Saturday, 9 November 2013

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Opal
Author:Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Book #3 in the Lux series
Release Date:December 11th 2012
Publisher:Entangled Teen
Number of pages:382 pages
Source: Paperback copy purchased by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's WebsiteAmazon, Kindle,Barnes and NobleBook Depository US, Book Depository UK, Read an excerpt

Grade: 3.5 stars

Novellus bonus!
Goodreads appetizer: 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: You know what a big JLA fan I am right? I mean from the moment I read this author's first book I fell in love with her writing style and her stories. A love that holds still after reading numerous of her releases! So, naturally, Opal was among my most anticipated releases. So why did it take me so long to finally get the book in my hands is beyond me. Even though I really wanted to read it, something was holding me back, almost like I felt that it wouldn't be exactly what I hoped it would be. And even though it wasn't a bad book, still it didn't really work for me.

Let me make myself clear. For any fan of the Lux series, Opal would be the ultimate book. The things that happen in this book kind of make sure of that. For me, not so much. For me, Opal felt like a bridge, the book were nothing really happens until the last chapters that eventually lead to some very interesting things that will undoubtedly happen in the next book. Maybe that is why it took me so painfully long to read it. Not that Opal was that long of a book, I just found myself reluctant to pick it up, certain that nothing really exciting would happen. Sure, Katy and Daemon's relationship develops further than the non stop bickering. And that was to be expected. But I missed all that bickering and the amazing dialogues that accompanied it. I missed how Daemon would tell something to show us how really full of himself is and how Katy would respond to that. I missed that certain quality that made their relationship stand out among the rest YA couples out there. In Opal, Katy and Daemon are just a common couple (as common as they can be) who decide that they should stop acting like kids and see a future together. And even if I totally understand that, I still miss the old status of things.

On another level, nothing really exciting happens in Opal. Sure Dee must deal with Adam's death and Dawson has to find his old self back and on top of that they have to save Beth but that sums up anything exciting going on in this book. And I may love Daemon and his smart mouth but I can only enjoy that many brief make out sessions. In Opal is like everyone is changed. Dee, Daemon, Katy, Dawson, Ash everyone. And maybe that was to be expected but like I said I kind of missed their old selves. And the total absence of action didn't help things for me. Yeah, Opal, is easily one of my least favorite books in the series even if like I said, some things that happen in it, almost guarantee that it will be the favorite for the majority of readers.

Anyway, the way this story ended also guarantees that every fan of this series will anxiously wait for the next book. It's a cliffhanger so at least I won't have to wait long to know what happens next :P And I'm pretty sure that Origin will be incredible! It has to be! JLA is that great an author!

Verdict: Opal wasn't exactly what I was hoping it to be even though, to be completely honoest, it's still a great book compared to some other titles I have read. Still, it was quite disappointing to see how all the characters I loved in this series changed. If it is for better or for worse, still remains to be seen.

Plot: 6/10
Characters: 6/10
Writing: 8/10
Ending: 8/10
Cover: 5/10

Buy it:

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Order of the series:

Book #1 - Obsidian
Book #2 - Onyx
Book #3 - Opal

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