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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
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. Jennifer writes Young Adult Contemporary, Urban Fantasy/Paranormal, and Romance. She writes New Adult and Adult Romance under the pen name J.Lynn.
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A Lux Novel
By Jennifer L. Armentrout, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2012 Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Students filed into class, yawning and still trying to rub the sleep out of their eyes. Melted snow dripped off their parkas and pooled on the scuffed floor. Dawson stretched out his long legs, propping them on the empty seat in front of him. Idly scratching his jaw, he watched the front of the room as Lesa strolled in, making a face at Kimmy, who looked horrified by what the snow had done to her hair.
"It's just snow," Lesa said, rolling her eyes. "It's not going to hurt you."
Kimmy smoothed her hands over her blond hair. "Sugar melts."
"Yeah, and shit floats." Lesa took her seat, yanking out last night's English homework.
A deep, low chuckle came from behind, and Dawson grinned. The girl cracked him up.
Kimmy flipped her off as she flounced to her seat, her eyes trained on him like she was planning her next meal. Dawson gave her a tight smile back, though he knew he should've just ignored her. To Kimmy, any attention appeared to be good attention, especially since she had broken up with Simon.
Or had Simon broken up with her?
Hell if he knew or really cared, but he didn't have it in him to completely ignore her. Placing a zebra-print bag on her desk, Kimmy continued to smile at him for another good ten seconds before looking away.
He shook out his shoulders, positive he'd just been visually molested — and so not in a good way.
The laugh came again, and then in a voice low enough only for him to hear, "Playa. Playa ..."
Stretching his arms back, he smacked at his brother's face as he grinned. "Shut up, Daemon."
His brother knocked his hands out of his face. "Don't hate the game ..."
Dawson shook his head, still half smiling. A lot of people, mostly humans, didn't get Daemon like he and his sister did. Very few made him laugh like Daemon did. And even fewer pissed him off as much. But if Dawson ever needed anything or if there was an Arum nearby, Daemon was the man.
Or Luxen. Whatever.
A portly older man strolled into class, clutching a stack of papers that signaled their quizzes had been graded. A chorus of groans traveled through the room, with the exception of Daemon and him. They knew they totally aced it without even trying.
Dawson picked up his pen, rolling it between long fingers and sighing. Tuesday was already shaping up to be another long day of boring classes. He'd rather be outside, hiking in the woods despite the snow and brutal cold. His aversion to school wasn't as bad as Daemon's, though. Some days were worse than others, but Dawson found his classmates made the experience more tolerable. He was like his sister in that way, a people person hidden in an alien body.
Seconds before the bell rang, a girl hurried into class, clutching a yellow slip of paper in her hand. Immediately, he knew the chick wasn't from around here. The fact she was in a sweater and not a heavy jacket when it was below thirty outside sort of gave it away. His gaze roamed down her legs — really nice, long, and curvy — to her thin flats.
Yep, she wasn't from around here.
Handing over the paper to the teacher, she lifted her slightly sharp chin and gazed across the room.
Dawson's feet hit the floor with an audible thump.
Holy crap, she was ... she was beautiful.
And he knew beautiful. Their race had won the genetic roulette when they adopted human forms, but the way this girl's elfin features were pieced together was absolute perfection. Chocolate-colored hair slid over her shoulders as she kept scanning the room. Her skin held a healthy glow from being out in the sun a lot — recently, too, from the vibrancy of it. Finely groomed eyebrows set off tilted eyes framed with heavy lashes. Warm brown eyes connected with his, then his shoulder, and then she blinked several times as if trying to clear her vision.
That kind of look happened a lot when people saw Daemon and him together for the first time. They were identical, after all. Black wavy hair, same swimmer's build, both of them well over six feet. They shared the same features: broad cheekbones, full mouths, and extraordinarily bright green eyes. Other than their own kind, no one could tell them apart. Something both boys loved using to their advantage.
Dawson grinded his molars until his jaw ached.
