Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Synopsis: 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.

Review: I was really looking forward to this book. Though I had a few issues with Origin (Lux 4) overall I thought it was the best book of the series and that we were gearing up for an amazing ending. Unfortunately, for me this one fell flat.

The book didn’t really have a cohesive feel to it for me. It just seemed like I was reading a checklist of which characters need to make an appearance to be relevant to the big ending.

I felt like she could have dedicated two books to the invasion and we would have had a much more interesting finished product. The Arum, a natural predator for the Luxen) would have been the quickest and easiest solution to the invasion, so I didn’t really find it believable how they were handled.

I was honestly a little sick of Daemon’s personality and his dynamic with Katy. He was an overprotective hot head about her. I couldn’t really buy the drama thrown their way, especially considering what happened in earlier books. Page time that could have been used exploring other plot points more were wasted on Daemon and Kat make out sessions. Nothing that happened evolved their relationship enough so every time it just felt like more of the same. It was all cliché and gag-worthy. And that’s a shame because I do like the pairing.

I would have liked to see more time focused on Dee. Her problem was resolved too easily to me. Beth and Dawson’s situation could have been developed a lot more. Archer was a nice addition, but again there wasn’t really enough of him. Luc was another missed opportunity and that really annoyed me because he is one of my favorite characters.

I was just not very emotionally invested in this story, even after the cheap shot we get at the end, which felt more, contrived than anything.

The book had a few interesting moments but I wasn’t hooked on this one like the past books. I do wonder about the author. Last year she was new to me and I was super excited about her writing, wanting to read all her books.  But she has been publishing so many books recently that I feel like quantity is becoming more important than quality. Her works are all starting to feel formulaic.

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  1. Well, dang. That’s disappointing. I’ve been looking forward to this installment, and now I don’t think I’ll be rushing into it. I think I’d rather, for once!, use my own imagination a bit longer.

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