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Shadows (A Lux Novella) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer L. Armentrout
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (265 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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About the Author

Jennifer L. Armentrout is the USA Today bestselling author of the Covenant series and the Lux series.

Justine Eyre is a classically trained actress who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks. With a prestigious Audie Award and four AudioFile Earphones Awards under her belt, Justine is multilingual and is known for her great facility with accents. Her recent television credits include Two and a Half Men and Mad Men.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absoluletly loved this book February 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
So yesterday afternoon, I got my hands on the ARC of Shadows. Needless to say, that determined the rest of the day's activities. You may have seen me on twitter all excited about it. It took me about 3 hours total to read it. I took a dinner break but that's it. Make sure you pick this one up ASAP cause it's that good. Here's my review.

Source: ARC from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

My Summary:

Dawson is a triplet. His older (by minutes) bother, Daemon, looks identical to him. Daemon is overprotective and a little antisocial at times - at least with the humans. His sister, Dee, is hyper and very social with anyone - human or luxon. Oh and all three of them are aliens. They're supposed to stay low key, living with the human but not being discovered. The DOD looks poorly on too much ...um involvement with humans. Still they go to school and talk to the humans but that's it. Until Bethany moves to town and Dawson can't seem to leave her alone. If the luxon's don't do him in for it the DOD's gonna find out. What future is there for a human and a luxon anyway? None at all.

My Thoughts:

5 stars - READ IT NOW if not sooner

Yes I love Jennifer's writing, her characters and her storyline. I have yet to read anything from her that I didn't love but WOW I loved this book.

Dawson is this strong, fierce, determine guy that reminds me so much of Daemon without the sucky attitude. I fell fast and hard. He's attracted to Bethany from the start but it takes time for them to fall hard, which I appreciated. What I really, really enjoyed was how Dawson was bold and confident with their relationship. I loved how they spend time together. I LOVED their first kiss, which.... oh just read it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it! August 6, 2013
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition
Bethany is the new girl in school who quickly catches the attention from one of the most attractive guys she's ever seen. Little does Bethany know that she's stepped into a world unlike any she could have imagined. Dawson is drawn right away to Bethany and even shocked to learn that she can tell the difference between him and his twin which most people can't. The pair is instantly attracted to each other which is a surprise for both of them.

For Dawson Bethany is trouble she can ruin everything that they've worked so hard for. Dawson isn't human neither is his brother or sister. They are all aliens from a galaxy far away that has been given permission by the DOD to be here. The DOD doesn't want the Luxen dating humans but it's not been enforced so as Dawson and Bethany's relationship progresses things start happening that could put everyone at risk. Soon Bethany knows their deep dark secret after Dawson is forced to save her life but they are in two deep. When the Arum the enemy of the Luxen show up in town Dawson will be forced to choose between love and his family.

Without thinking I read Obsidian first. I wish I had read the prequel it would have given a better insight into why Daemon is so anti human. A fast paced adventure will with romance and aliens. Shadows is a short novella so it was easy to finish in less than an hour. Like Obsidian I found the concept unique I love the idea of the Luxen it's a unique idea for an alien race. The characters are engaging you can't help cheering them on as they overcome every hurdle. The relationship between Bethany and Dawson is sweet the way they risk everything for love. Well I don't want to reveal too much but I can tell you it's worth reading. I have a feeling this won't be the last of Dawson or Bethany but I could be wrong. Reading Shadows just adds to my desire to read the next book in the Lux series Onyx.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What the heck...? February 9, 2013
By t83
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love the lux series but I don't know what I just read. Bad writing. ZERO build up. Flat characters. I expected Dawson and Bethany to have some sort of mind-blowing, earth-tilting, deep romance. We BARELY got to see what either of them were like at all! It was insta-teenage lust that you could find in front of any high school locker or behind any hidden shadows at the mall. I wanted love, real love, for a good reason, not "love" based on how pretty they both are. I truly wanted to know who these two actually were. I hate writing bad reviews. Really, i do. But This was a giant letdown. Give me daemon and Kat over this elementary story any day.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition December 1, 2013
By Misha
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved reading more about Dawson. This novella gives you some background for understanding Dawson's motivations in the rest of the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flat and Colorless August 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like YA and I am working on a YA novel, so when I was encouraged to read this well-received series, I felt I should start with the Shadows novella, a prequel of sorts. The author obviously penned it to introduce Dawson and Bethany, two characters that affect the plot in the books that follow. Her intent is clear, she wants Shadows is to replace tedious back story in Obsidian, the first book in her Lux series.

