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February 16, 2013

Review of Opal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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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.

add to goodreadsOpal (Lux #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date:  December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Gabby NewI’ve been a huge fan of the Lux series since the moment I read the first novel in the series and have been highly anticipating Opal after reading the first two novels in the series. After eyeing Opal on my bookshelf, I was ready to get more Daemon, more aliens and more danger. After reading the premise of Opal over and over again, I was almost nervous to begin reading. The fact that there were risks being taken and Katy and Damon finally being in a real relationship, I was worried about it all falling apart. Sadly, things do begin to fall apart while a few others manage to get fixed right up, but in the end I didn’t care because Opal is definitely my favorite novel in the series so far and has left me dying for whatever sequel it will bring.

Opal continues right where Onyx left off, every Luxen that Daemon spends his time with is mourning the loss of Adam—especially his sister Dee. Dee who is heartbroken by Adam’s death breaks off her friendship with Katy which leaves our main character feeling sorrowful while also dealing with the massive list of problems on her plate: 1) Daemon’s brother Dawson is back in the picture and he will do anything to get Beth back 2) big bad agents have been have been popping up all over the place 3) Katy’s mom’s creepy boyfriend may or may not have survived his… mutation and (the not really a problem problem) 4) Katy and Daemon are finally together for real this time. When Dawson continues to threaten to leave and save Beth and Blake comes back into the picture Katy and the group find themselves caught up in a dangerous plot to save Beth from Daedalus. All the while Daemon and Katy take their relationship to a whole other level.

A big thing that I’ve really been disappointed with in the past with the Lux series is how my hunger for action would never be fully sated. I’ve loved the alien smack downs that I’ve seen in the past as well as the bullets vs. Luxen scenes, however there was never a constant flow of legitimate fighting and that would always leave me a bit irked. Definitely not the case with Opal, not only are the stakes raised in this novel, but there’s also tons of action in the plot. There were more than just a few fight scenes and finally Katy becomes the badass that we all secretly guessed she would become. With Blake returning (and after killing Adam, shame on him!) everybody wants nothing more than to kill him and (after mourning Adam’s loss) Dee is at the top of that list. Personally, I liked finally getting to see a darker side of Dee since she was always the ray of sunshine in the series.

Romance plays a big part in Opal mainly because Daemon and Katy are together. In the last novel we saw Daemon try to prove to Katy that his feelings for her are real and now that they’re in a relationship he plays the role of a perfect boyfriend… almost. He does slip up a few times. But other than that, Daemon does show a much softer and more protective side than we’ve seen in the past novels. Did I enjoy that Daemon was being nice for once? Yeah. Did I like that their PDA left Ash jealous? Yes I did. So what did I have a bit of a problem with? The sexy times. There were a couple of scenes that left me uncomfortable and I’ll admit that I skimmed over them because Daemon and Katy finally do a few things that start with the letter before T, has a vowel and ends with the first letter in xylophone (and give it a moment, you’ll figure it out). All I’ve gotta say is that I was quite uncomfortable during those times, but everything else was cute.

As for the ending of the novel, Armentrout has done it again. Throughout the novel I had a hunch on what the ending would result in and what actually happened left me with a jaw hitting the floor. I cannot wait for the sequel after that cliffhanger ending and cannot wait for what comes next for Katy and Daemon. I’d recommend the series to fans of science fiction, readers who want an epic romance and those of you who want a series that you will never want to see come to an end.

You can check out our review of Obsidian HERE!

You can check out our review of Onyx HERE!

About the Author:

USA Today Bestselling Author Jennifer L. Armentrout Lives in West Virginia.

All the rumors you heard about her state aren’t true.

Well, mostly. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write.

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press), the Lux Series (Entangled Teen), Don’t Look Back (Disney/Hyperion) and a yet untitled novel (Disney/Hyperion).

Jennifer also writes adult romance under the pen name J. Lynn

Connect with JenniferWebsite / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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2 Comments

  1. Sophia Rose
    2/16/2013

    I’m so glad its full of awesomeness just like the others in the series. I have it on the shelf and waiting for a chance to read it when I have lots of time to spend on it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  2. This is one that I am excited to read soon. Awesome review.

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