REVIEW ✧ OPPOSITION

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“I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I … burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I’ve killed for you. Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world— in any world— would be stronger than my love for you?” 

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

To somewhat paraphrase one of my earlier reviews, Holy Alien Invasion, Batman! Man, if you thought I was borderline incoherent in my last review then you haven’t seen anything yet. Right now, all I want to do is just keysmash all over the place with like a million crying GIFs. For me, the Lux series is just a big case of the wows. Every book has been amazing with one insane plot twist after the other and this final conclusion was nowhere near disappointing. It was action packed, it was heart wrenching, it was emotional as hell, and it was beautiful. I feel like this book went places that I didn’t really expect it to and constantly kept me on my toes. “Alien shenanigans” doesn’t even begin to cover what went on in this book but no matter what you call it or how you summarize it, I loved every single moment. I loved it so much that I’m finally awarding 5 full stars (Oblivion doesn’t count, that was a novella). Just wow.

As usual, I cannot properly review this book without revealing serious spoilers so a SUPER MEGA HUGE SPOILER ALERT is now in effect.

THE GOOD

  • Still not sure if I’m using this phrase properly but we’re gonna go it it: Armentrout used two crazy but amazing plot devices in this epic conclusion and they both go hand in hand with one another. It all went down when we finally caught up with Daemon and the rest of the newly arrived Luxen. We find out that our boy isn’t exactly the same as before…..because he’s pretty much under some serious Luxen mind control. Even though I hate mind control because of how much pain it causes, especially for shipping reasons, as a plot device it’s wonderful. Even though how the person’s acting sucks, you know that they’re being controlled and it’s not really them. I was actually really scared that we lost Daemon for good, especially when they “captured” Katy and he was acting so cold and indifferent and wouldn’t even look at her. But then he broke and we saw he was still in there and I’m pretty sure I cried. That then led to another super fun plot device: pretending. Clearly they were gonna have to put on a show for the rest of the Luxen so they wouldn’t know Daemon wasn’t with them. Pretending is always a fun time and while they didn’t really go into it too much it was still nice. Sadly, the same couldn’t be said for Dee, since they had her under their control for the longest time and it broke my heart more than when I thought they had Daemon. Like writing wise it was really good, but it hurt so much. But I loved when she finally broke free and it was through Katy and her talking to Dee, having her remember their friendship and Adam and everything. It was really wonderful knowing that Dee’s friendship with Katy is stronger than whatever she has with the Luxen. Same goes with Daemon, but it’s Katy breaking Dee that really made it for me.
  • One thing that I never in a million years expected was seeing our friendly neighbourhood aliens team up with the government AND team up with the Arum. Like what? How? I never saw this coming. I kept thinking that we’d have Luxen and hybrids teaming up to take down Daedalus but clearly I was way off. I was so off that I couldn’t even see the plot I was supposed to be looking at. The plot was a dot to me. But oh my god, I loved this. It’s like how Katy explained it to them all, how in history common enemies have always come together to defeat a greater evil. It was clear that the invading Luxen were the greatest evil of all right now and the Arum were the only chance of defeating them. Also, when the gang entered the Arum society/hideaway, I couldn’t help but think it was exactly like when the dwarves went down to Goblin Town in The Hobbit, but without the gross and ugly goblin. My mind is an interesting place, isn’t it? Anyways, back to the Arum. Even though this is probably a one time thing between them, I’m glad that they helped out our alien gang take down the crazy Luxen. I also thought Hunter and Lore were super interesting characters and I know Armentrout has written something for Hunter so you best believe I’m reading that soon.
  • First of all, Ethan was crazy and I couldn’t believe he was an Origin and was “undercover” in the Luxen community. Second of all, I liked that his motive was just pure revenge instead of world domination so that just shows how insane he was. Finally, thank god Katy was the one to kill him. While it would make sense for Daemon to kill him, it was more powerful coming from Katy since he literally took everything away from her. She was the right person to kill him.
  • THE EPILOGUE WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. Sometimes when I’ve been through a huge series like this, or any series, really, the epilogue can be somewhat disappointing. It’s either too short, the timejump is too big, there isn’t enough detail of what I really wanted to know, etc. But I feel like I got everything I wanted from this epilogue. You find out how the world is recovering from the invasion, how Daemon and Katy are moving on, how Dawson and Beth are doing, and even how Dee and Archer are working out. There’s also a little insight on Luc and what he’s up to and I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect length with everything I wanted to know. This is how all epilogues should be.
  • I know I’ve said this a lot, but I seriously love the romance between Katy and Daemon. So much so that it’s probably one of my favourite YA romances like ever. They’re so good together and are seriously perfect for each other. Katy is amazing but Daemon is just everything you could want (especially if you’re me and he’s your type). Ugh, I love them so much.
  • This is just a personal thing, but I loved all the Harry Potter references made throughout the book and there also seemed to be a bunch of little baseball references and terminology here and there and since I love baseball I also loved those references. I’m sure to anyone else they’re not really anything, but to me it’s just a little happy thing.

THE BAD

  • I don’t think I really have anything too bad to say about this, but the only thing that I thought was bad was the death of Katy’s mom. I just think that with everything Katy went through she really didn’t deserve this on top of everything. I understand what it did for the plot but ultimately it was just too sad.

THE BOTTOM LINE

  • This series could’ve ended in so many different ways, with breakups and death and so on, but I feel like the ending our alien gang got was perfect. This is probably one of the most solid YA series finales I’ve ever read. Bravo, Jennifer L. Armentrout, bravo. You should be very proud of this series.

BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF

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ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Opposition (Lux #5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Pages: 533 (Paperback) **This is the special collectors edition with a bonus prequel**
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Until next time,

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