Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book: Shadows (Lux series, prequel to Obsidian) by Jennifer L. Armentrout, YA Paranormal, Entangled Publishing, February 21, 2011

Format/pages:  Own Kindle edition, also available in paperback – 180 pages.

Rating: 4 / 5 Stars

More Info: Goodreads | Amazon

The first book in the Lux series, Obsidian, caught me off guard with its fresh and exciting brand of Sci-Fi action romance. Obsidian is pure fun and entertainment and leaves you craving for more. I jumped at the chance to read this novella to learn more about the mysterious events hinted at in Obsidian and to get more insight into the alien world.

The setup of the series is a group of displaced aliens set up home in West Virginia, including the Black triplets: Dawson, Daemon, and Dee. They are supposed to keep a low profile, blend in and stick to themselves, while fighting off another evil faction of aliens that’s after their powers. The first book focuses on Daemon and the challenges that occur when sparks fly between him and human newcomer Katy. In this prequel we find out the story behind Dawson’s ill-fated romance with human Bethany.

At first I thought I wouldn’t be as engaged with Dawson and Bethany’s story as I was with Daemon and Katy’s. But, I was quickly won over by Dawson’s sweet nature, and rooting for a different outcome than the inevitable. They are really interesting characters in their own right and help to round out the group. Their story also helps shed some character insight into stormy Daemon’s behavior. The brothers couldn’t be more opposite, but have a fierce family loyalty all the same.  If you found Daemon too mean or over the top, prepare to be won over by Dawson.

The story is told in dual narration so we get to see Bethany’s reaction to the alien family, and get cool tidbits from Dawson’s life at home. Bethany likes to paint, and she has an adorable baby brother. She is less feisty than Katy, but rolls with the punches pretty well considering the circumstances, and the frosty reception from the other alien sibs Ash, Adam and Andrew. Dawson and Bethany’s romance is bittersweet but I remain hopeful that their story will continue somehow.

The novella is a generous size at 180 pages and it packs in a lot of story that adds a new dimension to the Lux series. Even though it is a prequel, I think it works better to read it after Obsidian. Shadows is a worthwhile read for Obsidian fans and a nice distraction while waiting for the next installment. I’m even more eager to read Onyx, due out this August.


10 thoughts on “Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

  1. bookchelle says:

    I have yet to read Obsidian, but you’ve given both books high scores. I guess this means that I’ll have to read them, huh? I only skimmed through since I didn’t want to spoil myself. You, dear Lucy, are a great book pusher. Don’t ever change. <3

    1. Lucy says:

      LOL. I hope you enjoy the Lux series when you get the chance to read them 🙂

  2. Why do you have to like this series? I read Damion & it didn’t WOW me. I know it is a different series, but I resigned myself that I didn’t need to grab up her books. You can’t read them all. Now I want to. Urgh 😉

    1. Lucy says:

      I read that book too but I haven’t read Half Blood and I know that is hugely popular. For some reason this series grabbed me though. I really think you would like this one, Amy 🙂

  3. Candice says:

    I feel like this one really pushes my comfort zone, but since you said it was good, I think I’ll have to read it. Ah, the pains of being a good book recommender! 🙂

    1. Lucy says:

      Aliens are out of my comfort zone too – for sure! Something about this series is very fresh and fun though.

  4. bookchilla says:

    i better read this before Onyx comes out!

    1. Lucy says:

      Yes!! Unfortunately there’s lots of time though before Onyx comes out.

  5. Kelsey says:

    i really need to pick this up now, I loved Obsidian and can’t wait for Onyx!

    1. Lucy says:

      Kelsey, if you loved Obsidian you will really enjoy Shadows. And the price is not bad either.

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