For the first time, he wished there wasn't a carbon-copy image of him. That someone would look at him — really see him and not the mirror image right beside him. And that was a completely unexpected reaction.
But then her gaze found his again and she smiled.
The pen slipped from his suddenly limp fingers, rolled across the desk, and clattered onto the floor. Heat swept across his cheeks, but his own lips responded, and there was nothing fake or forced about his reaction.
Daemon snickered as he leaned over, smacking down on the pen with his sneaker. Embarrassed to the nth degree, Dawson swiped his pen from under his brother's shoe.
Mr. Patterson said something to her, drawing her attention, and she laughed. Feeling that husky sound all the way to his toes, he sat straighter in his seat. A prickly feeling spread over his skin.
As the tardy bell rang, she headed straight for the seat in front of him. Screw hiking in the snow. This was so not going to be another boring Tuesday.
She started digging around in her bag, searching for a pen, he guessed. Part of him knew it was a perfect excuse to break the ice. He could just offer her a pen, say hello, and go from there. But he was frozen in his seat, torn between wanting to lean forward to see what kind of perfume she was wearing and not wanting to look like a total creep.
He kept his ass planted firmly in the chair.
And ... stared at the chocolate strands of her hair where they curled over the back of her seat.
Dawson scratched his neck, shoulders twitching. What was her name? And why in the hell did he care so much? This wasn't the first time he was attracted to a human girl. Hell, many of their kind hooked up with them, since males outnumbered their females two to one. He had. Even his usually superior-complex-ridden brother had when he wasn't with his on-and-off-again girlfriend, but still ...
Glancing over her shoulder, the girl swept up her lashes, and she locked eyes with him.
Strangest thing happened then. Dawson felt the years peel away. Years of moving, of making and losing friends. Of seeing those of his kind he had grown to care for die at the hands of the Arum or the DOD. Years of trying to fit in with humans but never really becoming one of them. All of it just ... slipped away.
Dazed by the sudden lifting of weight, all he could do was stare. Stare like a freaking idiot. But she stared right back.
The new girl shifted her gaze, but those warm, whiskey-colored eyes came right back to his. Her lips tipped up at the corners in a small smile, and then she faced the front of the class again.
Daemon cleared his throat and shifted his desk. His brother demanded in a low voice, "What are you thinking?"
Most of the time, Daemon knew what he was thinking. Same with Dee. They were triplets, closer than most of the Luxen. But right now, Dawson knew without a doubt that Daemon had no clue what he was thinking. 'Cuz if he did, he would've fallen out of his chair.
Dawson let out a breath. "Nothing — I'm not thinking anything."
"Yeah," his brother said, sitting back. "That's what I thought."
* * *
After the bell rang, Bethany Williams gathered up her bag and headed into the hallway without hanging around. Being the new kid sucked. There were no friends to chat with or walk to the next class with. Strangers surrounded her, which was just perfect considering she was living in a strange house and she was seeing a lot of her uncle, who was also a complete stranger to her.
And she needed to find her next class. Glancing down at her schedule, her eyes narrowed at the faded printout. Room 20 ... 3? Or was it room 208? Great. West Virginia was where printers went to die.
Shouldering her bag, she dodged around a group of girls huddled across from her English class. No stretch of the imagination to think they were waiting on the incredibly hot duo in her class to come out. Good God, she'd lived in Nevada her whole life and never once saw anyone who looked like that, let alone two of them.
Who knew West Virginia was hiding such hotness?
And those eyes, they were ... wow. A vibrant, untarnished green that reminded her of fresh spring grass. Those peepers were something else.
If she'd known this before, she would've begged her parents to move here a hell of a lot sooner just for the eye candy. Shame snapped on the heels of that thought. Her family was here because her uncle was sick, because it was the right thing to do, and not —
"Hey, hold up."
The unfamiliar deep timbre of a boy's voice rolled down her spine, and she slowed, glancing over her shoulder. She came to an abrupt stop.
It was half of the incredibly hot duo. Calling to her, right? Because he was looking straight at her with those eyes, grinning with lips that were full on the bottom, almost too perfect.
