Opposition 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. (Goodreads)

 

My rating: A billion times yes. 1 million/10. Need I say more?

** I tried hard to not say any spoilers so if this seems vague, I do apologize. **

Review:

Throughout this entire year I was never once sad about graduating high school. Bring on college! While everyone was crying dramatically and reminiscing over the “good times”, I was very much waiting impatiently for The Best Day Ever: graduation. But then IT started happening. The thing readers dread most: the end to a series. At first I didn’t realize it, oh but then I did. Almost every single series I started reading my freshmen year of high school (or earlier) were ending. All of them. So while everyone else realized we were getting older because it was our senior year, I realized through the books that were ending.

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As more and more books ended, I would cry. A lot. I’m on the verge of crying right now just thinking about all the books that have been with me since I was 14.

Then there’s The Lux series. I was 16. Raised on The X-Files and, because of this, developed a love for aliens. Obsidian was the freaking Holy Grail of books for me. It had aliens. Then I read it and found Daemon. It had a hot alien.  I recently realized something though. Opposition is not only the last book in the Lux series, but it’s the last book series from my early teen years to come out. It basically signals the end of my childhood. The end of being a teen. tumblr_mb4ph0l93x1rziwwco1_500

God, Katy was the reason why I even wanted to start blogging. These books have gotten me through a lot. Helped me escape from this boring world into one full of aliens and the best freaking holy-hell-it’s-getting-hot-in-here romance. Thank you 16-year old me for picking up Obsidian. I don’t what I would have done without these books.

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Opposition started about two days after the ending of Origin. We have an angst filled Kat and, because it wouldn’t be a J. Lynn novel without them, a bit of sarcasm and humor brought to you by Archer.

You’re broadcasting your thoughts so damn loudly I feel like I need to go sit in the corner and start rocking, whispering Daemon’s name over and over again.

And that wasn’t the only time someone said a snarky comment. No, you can count on Jennifer L. Armentrout to include those things on almost every single page. Yet she also knew how, and when, to add the serious things in. Of course Daemon was there with his usual sarcastic self to make moderate light of the situation. Daemon, Daemon, Daemon. Do I really have to explain why I love this boy? He showed up in this book and totally rocked the sarcastic teen boy like there’s no tomorrow.

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Kat was all sorts of badass in this book. She didn’t back down from anything. No, she freaking fought like the kick-ass that she is. J. Lynn did a great job at showing the growth of Kat. She went from being a sarcastic book blogger to a kick-ass and even more sarcastic character. I think Daemon really helped her with that. The badassness that is, not the sarcasm (although that too). Even though Daemon often feared for Kat’s life in Opposition and always wanted to keep her safe, he knew he couldn’t stop her. And Kat really held her own throughout the entire book.

Even the supporting characters were awesome. Archer. Dawson. Luc. I just love them all. As I read Opposition, Archer slowly became one of my favorite supporting characters. I have a thing for sarcasm I’ve realized.I mean, Daemon should have been the first clue. It was awesome that we saw more of Archer, saw behind the man that Daedalus made.

Opposition had me on the verge of tears. A lot. It was an amazing conclusion for one of my favorite series. Not once was I bored, and when it ended, I wasn’t disappointed nor did curl into a ball (I’m looking at you Allegiant). I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do because I’m so used to expecting another one to be out. In the words of the amazing Jennifer L. Armentrout, “The good thing about books though is that they’re never really over. They are always there for you to re-read at any time. Their stories never truly end. Ever. So you’re not really saying goodbye to them. You’re saying I’ll see you again soon to them.” 

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 I’ll try not to cry, because like she said, the Lux series will always be there. Like right on shelf in my dorm. How am I supposed to function without Daemon?  He needs to be in easy reach in case I ever need a little dose of his sarcasm. So, here’s to you Jennifer L. Armentrout. supernatural-awesome.jpg

 

 

~ Lauren

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The Loop by Shandy Lawson

 

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Ben and Maggie have met, fallen in love, and died together countless times. Over the course of two pivotal days—both the best and worst of their lives—they struggle again and again to resist the pull of fate and the force of time itself. With each failure, they return to the beginning of their end, a wild road trip that brings them to the scene of their own murders and into the hands of the man destined to kill them.

As time circles back on itself, events become more deeply ingrained, more inescapable for the two kids trapped inside the loop. The closer they come to breaking out, the tighter fate’s clutches seem to grip them. They devise a desperate plan to break free and survive the days ahead, but what if Ben and Maggie’s only shot at not dying is surviving apart? Goodreads

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        Ben wakes up likes it’s every other day. Say hi to mom and go to the Quarter. It’s when Ben actually gets there that something feels… off. It feels the same, like he’s done it more than once. Pretty soon Ben learns he has. Multiple times. And has died during these multiple times. Soon he meets Maggie (again) and they both run away, trying to fight what off Fate and live the life they want. 

         I bought The Loop on a whim one day in the bookstore. I couldn’t find a good book and I was only going with what other Goodreads members were saying. I looked down and saw The Loop. It’s pretty short so I basically said what the hell. And I am so happy that I did. The Loop promises action and it gives. Come chapter three the action already started and I was so immersed in the story I found it hard to put down.

        I found myself rooting for Ben and Maggie. I felt their emotions. I swear, anytime one of them felt pain I felt it too. Ben was an excellent narrator. Shandy Lawson did an excellent job of writing this book close to 200 pages only. I know a lot of authors who would’ve dragged it out. He also made Maggie and Ben’s relationship feel genuine. You knew they loved each other just by the way they acted. They didn’t need to stare longingly into each others eyes, Maggie didn’t have to break down and scream her undying (haha) love for him. Speaking of Maggie. She was awesome! She was extremely tough even knowing she could die any second. I liked her the minute she appeared. The reader knows she loves Ben just by the way she acts. I also love the fact that Shandy Lawson didn’t focus on the love. It was there but Maggie and Ben were into fighting so they could have the life they wanted. AND THAT ENDING?!?!? I’m sorry but that last line mad me SCREAM. I want to know more! Please, tell me there is a sequel! That sentence killed me. But I am calm. Totally calm.    The Loop is an excellent read for any time of the day. But do not start it at night or you will not find any form of sleep. The Loop is one of those books where you find yourself screaming at the characters as if they could hear you. My heart broke more times than I could keep track. I’m so happy that I picked this book up. It was fast paced and well worth it. Go buy it right now!

5/5 

~Lauren

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