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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout

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Title: Shadows (Goodreads)
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 20 Feb 2012
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 9781620610084
Format: ebook
Pages: 180

The Author on the Web:

Jennifer L Armentrout – Twitter

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

First Line: A shadow glided over the frozen hills, moving too quick to likely be cast by something of this Earth.
Lux Series Order
Book 0.5 – Shadows
Book 1 – Obsidian

Book 2 – Onyx
Book 3 – Opal
Book 4 – Origin (Aug 2013)
Book 5 – Untitled (~2014)

In some ways I am glad that I read the prequel novella Shadows by Jennifer Aremtrout after the first book Obsidian as I’m not sure if or when I’d have continued reading the series. I really did not like Daemon in the first book he was an obnoxious jerk and I just got so annoyed with his character. Katy was a decent sort and I loved her feisty and snarky ways but even she had moments where I didn’t care for her choices. Then I decided to check out the novella, Shadows, and I was hooked into this world with the characters of Bethany and Dawson. I adored those two together although I am not a fan of the insta-love thing that they seemed to be involved in. 
Dawson is everything that Daemon is not and its hard to imagine that they are related, let alone twins.  Bethany is a bit more passive than Katy is but I liked her genuine charm and every part of her personality seemed real. With Katy, there’s this part of her that never feels real and that’s usually when she’s going all gaga over being a blogger. Which as a blogger myself feels wrong to say but I am always turned off by her character during these moments as they just seem out of place to the other events going on in the story at that time. In Shadows, Bethany’s main interest is painting. Its mentioned but it always feels real as if it is her and its not over done and never feels fake. 
I also liked how Shadows was told from both Dawson and Bethany’s POVs. I am always a fan of this style when its done right and not filled with random head jumping. And while I did like the Daemon chapters at the end of Obsidian I could have done without the random POV scenes of his in this book. While his is a view that I would welcome in the main Lux series here it seemed like an intrusion. This was Dawson and Bethany’s story and while Daemon has a place in it, overall, its not his story to tell. 
As a novella, Shadows, isn’t very long and so a lot of story/world building has to happen quickly and Armentrout does a really great job in introducing the worlds mythology and who these characters are in such a short time. In fact, I think she almost does a better job here than she did in Obsidian. The action is non-stop and the storyline progress very quickly. I was sucked into this one and really found myself invested in this world. Which is something that never fully happened in Obsidian. This story makes me want to read more and learn more and my only real regret is that the rest of the series will be told entirely from Katy’s POV. I am going to miss Dawson and Bethany’s perspective.  
The only thing that really confused me on this one was Bethany’s name. She introduces herself as Elizabeth but then says everyone calls her Bethany but then never says why. It just seemed a bit weird to me. Her family was also a bit of an oddity as well from what we saw of them. Her parents never really seemed real and her Uncle came across as a bit of a creep. I’d almost prefer the usual YA route and have no parents or absent ones than the adults there were in this story.
Though crazy random family members aside, I am much more eager to learn where things will go with the Luxans after reading Shadows. I just hope that Onyx continues my love of the series that Shadows has instilled in me. I also have a few theories after reading this one that I am eager to see how they’ll pan out in the rest of the series. Hopefully the things that seem to be seeded in this book will grow as the main story ARC of the series progresses over the other books. I am glad that I took the time to read this one and know that I’ll be reading Onyx sooner rather than later because of it.