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Hopeless (Hopeless #1), by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless__________________________________________________

Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
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I’ve never been swept off my feet. I don’t get butterflies. In fact the whole idea of being swooned by anyone is foreign to me… Somehow, in the course of sixty seconds, this guy has managed to swoon me, then terrify the hell out of me.”

This book was a lot more than I thought it would be when I started reading it. Well, sort of. I never read the blurb of this book, at least not until I wrote this review, so I didn’t really know what to expect from Hopeless. I like to go into a book blind sometimes, especially when I’m dealing with an author like Colleen Hoover, who’s become pretty much an auto-buy author of mine since I started reading her work. I always know I’m in for a treat, but I never know what to expect when I start one of her books, except to be blown away that is.

“Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choice feels the least wrong.”

So as weird as it is, and even with all the buzz there is around CoHo and her books, I have never read a review of Hopeless and I didn’t read the blurb before today. And as usual, I glad it happened that way. Hopeless was an amazing book, both sweet and hard and really emotional. I don’t want to say too much about the story in itself, the story that enfolds as you read the book, because this is precisely what makes CoHo’s books so great. You never really know or expect what the story is going to be. You always have an idea of the kind of story you’re about to read as you start but you pretty much end up having a lot more at the end of it. So I won’t say much about the story in itself. So I’ll talk about everything else.

“I feel like I had that with you the moment we met. Everything about us is so natural. It feels like we’re already there, and we’re trying to go backward now. Like we’re trying to re-get to know each other by slowing it down.”

Sky was a great character to follow. I liked her voice and the kind of girl she was. I loved seeing her discover things about herself as she met Holder and as the story progressed. She’s not a girly girl and I liked that about her. I loved how straight forward she was and that once she made up her mind, she stuck to her decisions. There were a point here and there where I wished she would just ask her questions and not wallow in the confusion not having those questions answered created though. But considering what those questions brought to the surface, I get why she was so reluctant to ask them in the first place.

“Dean Holder? Messy brown hair? Smoldering blue eyes? A temper straight out of Fight Club?”

“I can already tell he isn’t the kind of guy a girl gets a simple crush on. He’s the kind of guy you fall hard for, and the thought of that terrifies me.”

Holder was a great character. He is so intense and passionate about everything he holds dear. Sometimes it was so that I didn’t get why he acted one way one minute and then acted like a totally different person the next but it’s just who and what he is: passionate. And I loved him that way.

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”

The way he loves people and how deeply he cares was just the best about him. I loved how supporting he was of Sky when things got tough and how connected they were to each other. His life hasn’t been easy and you know he hasn’t dealt with some stuff too, but the heartache he went through just made me love him more. And he was just…sweet and sexy and caring and loving and funny and I could keep going but I won’t. I think you get the picture. I loved Holder to bits. I wouldn’t mind having him climb through my bedroom window either.

“I live you so much.”

“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.”

Like I said, Sky and Holder have an amazing and deep connection to each other and that’s a great thing about them. I loved how in tune to each other they were and supportive and how they didn’t always needed words to know what the other needed. They just knew and it was beautiful, especially through all the chaos going on in Sky’s life once she starts figuring things out about her past.

“This is Holder. Holder is not my boyfriend, but if I catch him trying to break the record for the best first kiss with another girl, then he’ll soon be my not breathing non-boyfriend.”
Holder arches an eyebrow at me and a hint of a smile plays in the corner of his mouth. “Likewise.”

And even though I’m putting the accent on the fact that this book was an emotional roller-coaster, it was also a very sweet book to read romance-wise with lots of funny and sweet moments, party because Sky is the kind of girl to turn very unoriginal hate notes into something just a little more interesting: I’d write something interesting like, “I saw you in bed with my boyfriend last night. I really don’t appreciate you getting massage oil on my cucumbers. Whore.””, but  also because of her friends, Six and Breckin and not to mention the parts where Sky and Holder were testing the waters and first realizing they were starting to be really into each other.

“You wanted to lick my face the first time you saw me? Is that usually what you do when you’re attracted to guys?”

