Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Entangled Teen
Released on: December 11, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
In Series: 3
Read on: October 19-21, 2014
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.
Like the other books in this series, Opal is yet another work of perfection. I really enjoyed reading this book and there is never a part that I feel like it’s being dragged out or boring. Maybe I am being biased, but I don’t care. I love this series and this was as great.
“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or to lose.”
So Opal centers around Katy and Daemon planning to help Dawson try to get Beth back from the Daedalus. This is really all they can do because Dawson seriously has a death wish and I found this to be so touching. Without even having Beth around, you can see how truly and deeply Dawson loves her. Dawson and Daemon are truly identical brothers. Awwwww!
So while their team tries to prepare for this big breakout, they make aliances with Blake. Yes, you read right, Blake. Blake has the nerve to show his face again! I didn’t trust this little creep one second. Not only do we know that he is blackmailing Daemon and Katy into helping him, but he has been creeping into Katy’s bed sleeping next to her! Gross! What a little perv. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I wanted him to redeem himself because he seemed to be really remorseful over what he did to Adam, but no dice. This little turd still puts himself first and I hate him. I really hope I don’t have to see him anymore. I really hope Daemon finds him and kills him this time! Get him, baby, go ahead!
So in preparation for this breakout, the team needs to build up a tolerance for onyx, which I thought was a nice twist. I thought this would be quite useful to use against Daedalus. How awesome would it be if Superman no longer was affected by his kryptonite? I admire Katy as well for really being determined to do this. No matter how much Daemon doesn’t want to see her doing this, she puts her foot down and basically tells him to shut it and get over it because she is doing this whether he likes it or not. I can’t say enough how much I just love her character. She is really becoming so strong and fierce! As well as fiesty!
“You’re speechless.” He chuckled. “I like that. And I also like you all feisty. Want to hit me again?”
I really liked the relationships in this book as well. Not only the obvious relationship between Katy and Daemon, which was flawless. But Daemon and Dawson as well. Dawson was not quite the same. There is no doubt he was suffering some type of PTSD which is to be expected, without all the lashouts. You can’t really expect him to bounce back from something like that. But the way Katy would continue to try to get him to talk or convince him to start doing normal things again like going back to school was touching. Katy didn’t need to be the one to do this, but since she was the one he responded to was just so heartwarming. He wouldn’t talk to his brother or sister, but he opened up to Katy. This was so cute and I know Daemon really appreciated that she got him to want to spend Saturdays watching a Ghost Hunters marathon like old times. Also I thought it was great development how even Matthew warmed up to Katy. In Obsidian, there was no doubt that he didn’t approve of Katy around Dee or Daemon, but now he sees her as one of them. During the first failed breakin into the Daedalus, Matthew comes to Katy first to ask if she is okay and offers her a blanket. I know this is such a small gesture, but it shows just how far even their relationship has gone. Dee was a little brat during the book and I still missed the old Dee, but I am glad she is coming around as well. This book had to deal with a lot with the aftermath of Adam’s death and I think it was appropriate. It didn’t rush anything or brush it under the rug, it showed the pain that was suffered and mourning.
“Oh! Books! You have books!”
I laughed as several people waiting in line looked over their shoulders. “Hand them over.”
He clutched them to his chest, making moony eyes. “My life is now complete.”
But what I really enjoyed about this book was Daemon and Katy’s relationship (duh). Their relationship is just perfect. It isn’t rushed or too overly cheesy. It’s real. They take their time with each other and put each other first. They are both so protective over each other and will stop at nothing to keep the other safe. I love their banter and the way they are with each other. They are just so gosh darn perfect! I think I cried when Daemon bought Katy a brand new Macbook Air. That was just too adorable and because he knows her, he knows how much blogging and reading are to her, he tells her to “go play.” Sweet, romantic Daemon is just too irresistible!
As always, JLA really knows how to write an excellent clutch-to-my-chest-and-never-let-it-go book. You have no choice but to devour it! I am really trying to just make these books last because this is the only time I’ll read them for the first time, but I can’t help it! I can’t stop! And I just love how JLA relates Katy to us! She fangirls! She likes Dean Winchester! It’s like JLA is writing us! I love it!
Origin review coming soon…
Until next time,