**NOTE: If you have not read Onyx, this review contains spoilers, so enter at your own risk!**
Read: December 15-16. 2012
Opal gave me Lux withdrawals so much that I picked up my copy of Cursed the next evening and read the entire book in one sitting.
Let me start by saying, I liked Opal, I liked it a lot. The plot undertones were much more serious than Onyx or Obsidian, much more was at stake. Throughout Opal, moreso than the two previou books in the series, really laid out for a huge climax. Armentrout was building to something big and Opal is it folks. The final two books in this series are going to be epic, they just have to be.
Up to Opal we were given pieces of information, character development and the plot continued to thicken. We are now at a place where Katy and Daemon are at the precipice and the only place left to go is up.
Onyx made me laugh-out-loud on quite a few occasions, but I can’t say I laughed once during Opal. Opal in it’s entirety is where everything changes.
Onto my feelings for the characters during Opal…
Dee. as many of you know by now, Dee is my favorite. Dee rocks my socks 🙂 Dee is finally back in the saddle and is more involved throughout Opal than the role she played during Onyx and that makes this Dee!fan very happy! I think the way Dee dealt with everything was a little uncharacteristic for her, but then I think we all act very unlike ourselves when we have traumatic experiences. What happened to Dee in Onyx changed her irrevocably. But I like the changes, I think they are making her stronger and less of a pushover. I can’t wait to see her kick some butt in Origins, because I know it’s coming. Also, I loved angry!Dee in the beginning so hard. Rocking these socks, I’m telling ya!
Daemon, oh Daemon what are we going to do with you?! Hopefully something involving treats 😉 Daemon gets major smexy points in Opal. Readers get quite the delicious!Daemon in this installment, which is a very nice change from the jealous and overprotective Daemon we have been seeing the last two times. He’s still jealous and overprotective, but now he has what he wants, so things change for him and Katy. They’re able to be closer in a way they couldn’t be before, because they were still coming to terms with what they wanted, etc. That scene in the club was something else, wowzers! I can’t wait to see Daemon in Origins, he is going to be one scary and inconsolable dude. I’m excited! Is it July, yet?
Katy, finally she is the heroine I can get behind! Finally, she is a woman worthy of the Luxen secret and hybrid abilities. I loved that tag the “baby hybrid,” it was just so stinkin’ cute! In Opal we are treated to a strong Katy, gone is the whiny, does-he-love-me, Katy of yesterday. Katy knows who she is, who her friends are, who she can trust and most importantly who she loves! Now we can finally move on from the teen-angst and get this plot going, because Katy has gotten with the program and realized what everyone else had realized back in Obsidian! Okay, I am exaggerating a little here but by now everyone here knows Katy is my least favorite after Blake. I am actually just as excited about her role in the next book as I am in Daemon’s, because this is where things get interesting!
Blake, my hate for this guy grew in Opal. I didn’t think it was possible. But Blake did it, he made me hate him even more than ever. I would say yay, we finally get to say goodbye to this character, but I am sure like a cockroach, Blake will be back. If he comes back singing the tune he was singing in Opal I hope Dee gets to do everything she wanted to do to him while Daemon and Andrew and Matthew hold him down.
Armentrout gets major bonus points from me for writing a shout out to Jana Oliver and her Demon Trapper Series on page. 242! Did you see it?
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.
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Source: Print Edition, 452 Pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publishing Date: December 11. 2012