I get it, unfortunately I didn't like it. It went on and on about how beautiful Dawson and Bethany found each other. Their insecurity that each could actually find the other so attractive, and how their secrets could affect their budding relationship in a negative way. Not that there were any gargoyles hidden in Bethany's closet waiting to be revealed. Bethany is pretty, but not gorgeous, and she is a good artist. But other than Dawson telling his siblings that she's a really good painter, there is nothing to make us find this talent of hers remarkable. Dawson, has green eyes, he has dark hair, he has great abs, he's not as good a fighter as his brother, and other than the fact he's a glowing alien... Yawn!

I think the basic problem, is there's no real plot. There were no shared obstacles to overcome, other than the whole relationship building process. There wasn't a story arc to speak of, characters are introduced, and then there's a repetitive narrative of Bethany and Dawson getting to know each other. This bonding goes on and on for the biggest part of the book. The action picks up when the author throws Bethany off a cliff, and then she has the horror struck Dawson breathe new life into Bethany. From the cliff to the end of the story barely covers a heartbeat, just a few page fillers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Warning - don't read Obsidian before you read this one because Obsidian gives away the ending to Shadows! Read more
Published 17 days ago by ecole
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
I wished the ending was better, but maybe I will get more answers reading Obsidian. This is the first one I've read in this series. I hope I didn't get the order wrong.
Published 18 days ago by jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great novella!
This is a great series. Came across the 1st book (which was offered for free) and ended up buying all the other books within a week.
Published 20 days ago by R Nesmith
4.0 out of 5 stars Step into a world of what if - good read.
I loved the characters and interactions are believable. A ROMANTIC, SCI FI, ADVENTURE WITH SWEET MOMENTS OF FIRST LOVE, POWER FILLED BATTLE SCENES, GOOD GUYS, BAD GUYS, AND MEN IN... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a great addition to the lux series
I loved this novella. seeing the relationship between Beth and dawson, and seeing what lead to the beginning of obsidian was awesome!
Published 1 month ago by Ashley Hartzell
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This book happened to come out after I had read the first 3 books in the series, so for me this was more of a backstory. Read more
Published 1 month ago by clay christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!!!
This story had me reading at all hours of the day it's a great love story with a twist and a ending you don't see coming can't wait for the next book!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Cassandra Kimble
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadows (Lux 0.5)
Note: I read this after finishing the first book.

This was a great little side story for all of those wondering about what really happened between Dawson and Bethany. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lauren Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Prequel
I picked up this novella after reading Obsidian, because Shadows is the prequel and I was curious to know more about Dawson and Bethany's ill-fated relationship. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A Book Vacation
3.0 out of 5 stars shadows short story
i read this book after I read the rest of the lux series. I liked it because you got to see what dawson and beth were like before they disappeared. Read more
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# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in West Virginia.

When she's not hard at work writing, she spends her time, reading, working out, watching zombie movies, and pretending to write. She shares her home with her husband, his K-9 partner named Diesel and her hyper Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent her time writing short stories. Therefore explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult romance under the pen name J.Lynn

She is the author of the Covenant Series (Spencer Hill Press) the Lux Series (Entangled Teen) and the upcoming YA Don't Look Back (2014) and untitled YA (Fall 2014) from Disney/Hyperion. She is also published with Harlequin Teen and HarperCollins.

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