Monday, December 2, 2013

Opal


Today’s post is on Opal by Jennifer L. Amentrout. It is the third in her Lux Series. It is 382 pages long and is published by Entangled. The cover has the same two models as the main characters Katy and Daemon with Daemon looking at the reader. There is language, violence, and sex in this book; so over 16 just to be safe. It is told from Katy’s point of view just like the other novels. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- 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.

Review- Amentrout is a good writer. She knows how to plot for long term stories and does it well. But I did not like Opal as much as the first two in the series. The ending is the whole reason for it. She leaves it at the cliffhanger. My problem with that is that I think that it is gimmicky. I know that cliffhangers are the normal but I feel that they are cheap in all forms. It is basically a way to tell the reader (or watcher for TV and movies) that they will ‘have’ to read the next part. That annoys me. Amentrout is a good enough writer that I will want to read the next novel; she does not have to pull low blows like that. It is annoying enough to me personally that I have stopped reading and watching series because of it. I want Amentrout to trust her talent because she is very talented. But other than the cheap ending I enjoyed the novel. More character growth, more answered and interesting questions arise over the course of this book. The fourth novel has been out for almost three months and I still have not read it nor do I have a desire to. I will probably wait until all the novels are out before I read it and that is very bad for Amentrout and all authors. They need sales and numbers in order to get their next book deal. But if you are going to write gimmickly when you do not need to then maybe I just need to find a different author.

I give this book Three out of Five Stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.