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I Belong

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Shadows

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Lux (0.5 Novella)

Publication Date: February 21, 2012

Format: eBook, 179 Pages

ISBN-13: 978-1620610084 (Entangled)

Reviewed by: Kristie


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.

Quick & Dirty: Tragic setup for the series to come with a good look at the aliens and how they operate.

Opening Sentence: A shadow glided over the frozen hills, moving too quick to likely be cast by something of this Earth.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Shadows, a Lux novella, can be read before or after Obsidian. I actually read this after so the fact the Daemon and Dee had another brother was a complete surprise to me. The events in this novella do happen before Obsidian if you want to read it chronologically. This novella really sets up the Luxen and how they operate and fight.

Dawson Black loves his sister and brother. He will do anything to protect them from the evil Arum that hunt down and kill his kind the Luxen, even though his brother Daemon is a stronger fighter. Then one day Bethany Williams moves to town and Dawson is immediately infatuated with her. Luxen are supposed to mate with someone of their own kind but Dawson hasn’t been paired off yet but there is nothing that says he can’t date a human.

Bethany is drawn to Dawson. She has no problem telling the difference between him and his identical brother Daemon. Bethany and Dawson begin to spend all their free time together. When the other Luxen try to stop Dawson from his relationship, he gets all territorial and won’t let them anywhere near Bethany. They reluctantly agree to his relationship, it is just too bad that Bethany is a target for the Arum.

Dawson is so much nicer than his brother Daemon. He is considerate, kind and only has eyes for Bethany. He only gets mean with others when his relationship is threatened. Dawson is a hopeless romantic when it comes to Bethany. Bethany is tentative and sweet when it comes to Dawson. She believes he is too good to be true especially if she believes the rumors around school. Their relationship blooms quick in this novella.

Shadows is told through several different points of view in the third person. Dawson, Bethany and Daemon all get time on the page unlike Obsidian which is told entirely from Katy’s first person point of view. It was excellent seeing the different personalities of Dawson and Daemon play out. Overall, Shadows is an excellent taste into the Lux series.

Notable Scene:

Andrew turned around, scowling when he saw Dawson. “Unless you’ve come to apologize for being such an ass to me, I don’t want any of what you’re selling.”

His sister held a nail file over her fingers. “Somehow I doubt that’s why he’s here, Andy.”

“Yeah, you’d be correct on that.” Dawson’s hands formed fists at his sides. “I want you two to listen, because I swear this will be the last time I say this. I want both of you to leave Bethany alone. Don’t talk to her. Don’t approach her. Hell, don’t even consider thinking about her.”

Andrew raised himself fluidly, his blue eyes starting to glow like diamonds. “Or what?”

The back of Dawson’s neck started to burn. Screw the whole telling him part. He shed his human form in an instant and shot down the narrow aisle, slamming into a still-human Andrew. Over the roar in his ears, he heard Ash’s surprised shriek. The force of his impact took them both all the way to the screen and when they hit, it ripped right over the dickhead’s face.

Wrapping his hand around Andrew’s throat, he rose off the ground, dragging the struggling boy with him. Andrew had switched forms, but he couldn’t break Dawson’s hold. Dawson took him all the way to the vaulted ceiling, pinning him there.

Or what? Dawson spoke directly into Andrew’s thoughts, driving the point home. You threaten Bethany again, in any way, and I’ll make sure you can’t talk again. To anyone. Ever. Do you understand me?

“Dawson!” Ash yelled from below. “What are you doing? Stop! Do something, Adam!”

Adam’s laugh followed. “Someone needed to put Andrew in his place. I always figured it would be Daemon. Who knew.”

Lux Series:

0.5. Shadows

1. Obsidian

2. Onyx

3. Opal

FTC Advisory: I purchased my own copy of Shadows. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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