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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Review: Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

Posted by Irish in Review1 Comment

Title: Opal (Goodreads)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 11 December 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 1620610094
Format: ebook
Pages: 416

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: I wasn’t sure what woke me.
Lux Series Order
Book 0.5 – Shadows
Book 1 – Obsidian

Book 2 – Onyx
Book 3 – Opal
Book 4 – Origin (July 2013)
Book 5 – Untitled (2014)

It should be criminal to end a book the way that Jennifer Armentrout ends Opal. This was one of those book that makes you dread coming to the end because there is so much that needs to happen and as the pages dwindle you just know that there aren’t enough to cover it all. I am never a fan of a cliff hanger ending but this is mostly for selfish reasons. I like books to have an ending and I hate being forced to read the next book and I also hate when there is this crazy life and death sort of moment at the very end of a book. This is also true for tv shows where the season finale ends with an explosion or something and you don’t know if your favorite characters will live or die until months and months later. Its cruel. 
But its also wonderful when its done well and Jennifer Armentrout does it well. The cliff hanger ending is well plotted out and its a natural climax to the events that immediately proceed it. There is none of this out of nowhere lets add this crazy bit here at the end to try and force interest in the next book. There is so much action and tension in Opal that I wanted to do nothing but sit and read and at the same time I wanted to try and avoid this book as much as possible. I really wanted to see what happened in this story but at the same time I knew that once it was over I wouldn’t have a new book to jump into until July. I probably should have waited to read Opal but I just….couldn’t.
Opal even did a thing which I didn’t think was possible, it made me like Daemon Black. I don’t think that I will ever love him as much as some on the internet but after reading this story I can see his appeal. I also liked Katy better in this book then I have in previous ones. She’s still her feisty self but she seemed more real and genuine in this book than she has in the previous stories. I didn’t like Dee’s character all that much, not that we saw a ton of her, but I do understand why she was acting the way she did. After what happens in Onyx its understandable. And because of that she was almost the more real character in the whole bunch. 
There were some crazy, weird, WTF type moments that occurred in Opal that I am seriously hoping will be explained in Origin. Because as they were presented here they just didn’t make a ton of sense in how they happened.  But overall, I think that Opal might be my favorite in the series so far. There some minor things that keep this one from being a 5 star read for me but I can honestly say that I am now on team Arementrout. Once I have a bit more free time on my hands I plan on getting my hands on her other series and seeing how they compare to these books.

One Response to “Review: Opal by Jennifer Armentrout”

  1. Vivien

    I swear, once I start one of these books I just can’t put it down. I get so immersed and don’t resurface until I finish it. I’m so eager for Origin!

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