Book Review: Opal (Lux #3)

opalTitle: Opal

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pub. Date: December 11, 2012

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.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. 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.

This will be a spoiler free review.

Little side note – I’m still not done that epic, 742-page fantasy, so keep an eye out for that review in the future!

Now, onto the actual review.

It’s been so long since I read this book, it felt like reading it all over again for the first time. I love reading JLA books, because they’re just so enjoyable – Opal is no exception.

Stakes for Daemon, Katy and Co. are higher than ever, things are changing and ramping up. For each new answer the group uncovers, a million new questions arise. Tensions are high and and they don’t seem to be dying down anytime soon.

I kind of forgot how long this book is. It’s super enjoyable and leaves you with a oh my f*cking god, dread pooling in your stomach cliffhanger. I’ve already read book 4, but damn, I’m anxious to see what happens next!

It is kind of funny reading these book now, like 8 years later. They’re still wholly enjoyable, but it’s almost like an out of body experience. Let me see if I can explain that correctly…

Reading this series now, I can totally see why I loved it back when I first read it. It’s engaging, fun and Daemon is kind of the epitome of the book boyfriend. But reading it now, I can kind of see how absurd it all is and sometimes I’m sitting there (while reading) wondering why I thought these were the greatest books ever.

I’m really not knocking these books, or any of Jen’s books. I will forever be a fan and read anything she writes. Her books are like coming home, they’re familiar, fun and an absolute joy to read. Hell, if I’m ever in a reading slump, picking up one of her books will cure me of it. I love them. Jen knows how to write a good book, with engaging characters and she makes you quickly fall in love with them.

But, I mean, come on! Lol

Daemon and Katy are kind of ridiculous. Shit, I would have given anything for a hot alien to move in next door! But they’re teens! Okay, yeah, they might have alien powers, but come on LOL.

And I love Katy because she’s basically self-aware enough to realize that they are in fact just kids, trying to take on a government organization and what hope could they possibly have.

The way JLA writes her characters is one of my favorite things. They feel so real, so grounded, and often come across as pretty self-aware. They understand that the deck is stacked against them, but who cares? They also tend to be sassy af, and I enjoy that a lot.

Her books always leave you in love with the characters and in desperate need for the next book. I can’t wait to dive into Origin. I’m excited because I can’t remember a single thing that happened in the book, so it’ll be like experiencing it for the first time all over again!


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