Now, I’ll just say this, this book deals with pretty heavy issues that can definitely make the reader uncomfortable. At some point, I was actually making a face like I had something sour and disgusting in my mouth because of it. But Colleen Hoover being the writing genius that she is made it bearable to read the awful things that happened to Sky and I’m grateful for that because it is not easy feat to do so and to do so so brilliantly. It doesn’t take away how hard it was to read about some of the things mentioned in the book (especially because you guess something awful happened and you wish it’s not true until you have to face the fact that it is) but it’s written in a way that makes it bearable and it didn’t keep me from reading. I just wished that Sky didn’t have to go through what she did.

“And once again in my new world full of heartache and lies, this hopeless boy somehow finds a way to make me smile.”

Hopeless is beautifully written. It was definitely emotionally challenging and I don’t know how I would have delt with things if I were in Sky’s shoes. I’m happy she had Holder to go through this with her and have him always supporting her. And just the “hidden” plot of the book was something in itself. It’s frustrating to avoid talking about the story in itself because it prevents me from talking about some stuff, but it’d be a real shame to spoil the story for people who haven’t read the book yet (even though I’m probably one of the last person who have waited this long before reading Hopeless). Quite simply, this book is a beautiful story about love and survival, healing and finding the strength to forgive and finding peace.

“It’s what happens when two people become one: they no longer only share love. They also share all of the pain, heartache, sorrow, and grief.”

But if you are like me, only now getting acquainted to CoHo’s genius and work, you should definitely read this book too. Now I won’t be reading Losing Hope because even though I’m sure it’s well written and interesting, I always feel cheated when I read a book that is the same story told from a different character’s perspective. It was the case with Walking Disaster (and Trust in Me and so few other like them) even though I loved Beautiful Disaster so much. Now I’ve learned my lesson. But anyway, what I’m saying, it that where Hopeless is concerned, you should definitely read it.

“The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I’m choosing to stand up taller. I’ll probably get knocked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I’ll never stay on the ground.”

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Almost, by Anne Eliot

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At a freshman party she doesn’t remember, Jess Jordan was almost raped.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite. Three years later, Jess has managed to make everyone believe she’s better. Over it. Because she is.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Unfortunately, until Jess proves she’s back to normal activities, her parents won’t discuss college. So, she lands a summer internship and strikes a deal with hockey jock, Gray Porter: He gets $8,000. She gets a fake boyfriend and a social life.

Jess has no idea Gray signed on for reasons other than money. She also never expects to fall in love. But Gray’s amazingly hot, holds her hand all the time, and makes her forget that he’s simply doing his job. It’s like having a real boyfriend.

…Almost. Very nearly. Not quite.

Gray Porter is hiding secrets of his own. About Jess Jordan. About why he’s driven to protect her, why he won’t cash her checks, or deny her anything she asks.

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“Number one: Make at least two friends your own age. Number two: Go places besides your room. Number three: Get boyfriend. Number four: Make sure Mom and Dad notice numbers one through three.”

Okay, so, I’m kinda overwhelmed right now.

I just finished the book and it was a lot to take in and those acknowledgements sort of knocked me on the ass! So, where to start?…

I’d say that if you don’t know yet if you want to give a chance to this book or not, then you really should. It was in my to-read list for a very long time, probably a year or so, and I don’t know why I didn’t read it sooner. It wasn’t that I wasn’t convinced that I wanted to read it or whatever. I really don’t know why. But it took some time.
But now that I’ve read it, well I know it wasn’t a mistake at all and I would have liked for someone to tell me to have faith and give it a try.
So here you go: “GIVE IT A TRY!”

“Almost. Almost.
How I hate that word and the way it defines me.
Almost raped. Almost over it. Almost normal.
I can almost forget. Way worse, I can almost remember.”

This book treats a subject that is hard, and at first you’d think that it is a subject that has already been treated in books a million times. But it’s not. Because this book doesn’t talk about rape. It talks about almost rape. And there is a difference. And I think that’s something that is, in a way, not easy to grasp because it almost happened. And this book is all about the difference it makes when it almost happens.

