and unusually punishment. It was definitely worse than Deity. My heart, it still hurts..
    I love Katy and *fans myself* definitely love Mr. Daemon Black!!!! hahaha

    You're review was perfect. It hit everything I was thinking and feeling while reading it! Just amazing:)

    Magen Corrie

    *bangs head against wall*

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    1. No don't bang your head on the wall. It will be okay!

      Cannot wait to see your review girl. I know it will be awesome sauce.

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  5. I havent read Opal yet since Im waiting on getting my personalized copy on Sat when Jennifer and Pepe come to Houston. Its been super hard staying away from reviews so I don't get spoiled.

    Thanks for stopping by my site today.

    Yara @ Once Upon a Twilight!

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  6. Oh, your review is really making me wanna read this more and more! I can see your side on Dee, poor girl. Romantic Daemon! Kickass Katy! A crazy mystery & intense moments! A killer ending! What's not to love?! Great review love!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. You are going to love this book. I just know it.

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  7. I'm so jealous right now...and it's all my fault for wanting to wait until Opal gets here! I should just buy this in e-book and go with it already. I absolutely cannot wait to be a part of Katy and Daemon's life and finally see them as a couple. As for Dee, I think I'll have the same reaction as you. I don't think she should blame Katy especially after all that they have been through, not to mention Katy is her best friend. But, I feel bad for her. I can't wait to see how Dee develops as a character in the upcoming books and hopefully everything gets resolved! :)

    And the dreaded but not so dreaded ending.....I love JLA but this woman seriously needs to stop making her readers go crazy! I am curious to know the ending but hesitant at the same time. GAHHHHH...I don't even know what to say....I just want this in my hands already!!!!

    Fantabulous review, Teresa! And I can't wait to start this! :D Jennifer has proved herself again, don't you think?.

    ~ Maida

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    1. I can't wait to see what you think of this one. It's so fabulous. I know you'll love it. But that ending is worse than Deity. You have been warned lol.

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  8. I also loved this book and Daemon is a top book boyfriend for me too. I am not sure I can wait for Origin in July! Thanks for your thoughts!

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