Thursday, December 13, 2012

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

Title: Opal
Series: Lux, #2
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Category: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Genre: Mature Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.



*Warning: This review contains spoilers if you have not read this book or  the other books in the series*

My Review:

Opal, Opal, Opal…Purely, breathtakingly amazing. That is Opal. Writing this review is going to be hard. Why? ‘Cause this book was AWESOME! That’s why! Jennifer can spin a tale like nobody’s business. She took me one hell of a ride with this book, and she proved that even the third book in a series can be remarkable.

I cried, I laughed, I rejoice, I sympathized with the characters. I became a part of this series, a part of this world. The world that Jennifer created and I loved every second of it.

‘” Simmer down, Kitten, before I have to get you a ball of yarn to play with.”’

Love has always been stronger. Katy and Daemon are proof of that.

With the past behind them, and a new future set out for them, they both are ready to face it, together. But they know it won’t be easy. Not with the enemies they have, and the secrets they must keep safe.

Dawson’s back and he is not the same.

Dee is handling the loss of someone so dear to her, and she’s not the same Dee anymore.

And the DOD aren't what they say they are, and they aren't the only enemy Katy and Daemon need to 
watch out for.  Then, someone who shouldn't be making an appearance does and things for Katy and Daemon just got even tougher.

They will show everyone they are meant for each other, and they will protect one another. No matter the cost.

Because their love is their greatest strength.

‘”You burn bright, to me at least, and I know you could handle it, but the last thing I want is your light to be tainted by something so dark.”’

You know that feeling you get on Christmas morning when you were a child? The excitement, anticipation, and hopefulness that bubbles up in your stomach, which causes you to be extremely giddy, maybe even causing you to dance a little jig. And then you awake, and  rush down to hall to all those glories presents, hoping and wishing. Your whole body building with excitement, so thick you feel it.  Then, as you slowly open each gift, that excitement just builds and builds, consumes you. Each gift perfect and what you wanted, but you know that somewhere among the countless toys is the one you have been hoping, praying and begging your parents for. That one gift that will make all others pale in comparison. Just thinking about it as you rip the paper off each gift, eagerness consuming you. Then, as you get to that last present, your hands shake with exhilaration. Then you rip the paper off like there will be no tomorrow, and there in your hands, the gift you would of sold your left kidney for. Angels sing, light falls from above. The present you wanted, hoped for, right in your hands. The excitement overwhelms you! Well, that’s how I feel whenever I hold one of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s books. And Opal was that present that made all overs pale in comparison.

Maybe that was a bit over dramatic  but I don’t care, I will sale my left kidney to have all of her books, like, right now! Opal was just everything I wanted, hoped and wished for. But, it was even better than I expected. Jennifer, she is amazing, and can deliver a story. It’s in her blood.

Katy and Daemon are back and better than ever. Both have grown, and I am so, so happy with where they are. Yes, they are finally getting past their walls and are in a relationship. Now, they still butt heads, that’s just Daemon and Katy. Who would they be if they didn't and honestly, I love it. Now, though, they work together, as best as they can. They are a couple and it shines through brightly. I loved it!! Now, Katy is still a force to be reckoned with, smart mouthed and my kind of heroine. Plus, she’s a book blogger and I honestly love that. I feel that makes her more real and more relate-able. I have always loved this character, I might have a bit of a girl crush on her...  Then you have Deamon. Mr. Daemon Black. Dear Lord. That boy. (Excuse while I fan myself) Even though I still wanna smack him some times, yes his infuriating personality is still there, he really has a cute and soft side. Which I loved seeing. And just like in Onyx we get to see another side of this trinity of hot boys.  And you will be swept away. He swept me away, that’s for sure.  There is some much I love about him!! Katy and Daemon have both grown and have become so amazing in my eyes. They have been tested and challenged, but through it all, they stand so strong. That just makes me love this couple even more.  

