Book Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted November 16, 2012 by Debby in Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. ArmentroutShadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #0.5
Published by Entangled Teen on February 20th, 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 179
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

3 Stars

With all my love for the Lux series, this prequel novella doesn’t disappoint.

My biggest worry about this story was that I wouldn’t connect as much with Bethany and Dawson – and that the characters and the relationships would look identical. Well I worried for nothing. Armentrout does an amazing job of creating characters that are distinctively different and a love story that holds its own. It’s really a beautiful, but terribly tragic story.

The ending, even though I knew what happened since I’d already read Onyx, was so awful (in the heart-breaking sense). I teared up. So tragic. But despite the pain and everything for Bethany and Dawson, what brought it home was the last chapter, from Daemon’s point of view. Suddenly you find yourself completely forgiving him for all his jerkface actions and everything in the Lux series. The prequel was a beautiful way to open up that backstory and show the rationale behind Daemon’s actions. I totally understand now. And I just want to give him a hug. A big, big hug.

Given that I’ve only said positive things, you may wonder why it’s 3.5 oranges and not higher. This is mostly due to the fact that the relationship between Dawson and Bethany edged towards being instalove (more insta-attraction, but still). Which I really, really dislike. And I just like Katy so much more than Bethany. I didn’t connect to Bethany as much as I did to Katy.

Summing Up:

Overall, this novella is a must-read for fans of the Lux series (and, I’d say, for people not as amazed by Daemon already and thinking he’s too much of a jerk). The depth provided for Daemon’s character is beautiful, and I can’t wait to hear more about Dawson and Bethany too. While I’m not as wowed by their relationship as I am by Daemon and Katy’s, they’re absolutely precious together.

Recommended To:

Fans of the Lux series.

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