Shadows by Jennifer Armentrout Book Review

Updated: Aug 23, 2021


By Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Entangled Teen

Prequel to The LUX series

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.


Foul Language Young Adult Exciting

Romance Cliffhanger

Shadows is a novella, and the prequel to the LUX series. It primarily focuses on Dawson and Beth before they are captured by the DoD, and goes back and forth between their PoV's. We do get some of Daemon's thoughts during this time as well.

Shadows is very bittersweet for me. For several reasons. Dawson and Beth's relationship and knowing what is going to happen to them. The love between Dawson, Daemon, and Dee. Daemon before Katy. Its thrilling, and sad, because it doesn't end happily.

My first thoughts after reading Shadows, was how much Daedalus changed Dawson and Beth. In the series, Beth is still not fully healed from the trauma of her capture, and still has bad days. Dawson is quieter, and while there is still glimpses of the old Dawson, he is more pessimistic and angry then before. In Shadows, we get to know the Dawson that Daemon always told Katy about. We also get to know Beth before she was broken. Dawson was full of life. Did what he wanted. Loved freely. Laughed a lot. Strong. Kind. It's interesting to note that he shows shame in being a Luxen. Beth was smart and witty, a talented artist, sweet. Its sad that their time in Daedalus turns them into different people.

Daemon once described Dawson falling in love with Beth the moment he laid eyes on her. And it's true (although he doesn't acknowledge those feelings for months). Beth was drawn to Dawson's looks, but Dawson very quickly showed her what kind of "guy" he was and right away their relationship blossomed. Dawson is a sweetheart!

I'm starting to think that when Luxen feel, their feelings are so much more intense than a humans. When they fall in love, they are in love. Forever.

Seeing how close the Black's were with one another was sad. Dawson and Dee together was touching, and Daemon definitely had the parental role in their trio. That being said, he obviously was able to kick back and relax with Dawson, and I loved the small moments we get with them together. I hated the last chapter from Daemon's PoV. Reading the LUX series, we know he was devastated by Dawson's "death", and in consequence, was fiercely protective of Dee, especially in regards to her interactions with h