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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.

179 pages, ebook

First published February 20, 2012

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Jennifer L. Armentrout

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# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.

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Author 130 books122k followers
December 10, 2011
It amazes me how quickly things go up on goodreads. Anyway, writing this was a treat
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473 reviews6,303 followers
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When she nodded, he bent down, pressing his head against her forehead. “Seriously though, I want this—I want you.” The earlier awkwardness was gone from his voice. He was all intent and purpose now. “More than I’ve ever wanted anything.”

This was an uber-sweet and heartbreaking prequel novella about Daemon's brother Dawson, and how his love for Bethany changed everything.
I won't say much because this one is short and I'd spoil it for everyone :(

How I liked it

Dawson and Bethany were great, and I wish their story was a bit longer because they really have potential :)
They are so sweet together *sigh* Love it :)
Love the glimpses of the other characters, Andrew was always a jerk I guess, and I like Adam even more now.
The ending with Daemon just broke my heart completely :(

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If you're a fan of the Lux series, don't miss this one, although I advise that you read it AFTER the first book :)
Yes everything is explained here, but you aren't meant to know all these things when you read the first book, so...
Just my opinion :)

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1,864 reviews2,241 followers
August 30, 2017
3.75 stars

I've been doing some catch up on all of my JLA novellas and stories. This is one I've always meant to read but never got around to. Shadows is the prequel novella to Obsidian, in which we get the story of Daemon's twin brother Dawson, and his love Bethany.

This was a very sweet and fast read, I love JLA's heroes, mean or nice they are all perfect to me LOL. Glad to get some background on these two characters because in a way it makes you understand more where Daemon is coming from in the first book.

If you are a JLA fan this book is a must read!

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255 reviews524 followers
March 3, 2012
*Initial thoughts after reading:

Oh god, I think I might cry. This was so heartbreaking. But this gave light and more understanding about Daemon's attitude and actions towards Katy in Obsidian. If I could just jumped into the story and help them, I really would. Haha! I have so many theories coming up on my mind now and I'm also so in the mood to re-read Obsidian!

*Final Thoughts: (This went more like my review for both Shadows and my second round of Obsidian. Teehee!)

This was a wonderful and heart wrenching story. I loved that I was able to get to know Dawson and Bethany and their tragic love story. And though it ended pretty sad there were parts I had definitely enjoyed, especially those times Dawson and Bethany had been together. It was lovely, sweet and definitely heartwarming. Dawson's relationship with his siblings was utterly beautiful too. I saw how much the three of them cared for each other. And of course, this book has definitely helped me understand Daemon's character and answer the questions I had about him in Obsidian. I now understood why he was such a jerk to Katy and why he was so reluctant to her when it was pretty obvious that he like her too.

And speaking of Obsidian, I was serious when I said I was so in the mood to re-read it, so yeah, I did. And yes, I still enjoyed it and still left me as high as I was the first time I read it. It was also funny to see how Daemon ate almost everything he said about his brother doing 'stupid' things. Seeing him do almost the same things his brother did and much more (and I would say it was really way more entertaining actually) was just really amusing. Anyway, I find most of the things that happened way clearer now. Theories were popping up on my mind and I noticed a lot of things now that I've read Shadows too. Oh well, those were just my freaking theories and you don't have to believe me. Haha! I'm just having a major Obsidian obsession streak right now. But it was amusing to entertain thoughts like that.

And yes, You don't have to agree with me but I really like to believed that. God, I'm so obsessed. LoL! I so need Onyx now! But I have no choice but to wait. T.T

*Pre-reading Thoughts:

Oh wait. I just saw the blurb of Onyx and I have this theory that Bethany or Dawson are not yet really dead. Waahhh! Really, there's something more going on! Argh~!I need these books now. :DDD
Awww. Its just sad we already know that Bethany and Dawson didn't have a happy ending. :(( But still, Imma read this! :DD

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2,239 reviews3,512 followers
December 27, 2018
The tragic story of Luxen Dawson Black and human Bethany Williams.
I have already read the main books in the series, so I knew how this novel ends. Still it was nice seeing Dawson and Bethany falling in love no matter their cultural differences and the negative comments and actions by their family and friends.

