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Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Review: Shadows - Jennifer L. Armentrout

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release Date: February 21st 2012
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 159
Source: Bought

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.

Random Fact: Me and my friend were actually discussing aliens today at school (she was so frigging scared last night when a 'light' showed outside her bedroom window, and it couldn't be anything else other than 'aliens' hah) and I was like 'What if they were HOT aliens?!", to which she replied there was no such things as hot aliens, just little green men. I was like HELL NO. WAIT UNTIL YOU READ THE LUX SERIES. And wait until you meet Daemon. And Dawson. This novella will surely cure fans' misery over waiting for the release of Obsidian's sequel, Onyx.

Jennifer's writing style can be described in one word. Addictive. Seriously, I couldn't put this book down. I love all of Jennifer's books so far and she is fast becoming my favourite writer. Hell I would read anything written by her. 

Thank God Bethany didn't end up on my list of 'Annoying heroines', in fact, Beth is anything but. I was having doubts before starting Shadows, how no one can beat Katy and Alex (from Half-Blood) because they are just pure awesome. Now; I still prefer Kat, but Beth comes a close second. Beth was so relatable (one that Jenn's female characters all have in common), funny, sweet, smart and I love how she wasn't needy. Then there's Dawson. SIGH. OMFG if aliens are like Luxens, well, they could light me up anytime! *wiggles eyebrows*

Dawson is the polar opposite of Daemon.But just as irresistible. Dawson is sweet, polite, and a true gentleman. BUT. One thing he does share with Daemon is his fiery temper. And boy is he hot!Daemon was as protective as ever, and I'm so glad that Jennifer chose to write Dawson's story because we get to see why Daemon acts like such an asshole in Obsidian. It makes readers understand him a little bit better, and get to see him interact with his siblings.

I love how 'normal' things started out for Bethany and Dawson. And I never felt their love was rushed or skipped, it was just perfectly timed and went at a slow and steady pace. Which is my kinda love. Unlike Daemon and Kat (who banter frequently), Beth and Dawson actually are a lot alike and I like THAT. They actually have the same interests and hobbies, same likes and dislikes. And HOLY BATMAN. Their chemistry together had me fanning myself multiple times.  I admired Dawson's strength for standing up for their love, and for standing up to his big brother (only for a few mins), Daemon. And that requires a lot of guts.

The best scenes (apart from lovey dovey scenes) were the ones with Daemon, Dawson and Dee. You can clearly see how much they love each other, and their bickering just had me laughing out loud (Also: am I the only one who fell of my chair laughing when Dee was talking about her virginity and her brothers were like NOOOOO!) 

All the characters are unforgettable and it's such a treat if you've read Obsidian - characters that you miss, characters that you want to strangle like bitchy Ash, and stupid Andrew (or is it Adam? I keep getting their names mixed up!) are also in this. Let me tell you - we get to learn more about Ash and Daemon's past relationship.

There was lots of hysterical moments, but the ending just totally ripped me apart. It was so sad and sweet and beautiful all at the same time. It reminds you to say 'I love you' to people you love, because you never know when you're time is up. 


OKAY. Back to business. Because I'm heartbroken about the ending, I kinda made up these theories and stuff. It would be a miracle if they were right, but THESE ARE JUST MY HAPPY HAPPY THOUGHTS.
: I think there's more to the ending than what we have been given. It was quite vague (well, maybe that's because they died and can't really continue the POV's) BUT I think they might be alive after all... Which would make me the happiest girl EVER. Not only that, did you read the synopsis of Onyx,"I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. Daemon’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him" Like, Dawson was the first thing that came to mind when I read that.

At first, I thought they were dead and it made me cry buckets (not really but you get what I mean right?!) but look at the way they went about it. How the officers wouldn't let Daemon and Dee see the bodies. What if there was no bodies and they just disappeared? Sorry, I'm like over-analyzing things over here. Oops.

When I read Onyx, I would feel so incredibly stupid and embarrassed if this like a million miles away from the truth. Ha! :D


  1. I didn't say there weren't any fit aliens out there. I just meant the ones outside of my bedroom!

  2. True but.. How the hell would you know if the ones outside your window isn't fit? You never saw them. They could have been as hot as the ones in this series! :)

  3. Beacause if they were hot they would have been knocking on my door trying to get in!! Cause im so irresistible!!!! mwuahah

  4. I know right?!? Ha! But I would wonder why they wouldn't come knocking on MY door!

  5. They weren't invading you!!!!!!

  6. But what if the ugly ones were ?!?!

  7. Ha! Well, I'd use my weapon 'Obsidian' on them and beat the hell out of them!! You really should read Obsidian (by Jennifer L. Armentrout and Shadows, I think you're really going to enjoy it - it's your kinda story (without aliens obvs) =)

    1. Ahh, oky well i think its on my to read list anyways, hahah i know you would beat the crap out of them geez, your a danger to yourself and other around you!!

    2. HEY. Just because I hit you with my ruler :P And can I just say how I love being a danger to myself AND to others?!!?!

      You have to read this series now. Or I WILL kill you. And it won't be pretty.

  8. ***Spoiler!***

    I completely agree about them not being dead! At least, they better not be! I think it was odd too how it just ended and they didn't get to see Dawson or Bethany's bodies. They have to be alive! Or else I'm just going to get uber depressed.

    Nice blog btw!

    -Sonnie @ Lit Girl: Confessions of a Future Librarian


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