Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genre: YA science-fiction, fantasy
Published: February 21st 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: Purchased Ebook
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 Rating of this Book – 4 out of 5 stars
Shadows was a great novella with wonderful insight into what occurred before Katy came along. It also really explained Daemon’s attitude toward humans throughout the first two novels of the series. But there were two reasons why I didn’t absolutely fall in love with this book like I did with Obsidian and Onyx.
The first was that fact that I couldn’t connect with Bethany and Dawson as well as I had connected with Katy and Daemon. And it wasn’t because of the way the novella was written. I think it was because Bethany and Dawson are so different. In Obsidian, Katy was a lot stronger character than Bethany was in Shadows. Bethany just wasn’t as powerful in personality or in ability. Neither was Dawson compared to his brother, Daemon. However, I will admit, despite their many weaknesses, Bethany and Dawson did have heart. Their strength was in their love. And just because I couldn’t connect with Bethany and Dawson, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t recognize that in my review.
The second reason I didn’t absolutely fall in love with Shadows was because the novella was written in third person. I can kind of understand why, since she includes both Bethany’s and Dawson’s viewpoints, as well as a few chapters with Daemon’s. But I like consistently in a series. And since the rest of the series, including the bonus material from Daemon’s viewpoint in Obsidian and Onyx, were written in first person, I would have preferred it if Shadows was written the same way.
Other than that, this novella is an amazing prequel! I would highly recommend the series, and I can’t wait to read what happens in Opal this December!