Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows: A Lux Novella (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Age Group: Teen (definitely older teens, BTW)
Source: Purchased from Amazon for Kindle
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Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

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 Thoughts:

Holy cow, I can’t wait for Onyx to be released Tuesday (8/14)!  Especially after reading Shadows.  If you’ve read Obsidian, then you roughly know how this book is going to end.  Actually, I recommend that you read Obsidian before Shadows, even though Shadows is a prequel of sorts.  First of all, I think going into this story knowing the outcome (explained in Obsidian) might be a good thing.  It’s good to be prepared.  Also, more detail is explained about the Luxen and Arum in Obsidian, than in Shadows, and I think Shadows could be a little confusing for new readers.

So, I really liked this book!  I wasn’t sure if Dawson was going to be really similar to Daemon personality-wise, but Dawson was definitely his own character.  I’ll tell you something else, too, if I had to choose between Dawson and Daemon, I would have a terrible time deciding.  Dawson is so sweet, and so devoted to those he loves.  And Daemon, well he is definitely snarky, but he does keep people on their toes, and he is also extremely devoted to his family.  Of course, I will never have to choose, because, you know, they’re fictional characters.  Hehe.

I really liked Bethany, too.  She felt like a perfect match for Dawson.  I identified with Bethany more than Katy from Obsidian (not that I don’t love Katy).  Bethany just reminded me of myself more.

Anyway, I think this book was great, and a definite read if you enjoyed Obsidian.  The sequel to Obsidian, Onyx, is being released tomorrow (8/14), and I can’t wait.  I’m hoping we might get some answers, too, regarding Dawson and Bethany.  Can’t wait!!

P.S.  I just re-read Obsidian, and it is so much fun!  I think I might want to increase the number of stars I gave it initially.  Here’s my initial review.

P.P.S.  Seriously, how many times can I write Obsidian and Shadows in this review?  Sorry!

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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