4 May 2013

Blast from the Past reviews - Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout

Blast from the Past...! Opal (Lux Book 3)

What they say: 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.

What I say: Oh wow! I first read Opal last year when it was first released. I still have the same reaction to it now, that of extreme awe and utter agony! Opal is an amazing book, and Jennifer has truly out done herself this time. Even after several reads I have not managed to deal with THAT ending!

Opal begins after the shocking conclusion in Onyx (yes Jennifer loves a shocker of a cliff hanger). The fallout from the past events is immense and has a lasting impact. Subsequently Opal has a different tone and character dynamics to the first two instalments. Don't worry Kat and Daemon are very much on, but relations between certain other characters is strained and difficult.

Hello Dawson! I personally would like to spend a moment or two obsessing over the fact that their are two guys who have the face (and body) of Daemon! Dawson has lived through Katy and Daemon's greatest fear and is an empty shell of violence and despair. Dawson is all about finding Beth! Blake returns, you can only imagine how friendly the welcoming committee are!?

The characters have really developed by the end of Opal. Katy in particular is very different from the bumbling new girl she is in Obsidian. She has learnt lessons the hard way and becomes darker, yet stronger because of it. In Opal Katy goes on a journey, as she tries to make amends and fulfil her potential. I think Snow Patrol say it best: "And in one little moment, it all implodes. This isn't everything you are."

Dee has also changed a lot since book one, and not all of it for the good. At times she became Ash's mean girl sidekick and I wanted to snap her out of it, whilst giving Andrew a slap!

I enjoyed seeing Daemon and Katy as a bad ass unit and I loved how Jennifer showed their connection/bond in action as well as their love. The ending was devastating (I cry every time I read Opal)! I really cannot wait until Origin is released because not only was that ending and Daemon's reaction heartbreaking, but Origin is going to be in duel POV and we get to read Daemon's thoughts...!

5 Stars in my Sky!

My fav non-spoilery quotes:
  • "Simmer down, Kitten, before I have to get you a ball of yarn to play with."
  • "The road to hell is paved with good intensions. We should've blasted his ass."
  • "Oh, dear God and baby Jesus in the manger, my eyes!" Dee Shrieked. "My eyes!"
  • "You're going to be grateful when the zombie apocalypse occurs and I know what to do because of my zombie fetish." He looked doubtful. "There are better fetishes out there, Kitten. I could show you a few."

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