Shadows (Lux #0.5), by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publish Date: February 20, 2012 (audiobook published May 13, 2013)
Published by: Entangled Teen/Tantor Audio
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
Length: 4 hrs 50 min (165 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/Romance
My Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 out of 5 stars)
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.
While this was an interesting story that gave a little more insight to what happened with Bethany and Dawson, I felt like it didn’t really do much more than what was already mentioned in the books. Bethany was kind of bland to me, with her only interesting quality to me being her love of art. Otherwise I just didn’t really care much for her. I think there was one moment when she threatened a mean girl with her ping pong paddle but otherwise, she didn’t really stand out to me in any way. Dawson was okay too, but I think I was put off by the insta-love stuff.
My biggest issue was some of the things that didn’t agree with what was in Obsidion. Dawson seemed to have no clue that he could even heal a person other than himself, and he was apparently unable to speak with a human while in his Luxen form. Yet when Daemon first showed Katy his true form he spoke to her in her mind, and this was before he had healed and bonded with her. Unless it was something lasting from when she was first attacked by an Arum? I don’t know it just seemed like there were inconsistencies in the lore and rules of the Luxen.
Otherwise an interesting listen but not one that really added anything I didn’t already know, except maybe to give a better sense of the Blacks’ relationship with one another.