Apr 4, 2012


Title: Shadows
Author: Jennifer Armentrout
Publisher: Entagled Publishing
Publish Date: 21 February 2012
Pages: 179
ISBN: 978-1-62061-115-9
Source: bought
Genre: Young Adult, romance, alien
Series: The Lux Series
Other books in seriesObsidian, Onyx (14 August 2012)

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.

What happened to Dawson Black, Dee and Daemon’s brother in the Lux series?  All of the Luxen always comes in triplets.  In Obsidian, you learn that Dee and Daemon had a brother who fell for a human girl, but that is all the detail that you get.  Dee and Daemon miss their brother terribly so you don’t get the full story.  This novella is Dawson’s account of what happened to him.

Dawson Black never expected Bethany Williams to come into his life.  Sure he has been attracted to humans before, but never on the level that he was with Bethany.  It is forbidden for Luxen to have relationships with humans.  All of them know this.  All throughout this novella, Daemon and the other Luxen that go to the high school in West Virginia, are against the relationship budding between Dawson and Bethany.  He tries to hide it from the DOD because if they found out, there would be trouble not only for him, but for Bethany too.  What happens when Dawson decides that he doesn’t want to hide anymore and that Bethany is worth the risk of getting caught?

I am really starting to love books by Jennifer Armentrout and this novella made me love them even more.  I read her Lux series, the Covenant series and am excited about other books that she has being released in the coming year.  I LOVED Obsidian.  More than I originally thought I would.  This story about Dawson gives you the reason why Daemon acts the way that he does in Obsidian.  I cannot wait for Onyx to come out in August, to continue the series.   Armentrout’s writing is hilarious.  I laughed so many times while reading this book.  I’ll share some quotes so you can get a better understanding of what I mean.

The cover of this novella shows Dawson standing on a hill near a tree.  The cover is blue and you can clearly see his green eyes.  I love the Lux Series covers because I think the models give the air of mystery that you would associate with aliens.  The fact that the model for Dawson and Daemon (they are triplets after all) is VERY handsome just adds to it.  I had to keep this cover on my Kindle for a while just so I could look at it.
“I bet you’re the type of guy not afraid of anything, huh?”
“Oh, no, there are things that terrify me.”
“Like what?”
“Muppets,” came his solemn reply.
“What?” she laughed.  “Muppets?”
“Yes.  Those things are terrifying.  And you’re laughing at me.”
She smiled.  “Sorry.  You’re right.  Muppets can be scary.”

• Dawson Black.  Even though he and Daemon look alike, their personalities are very different.  Daemon being the eldest of the set of triplets, feels more responsibility for his siblings and that is apparent in his attitude.  Dawson is able to relax and be nice to humans.  Not totally though, because the threat of Arum finding them is always there and he would do anything to protect Dee and Daemon.  I love how he says things. 

This weak excuse for an enemy was decked out like one of the Village People.
He shook out his shoulders, positive he’d just been visually molested – and so not in a good way.
Holy crap on a cracker.

• Dee Black.  She is the caring one of the triplets.

• Daemon Black.  Even though he is against Dawson and Bethany, he still supports and protects him in the end.

• Bethany Williams.  She is the new student at the high school and Dawson is instantly attracted to her.  He worries because he has a carbon copy of himself in Daemon, but Bethany can tell them apart, which he finds amazing.  Bethany is a strong character who is also funny.
He could be a llama in disguise and she’d still be…fascinated by him.
Great.  West Virginia was where printers went to die.

• Some of the other Luxen in this book.   I realize that they are just concerned about Dawson and the Luxen as a whole, but still.


  1. Thanks for the review, Tammy! I don't usually read prequel books since we know what will happen. However, I loved Obsidian and you clearly enjoyed this one, so I think I'll give it a chance. And from what you've said about Dawson, it sounds like I'll want to get to know him better! :)

    1. I get kind of leary about novellas too. I had to read this one because it was more of a back story and helped me to understand the reasoning behing some of Daemon's actions. I recommend it! If I had to choose between Daemon and Dawson, I'd definitely choose Dawson. :)

  2. I haven't been able to read any of Jennifer's books but they get such amazing reviews. I'll def have to check them out!


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