Dawson is a sensitive sweetheart and he absolutely knows what he wants.
Bethany is quite nice. The book made me understand her better. She is ready to fight for her love.

Daemon is the old grumpy self before he meets Katy and realises that humans are not that bad. Evil laugh here because I know what will happen to him and how much he will change.

Probably if you have read the next books, you will feel sorry for characters that won't have much future left. There will be glimpses of most of the main characters of the next books.

If you haven't read the next books, expect a huge cliff-hanger in the end. And you will be probably be hooked.
Otherwise you know how this continues :)
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1,059 reviews74.9k followers
November 1, 2012
4.5+ stars!

Ok, seriously, this YA series has me HOOKED !!!! Like woah hooked! I feel like I could easily devour ten of these books in a sitting! I’m totally and completely in LOVE!!

K, first off, very important but this book should be read AFTER Obsidian. I repeat, READ Obsidian FIRST !!!!! Even though its the prequel, trust me, everything will make a lot more sense if you read it after. You won’t be missing anything, I promise. Just because these events came first, doesn’t mean they should be read first because the world is introduced in a very different way, almost expecting the reader to already be acquainted with everything so I really don’t think it would make sense to start with this.

But, that being said, if you have already read Obsidian, you’ll be sure to love this one because it fills in so many blanks about that world, the back story, the way their alien species works, the structure of their families and relationships, the way their lives are run and the intricacies of their relationship with the government, and character insight too – like what happened in Daemon’s life that made him so outwardly hostile to Katy at first, the way he sort of became the defacto protector and felt so responsible for everyone… this story has a lot of little missing puzzle pieces that help to round out the world we have already been introduced to.

This is the story of Daemon’s twin brother Dawson. The story is alluded to in Obsidian but never described in detail. All we know coming into this story was that Dawson was very loved and close to his siblings, that he fell in love with Bethany, a human girl, and that one day, they both ‘mysteriously disappeared’.

OH THE SWOON!!!! I love Daemon. I really do. But oh my Lord did I ever melt over Dawson. He was day to Daemon’s night. Hot, sweet, funny, kind, with an easy smile and a heart of gold. If Daemon was the bad boy brother, Dawson is the good boy.

He literally just falls hard and falls fast for Bethany. Its mutual and just seriously, completely adorable and swoony. Totally warmed my heart!! But… in their world, while relationships with humans are not forbidden, they are frowned on. Strongly. But Dawson doesn’t care. He’s completely smitten with Bethany and is willing to risk anything for a chance to be with her.

“I want this – I want you… More than I’ve ever wanted anything.. I want to be with you.”

As the story progressed, my heart started to clench up and the anticipation built cuz I knew where the story was headed. I was so lost in the beautiful swoon of their relationship, I didn’t want anything to happen to them. They were just too freaking perfect and happy! You know that feeling you get sometimes when you just want to pluck a couple out of their little nightmare and throw them on a happy little island together forever, yeah, I totally got that here.

It was heartbreaking watching these guys fight so hard for just a chance to be a normal couple in love. Not judged or hindered by the rules of their species.

“Nothing else mattered except the girl he cradled to him.”

Gah!! They were just so beautiful and innocent and in love and I just wanted them to be happy *clutches heart* GURK!!! I need to read more in this series! I need them to get their HEA!

The ending left me totally hanging and desperate for more!!! But, don’t worry, its a cliffhanger you should read anyways, because we already know they are “missing” from Obsidian… I’m sure their story will be dealt with as the series goes on and I can’t WAIT for it to happen!!

Like I said: Totally. Freaking. HOOKED !!!!

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August 31, 2021
Dawson and Bethany

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧
Romance: ♥️🖤💜💚💙
Heat/Steam: 🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🤕🤬🤯😲

The heroine: Bethany - Moved to West Virginia with her family to help out her uncle who is ill. Bethany has an overprotective mother and a half brother who is just a toddler.

The Hero(es): Dawson - an alien from the planet Lux. Each birth from their kind is triplets, with two identical boys and a fraternal girl. Dawson is identical to his brother Daemon and has a sister Dee.

