Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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

  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/11/2012
  • Source: Own/Purchased 
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*Warning!! This is the third book in the Lux series so the synopsis may contain spoilers for the previous books. My review is spoiler free for this book, but may contain minor spoilers for Obsidian and Onyx.
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

How do I even begin to tell you how much I loved this book?! I was pretty sure I was going to love this because I totally loved the first two, but I had no idea this would be as amazingly awesome as it was!! Jennifer L. Armentrout sure has a way of blowing my expectations away with each new book of hers I read. Each book in this series has gotten better for me and I don't know how she can top this one, but I know she will. Now that I have gotten my fan girl stuff out of the way, I will continue. I have become very invested in the story and after the way Onyx ended I was super excited to read this one. The stakes are higher, the romance is hotter, and the tension is incredible!! In other words, this book rocked!! Being that this is the third book in the series, it's a bit harder to review, but I will do my best.

Katy really steps it up in this one. I admire how tough she is and what she is willing to do. She has been through a lot, too much really, but she holds it together really well. She has a lot of guilt too and that is a lot of the reason why she feels like she needs to do certain things that are insanely dangerous. She has a few moments where she really breaks down, but I think she has become such a strong person. She lets her anger get the best of her sometimes, but she is still the same fun and snarky girl underneath the harder shell she now wears.

I thought I couldn't love Daemon any more than I already did and boy was I wrong. Yes, he still has an ego, and he still has his moments of jerkiness, but the jerk stuff comes out with his protective side. Mostly we see a super sweet and caring Daemon, and yes, even very romantic! I was swooning all over the place while reading Opal. He was out to prove he really cared about Katy in Onyx, and now that he has her, he wants to keep showing her just how much she means to him. He will do anything for her. He will go through great lengths to make her happy and keep her safe. You can feel how much he cares about her.

The other characters were just as great as always too. Blake was still a character I didn't want to trust just like in Onyx, but I still never really knew whether I could or not. He just gives me a bad creepy vibe, and the dude does do some pretty creepy stuff. Dawson is still very broken. With all that he's been through, I was surprised that he was able to start to be himself a little more. I loved seeing him slowly open back up to his siblings and Katy. Dee was in a rough place in this book. She is still very hurt and is having a hard time letting Katy back in. She spends most of her time with Ash and Adam grieving.

The romance was AMAZING!! All of the chemistry is still there and it's even better. There is still the tension too since there are other more important and scary things going on, but they are just sizzling when they are together. We get all of the amazing hotness and build up that we all love!! I could go on and on about how much I love Daemon and Katy together and how much I loved every scene where they kissed or touched, but it's so much more than that too. I loved how they just were together. Just talking or trying to go on dates. Snuggling together and just sleeping. The romantic and sweet things Daemon would say to her or do for her. It was all just perfect even with nothing perfect about the whole situation they are in. They are like the bright light in the dark.

This book gets intense. They are trying to find a way to get to Beth. They are waiting to see what will happen with Will, not knowing when or if he will come back. They can't trust anyone and they feel like they are walking into a trap no matter what they do. They face numerous dangers and I was holding my breath hoping and wishing that things would all work out. With emotions high, and tension at ridiculous levels, trying to work together towards a common goal isn't very easy, but they know that it's their only option. I was so tense reading this book. I felt the urgency, I felt all the emotions. I am so invested in the characters and the story that when they are going through something, I feel like I am going through it with them. Oh and the ending?! Yeah, I think that JLA tore my heart out! I'm pretty sure she is just going to hold it hostage for a while, but I am hoping that she will give it back. After reading the last pages of this book I wanted to throw things and stomp around like a child having a tantrum. I can't wait for Origin! I need that book like I need to breathe.


27 comments:

  1. Great review Amy! Opal just gave me so many emotions! You say it best though, the romance in this book was amazing! Also a great word to describe this story is definitely intense. JLA is definitely messing with my mind still. I'm in a major reading slump now because I can't stop thinking about Opal! So dying to read Origin now!

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    1. I was so swooning over the romance!! Daemon sure was showing his sweet side, but OMG that ending just killed me!!!

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  2. I've never been of a fan of Daemon but I must say he was incredibly sweet and romantic in this one! I was loving him. He had his ego but it was humorous and not overdone. I loved the laptop gift and picnic. Such thoughtful things. Plus the hotness! Holy alien babies everywhere! Finally we got some super steam! I have no idea what to think about Blake. I can't hate him for some reason and I totally understand doing everything for Chris. We all know Daemon would stop at nothing for Katy so we can't totally blame Chris. But then I just don't understand. Ahhh all the tension up to the end was killing me!

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    1. I don't tend to like the jerky boy, but even from book one, we got to see that he's not really a jerk, and I understood why he was the way he was and he is definitely a changed man. This book just had me like a puddle of goo over him sometimes. I do understand Blake, I still just couldn't like him or trust him. He's so skeevy.

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  3. I'm following reviews of this book with great interest because I've heard such mixed emotions about it. I keep hearing about the ending. I am really just going to have to read it, especially after your review!

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    1. It's definitely a book you just have to read. It really is the best so far in my opinion. A lot happens in this one and the character growth is just amazing!

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  4. I didn't read your whole review, because I need to read this soon! Glad you loved it though. ;)

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  5. I love your enthusiasm! You know, I really enjoyed the first two books in the series, but for some reason, I'm not dying to read Opal. Maybe it's because of the brutal ending I've been hearing about. ;-)
    I'm most interested in Dawson, to see the aftermath of what he's been through. I'm really glad Opal met your expectations. That's always an amazing feeling.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Great review, Amy! I'm really happy to hear that you loved this installment because I know how much you adore this series. I wasn't a huge fan of Onyx because of the characters, but I'm glad to hear that they grow in this one. I'm not sure whether I will try it or not yet!

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  7. I liked the first two in the series but had a few problems with the characters. I've heard all that is straightened out in this one though so I can just sit back and enjoy the story! I'm tempted to rush out and get this RIGHT NOW after reading your gorgeous review!

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  8. Yeah, Daemon is a little .... overconfident at times, but these books are so fun. Can't wait to read this one!

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  9. I'm reading this now, and am loving it even more than Opal{which was my least fav.} I love seeing Katy and Daemon constantly bounce off each other, the banter is great, and he is swoonworthy!! Great review, can't wait to finish!

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  10. I heard that you get to see the romantic side of Daemon in this one. I can't wait to read those swoony moments. Still hurting for Dee, poor girl. I still wanna give Blake the benefit of the doubt, he's not all bad right?! I can tell this is gonna be a tense book and that the ending is killer! Great review Amy!!

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. I can't wait until you read it!! You have to let me know when you start!!

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  11. Argh, I've heard amazing thing after amazing thing about this series and yet, for some reason, I feel little to no urge to pick it up. :( It just seems like too much of a Twilight rip-off for my tastes, and I've heard that Daemon is an ass in the first few books (but that he gets better as the series progresses). But I'm so glad you've enjoyed the series thus far, Amy! And I've heard the cliffhanger for this one is EXCRUCIATING. Great review!

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    1. Yeah, it's not for everyone, but I do really love this series. Daemon is so much different in this one. As for the end... OMG, it was brutal!! I no longer have a heart.

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  12. I'm glad these books keep getting better and better for you. :)

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  13. Another series I have not begun yet. So pleased you liked it.

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  14. I found Onyx really long so I wasn't very excited for this one but seeing how much you loved it is a good sign! I'm glad that Katie has some character growth I found she didn't really grew much in the sequel, Daemon had though so I'll be excited to see what he's up to in this one!

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  15. Great review. Mine posts next week.

    Valerie

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