Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Opal (Lux #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
# Of Pages: 382
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 11, 2012
Source: Library
Level: Young Adult
Rating: 4 Hearts


(From Goodreads)

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.

My Verdict

With the second book surpassing the first, I was expecting things to keep getting better and for this to be my new favorite, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. This was my least favorite of the three.

While it was nice that Katy and Dameon were finally an official couple, I got tired of reading page after page of them making out. The romance was really steamy in this one, a whole slew of descriptive make-out scenes along with one sex scene. I was really getting tired of hearing about Dameons rock-hard abs and great body. It’s book three, I’m pretty sure we all know what he looks like at this point and the fact that he’s hot! I don’t need Katy to go over these points every time he enters a room!

The story was pretty slow going. There was a little action at the beginning followed by a lot of training and build up for the big action scene at the end. And to make matters worse, that scene it had been building up to for 366 pages cuts off during the most intense moment of the book. Bam. Gone. Nothing. I cannot even believe it ended where it did. Probably one of the worst cliffhangers I’ve ever read! I was one Miss Cranky Pants that night, that’s for sure.

I loved getting to learn more about Dawson in this one. I wasn’t sure how I felt about him at first since he hardly ever talks, but he really started to grow on me by the end. I discovered that there’s a short story called “Shadows” that is all about Dawson and Beth before all the crap hit the fan. Hopefully that will give us a better look at what’s going on inside that brain of his ;)  I’ll definitely be reading it sometime during my three-month wait for book number four!


  1. I completely agree.. this book was also my least favorite. When I started this series I thought this would be one of my favorites and when people started recommending the covenant series I was like.. yea no, I am not going to love it more than the lux series! and even after reading the first book, Half Blood, I was like for sure The Lux is better.. but I felt while The Covenant series got SO GOOOOD with each book, the lux series lost its original charm from Obsidian. I LOVE LOVE The covenant series, easily one of my all time favorites!

    anyways, that ENDING killed the book for me. I felt it was a bit predictable and I hate it when books center around ONE task and it becomes what the whole book is about.. the whole build up only to get cut then.. that was so annoying!

    great review,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  2. Yes! This book was definitely my least favorite. The romance was so... domestic. Nothing like the romance I'd grown to love over the first two books. I hope JLA gets her groove back in book 4 because if they continue on like Opal, then I'm afraid I might just get bored of Katy and Daemon. (Hope not though!!)

  3. Ah! This one was my least favorite as well - and the ending Oh my goodness!!! I was definitely a miss cranky pants as well... at the orthodontist! It was horrible - and Shadows definitely gives you a nice look into Dawson and Beth's relationship!!


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