She suddenly had a mad desire to start painting his face with the new oil colors her mom had bought her. Snapping out of it, she forced her mouth to work.
"Hi," she squeaked. Hot, really hot ...
The boy grinned, and her chest did a little flutter. "I wanted to introduce myself," he said, catching up to her. "My name is Dawson Black. I'm the —"
"You were the twin sitting behind me in English."
Surprise flooded his face. "How'd you know? Most can't tell us apart."
"Your smile." Flushing, she wanted to hit herself. Your smile? Wow. She glanced down at her schedule quickly, realizing she had to go to the second floor. "I mean, the other one didn't smile at all, like, the entire class."
He chuckled at that. "Yeah, he's worried that smiling will give him premature wrinkles."
Bethany laughed. Funny and cute? Me likey. "And you're not worried?"
"Oh, no, I plan on aging gracefully. Looking forward to it." His grin was easy, lighting up eyes that couldn't be real. They had to be contacts. He continued. "Cocoon is my favorite movie, actually."
"Cocoon?" She busted out laughing, and his grin tipped higher. "I think that's my great-great-great grandmother's favorite movie."
"I think I might like your great-great-great grandmother. She's got good taste." Leaning around her, he opened one side of the heavy double doors. Students veered out of his way as if he was a self-contained wrecking ball. "You can't go wrong with it. Eternal youth. Aliens. Shiny things in the pool."
"Pod people?" she added, dipping under his outstretched arm — a nice, well-defined arm that stretched the material of his sweater. Cheeks flushing, she quickly averted her eyes and headed up the stairs. "So, you're big on the golden oldies?"
She felt him shrug beside her. In the wide stairwell that smelled faintly of mold and gym socks, he remained right by her side, leaving a small space for people to get around them.
Dawson looked over her shoulder as they rounded the landing. "What class do you have next?"
Holding up the schedule, she wrinkled her nose. "Uh ... history in room ..."
He grabbed the paper from her hand, quickly scanning it. "Room 208. And it's your lucky day."
Since a guy like him was chatting with her, she was going to have to agree. "Why is that?"
"Two things," he said, handing the schedule back to her. "We have art and then last period — gym — together. Or it could just be my lucky day."
Unbelievably hot. Funny. And knew all the right things to say? Score. He held the second door open for her, and she added "gentleman" to the list. Biting her lip, she searched for something to say.
Finally, she asked, "What class do you have next?"
"Science on the first floor."
Her brows shot up as she glanced around. As expected, people were definitely staring. Mostly girls. "Then why are you on the second floor?"
"Because I wanted to be." He said it so matter-of-factly that she had the impression he made a habit of doing whatever he wanted on a regular basis.
His eyes met hers and held them. Something in his stare made her feel hyperaware of herself — of everything around her. In a sudden moment of clarity, she knew her mom would take one look at a guy like Dawson and send her off to an all girls' school. Boys like him usually left a trail of broken hearts as long as the Mississippi behind them. And she should be running into her class — which couldn't be too far away now — as fast as she could, because the last thing Bethany wanted was another broken heart.
But she was just standing there, not moving. Neither of them was. This ... this was intense. More so than the first time she kissed a boy. The kicker was they weren't even touching. She didn't even know him.
Needing space, she stepped to the side and swallowed. Yep, space was a good idea. But his concentrated stare still reached her from behind thick lashes.
Without breaking eye contact, he motioned toward a door over his shoulder. "That's room 208."
Okay. Say something or nod, you idiot. Definitely not making a good impression here. What eventually came out of her mouth was sort of horrifying. "Are your eyes real?"
Aw, hell, awkward much?
Dawson blinked, as if the question surprised him. How could it? People had to ask him that all the time. She'd never seen eyes like the twins'. "Yeah," he drawled. "They're real."
"Oh ... well, they're really pretty." Heat swept across her cheeks. "I mean, they're beautiful." Beautiful? She needed to stop talking now.
