Shadows – Review

Shadows by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Book 0.5 in the Lux series
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Pages: 179
Format: paperback, library (back of Opposition)

shadows

Fun fact: I didn’t know Shadows was included as a bonus when I checked out Opposition, so I was really confused when the story ended with a decent chunk of pages left. 😛

♣ This review will most likely be considerably shorter because it’s a novella and has < 200 pages. I don’t want to spoil anything and I already knew what would happen. ♣

I loved this so much! It was great to get more about Dawson and Beth. But who am I kidding? I’ll love anything Lux-related. 😀

the plot

I went into this aware of the basic outcome, but not all the details. So while I wasn’t surprised by anything, it was still a great read and a heartwarming paranormal love story. It’s nearly just foreshadowing what happens to Katy and Daemon in Obsidian, although I’d recommend you read Obsidian first because if you don’t you’ll go into it knowing things you’re not supposed to. 😉

the characters

Everyone in here is exactly as they were in Obsidian, except there’s no Katy because she hasn’t moved yet. However, Dawson and Beth are introduced to readers the way they were before Daedalus. Which is the whole point, so I’m not sure why I said that. Haha.

Dawson was an awesome character. I liked him easily enough when I really got to know him in Opal, but I loved him in this novella. He was the nicer, more chill brother, but he was still like Daemon – he did what he wanted to and he was fiercely protective of those he cared for. He got annoyed easily by everyone’s distrust of Beth, but he also did his best to get over it and stay with her. I liked that, and honestly I would’ve done practically the same thing. He was also very amusing at times, like Daemon, but lacked his brother’s trademark arrogance. I was fine with that though, because while twins (well, triplets technically, but I’m talking about the brothers) are interesting, they’re considerably less so if they’re exactly alike.

“I bet you’re the type of guy not afraid of anything, huh?”

“Oh, no, there are things that terrify me.”

“Like what?”

“Muppets,” came his solemn reply.

“What?” She laughed. “Muppets?”

“Yes. Those things are terrifying. And you’re laughing at me.”

This is a snippet from one of Dawson and Beth’s late-night phone calls and I thought it was really funny that he was serious.

Beth was awesome too, and I could relate to her so much. She loves to paint and so do I, although it seems she’s more of a realism artist while I’m more of an abstract one. We both are fairly introverted and I honestly think that her and Katy are two of the most realistic female characters in books with a modern setting. 😀

The fact that she wasn’t big on TV shows or movies usually made it hard for her to connect with other people her age. She couldn’t tell anyone who the hottest new singer was or the name of the teen heartthrob sweating up the silver screen.

Bethany didn’t really care.

↑ This is so like me it’s not even funny. The only TV show I watch is Shadowhunters and I don’t watch movies too often. I’d rather be reading, blogging, and taking pictures.

A clean house was a happy house—her mom’s official motto. Bethany loved to turn on the TV show Hoarders whenever her mom was in the room. She went apoplectic.

↑ I found this really amusing for some reason.

Daemon, Dee, and the Thompson triplets were just about the same as they were in later books, but I was able to really understand Daemon’s actions in Obsidian and respect Adam so much more after reading this. I also found it extremely amusing whenever Daemon would get angry with his brother over being in love with a human because I knew he went through the exact same thing later. XD

the setting

This novella took place in a tiny town in West Virginia that I think is called Petersburg, just like Katy’s story did. It was described well but was nothing new because I’d been introduced to it previously when Katy moved in Obsidian. I feel like the setting wasn’t a huge aspect of the story until the accident in the end, but I don’t have a problem with that because I and many other readers should’ve already been familiar with it. 😉

the relationships

There were two major relationships in this novella: one between Daemon, Dee, and Dawson, and the obvious one between Dawson and Beth. I loved them both and thought they were both executed very well. ❤

The family dynamic is more important than ever in this story. Since one of the main characters is one of the Black triplets, readers find out much more about their relationship, average day-to-day life, and the deep bond they all share. I loved how Daemon did everything he could to be like a parent even though he was only a few minutes older and I felt bad that he had so much to worry about.

I loved Dawson and Beth’s romance almost as much as I did Daemon and Katy’s. Theirs was considerably gentler but it was still sweet all the same. However, they realized their feelings for each other much faster than Daemon and Katy and for them it was pretty much love at first sight. Normally I’m skeptical about that sort of thing, but Jennifer is just so good at writing romance that it totally worked out.

Of course, both of these relationships were deeply affected by the ending. That’s an overly obvious statement in Dawson and Beth’s case, but I had no idea how Daemon and Dee reacted. It didn’t make me cry, but it seriously messed with my emotions nonetheless.

the twists

Like I said, there were no twists because I already knew how the story ended. Dawson and Beth’s meeting and the development of their romance was new to me, but the ending was clear because I’d read all five other books before this novella. I didn’t mind though, because just getting the backstory on them was enchanting and I enjoyed it regardless. 😀

overall

Shadows was a sad, beautiful, tragic novella. (Anyone catch the Taylor Swift reference?) I loved the entirety of it, and even though they can’t compare to Daemon and Katy in my book, I was so attached to them and their love anyway. ❤

my rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Have you read this novella? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂

I’ll be starting Days of Blood and Starlight either later tonight or early tomorrow. 🙂

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