Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

7 September, 2012 Reviews 5 comments

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. ArmentroutShadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series: Lux #0.5
Published by Entangled Teen on February 21st 2012
Pages: 179
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Source: Purchased
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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.

Usually I don’t like reading novellas. I find that I have a harder time connecting with the characters with such few pages. So I was surprised that by the time I read the last page of Shadows I found myself missing Dawson and Bethany. Perhaps it’s because I devoured Shadows right after completing Obsidian. I’m not sure. Or maybe it’s because despite Dawson and Bethany’s absence thus far in the series, I can still feel that they play a much bigger role than perviously realized. Whatever the case, I found this novella to be entirely bittersweet.

If there is one thing that I take away from reading Shadows it’s the reasons behind Daemon’s interactions with Katy in Obsidian. Don’t get me wrong. That doesn’t make his actions okay in any shape or form. But it does give the reader better insight. Basically, it’s nice to know Daemon wasn’t just being a complete jackass just for the hell of it (though, I do think he enjoyed tormenting Katy at times and she him). What’s interesting was seeing the almost the exact same events that happened with Daemon also happening with Dawson; something Daemon tried very hard to prevent.

Going into the novella, I already knew the general story behind what happened to Dawson and Bethany since it’s referenced a bit in Obsidian, but to actually see it play out was a different story. Dawson is the kinder twin of the Black family, so it was relatively easy to grow attached to him and root for his determination at staying with Bethany despite the obstacles in their relationship. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the same feelings for Bethany as I did Katy. She wasn’t a bad character and I didn’t dislike her, but I don’t feel I got a good feel for her. I think it’s because most of the events were focused around Dawson than Bethany. And not to mention I was still riding my “Katy high” when I dived right into Shadows. I did like Dawson and Bethany together.  And I usually don’t like “love at first sight” stories, but there wasn’t any insta-love to be found, just instant attraction that later turned into something more, which is perfectly realistic.

If fans are looking for a more action packed story, this one probably isn’t it since it does focus mostly on Dawson and Bethany’s first meeting to their getting-to-know-you’s and dates. It’s a much slower paced book than its processor and less witty. I thought that was appropriate considering the novella carried a certain level of foreboding from the first page that demanded seriousness. All throughout the novel you are watching them go through the motions, attempting the impossible, all the while heading for the inevitable. I wanted to reach out and tell Dawson to not go to that movie theatre that night, but alas, the book was already written. *sigh*

All in all, this was a very good novella and I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the series.

Steph Sinclair

Steph Sinclair

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I'm a bibliophile trying to make it through my never-ending To-Be-Read list, equal opportunity snarker, fangirl and co-blogger here at Cuddlebuggery. Find me on GoodReads.

5 Responses to “Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout”

  1. Midnghtbookgirl

    You know, I honestly haven’t read that many books that feature aliens… I enjoyed Armentrout’s Cursed, so I might give this a try!

  2. Realm of Fiction

    I’m not much of a novella person, but I’ve heard good things about Shadows, even from people who weren’t overly fond of Obsidian and Onyx. I love this series, so I guess I will have to try this before Opal is released. Brilliant review, Steph! 

  3. Heartless_Lyn

    Steph, you blew way ahead of me on this series! I’m going to have to play catch up now.  And if it gives more depth to Prince Ass Daemon, then I might read this one.  I was planning on skipping this part of the series, but I might just go ahead and grab it. 

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