His grin went right back to full wattage. She liked it. "Thank you." He cocked his head to the side. "So ... you're going to leave me hanging?"
Out of the corner of her eye, she noticed a tall blond boy who looked as if he'd stepped off the pages of a teen magazine. He caught sight of Dawson and stopped abruptly, causing another guy to barrel into his back. With a half grin, the tall boy apologized but never took his eyes off Dawson. And they were blue, like cornflower blue. None of her paints could even hope to capture the intensity of the color. Just like she was equally sure they would never be able to do justice to Dawson's eyes, either.
"Huh?" she said, focusing on Dawson.
"Your name? You never told me what your name is."
"Elizabeth, but everyone calls me Bethany."
"Elizabeth." He repeated her name as if he were tasting the sound. "Does Bethany come with a last name?"
Heat crept up her neck as she gripped the strap on her bag. "Williams — my last name is Williams."
"Well, Bethany Williams, this is where I have to leave you." Goodness, he sounded genuinely dismayed. "For now."
"No need." As he backed away from her, his eyes glimmered under the light. Dazzling. "We'll see each other soon. I'm sure of it."CHAPTER 2
All the roads just outside of Petersburg looked the same to Bethany. Three times she missed the turnoff for her new home — an old farmhouse that had been converted into a livable space. The road was narrow, marked only by a minuscule white post, and surrounded by trees. Being used to suburban America, she was way out of her element. Even the GPS in her car had run screaming several miles back.
And thank God for snow chains. Her sedan would never make the trek up or down the gravel road to the old farmhouse otherwise. But the place was beautiful — the snow-capped mountains, thick elm trees, and rolling white hills. Her fingers itched to put it on canvas.
Just like her fingers were itching to do something else. Something she really shouldn't do. Painting a boy's face was obsessive on a stalkerish level, and good God, if her mom snuck through her paintings again? She'd have a stroke.
Freezing drizzle smacked Bethany's face when she hopped out of the car and nearly busted her ass on the slick driveway as she skirted around her uncle's Porsche. Doctors made good money. Childish giggles and the aroma of sugar cookies greeted Bethany as she dropped her messenger bag inside the door. She shook off the frozen rain and took one step forward.
"Bethany?" Her mom's voice rang out like an alarm — a damn carpet alarm. "Take off those shoes!"
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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. The point is we didn't spend 95% of the book waiting for them to figure out that they liked each other and then 2 pages of a great relationship followed by something breaking them up only to have it fixed at the last second. NO, we enjoyed a fabulous building of a strong happy relationship. (Lots and lots of sighing, fanning and awing happening here). Of course, if you've read Obsidian, you know the ending is sad but what a ride until then. It was so fabulous getting to know Daemon better. It opens up a whole new understanding of why he has such sucky social skills with the humans anyway. I think I understand Dee better too. Seeing the three together made it clear what their relationship is really like. Bethany got to see that too. We saw them through her eyes. So fun. Speaking of seeing through different eyes, this novella was from three points of view (POV). Dawson, Bethany and Daemon. I have really taken to reading from the male POV lately. Love knowing what's going on inside their heads and Jennifer does a great job with that. If you read Obsidian, then this is one you're gonna want to read ASAP. If you haven't read Obsidian, then start with this one. It's fabulous.
Omygoshh look at the cover *drools* Shadows was so fantastic! This was soooo awesomesauce!! Dawson and Bethany are the sweetest! You couldn't help not loving them. If fans of this series read Obsidian first, as I did, you will know what happens to our sweet couple. Dawson was the complete opposite of Daemon. Dawson was like sunshine, unicorns and rainbows while Daemon was all thunder and lightning. Shadows gave an insight of why Daemon was the way he is in Obsidian. Even in Shadows, Daemon kept people at arms' length and was the parent figure in the family as he was the oldest - by a few minutes. I understood Daemon better and his behavior in Obsidian was justifiable as it was like history repeating itself all over again. Dawson on the other hand, was a sweetheart and did what he liked. His romance with Beth was very different from that of Daemon and Katy. Dawson was the all-smiling-and-grinning guy. He was very lovable and sweet. He did not regret loving Beth but the only thing he regretted was that he wasn't as strong as his brother. The ending was really a heartbreak but I have a really really strong feeling that Dawson and Beth may not be dead after all as Daemon and Dee never got to see their bodies. Shadows is a wonderful read and I recommend reading it after Obsidian. Now I am just dying for ONYX! It can't come soon enough!
