Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted December 27, 2012 by Debby in Reviews / 7 Comments

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. ArmentroutOpal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #3
Published by Entangled Teen on December 11th, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 452
Format: Paperback
Source: Gifted

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.

4 Stars

Why do you do this to me Jennifer? I’m such a mess right now. My emotionsssss.

We left Katy and Daemon after a big shocker in Onyx and most of Opal is spent trying to repair the damage. In terms of character development, this installment is amazing. Katy comes to terms with the guilt of lying to her friends and family about, well, everything. Daemon transforms and finally trusts Katy enough to show his truly cuddly side. Dee is left in depression after the events of Onyx, understandably, and shows an amazing transformation throughout the novel (though it was sad for Katy in most of Opal, I’m so glad that Dee didn’t just shake it off and be her bubbly self. It was way more realistic this way).

All that development in terms of characters means the plot progressed much more slowly than usual. If this were a three book series this one would suffer just a little bit from middle book syndrome. And it is the middle book, so I guess it’s fitting. But at times it was just a bit slow, which explains the four orange rating. In this case, four oranges means I still absolutely adored it, but it didn’t quite blow me away. I think it’s mostly due to the unanswered questions that I’m really getting desperate to know the answers to.

A lot of time was spent developing the relationship between Katy and Daemon and I loved that. Although it was sooo frustrating at times too. I love the relationship though. They’re able to be so supportive of each other and I swear, lying in bed, reading this, I just kept asking, “Where’s my Daemon???” Seriously. I want him. But so many interruptions, I almost feared we wouldn’t get to the hot smexy scenes in this one. Thank god I was wrong. Also – THANK YOU Jenn for no stupid teenage angsty arguments. It’s a perfect relationship between two characters who I absolutely love to bits. Their personalities are absolutely wonderful, distinctive, entertaining, and adorable.

Blake and Will. Two masterfully crafted villains. Jennifer did a really great job of adding the necessary creep factor. But I still have so many unanswered questions. Ahhh.

Towards the end, the action scenes are looming, and I felt it coming. Only 50 pages to go – there’s no way this is going to end well. Not enough time for a real resolution. But though I sort of expected the cliffhanger, it really tore me to shreds at the same time. I’m a bit speechless. I don’t really know what to do… That last chapter pretty much brought tears to my eyes. How am I going to survive the wait for Origin?

Summing Up:

I feel like I have to say this in each review of this series, defending my love for it: admittedly, this may not be the best written series in the world. For YA however it’s much more amazing than most. And Jennifer just has this amazing skill of seizing my heart and right at the end tearing it to shreds. Honestly, reading these books is like an emotional rollercoaster. And I am immensely enjoying the ride.

Recommended To:

Are you still not reading this series? How else can I convince you?

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7 responses to “Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. I’ve just started out reading this this title. The previous 3 books (Daimon, Obsidian, Onyx), I read for two days! This’s the first time I’m invested to a series. Because of college, I didn’t really interested to read fantasy fiction book. This series made me invested in YA fantasy all over again and I definitely love it cos Jennifer L. Armentrout isn’t embarassing, her characters are strong-willed, witty, and so like-able.

    This review has some spoilers but i still want to continue this series thoroughly because Jennifer’s writing to build up the plot is marvelous. So, to sum this up, YES I DO, STILL, AND WILL CONTINUE READ THIS SERIES COS THIS SERIES ROCK! XDD

    -Anjani

    PS: Thanks for the review Debby! ;D I don’t regret finding your blog through this book~

    • Awww, wow, I’m glad this series has such a great effect on you! The characters definitely suck you in, more than most other YA series.

      I hope you like this one! And thanks for finding my blog 🙂

  2. The ending really made me an emotional mess. Gaaaa! I just wanna choke Blake and chop off all his body parts and feed it to the crocodiles. Sheesh. The guy’s loathsome. I can’t wait to read Origin and know what’ll happen next. 🙂

    • Hahaha, that sounds about accurate! The ending was so painful. The wait until Origin is just way too long. But there’s got to be a bit more to Blake’s story, so I can’t wait for that.

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