Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

Goodreads Summary:
The last thing Dawson Black expected was Bethany Williams. As a Luxen, an alien life form on Earth, human girls are…well, fun. But since the Luxen have to keep their true identities a secret, falling for one would be insane. 

Dangerous. Tempting. Undeniable...Bethany can’t deny the immediate connection between her and Dawson. And even though boys aren’t a complication she wants, she can’t stay away from him. Still, whenever they lock eyes, she’s drawn in. 

Captivated. Lured. Loved...Dawson is keeping a secret that will change her existence...and put her life in jeopardy. But even he can’t stop risking everything for one human girl. Or from a fate that is as unavoidable as love itself.

My Review:
I so loved Obsidian that I immediately bought this novella. (My Review of Obsidian) I didn't even look to see what it was about except I knew from the series numbering that it was a prequel. I'm sorry, I can't help myself, but I was disappointed that this one focused primarily on Dawson. Yes, I know that Dawson and Daemon are identical...but really just in looks. Dawson is a little too much of this, for me, compared to Daemon:

And I feel bad thinking he's a Milquetoast because he's dead and all. But I can't help feeling that he's a little dull compared to Daemon. And look, part of Dawson's function in the "Lux" world is to give Daemon some depth, soul, rationale for his behavior, etc. But once I worked past my disappointment, I thought this was a good story- and I usually hate short stories and novellas. The relationship between Dawson and Bethany is sweet, but not too sweet.

The Verdict: Should you read this book? Yes, if you loved Obsidian and want some of the back story filled in, this book does precisely that. Also, this will fill in the gap between now and August 14th when Onyx is released.

(Note: Yes, I have an Amazon Affiliate Account. Any money I receive will be donated to the American Cancer Society. My mother died of cancer 5 years ago.)


  1. Considering my spill on your previous post... and my seeing this book pop up many times... should I pick this book up?

    1. I've thought about this. I think there's a good chance that you will not like this series. Daemon has a good backstory to why he's a bad boy- and it's for a good reason. But I think he goes a little overboard- like he enjoys being a jerk because deep down he thinks he's superior to most people.


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