Good but no where near as GREAT as Daemon and Katy in Obsidian- Sort of hoping Dawson stays dead in the next one but I have a feeling he's coming back. I think his death makes Daemon more interesting and contributes to his attitude, which I loved. Still, on the whole, if I had read this one first I might have given it 5 stars. In a wierd way, Jennifer ruined Dawson for me by making me love Daemon first. Keep them coming, Jennifer!
Shadows in a short novella which fills in some blank spots about Daemons brother Dawson Black. Since I’ve read Obsidian (Lux #1) first this story gave me some of the unanswered questions I had about the missing brother and what may have happened to them. Even though this is a short story it is a great read, Dawson and Bethany are a great couple and I loved their story. If you’re a fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout writing this is a must read. Shadows is about Dawson and Bethany how they met, the feelings, the romance, the acceptance of each other and oh did I mention hot boy. This short novel fills in some blank areas and you get to see how Dawson and Daemon are very different from each other but yet both swoon worthy. Best part is you get to read what happened to Dawson and Bethany and understand why they are not in Obsidian, the only question left is have they been taken by the DOD, are they dead? One can only hope they appear safe and sound…. This again is another must read! Jennifer has out done herself with this short novel and I have rated it another 5 star rating as I absolutely love her writing and the Lux Series. I recommend it to all my friends and followers.
what can i say other than i loved it! i believe i found my new favorite author. i loved the story between dawson and bethany. it's kinda sad you know what's going to happen if you read obsidian before this (like i did). i didn't want the book to end. it was fast paced, kept me interested, and great love story. normally i could careless about any stories with aliens in it but i just loved everything this book was about. great series so far.
I really loved this book but I'm glad I read Obsidian first. It would have ruined Daemon’s attitude problem and I love that about him. Though I’m confused why this is called a prequel it came out before the first one did and I don’t get why that bothers me so bad. It was a quick fun read and if you are in the mood to laugh it’s a must. I highly recommend!
Shadows is the novella that tells the story of Dawson, Daemon and Dee's brother, and Bethany, a human girl. It takes place before Obsidian, but was released after Obsidian (Confusing, I know, haha). This story is good, and I liked Dawson and Bethany just fine. However, I could not keep myself from comparing them to Daemon and Kat, and in my opinion, they just couldn't compete. Daemon and Kat seem like the real deal to me, and Dawson and Bethany had a bit of insta-love going on. They were all syrupy sweet while Daemon and Kat are sarcastic. Because of that, I wasn't into Shadows as much as I was into Obsidian. However, I did enjoy learning about Dawson and Bethany, and this story helped clear up why Daemon is the way he is. Dawson is a bit more laid back than Daemon, and because of that, I can see how people would like him better. He's more social, and he seems to like people more. He's also not afraid to follow his heart, consequences be damned. However, he is flawed. He's extremely selfish, and I feel that he could have been a bit less bratty when pleading his case about Bethany. I believed they should be together if they wanted to be, but I didn't think that he needed to get all pissy about it constantly. Because of his flaws, he came across as very real and easy to relate to. I felt for Dawson, but for the life of me, I couldn't understand his obsession with Bethany. I mean I get being attracted to someone and wanting to get to know them, but he was a bit obsessive about her. Not stalker-type obsessive, but internally obsessive... I hope that makes sense. Don't worry, though. Bethany, too, was obsessed with Dawson. She started painting him and daydreaming about him constantly after she spoke to him once. I expect that behavior more from a female, but I still don't understand it. Bethany is a lot weaker than Kat, and because of that, I didn't like her as much. She's more of a pushover when it comes to letting people walk all over her. She is a nice girl, though, and I did like her... just not as much as Katy (see what I mean with the comparing?). Her personality went well with Dawson's, though, and they seemed to compliment each other nicely. This story read