REVIEW: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Summary from Goodreads
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. 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.

Having devoured, and loved, Obsidian and Onyx within the space of two days I went straight into Opal with rather high expectations. Personally, I think Opal is the weakest of the three. Not that that is saying too much because the first two were incredibly strong. With this book however I just felt myself getting a bit annoyed with the slightly repetitive nature of some of the conversations with characters.  It felt as though every chapter contained the line “What would you do if that was me?” And while it was sweet to get to see what one character meant to another, it just got a bit irritating after a while.

Having said that, Opal is still a fabulous book. We get some more interesting plot developments that add an extra level of tension for the characters as well as the reader and it kept me turning page after page just dying to read what would happen next. 

I read through Opal within the space of a day and a half to two days (hey, it was the weekend you can’t blame me).  I really enjoyed getting to see the new dynamics that had developed between different characters after the events of Onyx. I’m not normally one that enjoys change but it really worked in Opal. I think it was important for character development that there was tension between characters, such as Katy and Dee. We got to see a more vulnerable side to them, one that we had not properly gotten to witness in the previous installments, and it felt almost refreshing.

The chemistry between Katy and Daemon was palpable, even more so than in the previous two. I think that’s due to the change of dynamic when it comes to their relationship. I honestly think they are one of my favourite book couples. 

When I finished, I was kicking myself that I had not ordered the next book earlier, but I hadn’t expected to like Opal as much as I did. I expected it to take me at least two days more than it did. Shame on me really, given how much I loved the first two.

Overall, despite a few annoyances, Opal was a great continuation of the story and I for one can not wait to see what happens next especially after the ending.

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