Release Date: December 1, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
Review Date: July 31, 2013
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
Let's start with the end.... Have you ever experienced a jaw dropping ending that you knew was coming, but it was still devastating anyways? Well that was the feeling I was left with at the end of Opal. With this cliffhanger I'm glad I waited to read this series because I don't know how I would have managed to wait a year for the next book. I was like "OMG, I knew that would happen!!" No crying here. I just felt bad for them, which led to a bit of emotions about it.
This installment again picked up exactly where the Onyx ended. No gap in time and Armentrout jumps right in. What I like about books that do this is we get to skip the recaps that usually occur throughout the first 100 pages or so. With these books, the Armentrout may mention a thing or two, but in general she doesn't think her readers need total recap, and for that I'm grateful.
Katy and Daemon....we'll they are a bit in love, or rather in lust for this entire book. Between running from the bad guys, figuring out a game plan and who to trust, they are all over each other. They finally hook up which seemed to take forever, but I guess in retrospect it wasn't that long. I'm happy to report that it was worth waiting to read as it was pretty hot and steamy. Not only have they grown together as a couple, they have individually. I like Katy even more. She's grown a lot. I guess the circumstances which they have to deal with forces them to grow up. I guess they don't have a choice in the matter.
Not only have Katy and Daemon grown as characters. We see a progression in Dee, Dawson, Ash and even Andrew a bit. Their interactions with each other have evolved and nobody is in the same place as they were in the last book.
Katy is trying her best to mend her relationship with Dee, though it's a pretty rocky climb. Dawson is solely focused on saving Beth and the rest of their group agree to help him do so. Even traitor Blake is involved with the rescue because he own motives for helping. As they should, they doubt the entire time if they can even trust him.
The DOD is tainted. The organization believes they are doing a good thing by keeping an eye on the aliens, but they have screwed up people inside doing awful things to the Luxens (aka good aliens) that they capture. Almost like a cell of terrorists inside the DOD. Some of those people are actually working with the Arum (aka bad aliens). It's all a crazy roller-coaster.
Again, like how obsidian and onyx stones tied in with the aliens, so does opal. But in a way that was totally opposite than onyx....so if you remember what onyx did to the Luxen and half breeds, then you already know what the opal does. Pretty interesting!
I hear that Origin will be from Daemon’s and Katy’s prospective, which will be a huge change from the last three books. This change could be awesome, or it could bomb. I really hope I like the change. I think I will because at the end of all three books there was a bonus at the end of the book where we got to re-live a certain part of the book from Daemon's perspective From that alone, I do feel like I would enjoy his narrative, but we'll see. Thank goodness I only have 4 weeks to wait for Origin!
Talk to me, what did you think of Opal?
Check out my reviews of Obsidian and Onyx