more like a romance than Obsidian. Basically, the plot revolves around the trials and tribulations of Dawson and Bethany's relationship. How they have to overcome obstacles, such as being different species, and how they have to go against mean girls and angry aliens in order to be together. The threat of the DOD and Arum gave the story an underlying sense of danger. There was not a lot of action until the very end. The story, of course, ends abruptly since it's only leading up to Obsidian, so if you haven't read Obsidian yet, the cliffhanger may annoy you. Since I read Obsidian first, it wasn't annoying to me. Basically, you should buy Obsidian when you buy Shadows, then you won't have the cliffhanger problem! :D Overall, I recommend this novella to anyone who is a fan of the Lux series. Also, Shadows fills in a lot of the gaps that were present in Obsidian. I know a lot more about Dawson and Bethany's story now, and I also know a lot more about the reasons for Daemon's jerkiness. Furthermore, I feel that Dawson and Bethany paved the way for other aliens to intermingle with humans more if they so desired. In the end, I admire Dawson and Bethany for standing up for their love and what they believe in. I just wish they hadn't been so sappy about it.
This book and all that is associated with it is breath taking. I honestly couldn't get enough of the characters. It is very original. In all honesty I didn't care for it too much to be in 3rd person because I prefer 1st person, but if anyone has ever read the series that goes with this book then it is more understandable as to why it is in 3rd person. All in all it was a great insight to the series.
Omg this book is amazing! it was also tottaly sad cause we all know what happens to dawson and bethany if we read obsidian Anywho they were all super cute and lovey and romantic and adorable and this book was just full of aweomenes and i super duper totaally loved it!
Shadows is a prequel to Obsidian. One of the defining moments for Daemon and Dee in Obsidian is what actually happens in Shadows.I read Shadows first and had it spoiled for me by my blog partner, KristyZ! But I digress. In Obsidian, Daemon and Dee both tell Katy about a quintessential moment in their lives up until then. That moment is this story. So I won¿t spoil it, like someone else I know, I¿m only going to say it¿s about Daemon and Dee¿s brother Dawson.There isn¿t much to say about this other than it explains so many things in greater detail. It adds level of understanding to why Daemon and Dee are the way they are¿good and bad. If you enjoyed Obsidian as much as I did, then you owe it to yourself and the characters to read this novella.
Shadows is the novella that tells the story of Dawson, Daemon and Dee's brother, and Bethany, a human girl. It takes place before Obsidian, but was released after Obsidian (Confusing, I know, haha). This story is good, and I liked Dawson and Bethany just fine. However, I could not keep myself from comparing them to Daemon and Kat, and in my opinion, they just couldn't compete. Daemon and Kat seem like the real deal to me, and Dawson and Bethany had a bit of insta-love going on. They were all syrupy sweet while Daemon and Kat are sarcastic. Because of that, I wasn't into Shadows as much as I was into Obsidian. However, I did enjoy learning about Dawson and Bethany, and this story helped clear up why Daemon is the way he is. Dawson is a bit more laid back than Daemon, and because of that, I can see how people would like him better. He's more social, and he seems to like people more. He's also not afraid to follow his heart, consequences be damned. However, he is flawed. He's extremely selfish, and I feel that he could have been a bit less bratty when pleading his case about Bethany. I believed they should be together if they wanted to be, but I didn't think that he needed to get all pissy about it constantly. Because of his flaws, he came across as very real and easy to relate to. I felt for Dawson, but for the life of me, I couldn't understand his obsession with Bethany. I mean I get being attracted to someone and wanting to get to know them, but he was a bit obsessive about her. Not stalker-type obsessive, but internally obsessive... I hope that makes sense.Don't worry, though. Bethany, too, was obsessed with Dawson. She started painting him and daydreaming about him constantly after she spoke to him once. I expect that behavior more from a female, but I still don't understand it. Bethany is a lot weaker than Kat, and because of that, I didn't like her as much. She's more of a pushover when it comes to letting people