“Lucky. Lucky. Lucky girl.
Nothing happened.
Nothing happened.”

How Anne Eliot dealt with the matter of rape, almost rape, harassment and underage drinking was really well done. How Jess felt for what she did, had done to her and the consequences that resulted of it afterward. How she felt after all this. The psychology in this book was very subtle and well done and you can easily get in Jess’s shoes, even though it’s a stretch.

“YES. I’m mental. This is why I have a list called ‘how to be normal”

It is very well done. You are not overwhelmed by the fact that Jess has been traumatized but at the same time you cannot escape that fact because it changed her. Marked her. Broke her. And she tries her damnest to get back to normal. Hence the pretend boyfriend.

“Person slaughtered: Me.
Method used: Dimple.
The guy has a dimple. Of course he does. To match the Hollywood chin divot. To make the lump on my forehead pound even harder.
Pointes for Gray Porter: 3,000,000-bajallion, trillion to the millionth power.”

It is no easy subject to write about and no easy subject to read about either, but it is so well done that you can read about it and actually enjoy yourself, the story and the characters while reading. The fake boyfriend twist gave this book the lightness it needed I think and I loved falling for Gray the same way Jess did.

“He’s so good at his job, that I’ve fallen for him, the mirage of him being my boyfriend, all of it. Like everyone else. Like an idiot.”

I really loved this book. It was sweet, funny, moving, deep and intense. It’s one of those books that follow you long after you’ve turned the last page.
You will fall in love with Gray and how good he is. You will admire Jess for her courage. And you will remember this book for a very long time.

“I’ll make sure you forget every guy but me, Jess Jordan. And that’s a promise I mean to keep.”

Roomies, by Lindy Zart

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Graham Malone is my roommate, my personal eye candy, the reason I get up in the morning smiling (that could be from the illicit dreams I have about him too, I suppose. Let’s move on.). He’s also beautiful to look at, but his heart is where his true beauty lies. Take away the exterior and the interior still shines.

I love him. I mean, I’m pretty sure I do, having never been in love before. Anyway, it seems legit.

And now his brother Blake is here, and, well, he’s the complete opposite of Graham. Sarcastic, brooding, and totally available. But he’s leaving soon, and Graham’s the one I want. I shouldn’t have to remind myself of this, right? I wouldn’t have to if Blake would quit looking at me like I’m something yummy and he’s starving.

Here’s a toast to roomies; the ones you should never fall in love with. Or something.

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Well that wasn’t for me.

I was actually looking forward to reading this novel. I think it’s a known fact that one of my favorite plot/theme in a book is friends/roomies slowly falling for each other and/or realizing they have had feelings for their friends for some time now. So yeah, I was really looking forward to this book since it checked many of the good boxes in my list. So imagine my surprise and disappointment when this book turned out to be…well a lot less good than I expected.

“Maybe I’m a little callous, a little insensitive, a little self-centered, but hey, that’s how I roll.”

Kennedy annoyed me more than anything and if her antics were supposed to make her sweet, quirky and likable, it didn’t work with me. I almost liked her sometimes but that was when I only read the dialogues and not all of her rambling. And she was so freaking immature and sometimes what she though was down right stupid! I’m rarely this annoyed by a character this early in a book but Kennedy succeeded in doing so. I think I started rolling my eyes skyward and huffing at her comments and her in general from chapter two.

The guys, I was alright with but they were not extraordinary either. For instance, I didn’t get what Blake’s deal was with Kennedy and why he tried (and mostly succeeded) to antagonize Graham by “seducing” her. And at least if he’d done it well and seriously, I might have been on board with this turn of event. But he does an half-assed job of that too. Some of Graham’s reactions didn’t make sense too. Or at least, they didn’t help solve anything regarding his situation with Kennedy. Like him coming to her room all wet from the shower and wearing only a towel when it’s clear she wants more, but never ever wants them to talk about the elephant in the room, even when Kennedy mentions it very bluntly, whenever she has a chance to.

“He leans against the door frame, one hand tightly clasping the two ends of his towel together. Pity, that.”

