Saturday, December 29, 2012

Opal by Jennifer L Armentrout ~ Review

Source:  purchased paperback

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.

Warning:  Spoilers for Obsidian and Onyx

My Thoughts: 

5 stars -I didn't think I could love Daemon more but I do.

I met this boy in Obsidian whose mouth was always getting him in trouble.  I fell in love with him because I could see that he was really protecting the people he loved by being such an ass AND he was an ass in Obsidian.  But by the end of Obsidian, Katy had become one of the people he loved (though he wasn't admitting it) and I was happy.  Next, I found him in Onyx.  A changed boy in that he allowed Katy to see more of the real sweet guy that he could be, when he wanted to be.  I loved him because he didn't give up on Katy when she made the stupid mistake of trusting Blake.  He proved to her that there was more to them then that alien connection.  His feeling were clear to me, thought he still wasn't admitting he loved her.  His reaction to her captivity by Will was all the proof I needed and had me in a puddle at his feet.  I love Daemon Black.  As big an ass as he is capable of being, he is also protective, sweet, determined, powerful, and sexy as hell.  I didn't think I could love him more. 

Opal proved me wrong.  I love so much that this book has so much together time for Daemon and Katy.  Most series books feel the need to keep the mains at risk of losing each other through every book and the fun together time only lasts for a brief time near the end.  BUT, Opal doesn't do that.  The risks are truly not between Katy and Daemon and I so enjoyed the time they spent together.

Of course, the plot thickens and the risks are EVERYWHERE.  I was guessing wrong left and right.  I will also admit to worrying too much about the ending as I read.  I was wrong about it so don't even try to figure it out.

Daemon Black makes this book, this series all that it is, which is totally out of this world good. (um...pun intended there)  He truly is a sexy alien that just makes it worth the suffering.  I cannot wait to read Origin, book 4 in the Lux series.  I cannot wait to read Obsession, the adult spin off of this series.  Really, I cannot wait to read anything that JLA writes because she is STILL my favorite author.

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  1. I skimmed your review, because I'm reading it tomorrow. :) Can't wait!

  2. Awesome review!! I too thought I couldn't love Daemon anymore, but man was I wrong. This is why he is my number one book boyfriend!! He is just freaking amazing!!

  3. EEEEEEEPP!!! I have an ecopy of this!! *runs to read it * Great review Valerie :)

  4. Every book Jennifer releases gets better than the last (I honestly don't know how she even does it!) Loved your review Valerie! I too loved how we still got LOTS of Daemon and Katy time....emphasis on the Daemon time ;)

    The Y.A. Bookworm Blogger

  5. Great review! Guess what?? I love Daemon, too! I just finished reading Onyx, and I cannot wait to get my hands on Opal! So glad to see that you enjoyed this book so much! And I think you're right about how the relationship in books are always at risk until the very, very end. Why can't we shippers of Daemon and Katy enjoy some of their quality time?

    Millie @ Millie D's Words

  6. I'm so glad Daemon & Katy are in a good place. I had no idea there's an adult spin-off! Awesome! I really need to read this soon. Great review, Val!

  7. Fantastic review! I didn't think I could love Daemon anymore then I already did... but I was proved wrong! And I agree with you about JLA! I can't wait to read Origin and Obsession... or really anything she writes!

    AH! Daemon is just so incredible. (:

  8. This review was just one big happy sigh :) Loved the review, loved Daemon and Katy. I didn't think I could love Daemon anymore, but once again, JLA pulled her magic and 'bam' I did :)
    She's like a goddess of words!

    Great Review!

    Magen Corrie