Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Hey guys! I am so dearly sorry for being MIA the last couple of days. I started school earlier this week and although I haven’t been loaded with homework, I just am never in the mood to blog. But alas, I am here now and am soooo ready to write up one of my many reviews that I have to do! So, today I will be reviewing Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which is a novella that goes with Lux series. I was going to write all of my Lux reviews in chronological order but, I totally failed. So we’re just going to go with how it is now…..

{*Disclaimer* there will be miner spoilers in this.}

Synopsis:

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)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:

If you couldn’t tell from the synopsis, Shadows follows both Bethany and Dawson’s perspective instead of Daemon and Katy’s. It’s really nice to read a novella about my two favorite minor characters from Lux for a change. Even though I will always and forever love Katy and Daemon’s story, Bethany and Dawson’s is for sure on my top ten favorite fictional romance list.

Basically, Shadows picks up two years before Katy arrives to Ketterman. But this time, it follows the lives of Bethany Williams and Dawson Black as they fall deeply and dangerously in love. Dawson’s inhuman and shouldn’t be falling in love with someone other than his kind. But he couldn’t help it the moment his eyes locked with Bethany’s. The two of them tried their best to keep their romance a secret but, it’s basically impossible when Daemon Black is Dawson’s “older” brother.

Characters:

I fell so deeply in love with these two characters that I never wanted the story to end. Of course, all Lux fans already know that Dawson is the beautiful, vibrant green eyed twin to Daemon Black, but we never really got a full out description of Bethany in Opal or Origin. Well let me tell you, I totally wish I looked like her. She is said to have beautiful, brown hair, a thin build and an elfin face. Doesn’t that just sound like the prettiest thing ever? I sure think so! Now, aside from their appearances, we also got to view a lot of their personalities. Since we didn’t actually meet Dawson and Bethany until Opal and Origin, we didn’t get any time to get to know them. But, since Shadows actually follows their perspectives, you get to know EVERYTHING about them! Bethany was definitely my favorite out of the two main characters in Shadows since I could relate to her more. She is very artistic, kind and loves to help people! She was basically the definition of that super nice kid you always find at a school. And, I almost forgot to mention that she has mad painting skills. I absolutely love painting and would die to have skills as good as hers!

Now, now, I couldn’t forget about Mr. Dawson Black could I? He is part 2 of the swoon worthy Black brothers! The thing that I loved about him was how much he expressed his feelings for Bethany. He proved to all of his kind that he would die to keep her safe. Once he laid eyes on her, he knew that he wouldn’t resist so he followed his heart to Bethany. Although they didn’t have an amazing teenage life together (as mentioned in Opal, Origin and Opposition) their love was neverending. They were perfect for each other and NO ONE could beg to differ. Aside from his undeniable chemistry with Beth, I also really liked just reading about him at home. I loved the fact that he would spend time with his brother watching marathons of Ghost Investigators and use up his sleeping hours talking on the phone with Beth. That just shows a genuine romance.

All of the other characters are waaaay different in Shadows then they were in Obsidian. Daemon was very protective and always in a bad mood, alike the version of him we saw at the beginning of the series. At least he loosened up into a kind version of the protective man he was in Shadows. Dee was the exact same: bubbly, charismatic and super friendly. I really wish I could tell y’all that Andrew and Ash were nicer in Shadows but I would be totally lying. They were the exact same as we saw them in the other books: angry and dark. But somehow Adam was born totally different from his twins. He was also shown the exact same as he was in Obsidian. So most of the characters different change from the first time we saw them in Shadows to the first point we saw them in Obsidian. The ending of Shadows may’ve affected them slightly but they never showed it.

Plot:

I absolutely adored every moment of this book! Jennifer is such an amazing writer that you would have to dig through the entire book for a flaw. So with that said, I don’t think I actually have to put my thoughts into sentences soooo, let me just pick a few words that would describe it best. hmmmm. AMAZING! FLAWLESS! AWESOMESAUCE! SWOONWORTHY! ABILITY TO PUT YOU INTO A BOOK SLUMP FROM LOVE OF LUX SERIES. Okay, that last one was a sentence but it is totally true! I read this book about a month ago and I can still remember almost every part of the book clearly. When you are able to do that with a book, you know it was amazing. I for sure loved certain parts more than others (hint** that reveal scene) but nothing was bad about the scenes I liked a little less. I really don’t want to spoil this book for people who haven’t read it yet because it is so amazing so I’ll just shut up now.

If you haven’t read the Lux series, I highly suggest you do so. They’re such amazing reads. And if you can’t quite figure out when to read Shadows, I highly suggest reading it after Opposition the first time you read it. If you decide to give the series a reread,  try reading Shadows first! I find that both ways work out really good. if you have any thoughts to share about Shadows, be sure to comment them. I would love to hear all of your thoughts!

Happy Reading,

~Alaina

 

 

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