The characters never listened to each other and created problems where a normal explanation would have sufficed to clear the situation.

Most of what they do just doesn’t make sense and creates problems, and then, they whine about it. And Kennedy (and Graham but especially her) are super immature to the point where it gets annoying and stupid.

The thought of not finishing this book crossed my mind from the 19% mark (if not before) but I paid for this book so I read it so my money wouldn’t be totally wasted. Too bad my time was. It’s not even funny how much of this book I skimmed over due to Kennedy’s never ending ramblings.
This book was really not for me even though I like the roommates-falling-in-love kind of plot. Seems like most reader like it though so maybe it’s just me.

Nocte (The Nocte Trilogy #1), by Courtney Cole

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Save me and I’ll save you…

My name is Calla Price. I’m eighteen years old, and I’m one half of a whole.
My other half– my twin brother, my Finn– is crazy.

I love him. More than life, more than anything. And even though I’m terrified he’ll suck me down with him, no one can save him but me.

I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day. So I reach out for a lifeline.

Dare DuBray.

He’s my savior and my anti-Christ. His arms are where I feel safe, where I’m afraid, where I belong, where I’m lost. He will heal me, break me, love me and hate me.

He has the power to destroy me.

Maybe that’s ok. Because I can’t seem to save Finn and love Dare without everyone getting hurt.

Why? Because of a secret.

A secret I’m so busy trying to figure out, that I never see it coming.

You won’t either.

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“I’m doing all I can to stay afloat in a sea of insanity, but I’m drowning more and more each day.”

Well that’s going to be a fun one to review!

So I just finished Nocte and to be honest, now that I’m done, I’m a little all over the place. And if the fact that the none blurb and the whole mystery around it didn’t already make this book impossible to review, I’m having a sort of dilemma on how to rate it.

So because I’m nice and don’t want to bore you to death, I will spare you my rambling on should I or should I not rate a book on its twist only and cut right to the chase.

First things first (and to get this out of the way), the things that left me a little “meh” about the book when I was still completely clueless:

Calla: I grew to love her. At first I was intrigued with the dynamic between her and Finn. I actually enjoyed their relationship even though it wasn’t the healthiest.
But what I bothered me a little about her attitude in the book, is that for most of it, I felt like she was very passively living her life. I guess it’s more of a book problem than her character specifically, but since she is the narrator in most of the book, it felt like she wasn’t really active in what she did. It’s hard to explain but I felt like she was a really passive character for a good part of the book.
But as the book goes and the story unravels, I really started to feel for her and Finn and the Calla I had a hard time connecting with disappeared and I was able to relate to her. And by the end of the book, my heart truly broke for her and what she went through.

“because sometimes that’s how life is.  A puzzle made up of a million pieces, and when one piece doesn’t exactly fit, it throws the rest of them off.”

The Story: until I got to the twist, some things just didn’t work out. When I got to the twist of course it all made perfect sense why I had felt that way while reading, but I think some readers (and I only say some because clearly, there is a majority of people who had absolutely no problem reading it) might give up reading Nocte because of it, be it because a character feels off because of it or that you can’t really relate to something of someone in the book because of it. But it was a risk to take on the author’s part and if you keep on reading and don’t give up, you might end up thinking that Courtney Cole had the lady balls to take this risk.

Now what really didn’t leave me “meh” about the book:

THE FREAKING TWIST: OMG this was pure genius! I mean, how Courtney Cole thought of it I have no clue but her muse (and Courtney herself) is totally awesome for thinking of it! I figured it out at the last minute and when I did, first I was like: “F********************CK”. Then , when I got a little over the awe of it all, something wonderful happened: everything that didn’t make sense or that felt off before that moment finally made sense and it was like I could see the book in a completely different light. So brilliant! I’m telling you, this plot twist will smack you in the face!

