Novella Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Shadows (Lux, #0.5)

Title: Shadows (Lux #0.5)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Aliens
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: February 2012
Pages: 179
Rating: 5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
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 Review:

I’m not normally a novella person. I often find them irrelevant and rather than adding anything to the overall plot – they detract from why I like a series. But that’s so not the case with Shadows. Shadows is the pre-story of how Bethany and Dawson meet. It’s all information that anyone who has read the Lux series knows but getting to read it and know first hand how everything went down – it has changed how I view this entire series.

Bethany and Dawson have a fantastic story. They meet and really get to know each other. There’s no instalove here despite their intense connection straight off the bat. And I liked them more as a couple because of it. Bethany is sweet and grounded – she wants to do what is right by herself and her family rather than just doing whatever she wants. And then there’s Dawson. Why is the fandom so into Daemon when there’s Dawson to consider? He’s definitely my favourite of the brothers now. Compared to Daemon’s dark and surly demeanour, Dawson is practically sunny in comparison.

If you’re a fan of this series and haven’t read this novella – I highly recommend it. It adds a lot more than just the relationship between Bethany and Dawson. We get to see the DoD (Department of Defence), Bethany’s Uncle Will as well has just how the Thompson Triplets operate from a non-biased outsider’s view. And plus – at 179 pages this is more than a typical novella. It’s detailed and offers quite detailed back story. I have to say that reading this had made me particularly eager for Origin (Lux #4) which is released later this month.

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Movie Talk: Who is your OBSIDIAN dream cast?

Over the past few days there has been some big talk about the YA paranormal romance Lux series being acquired by Sierra Pictures. Obsidian, the first in the series written by Jennifer L Armentrout, tells the story of Katy, a teenager who moves to the middle of nowhere only to get sucked into the world of aliens. Add to that a very hot young alien by the name of Daemon, his twin sister Dee and a whole bunch of other supernatural beings… oh… it’s very exciting! 😛 I know so many people who adore these book and will no doubt be excited by the news.

Obsidian

Check out Jennifer’s blog post about her series being optioned for a movie!!  (be warned – it’s full of so many fangirlyly awesome gifs and excitement!)

 

And it got me thinking.

We all have dream casts for books that we’ve loved and I was wondering: What is your dream cast for Obsidian?

Before things get into production and you’re influenced by who is actually cast (if it gets that far… fingers crossed!) who is your ideal Katy and Daemon?!

Feel free to let me know!

Onyx (Lux, #2)Opal (Lux, #3)Origin (Lux, #4)

And if you’ve not heard of this series before – be sure to check out my reviews of Obsidian, Onyx and Opal!

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Opal (Lux #3)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Aliens
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: December 2012
Pages: 382
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
No one is like Daemon Black.

When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

My Review:

After how Onyx ended, Katy and the Luxens are still reeling from how everything went down. Death, destruction and Daemon seem to be following Katy around – and there seems to be nothing she can do to stop any of them. Although the Daemon situation is one that Katy is more than happy with.

If only her friendship with Dee was as strong as her relationship with the arrogant and impossibly sexy alien.

With her world falling apart around her, Katy is doing all she can to keep a handle on her mutated abilities and her boyfriend’s estranged brother being back on the scene. Things only get more complicated when Blake reappears at school and blackmails the Luxens into the most dangerous and insane plan ever – to break into the Department of Defence’s (DoD) secret base and break out his Luxen bondmate.


With less action and more romance, Opal is a very different book than the previous two – all that considered I thought it was a great instalment in the Lux series. Katy is stepping out from the victim role and becoming a character that I like and want to read about. Her relationship with Daemon has evolved – no longer is she convinced he’s just with her because of the bond. Oh no – now they’re “official” with all the trimmings that goes along with their newly defined status. Sweet and sexy as Daemon may now be, I sort of missed the over-confident and harsh character I’d grown to love from the first two books. I found their interactions to be lovely and I’m hoping that they can weather all the DoD and Daedalus throw at them.

Plot wise – this book missed the mark with me. I wanted more action, more development of the new characters (Luc, Paris, Ethan) and some more explanation to some of the crazy twists. Some of the bizarre points seemed a little far-fetched and one part seemed to exist just for some blatant product placement (Macbook Air, anyone?).

Overall, I enjoyed Opal. The characters grow on me more every time I immerse myself into the Lux universe and I’m on the edge of my chair with anticipation awaiting the release of Origin (Lux #4) after the cliff-hanger at the end of Opal. 

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I read this book as part of the 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge


Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Onyx (Lux #2)
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Aliens
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: August 2012
Pages: 376
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

But then everything changes…

I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…

My Review:

Onyx picks up right where Obsidian ends – with Katy, Daemon and the other Lumins having defeated the latest Amun threat. And it seems like the arrogant alien has turned over a new leaf. Daemon is now romantically pursuing Katy and whilst she’s not immune to his charms, she’s slightly put out. She’s convinced he’s only interested because of the connection they share after he healed her from her near fatal injuries after the Amun battle. Katy wants the kind of relationship her parents had. “Undying love. Powerful. True. [Something] a whacked-out alien bond [just] couldn’t do [for her].”

Things between the two of them don’t get any easier when the new guy in school, a surfer from California, Blake Saunders asks Katy to a party… and stumbles upon her secret. That ever since Daemon healed her, she’s been starting to possess alien powers that she can’t control.

With the Department of Defense (DoD) arrive in town and the Amun show up again, it seems that Katy has more to worry about than ever before…

I’ll admit it. I’m a little bit of a Daemon fan girl. I liked him in Obsidian and he didn’t disappoint in Onyx. Although I do wonder just what it is he has against computers – they don’t seem to stand a chance when he’s around Katy. The bad boy alien shows off his jealous side and started to become more than just the angry boy-next-door. Despite all the arrogance, I could tell that he really does care about Katy, and not just because she possessed the information to out him and his family to the authorities.

Katy, as many main characters in the books I like to read have a tendency to do, doesn’t always think before she acts. Even when it’s likely to put her at a disadvantage in a life or death situation. But this time around I found myself wanting her to succeed.

Blake was a great new addition to the story. A romantic rival who brings more than just Daemon’s jealousy to the plot. He’s interesting and I enjoyed learning all about the Lumins and the connections between certain aliens and humans. The DoD added an extra element of fear and suspense to the novel. I liked that the supernatural beings (not including the Amun) were the good guys and the human department are what the characters should be fearing.

I enjoyed all the drama that occurred in this book. There’s suspense and action but it’s more than just drama. I liked how the relationships developed. This book is exciting. Just when I thought everything was wrapping up, something new happened and I was thrown right back into everything.

There’s new characters who are more than they seem and a sinister plot that’s really ramping up with lots too look forward to in the next instalment of the Lux series.

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