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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Beat the Heat & Lux Read-a-thons!

I’ve never participated in a readathon before.

But when I saw the Beat-the-Heat Readathon hosted by Auntie Spinelli Reads and Phantastic Reads – I thought it sounded like fun. The premise – two weeks to read as many books as you can. Sounds good to me – especially as I need as much motivation as I can to make a dent on my to-read list.

Phantasmic Reads

The rules are pretty simple.

Ze Rules!

  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from July 29th through August 11th. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for two weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!

  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!

  • Sign up at Auntie Spinelli Reads or Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 5th.

  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! Feel free to copy and paste this handy little list for your post. We don’t mind. :)

  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.

That looks like something I can do.

Now this particular readathon began on the 29th. But there’s still plenty of time to sign up and participate if it interests you.

The other readathon I thought looked cooled was the Lux Readathon hosted by StuckInBooks, Just a Book Love and K-Books

Spanning over just three days, the aim for this readathon is to read as many of the books in the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout to be prepared for the release of Origin (Lux #4) on August 27.

I started early this morning and read Shadows (Lux #0.5) for the first time. I think it’s lucky that I read Obsidian first or I’d never have liked Daemon as much as Dawson. Seriously – I’m not usually into novellas but this one is fantastic. And I also got a start on re-reading Obsidian.