The Cliffie: Yep, that’s right, the little satisfaction you get after figuring out one of the secrets in the book is really short lived because about three chapters later, the book end and the mother of all cliffhangers! Really, it was up there with The Cruelest and Most Brilliant Cliffhangers in Literature History, like the one at the end of Onyx and Night Howl. And the little, let’s say…bonus after you’ve turned the last page is like the proverbial cherry on top of the cake. All those things combined made me pre-oder 1-click the heck out of Verum when really, at some point, I doubted there was enough material to writes a second book.

I’m not going to go much into the details of this book or tell you more about the plot and characters (I’m thinking Dare here that I quite enjoyed), because then I would ruin the whole point of this book and also because it’s much better with books like this one to go into somewhat blind.

“Save me and I’ll save you…”

The thing is, this book is brilliant because of its twist and how original it is and because of the whole mystery around it. You couldn’t start to figure out what is happening if you tried until you do, and that’s at the very last minute. So that was brilliant. I don’t think I’ve read a book like this one ever and the twist was complete genius. So I’ll give it a 4/4,5 stars rating because there were moments when I was bothered with little details in the story before everything fell into place and made sense.
And for those who are still a little skittish about giving this book a chance, I’d tell you that if you don’t give up on the story and see it through, you won’t be disappointed with how the story turns out.

Opposition (Lux #5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

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Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

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“Did you ever think this is where you’d end up when you knocked on my door asking for directions?”

It’s the part in a serie that I love and hate at the same time: the last book. *sniff*. I’m having an epic book hangover after finishing this book.

I love it because duh, we get to have all the answers to our questions and to have “closure” with the characters that we came to love and sometimes hate throughout the book. But I hate it too because as I read the book, I realize the closer I get to turning the last page, that it’s the last time I’ll read something about my dear characters! So that’s basically what happened to me while I read Opposition. I loved every minute of it but it broke my heart to reach the end of Daemon and Katy’s journey because I never wanted to let them go.

“This kind of love was the real deal, stronger than a whole planet full of psycho aliens and an entire government.”

One thing’s for sure though, when I started this serie, I never thought for a minute that what seemed to be a regular paranormal YA romance would turn out to be something this epic, that consumed, captivated and enthralled me so much. Jennifer L. Armentrout has written a masterpiece as far as I’m concerned with the Lux serie and she effectively blew my mind with every Lux book she wrote. I’m still amazed by the quality of the story and how captivating it was. This book is intense but in the best way possible and I was always asking for more!

“Did you think I’d forget what you mean to me? That anything in this world — in any world — would be stronger than my love for you?”

Like for my review of Origin, I won’t say much about what happens in this book because it would take all the fun out of reading it. But prepare yourself my Lovelies because like Origin, this book is amazing and will blow your mind! It is fast-paced, filled with action, suspense and twits that will make your mind go crazy. I bit my nails with worry for Daemon, Katy and their friends and family, my heart broke at what both Daemon and Katy had to face and go through to survive and my heart also raced with how deep their love for each other runs and what they would do in order to protect each other and the people they love.

“Sometimes — and it happened at random moments — I was blown away by the fact that she was mine and I was hers.”

Jennifer also made my day with the epilogue she gave her characters. I was so happy to glimpse at what had become of them after everything that happened in the book is over. I loved how she kept it “real” and not too….peachy, considering there sort of was an alien apocalypse going on before that. I am so sad to see this serie end because I loved watching Daemon and Katy grow and evolve throughout the books, and I loved witnessing their love for each other grow and mature too as the story went.

“Your inner book nerd will have a book nerd orgasm.”

Katy is the best heroine I have read about in a YA book so far. I loved her character from the start and as she changed and became the woman she is by the end of the serie I loved her even more because she stayed true to herself and also became a stronger, more resilient and courageous version of herself. She was loving and caring all along and showed a lot of heart, forgiveness and selflessness throughout the story.

“He was mine, all of him — the prickly side and the warm, playful, and loving side.”

Daemon was a perfect match to her character. He challenged Katy but also loved her just the right way. I liked his prickly side, his arrogant, sarcastic and infuriating streak and loved to get to see more of his charming, caring and protective side as the story went. His love for Katy and his friends and family was amazing to witness and his dedication to Katy made my heart swell. No, he is not the same arrogant, stubborn and sometimes rude boy who first treated Katy so terribly, but he’s grown into someone a little wiser, even more loyal to the people he cares about and who would do anything for the one he loves.

