Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Review - Opal (Lux # 3) - by Jennifer Armentrout

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.

Release Date: December 11, 2012
Publisher:  Entangled
Genre:  YA, Science-fiction, romance
Pages: 452
Purchase at: Amazon or Barnes & Noble 

Holy Daemon hotness, Batman!  If you are a fan of Daemon and Kat, this is a book that you absolutely cannot miss.  In the third installment of Jennifer Armentrout's vastly popular Lux series, we see a side of Daemon that we haven't seen before, and we see how his relationship with Kat has changed and deepened.  

"I know you're good inside.  You're warmth and light and everything I don't deserve, but you - you believe that I deserve you.  Knowing all that I have done in my past to other people and to you, you still believe I deserve you."

Let me get the fan girl in me out before I explode.  Daemon is a sexy, smart, gorgeous, witty, vulnerable alpha male that I just can't seem to get enough of!  If you liked Daemon in the previous two books, you will LOVE him in this one.  One nice thing about this book is that Daemon and Kat are a couple for the entire book.  There are no more questions about their relationship.  And for me, this book is just as much about their relationship as it is about all the other stuff going on around them.  

Daemon and Kat are remarkably cute together. They have developed a trust between each other, even though there are moments of jealousy for both of them. Daemon tries very hard in this book to allow Kat to help him and his brother, even when it goes against his better judgment. He's trying to let Kat be independent without smothering her with all of his alpha-liciousness. Kat is a smart girl, yet still makes a couple of questionable decisions - one that ultimately leads to very bad things. Daemon and Kat definitely move their relationship forward in this book in a big way.

"You make me think before I act.  You make me want to be a better person - Luxen - whatever."

The relationship between Kat and Dee is strained.  Dee is still mourning the loss of Adam. She partially blames Kat for his death, and fully blames Kat for letting his killer go free.  We see glimpses of the Dee we knew in previous books, but she is hiding beneath a mask of grief and miserableness.  So miserable, in fact, that she seems to be very close to Ash in this book, which drives me crazy!  Ash is a jealous bitch and I cannot stand her.

Dawson spends most of this book acclimating to the real world again.  He is determined to find a way to rescue Beth from the DoD, even if it means his own recapture.  The driving force behind this book is the rescue of Beth by Daemon, Dawson and Kat.  It is a tricky situation, filled with danger.  

Daemon and Kat must enlist the help of the hated Blake, who is also trying to rescue his Luxen friend, Chris.  Oh, how do I hate Blake?  Let me count the ways....  He is a murderer and a conniver, looking out only for his own selfish interests.  But you already know that if you've read Onyx.  We see a different side of Blake, and he plays a key role in this book.  

"I find it incredibly attractive when you're all feisty with me."  His lips brushed against my temple.  "That probably makes me disturbed.  But I like it."

To paraphrase Kat, sweet baby Jesus in a manger!  That's what I think of the ending of this book.  It is a cliff hanger.  You've been warned.  There has been a lot of freaking out over this ending, and honestly, I was a bit taken aback by it when I originally read it.  After thinking about it, I don't think it's anything that can't be undone.  My only question will be how the characters will be affected by the ending, and if the ending will intrinsically change them.  The only good thing about the ending is that we are treated to a different side of Daemon.  A growl-y, alpha, vulnerable side of him that I'm sure we'll see more of in Book 4, Origin, due in July of 2013.  

"My awesomeness is all about the stealth."

Jennifer Armentrout has me hooked on this series, as well as on a high school aged Daemon.  Now, if only she would change this book from YA to New Adult...  I bet I'm not alone wishing for some steamier Daemon scenes!  If you've read and enjoyed the previous Lux books, you will adore this one!  You might also curse Armentrout for the ending, but have faith.  I think we're in for a wild ride in the next two books!  


Julie H. said...

Great review! I can't wait to read it :)

Alexa said...

I read the first book in this series and really didn't get the hype. I thought it was an almost exactly like Twilight in the way the ending battle scene went down. Idk it seemed like a Twilight repeat to me so it greatly annoyed me.

However, I did get the second book for x-mas because I have hopes that this will get better since I loved Armentrout's other books.

Thanks for the great review.

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