Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOpal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Published by Walker Childrens (12.11.2012)
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult
Format: Paperback, 452 pages
Source: I own it
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4.5 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.

My thoughts

I was a little disappointed in this one. I love the world of Lux, but I can’t quite give it 5 stars like I gave the last two. I felt like there was a little less action in this one, and it was missing something – I just can’t really put my finger on exactly what. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, there was just a disconnect for some reason. It makes me sad…

I still loved Daemon – he had his signature arrogant asshat moments, yet he let his sweet side show. Strangely, though, I didn’t feel much for the romance this time around. Maybe it’s my sadistic side that enjoys dysfunction in relationships. Things were a bit too perfect and lovey-dovey between Katy and Daemon; I liked them much better at the love/hate stage, where there was plenty of sarcastic banter involved.

I mentioned this before, but I love that Katy is a book blogger. She made references to certain books, and talked about posts and reviews. It was great! But unfortunately, that’s about where the connection ended. Katy was a great lead, but for some reason I didn’t connect to her as much in this one as I hoped to.

The story was still great. Everything is kinda going to hell in a handbasket, and there’s a lot happening in the bigger picture. But again, I feel like there could have been more action. Sure, there were a few curve balls thrown in there, but I felt unsatisfied somehow.

The ending, though – phew! Holy crap dude. The last few pages made everything totally better. I was reading with my mouth hanging open in horror, dreading what was inevitably going to happen. And how could you leave us hanging like that, Jennifer?! How?!?! When I closed the cover I just sat there stunned for a few minutes, staring into space because my brain was mush.

“Uh, Dee, you realize this is a no passing zone, right?”
Dee grinned in the rearview mirror. “I think it’s a suggestion, not a rule.”

There was a pause, and then his lips stretched into a smile. “You’re right.” 
Hell froze over. Pigs were flying. “Come again?”
“You’re right. I should’ve 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.

“Oh dear God and baby Jesus in the manger, my eyes!” Dee shrieked. “My eyes!”
My own eyes snapped open. Daemon lifted his head, eyes luminous. Then I realized my hands were still up his shirt. I yanked them out.
assessmentPlot: 4.5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Originality: 5/5
Characters: 4.5/5
World-building: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5 starfish
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Jessi (Geo)

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