You’re perfect for me.”

I am soooooo grateful to Alienor, who introduced me to this serie. Without her, I would’ve missed out of this amazingly epic YA read and that would have been such a shame! I can’t recommend enough you ALL READ THIS SERIE! It has more in store than what it hints at. I can honestly say that I LOVED EVERY SINGLE MINUTE I spent reading Daemon and Katy’s (and the other characters’) story. I loved this serie wholeheartedly. I’ll remember it for a very long time. I’ll keep it close to my heart and that makes it hugely bittersweet to say goodbye because of it.

“We had a week, a month, and a year from now. We finally had a future and many more moments like this.”

Also, to thank the readers for helping Opposition hit the USA Today Bestseller’s list at #34 and putting the Lux Series in the New York Times YA Series list at #4, (and because she is such an awesome author) Jennifer Armentrout gave us a little taste of Daemon and Katy’s life a few years after Opposition. *happy-dance* ⇒ http://www.jenniferarmentrout.com/a-special-thank-you/

Origin (Lux #4), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin

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Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

All Katy can do is survive.

Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

Together, they can face anything.

But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

And will they even be together?

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“Well then, it’s time to introduce the world to a little bit of extraterrestrial awesomeness.”

Like I said when I reviewed Opal, it get harder and harder to do in-depth reviews of the book of the serie as I read them because the plot is so thick that doing so would spoil the whole book for you. So I’ll keep it short because it’s no fun for you to know to much at this point. It’s frustrating really because this book like the last one (and I have a feeling Opposition will be no exception) is full of action and there is so much stuff happening!

“Things went from bad to craptastic in a matter of seconds.”

Good Lord this book was intense. I swear this serie will ruin me for the other out there. I mean, Jennifer really put everything that is good in this serie and made it awesome. Opal hinted at it, but Origin really represents a turning point in the serie. Well leave behind West Virginia and get sucked into something that neither Katy nor Daemon expected I think. This book was amazing. After the ending of Opal, Origin starts in the thick of it and and the story keeps its fast-paced rhythm. This book is especially action-packed compared to the previous books, so if you’ve read them, then it gives you an idea of how things go.

“I want a year’s worth of seconds and minutes with you. I want a decade’s worth of hours, so many that I can’t add them up.”

As with the other book titles, I loved discovering the meaning behind Origin. And I loved meeting the new characters like Archer and getting to know more about Luc that we met in Opal. But I really liked that throughout all this action and suspense and nerve wrecking tension, there were sweet, tender moments between Daemon and Kat. My heart was in my throat during the first part of the book because of their situation and when things “got better”, I could breathe more easily just knowing they had each other to lean on again. It was great to have the dual POV for this book because even if I love Katy’s voice, being into Daemon’s head is a great place to be. And seeing just how much he loves Kat and how deep his love for her runs was amazing. That, was a total bonus with this book.

“Staring down at Kat, I fell for her all over again. Lost my heart when she smiled.”

Again, this book was a roller-coaster of emotions. Between the action moments, the down right disgusting and revolting ones, the really beautiful and sweet moments between Daemon and Kat, the good surprises they get and the really really bad and heart wrenching ones, my emotions were all over the place when I reached the end and then I was smacked in the face with yet again a freaking cliffhanger that leaves you screaming at your Kindle in frustration and agony.

Oh shit. ET so phoned home, kids.

I loved every line of this book down to the last comma! I keep saying this but this serie gets better and better as it goes and I really think I’ll need rehab when I reach the end of it so I can function normally again. Jennifer proved to be a literary genius with this serie!

“Yeah, it was going to be ….epic.”

Opal (Lux #3), by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal

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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.

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 OH. MY.GOSH!!!!!! Is she serious with this ending?!?! How can you write an ending like this one and not want to make your readers go crazy? I was told Opal ended on a cliffhanger but boy, this was the mother of all cliffhangers! I’m serious people, when you read this book, prepare yourself for some serious mind fuck! I might have screamed at the end. I could not believe this was really happening. And my emotions were all over the freaking place! Man, this book was intense!

