Review: Opal by Jennifer Armentrout

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Opal CoverOpal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Pages: 452

Publication Date: December 18, 2012 (though out now in many places)

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Purchase it on Amazon here. Follow the author here.

In this third installment of the Luxen series, Katy & Daemon have overcome their issues and are now a full-fledged couple, meaning lots more steam between these two amidst the return of Daemon’s brother, Dawson. Plus, the shadowy Daedalus organization seems to have a more sinister agenda that the Luxens would like to believe. (Sidenote: if you haven’t read SHADOWS, the series prequel, it would behoove you to read it prior to starting OPAL. Just saying.)

OPAL was one of my most anticipated releases this year, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint! Although I felt that the book was heavily centered around the growing relationship between Katy and Daemon, the action and plot dramatically increased in the second half of the book. I loved seeing Katy come into her own as a hybrid. I loved seeing Daemon play up the protective role to a T. I loved watching Dawson interact with his siblings. I even liked wondering about the ambiguous motives of a certain someone that pops up again in this novel. And that ending…jaw-dropping, mind-boggling, countdown-starting-till-the-next-book-comes-out kind of ending. In other words, a perfect ending. But then again, what else can I expect from JLA, the queen of cliff hangers?

Overall: 5 of 5

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a bookish meme hosted by Book Journey that spotlights what we’re reading, plan on reading, or finished reading. The holidays are in full swing and amidst the baking, holiday shopping, and gift wrapping, I’ve been behind with this blog – and with working out as well. Not too happy about that, but am trying to work harder to have more balance between this chaotic and equally wonderful time.

Currently Reading: 

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Bonus: FLAT OUT LOVE is on the Kindle Lending Library list!

 

Finished Reading: 

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Next Up:

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Hopefully you’re also having an equally wonderful and chaotic time during this holiday season. What’s on your list this week?

 

Quick Update

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Despite the unsavory background of Thanksgiving (yes, I am that person in the family, thank you Howard Zinn) I appreciate dedicating ONE day of the entire year to giving thanks in our lives. I am oh so thankful for my health, my job, my family, and friends who are like family. I’m also thankful to have the motivation to keep this blog up and running, and to you, my fellow book enthusiasts. If you are reading this, know that I appreciate you!

With that said, other bookish things that I am thankful for:

OPAL by Jennifer L. Armentrout Giveaway. Click here to participate!

Authors and publishers that provide me with the privilege to provide early reviews.

Fun memes! From It’s Monday! What are you reading? to Teaser Tuesdays and Waiting on Wednesdays…these events help me feel connected with the bookish community and keep me grounded in my love of books.

And, last but not least, my love for list-making and reflection are combined as I’m participating in this year’s TOP 10 of 2012

Book Trailer: Opal

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So so excited to share with you all the book trailer for a book I am ridiculously eager to get my hands on…

OPAL (Luxen series, Book 3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout 

The summary of the first two books, the intertwined hands, the fact that she’s wearing his shirt! Well done.

Is it December 18 yet?

Book Blurb:

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.

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About the Author:

USA TODAY Bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout, lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell, Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Find Jennifer on: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website | Blog

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

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It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a bookish meme hosted by Book Journey that spotlights what we’re reading, plan on reading, or finished reading. This past week has been momentous – I completed my very first half marathon (13.1 miles!) and finally purchased my bridesmaid dress. Best part about the dress is that it’s completely not bridesmaid-y which means that the dress can get additional use after the wedding. Score!

Speaking of score, I’ve also scored with some amazing indie reads as of late. Case in point:

Currently Reading: 

 

I’m only about a quarter of the way, but am loving what I’m reading so far. Girl goes on personal road trip to find self, meets hot yet mysterious boy along the way, sparks fly. Sign me up.

Just Finished:

  

CHARADE’s about a hook-up that turns into something more, ROCK THE HEART’s about a rock star and his former high school love. Both great reads!

Upcoming: To be honest, I don’t have any books in my TBR pile this week since I know myself well enough to know that I won’t get a lot of reading done between Thanksgiving mania, Christmas shopping, and just catching up on life. I’m anticipating getting back in the swing of things after Thanksgiving.

I hope that you and your loved ones enjoy the giving and the mania of this holiday season. What’s on your reading pile this week?

 

Charade by Nyrae Dawn

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CHARADE by Nyrae Dawn

Pages: 245 (Kindle)

Publication Date: October 22, 2012

Follow the author on her blog here. Purchase the book here.

When college freshman Cheyenne walks in on her boyfriend with another woman, she becomes determined to seek revenge in the form of hot, completely-not-her-type fake boyfriend, Colt. Cheyenne gets a few weeks to regain her pride, Colt gets a few hundred bucks from their charade. No big deal, right? That is, until Cheyenne and Colt realize that the game they’re playing becomes a little too real…

This was my first read into indie writer Nyrae Dawn, and suffice it to say, it won’t be my last! I normally don’t love narrative splits, but getting a deeper insight into Cheyenne and Colt’s POV helped with the pacing and overall tone of the story. Cheyenne and Colt both have their share of baggage, but what I loved most about these two characters was how well-developed the characters were. Cheyenne and Colt both went into their deal of a hook-up as a game, but their relationship was so raw and grew so organically that it quickly became apparent that there was something more from the get go. They supported each other with their personal struggles, and gave each other space as they danced around their undefined relationship status. Dawn also did an amazing job at developing equally well-rounded side characters, particularly with Colt’s mom and best friend, Adrian. I became so emotionally engrossed in this book and with the relationships between the characters that I have no shame in saying I was pretty much in tears during the last third of the book. Bonus: FACADE, book two in the series, tells the story of Adrian and is expected to come out Spring 2013. Win!

Were there grammatical errors? Yes. But, the heart of the story definitely won out over the errors.

Writers, take note. This is how you create an emotionally-charged story.

Overall: 4 out of 5 stars

 

 

In the Band by Jean Haus

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IN THE BAND by Jean Haus

Pages: 300 (Kindle edition)

Publication Date: October 19, 2012

Follow the author: website|  twitter

Following an unexpected decision to give up her college percussion scholarship and stay close to home, drummer Riley Middleton joins a local up-and-coming rock band. As the sole female band member, Riley must contend with flirtations from two band members and a decidedly cold shoulder from guitarist Romeo. As Riley delves deeper into the band, she realizes that there’s more to Romeo than meets the eye. If only the band had a no fraternization rule…

I adored this book. I fell in love with Romeo: his protective nature, his business savvy side, his rock star god persona. I felt for Riley: her fierce love for her little sister, concern for her depressed mother, and antagonizing relationship with her father and his girlfriend. Between Romeo and Riley’s intense chemistry, what worked for me is just how mature they were in handling situations. They communicated with each other, gave each other space when needed, and their relationship grew organically for me that by end of the novel I was rooting for them to make it. Hoping for a sequel, that’s how much I appreciated this book.

Overall: 4.5 out of 5