walk all over her. She is a nice girl, though, and I did like her... just not as much as Katy (see what I mean with the comparing?). Her personality went well with Dawson's, though, and they seemed to compliment each other nicely. This story read more like a romance than Obsidian. Basically, the plot revolves around the trials and tribulations of Dawson and Bethany's relationship. How they have to overcome obstacles, such as being different species, and how they have to go against mean girls and angry aliens in order to be together. The threat of the DOD and Arum gave the story an underlying sense of danger. There was not a lot of action until the very end. The story, of course, ends abruptly since it's only leading up to Obsidian, so if you haven't read Obsidian yet, the cliffhanger may annoy you. Since I read Obsidian first, it wasn't annoying to me. Basically, you should buy Obsidian when you buy Shadows, then you won't have the cliffhanger problem! :DOverall, I recommend this novella to anyone who is a fan of the Lux series. If you haven't heard of the Lux series, I'd recommend starting with Obsidian, then buying this novella to tide you over until Onyx is released in August. Also, Shadows fills in a lot of the gaps that were present in Obsidian. I know a lot more about Dawson and Bethany's story now, and I also know a lot more about the reasons for Daemon's jerkiness. Furthermore, I feel that Dawson and Bethany paved the way for other aliens to intermingle with humans more if they so desired. In the end, I admire Dawson and Bethany for standing up for their love and what they believe in. I just wish they hadn't been so damn sappy about it.
I went into this without knowing anything. I was surprised by how much I liked it. It’s YA PNR where the non-human is an alien. I didn’t even read the blurb so that was even an unknown to me. I mostly liked the characters and plot throughout, but definitely that ending caught my attention the most. I’m eager to continue the series.
Dawson and Bethany’s story. A beautiful full-length novel detailing the account of Dawson and Bethany’s meeting, whirlwind romance, and lastly, what really happened before they’re disappearance. I missed Daemon and Katy reading this. I really did. However, Dawson and Bethany’s such intense, immediate chemistry turned me into a squealing teenage girl. I was so thrilled at the romance between the two. It was a beautiful love story with some of the best chemistry I have ever read in any novel. And that’s saying something. I’m trying not to give away any spoilers, but let’s just say, Dawson got planted on his ass the moment he laid eyes on her and nothing – and I mean nothing – would keep him from her. It was beautiful. I cried at the end of this story and I’m not ashamed to admit it! I am not much of a crier, but if you don’t need tissues by the end (especially if you are reading this after starting the main Lux series), then you are a tougher woman than I. I’d have to say – despite the lack of my main character couple – this is a definite 5 stars!
Shadows is the .5 book in the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I would suggest you read it after book one. It’s fine if you read this book first in the series, but I think it’s more fun to meet Daemon and wonder why he’s such a jerk. Shadows is about Daemon’s brother, Dawson and his girlfriend Beth. Beth goes through something very similar to Katy. I loved getting another peak at Daemon before everything happened, but again I think it’s more fun to read book one without the knowledge of what is going on. It gives more suspense to the story. I’ve always liked Dawson and I liked him in his own book, but let’s be honest he’s no Daemon. Dawson is pretty much the cuddly twin which just takes some of the fun out of falling in love with a jerk. Shadows isn’t required reading for the series or the story, but it was fun to see how the other alien/hybrid pair meet up. It allowed us to see how their characters were before they went through so much. While not required I did enjoy Shadows, there was even one point where I almost cried. And I loved reading the explanation of why Daemon acts the way he does in book one. It sheds so much light on to his character. But again, I didn’t and I would suggest you NOT read this one first. Start with Obsidian when you start the Lux series. Which you should start right now. :)
I loved this book! I was so enthralled I had a hard time putting it down. Dawson and Bethany were such a cute couple! I didn't expect the ending, but it was sooo good. After reading this book I am looking forward to reading this series!