Shadows is the prequel to The Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout, and is only available as an ebook. Rating: 4/5
*This is book #8/40 for my 2013 book challenge. You can take a look at my different reading challenges here.
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.
So. Yeah. I think Jennifer might be my favorite author. Shadows is the backstory of Daemon‘s brother Dawson, who died along with his human girlfriend Beth prior to the beginning of Obsidian. It was really nice to see how the triplets interacted, and it explained a lot regarding how Daemon was towards Katy when she moved in. I will say, it was a bit hard getting through since I knew how the story was going to end. I think I would have liked Shadows a bit more had it been a shorter prequel in the beginning of Obsidian. I’m also not a fan of sappy, mushy teenage love and that’s what Dawson and Beth had. It made it hard to read at times, which is saying a lot, because Jennifer’s writing is perfect.
With that said, Jennifer did a great job with the dialogue and descriptions as always. When she writes she has her characters talk and act like their age, and that’s really rare lately with YA books. More often than not my biggest complaint is that characters say things like ‘darn’ instead of ‘damn’ or are weirded out by swearing or talking about sex. They’re teenagers, not children. A few times I felt that events were a bit anti-climatic and strange. Like Daemon all of a sudden deciding to support Dawson‘s relationship, Dawson saving Beth on the cliff (which I really hope we hear more about in the future because I don’t understand) and even Dawson dying. It just happens, and it would have been nice if she went into a bit more detail in those areas.
Overall the book was good. Short and sweet and to the point, just like I like it. You can buy the Shadows e-book through Amazon here, or search for it on your e-readers book store.
If you’re interested in reading my GoodReads updates from this book you can do so here. I must say, they’re quite entertaining. It will tell you exactly what I was thinking on certain pages.