My Review of Opal by Jennifer L. 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.
After all that happened in Onyx, that tragic ending and the return of a long-lost character, how could Jennifer satiate her fans in Opal? Well, she does it by making us swoon even further with a sweet, caring, considerate Daemon. And she kicks our hearts with another heartfelt ending that will leave you shouting “NOOOOOO!!! That’s it?! Why?! Why?!”.
I’ll admit, after all that happened in Onyx, Opal was a bit more relaxed in the sense that not as much happens, action-wise. I wouldn’t say it was lackluster or anything, because Jen’s writing is as entertaining and flawless as ever, but it wasn’t as epic as I was hoping. Most of Opal revolves around the characters figuring out how to save Bethany and others like her, getting Dawson back to a semblance of normal life, Katy learning to harness her powers her and deal with the ramifications of her past actions, and the development of Katy and Daemon’s relationship. The pacing was excellent, as always, and I was deeply engrossed from beginning to end, but I think it had more to do with my investment in the characters and the plot as a series, rather than the book itself, which was steady and even uneventful at times.
Daemon does a complete 360 and you really get to see a whole new side to him. He truly cares for Katy and does a lot to show it. That’s not to say you don’t get a nice dose of Daemon smartassery here and there, which we all love, but you also get a lot his sweet side and a few moments where you just want to hug the guy, he’s so lovable. He’s definitely the highlight of the series.
Opal was a great addition to the Lux series and it definitely left me wanting more, as does all of Jen’s books. Like others have said, that ending kind of ripped at my heart a little, although I kind of saw it coming.
Though it’s not as riveting as its predecessors, I still loved it and can’t wait to read Origin.
*Please Note: This review was originally posted on my personal blog, Vi3tBabe, and was re-published here on Deity Island for fans of the series to get a more comprehensive overview of my thoughts and opinions of Jennifer's books in one place.*