A lot of things happen in this book. It might seem like something obvious but it’s hard to tell about this book as the story goes because with each chapter, we get deeper and deeper into the story and there is always new stuff happening and new secrets and at some point, unless I start giving spoilers about the story, well I’ll have to cut it on the details.

“I have the feeling we just made a deal with the devil, and he’s going to come back and want our first-born child or something.”
Daemon waggled his brows. “You want kids? Because you know, practice makes–”
“Shut up.” I shook my head and started walking.”

But this serie is awesome and the plot is getting better an better as you read it. Opal felt a little bit like Onyx when it comes to the atmosphere of the story. It as the same darker vide. Daemon and Katy have to do things they really don’t want to do in order to help someone, they have to put their trust in people who betrayed them before and a whole lot of other stuff that kept me one the edge of my seat for a good part of the book. I would have gone crazy had I been in their shoes!

“You really shouldn’t trust a soul in this game. Not when everyone has something to gain or lose.”

You know that nasty nasty feeling that you have when you read a book, and you know what’s about to happen is super important and you root for the characters, wishing they didn’t have to go through what they are about to do, that everything is going to be alright, and all the while, your heart won’t stop beating like crazy and you have this nagging voice in your head screaming at you that you are just fooling yourself and that shit is about to hit the fan real hard? Well, that what will happen when you’ll get at to the end of Opal. I was biting my nails off I was so stressed!

“He…he kisses like he’s dying of thirst, and I’m water.” I smacked my hands over my hot face. “I can’t believe I just said that out loud.”
Lesa giggled. “Sounds like one of those romance books you read.”
“It does.” I started giggling. “But, oh Lordie Lord, it’s true. I’m like a puddle of mush when he kisses me. It’s embarrassing. I’m so, like, ‘Thank you, can I have another?’ Sad.”

But thank God, we had time to enjoy Daemon and Katy too. It was so good to see them together. I love their relationship and Daemon is getting better and better with every book. For all the shit he gave Katy in Obsidian, he certainly makes up for it now. Their relationship, even though very intense with all the plotting and fighting for their lives and everything, is very sweet and often hilarious, mainly because of Daemon and his oversized ego we can’t help but love. The two made me laugh a lot once again and it was a good thing with all the serious stuff that happen in this book.

“Infuriated, I scrambled over him, even more furious when I saw the humored glint in his eyes. “God you tick me off.”
“Well at least I got you–“
“Don’t even finish that statement!”

One thing that broke my heart though was what happens to Dee and Katy’s friendship after what happened in Onyx. It became even hard to read some of the scenes in the book because I loved Dee and Katy’s relationship and in Opal, their friendship is really strained. And even though we get why things have become that way, it was still hard to read those moments.

And one thing is for sure, if you didn’t like Blake before, Opal will make you hate him. I was so on team Daemon and I very much enjoyed Daemon’s antics about Blake. Oh how I wanted to hit his face. I don’t really get why no one actually did, every chance they got but that’s just details. But seriously, some of the things he did in this book, they creeped me out on an epic level. I was actually scrunching my face in disgust as I read. I almost took a shower and I don’t get how Katy didn’t when she found out! But I’m sure Blake has something coming his way. He cannot go on living without something major happening to him after all the shit he has done.

“Dawson shifted, dropping his head into his hand. “Do you ever stop talking?”
“When I’m sleeping,” Blake replied.
“And when you’re dead,” Daemon threw back. “You’ll stop talking when you’re dead.”
Blake’s lips thinned. “Point taken.”

I’ll keep it short for this one because my mind is a little all over the place right now and I need to start Origin ASAP if I don’t want to go crazy after an ending like the one I just read! And you’ll get why with this quote:

“I love you, Katy. Always have. Always will,” he said, voice thick and hoarse with panic. “I will come back for you. I will-” The emergency doors sealed shut with a soft thud. “I love you,” I said, but Daemon…Daemon was gone.”

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