Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Lux Series #3
Published by Entangled Teen on December 3, 2012
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 realize there is no end to what I´m capable. 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.
And one thing is for sure: Blake YOU ARE SO DEAD! Yes, that figure cost me some nerves and I am not at all happy with what he did.
But more to that later.
Everything seems so perfect. Katy and Daemon are having an almost great time and she finally lets her feelings out and admits that she wants to be with him. They could be like any normal couple if there wouldn´t be Blake. He shows up again and despite the fact that Daemon doesn´t trust him at all, Katy wants to learn from him. But how wrong she was and how right Daemon, she has to learn the hard and painful way.
To see how the love between Daemon and Katy starts to bloom and how he does everything to keep her from harm is a beautiful and very entertaining show. The author brings everything to life from Katy´s view and she wants to do everything that´s in her power to become independent. But her powers aren´t the same or as strong as Daemons and soon she has to realize that she will never be able to fight the way Daemon and his folks can and do.
Jennifer L. Armentrout has a wonderful way to bring the dialogues, the scene,s and her figures alive. She uses a soft but incisively tone, writes in an easy to read language and yet you become more and more aware that there needs something to happen or the next book in this series wouldn´t make any sense.
But I had to swallow very hard when I read what she did to Katy in the End and I only thought: Blake you are so dead! Because he turns out to be even more devilish than expected and to get me, as a reader, to that point, requires quite some talent. And Jennifer L. Armentrout has it definitely. She achieved it with one single line.
Okay, the reading speed isn´t as fast as it was with the other two, and for some reason, I needed more time to read it, but that doesn´t mean that I haven´t enjoyed every second of it.
The things that are happening leave their marks on Katy. Not all of them are visible, but enough to change her. She is still a girl with great beliefs, principles and an incredible inner strength. And yet you can see that she isn´t the innocent girl anymore from a few months back when everything started. Her soul is darkened though she still doesn´t want to get the innocent hurt. On the other hand, she knows very well that she can´t help everyone, that she can´t keep everyone safe.
Daemon is one hell of a character. He doesn´t trust Blake a bit, but he can´t and won´t stop Katy from making that experience all by herself. And when Blake proves how evil he really is, and what he is willing to pay to get what he wants, it is too late. Daemon is forced to step back and all of the sudden the page flips and now he has to learn how his brother had felt when the same happened to him.
That. Is. So. Cruel. I don´t know what to say. The end was not what I expected and I am surprised and shocked. The author has really quite a way to keep her readers stick to her books and I can´t wait to read how this story will continue. Highly recommended.
Jennifer L. Armentrout lives with her husband and their Jack Russell Loki in Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA. In algebra class, she spent most of her time writing short stories, which explains her dismal grades in math. When she´s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading and watching zombie movies. The author has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor´s Pick for Fall With Me and was 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.