REVIEW ✧ OPAL

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“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

☆☆☆☆1/2

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.

I have been trying to process this book for the past 24 hours and literally all I can say is wow. THIS is how you write a sequel. I feel like Armentrout is doing pretty much everything right with this story and her characters, constantly doing things that surprise and shock me, ultimately making the reading experience ten times better. A part of me wants to say that this is the best book of the series so far but I don’t think I can make that kind of call until I’m actually finished but it’s 100% in the running. I’m really loving where everything is going and I really have little to no complaints. I mean being who I am as a person, I still have complaints, but compared to last time they don’t matter too much. Let’s get down to business.

Like before, I cannot properly review this book without spoiling things so a huge SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • Like I mentioned in my little intro, I’m really loving where the plot is going. While I’m still not sure if it’s going to turn into a “Luxen and hybrids versus the DOD and government” situation, I can see that battle lines are definitely being drawn and everyone is starting to take sides. And even amongst our group of Luxen I can see that they’re beginning to come together rather than remain split. Sure, there’s still some animosity between Katy, Ash, and Andrew but they’re also starting to realize that they need to stick together because they’re stronger as one whole unit. Yes, Ash is still a bitch but she’s becoming more tolerable and that, my friends, is development. And even though I hate Blake, I appreciate that he’s provided a more in depth look at who Daedalus is and what exactly they’re wanting to do. Also sidenote: the history nerd in me is practically giddy with the whole Daedalus thing and how well thought out that is. Bless Armentrout for bringing in a bit of Greek mythology into our little story here.
  • While one of the main focuses of this series is the romance between Katy and Daemon, I feel like it doesn’t take away from the overall plot. I also personally believe that Armentrout has created a nice and solid balance of the romance and the “rescue” plot of this book. Yes, these two are dealing with something very serious but at the same time they’re still kids and they should be allowed to have romantic dates or moments and all that fun stuff. I mean if anything, the romance is just as important as the whole aliens plot and I think you can tell that one does not outweigh the other from Armentrout’s writing. And if we’re being fair, we wouldn’t really have a Daedalus plot if there wasn’t a romance between Daemon and Katy so one can’t really exist without the other, eh?
  • God bless Jennifer L. Armentrout for killing the potential love triangle that she brought into the previous book. It is dead and I am happily dancing on its grave. Hallelujah! And while we know that Daedalus is the real antagonist, I personally feel like Blake is like a secondary antagonist and while I hate him, it brings me joy seeing everyone want to kill him. I hope he dies soon.
  • One of the most recurring theme I’ve noticed in this series is the topic of moral ambiguity and realizing that not everything in life is so black and white and I am really enjoying how it’s being written and explained. Let’s look at Daemon first. He understands that everything he does is not only so he can survive but so his family can survive and they are ultimately protected. Does he like killing? No. But does it do it to keep his siblings safe? Absolutely. He knows the risks and the consequences of his actions and it’s something that he constantly feels guilty about. It’s just something he has to do in order to live. Now, let’s look at Katy. She has pretty much been thrust head first into this world and she’s having these inner debates about what’s right and what’s wrong. She feels like her first instinct is to kill but then she compares herself to being a monster, to being like Blake. It shows that she still has a conscience which also shows that she’s not a monster like Blake is. I love how Daemon helps her realize this and is the one to talk her down, especially after she kills someone and didn’t care in that moment. I think just after reading all these books about how the protagonist “develops” into someone who kills without a thought, it’s nice to see Katy feeling like this and having her conscious come through. Katy has definitely developed into a stronger character, but she still has her humanity and I appreciate it.
  • THAT CLIFFHANGER. OH MY GOD. I still can’t believe Armentrout left me hanging like that. How could she???? Not only how could she do that to me, but how could she do that do Dameon????

THE BAD

  • I was really upset with how the relationship between Katy and Dee is pretty much over. I’m pretty sure that this broke my heart more than a breakup between Katy and Daemon would. I just really hate it when we have a story like this and the best friend is just left in the dark about what’s happening with our protagonist, and it sucks even more because Dee really is involved in the story. Sure, they’re somewhat repairing their friendship but I don’t think they’ll ever be the same.
  • While I was incredibly happy seeing Will bite the dust, I’m still a bit mixed on having him die at Katy’s hand. Like ok, I do appreciate that it helped with her moral ambiguity and led to Daemon’s awesome explanation, but I don’t know. And yeah, I know that he threatened to shoot her and then shoot her mom, and actually DID end up shooting Katy which helped us see how strong the bond between her and Daemon actually is, but I think it hurt a little seeing Katy kill him like that. I’m happy about it, but I’m also not. This doesn’t make sense, I’m sorry.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • What we have here is a definite stellar sequel/follow up that explored moral ambiguity in a great way, had wonderfully developed characters, and a beautiful balance of alien shenanigans and romance. At this rate, I might just have a new series favourite.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Opal (Lux #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: December 11, 2012
Pages: 382 (Paperback)
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Until next time,

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