Monday, February 27, 2012

Review: Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout

PEOPLE PEOPLE PEOPLE. Have you read the wonderousness that is Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout? I really hope you have, because it is JUST THAT GOOD. If you haven't, you absolutely must go find yourself a copy. And as soon as you're done, grab Shadows and read that, too, because it is absolutely fantastic. 

*A quick warning before you read the rest of this review*
It's going to be a major gush-fest. Because I love this series so much.

Shadows by Jennifer L Armentrout 
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. 
Okay, so I absolutely LOVE Obsidian. I'm not sure if I've ever mentioned it here on the blog, but I do. So, as soon as Shadows came out, I knew I NEEDED to get it. Man, it's amazing, too! And Dawson? Easily as hot (obviously, they're identical) and awesome as Daemon. And Daemon is pretty dang awesome.

Actually, it was really awesome to see a different side of Daemon (and Dee!) in this book. I can't decide if this is a spoiler or not (probably not if you've read Obsidian), so if you're being careful, I'd avoid the next couple of paragraphs or so.

***Possible Spoilers***

Anyone who's read Obsidian knows how Shadows is doomed to end, but that doesn't mean it's any easier to see. What happens at the end of Shadows takes its toll on Daemon and Dee. In Shadows, while Daemon is still overprotective of his siblings and (in Katy's words) rather stab-worthy, he's less so. The events at the end of Shadows change that, I think. Like the last couple paragraphs. They made me want to cry. And I never cry during books.

One of the very last lines was incredibly sad, but it really helped me understand Daemon in Obsidian better:
     He held his sister tighter--the last of his family--and swore never again. Never again would he let a human put his family in harm's way. Never again.
See what I mean?

***Possible Spoilers Over***

But really, altogether, this book was fantastic, and really helped bridge the gap between reading Obsidian and Onyx. (which I can't wait for!)

Something I liked was how Dawson was so much more OPEN than Daemon. I can understand why Daemon's reserved and more cautious, but I still liked seeing Dawson, who's so like Daemon yet so different, you know? And, of course, as always with the Black brothers, the romance was awesome (;D). 

There were also plenty of LOL moments, just like in Obsidian:
     Vaughn's face flushed. "You have a smart mouth, Daemon."
     "Better than a dumb one." Dawson said. "At least, that's what I like to say."
And of course, this one:
     Then Ash twisted toward Daemon, her cheeks flushed. "I can't believe you're allowing him to do this. Next thing we know, you'll be dating a human."
     Daemon busted out laughing. "Yeah, not going to happen."
Oh, Daemon. You have no idea. 

Altogether and without a doubt, Shadows gets <*><*><*><*><*>



  1. I've finished it yesterday and it was an enjoyable read :) I prefer better Obsidian, but Shadows was great too :) We kind of know more about Daemon now :)

    1. Yeah, I definitely loved that Shadows helped give us better insight to what's going on with Daemon, but I agree that Obsidian was even awesomer! (That's not a word, is it? Ah well.)

  2. And I truly did love them all. Dawson, is just like Daemon but sweeter, more reserved, less strict. He's a character where you love reading his voice watching his story. It's the same with Bethany, you cannot help but love her! And the fact that she's into art = major win points with me! Oh oh, and Dawson's blow up with Andrew = life made (LOVED that scene). It was also refreshing to see all the characters we know and love already too (Adam, Dee, Daemon... I, err don't, cough I guess Ashley too).

    1. I definitely agree! Seeing the characters a bit in the past, seeing how what happened with Dawson and Bethany affected them, was definitely very cool. :)


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