Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

December 18, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

Shadows by Jennifer L. ArmentroutShadows (Lux #0.5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published: February 21st 2012 by EntangledTeen
Format: Ebook, 179 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
Source: Purchased
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4 Stars

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.

I wish the Lux novels were about Dawson.

It’s not that I don’t like Daemon … well actually, I don’t like him much at all … but I wish authors and publishers weren’t so eager to always shove tortured, rebellious, mysterious bad boys in our faces. I’d much rather read about someone who is genuinely sweet and amazing like Dawson over a jerk like Daemon.

I love this story so much. It’s short, but very sweet and manages to capture the essence of Dawson and Bethany’s romance perfectly. I also love the glimpses we get into Luxen life and the relationship Dawson, Daemon and Dee have with Ashley, Adam and Andrew. Beth is awesome, I wish we’d gotten to know her better. Again, she’s much easier for me to like than Kat, so I’m really bummed out now that the main series isn’t about this duo, who I like infinitely more than Kat and Daemon.

Armentrout reveals that the Luxen race has a 2:1 male-to-female ratio, which seems absurd and biologically unsound. How did the race survive!! I’d always assumed the triplets would be M-M-F or M-F-F, with some rare M-M-M and F-F-F combinations, but that the numbers would even out. I’m having trouble with this aspect of the world building.

Shadows is a quick, fun read that I think fans of the series would do well to pick up. It reveals a lot about the relationships between the Black triplets, and definitely throws the events of the first book, Obsidian, into a new light. I loved it, and I can’t wait to pick up Origin, now armed with what I know from this novella.

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