Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Review: Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Series: Lux, Book #0.5
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Genres: YA, Paranormal Romance, Aliens
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Justine Eyre
Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins

My Ranking:

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.

(Quick comment - I read this after Obsidian) What a nice surprise. This was a much needed departure from the "all sarcasm, all the time" relationship with Daemon and Katy. And it was also good to see a Lux loving their life, because I felt so bad for Daemon and Dee in the first book. This world sucks for the Lux (unintentional rhyming, I swear).

Moving along, I think that Dawson and Bethany had a great relationship. Their story felt more sweet than intense in comparison to Daemon and Katy. Though, I think that might have more to do with Daemon's personality. Speaking of that, I think that Daemon got handed the shortest stick in the Black family. With Dawson and Dee letting their heart and personal desires drive them, it doesn't leave much room for Daemon to be his own person. He's had to be responsible for everyone and has probably made a lot more sacrifices then either of his siblings. Which brought new treatment of Katy. It doesn't excuse his harsh words and actions, but it does make his instant rejection not feel like less a slap in the face with how intense he is against even knowing Katy.

Daemon is still my favorite Black, although Dawson had some great moments. I loved when he got so excited from Bethany just calling him. Brings back fond memories of youth and loves past.

Also, I appreciated getting to see part of what caused the local Luxen's human aversion. Poor Katy - she didn't have a shot in hell of being accepted by any Lux after Dawson basically gave them the finger and told them to suck it when they disapproved of his relationship with Bethany. It was good to see were the prejudice and distrust came from. While I don't agree, I sympathize.

This book felt a more exciting than the first, which is always a good thing. Jumping into Onyx. This might be new favorite series!

No knew thoughts on Justine Eyre. The tone of her voice didn't bother me as much. Maybe that had more to do Dawson and Bethany's interactions being more mature.

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