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Friday, February 1, 2013
Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux, book 3
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Purchased by reviewer
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Reviewed by: Ronnie
As a reader, I’m really excited when I find a series new to me that has me excited for the subsequent books. That’s what happened when I started reading Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series. Opal is the third book in the Lux series, featuring Daemon Black and our narrator, Katy Swartz. As a brief note of caution, I will say that if you haven’t read Obsidian or Onyx, you will be missing out on some rather important information needed to follow along with what happens in Opal.
The book opens with Katy recovering from her injuries at the hands of an organization located inside the Department of Defense. Dawson, Daemon and Dee’s missing sibling, has returned and is torn between being reunited with his siblings and wanting to rescue his girlfriend, Beth. Without wanting to give the whole story away, Katy has been healed by Daemon multiple times in the earlier books, and while not becoming wholly alien, she is definitely evolving into something other than human. This fact comes to the attention of Daedalus, the secret group inside the DOD, and they will stop at nothing to find and obtain Katy for their own nefarious purposes.
Daemon Black is what many consider to be a swoon worthy hero. Equal parts overprotective and bossy, but seemingly able to recognize his own hypocrisy when Katy calls him on his behavior. J.L. Armentrout does a very good job at creating tension and making you feel for Katy when Daemon acts like a superior jackass. Opal marks the return of Blake, who has a proposition for both Daemon and Katy. Having betrayed both Daemon and Katy for the sake of a friend, Blake enlists, or more to the point – blackmails, the two of them into helping him retrieve his friend from the DOD. I found this aspect of the plot to be rather weak and somewhat idiotic. Blake has a history of not telling the truth, and they agree to the blackmail without having any sort of plan in place.
The biggest criticism I have of the entire series is that I find it very derivative of a WB show called, “Roswell”. Roswell aired about 13 or 14 years ago and had a very similar premise. Alien siblings on earth, keep their identity hidden from the rest of the world, and then they are discovered by a classmate after the boy heals the aforementioned student. The student is sworn to secrecy but holds the boy in high esteem and soon enough, they embark upon a relationship. The Lux series doesn’t lack for action and a developing romance, but the similarity to the tv show is what keeps my rating from being higher. The ending is jam packed, but I will warn folks that it does end on a pretty big cliffhanger.