Dawson is also back, and I have always liked him. But you can differently see a difference in him. That is to be expected. He has been through so much, and what he experience, no one would be the same. But he does try and Katy helps him. They build a friendship, and I feel this helps him cope with everything. Though, slowly, his relationship with his siblings does starts to repair, slowly. But even though he is home, he needs Bethany to be once again in his arms. And just like Dawson, Dee is overcoming heartbreak. I really miss that bubbly girl we met in the first book and I feel Dee is making decisions that are placing the guilt of losing Adam on Katy. Even though, in my mind, she really isn't the one to blame. But as the story moves, they do try to overcome the wall that is between them. I really hope they do.

One thing I have to point out is Katy’s mom. In most YA’s, the parent(s) are barely there. However, I felt Katy’s mom was actually a mom in this series. She takes an interest in Katy’s and Daemon’s budding relationship, sets rules, and is there for Katy. I loved that! She's a  mom that is there as much as she can be!!

What I have also loved about Jennifer’s books, other than her wonderful characters, is her writing style. It sucks me right in and places me smack-dab in the story. Like I have mention, she can spin a tale like a goddess of words! Opal is a fine example of that. With the wonderful characters, twists you never expected, the pacing that is perfect, and just an overall brilliant tale. Opal has it all. I was completed surprised with what happened.  However, I must say that that ending WHAT THE EVER LIVING GOD!!! Torture!!!! I need, need the next book. My heart can’t take it.

“You and that damn pen.”
“You love it.”



Opal was well worth the wait and agonizing anticipation. 
However, I am going to need some serious therapy waiting for the next book.

That ending was just pure torture. Why, Jennifer, why must you do 'that' to your readers...



Opal isn't a book to me, no, it's like another reality, one I am so grateful to get to experience.

To say I love and enjoy this series is an understatement.



Now, the long and torturous wait for the next book begins... Along with a lot of crying and ice cream eating...(that's not extreme or anything....)








11 comments:

  1. Great review, my lovely! I can't wait to start this one! Though I'm not looking forward to the ending that everyone's been raving about!
    It's actually got me kinda freaked! O_O

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    1. Thanks girl!!! You have to get to it, yeah the ending is kind of torturous, but well worth the read!!!

      Thanks for stopping by!! :D

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  2. Awesome review Magen!
    Part of me can't wait to start reading this third installment of the Lux series. The other part is afraid to begin because of the long wait ahead for number four.
    Oh what a predicament!!

    Marilyn @ Marilyn's Mystery Blog

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn!!! I know what you mean, but believe me, this one is worth the read!!!

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  3. Magen.... I dont know where to begin with this review. Ummm.... ahhh... ehhh... okay first those gifs are exactly how you feel at the end of Opal so cheers for that *clinks glass*.

    The quotes you picked.... oh dear lord! Perfect! I especially LOVE the first one.. Ball of yarn hehe *clinks glass*

    You literally hit on everything wonderful about this book and just the series in general. *clinks glass*

    I love this review! It really captures your emotions and it is oh so clear how much you loved this book *clinks glass*

    Lovely review girl *clinks- hey this drink is empty* =]

    Please excuse my crazy this morning hahahahaha

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    1. TERESA!!! I love your comments! I always love reading them!!!!! Always put a smile on my face :) *drinks straight from the bottle*
      I feel this review was just a bunch of rambling, but I'm glad you liked it!

      Thanks for reading it!
      And, girl, I love your crazy!

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  4. Awesome review Magen! Got to read this book/series! Love the girl under the desk! lol! Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie for taking the time for reading my review :) and I love that gif, too, perfect for what I was feeling!

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  5. I hated that ending. I thought that I was missing pages, or something. But it was an amazing book.

    Alisa
    theReadingObsession

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  6. Oh, chick, I really want to read your review, but I haven't read any of them yet. i plan to read them over Christmas!! I will come back and check it out when I've read it!!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

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