Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hi all!

Finally finished it!




Title: Opal
Series: Lux #3
Release date: 3rd of December 2012
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Paranormal, YA
Published by: Entangled Publishing
Imprint: Entangled Teen
Pages: 384 pages in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

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. 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.

Review:

The third book of the series is a solid addition, but I’m also feelings some cons becoming bigger stones in my shoe.

I was really fond of the relationship between Daemon and Katy, they continued being sweet, snarky and sexy, they’ve come a long way since book one. It’s enjoyable to follow their development both together and individually. I was glad that they hadn’t lost the spark and sass towards each other being a couple.

In regards to plot, several interesting issues came up, some out of the blue, which I rather liked, and which I can’t wait to get more information about or explanations to what’s actually going on. If you think about it, the focus has always been on the main couple and not much has been revealed about the alien, arum and DOD issues. We don’t really know much of who is actually pulling the strings, what is the actual grand goal of the whole conflict, who or what is the main enemy, where is the story going, etc and I really like the obscurity around the plot, it makes finally finding out a lot more satisfying and the journey there unpredictable. I do, however, foresee some huge twists along the way and I’m sure they’re whopping and will leave me questioning everything revealed till then.

I also actually liked the ending and that it was a cliffhanger, I guess it just worked well and was an abrupt and emotional end to an overall, for me, slow book.

Negative: Maybe it’s just me but nothing much happened, I mean, stuff obviously happened, there was some decent action, but most of the time I felt the story drag and some annoying topics kept being brought up and circulated: Daemon and Katy’s hostility towards Blake (really, I know that you hate each other, but the constant whining towards Blake got old soon), Dee treating Katy as the root of all evil, them visiting that new characters (why are always the girls that have to dress up sexy and guys not, I would have loved to see Daemon in something more revealing), a restless Dawson, etc. I can’t recall reading any other romance YA book with more than three books, so maybe the dragging issue isn’t uncommon with middle books of a five installment or more series. It took me months to finish this one, because it was at times hard to gather the motivation!

Characters:

Katy – Even though I love her with Daemon and she has grown a lot, she has made some unfortunate and stupid decisions. In this book she kind of tries to right the wrong, but this brings about another issue I had with her. Why was she insisting on being a part of everything, I understand that she wanted to help, make up for her errors and protect the ones she cares about, but she was somewhat too reckless with herself. Otherwise, Katy’s still a decent heroine, although I was hoping she would have time to focus on her book blog a bit more too, it was fun to read about her hobby and how Daemon always commented her posts.

Daemon – From an arrogant douche in the first book we now have an excellent boyfriend who can’t do no wrong or at least much. He’s still the same – cocky, swoony and a bad boy, but all that combined with Katy makes for a sweet and spicy romance.  

Overall:

The series remains good and I will read it till the end. Still, some aspects started to annoy me too much, the good outweighs the bad luckily, so bring on the next book!

3 stars!

LIIS

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