The story: Dawson and Bethany are attracted to each other at first sight. There is no law against a Luxen being intimate with a human but it is definitely not something that should be done. If the Department of Defense thinks that a human is aware of the Luxen on earth, they will make that human disappear. They don’t want humans to find out about aliens on earth because they know there will be rioting and death if it comes out to the general public.

So when Dawson starts spending time with Bethany and even going so far to stand up for her against one of his own people, the Luxen community is completely against any sort of relationship between Dawson and Bethany. And when something happens and Bethany has to be told the truth about Dawson, the Luxen are even more against them.

With the community against Dawson and Bethany, the DOD checking up on them, the Arum (another alien species who are the enemies of the Luxen) out to get them, they are in big trouble.

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461 reviews11.1k followers
September 9, 2012

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Usually I don't like reading novellas. I find that I have a harder time connecting with the characters with such few pages. So I was surprised that by the time I read the last page of Shadows I found myself missing Dawson and Bethany. Perhaps it's because I devoured Shadows right after completing Obsidian. I'm not sure. Or maybe it's because despite Dawson and Bethany's absence thus far in the series, I can still feel that they play a much bigger role than perviously realized. Whatever the case, I found this novella to be entirely bittersweet.

If there is one thing that I take away from reading Shadows it's the reasons behind Daemon's interactions with Katy in Obsidian. Don't get me wrong. That doesn't make his actions okay in any shape or form. But it does give the reader better insight. Basically, it's nice to know Daemon wasn't just being a complete jackass just for the hell of it (though, I do think he enjoyed tormenting Katy at times and she him). What's interesting was seeing the almost the exact same events that happened with Daemon also happening with Dawson; something Daemon tried very hard to prevent.

Going into the novella, I already knew the general story behind what happened to Dawson and Bethany since it's referenced a bit in Obsidian, but to actually see it play out was a different story. Dawson is the kinder twin of the Black family, so it was relatively easy to grow attached to him and root for his determination at staying with Bethany despite the obstacles in their relationship. Unfortunately, I didn't have the same feelings for Bethany as I did Katy. She wasn't a bad character and I didn't dislike her, but I don't feel I got a good feel for her. I think it's because most of the events were focused around Dawson than Bethany. And not to mention I was still riding my "Katy high" when I dived right into Shadows. I did like Dawson and Bethany together.  And I usually don't like "love at first sight" stories, but there wasn't any insta-love to be found, just instant attraction that later turned into something more, which is perfectly realistic.

If fans are looking for a more action packed story, this one probably isn't it since it does focus mostly on Dawson and Bethany's first meeting to their getting-to-know-you's and dates. It's a much slower paced book than its processor and less witty. I thought that was appropriate considering the novella carried a certain level of foreboding from the first page that demanded seriousness. All throughout the novel you are watching them go through the motions, attempting the impossible, all the while heading for the inevitable. I wanted to reach out and tell Dawson to not go to that movie theatre that night, but alas, the book was already written. *sigh*

All in all, this was a very good novella and I will definitely be continuing with the rest of the series.
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1,092 reviews159 followers
November 15, 2016
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For the love of all Aliens! I loved this book!!

For those of you who know me already know that I'm a HUGE fan of Jennifer L. Armentrout. She is such a brilliant author and I simply can't get enough of her stories.

I've been looking forward to Shadows ever since I found out it was coming our way. Not only was I thrilled to see Daemon and Dee again, but I've always been mighty curious about Dawson Black who fell in love with his human girl, Bethany Williams.
This is his story. Her story. Stupid, irresistible and in love.
Just the way it's suppose to be....

Dawson and Daemon might be identical twins, but they are so different in personality. Daemon is just as intense, edgy and obnoxious in this book as much as he was in Obsidian, but I finally see the why's and feel like I understand him just a little bit better now.
Dawson is warm and kind and infectiously good. But just like his brother he's got a temper and it was a real treat to see him unleash it. Just wow! The way he feels about Bethany is so raw and real. I loved those moments between them. It never felt fake or even rushed, it just felt completely natural. I also really loved how much Dawson and Daemon love their sister Dee. Some of those conversations had me laughing out loud while other times I just wanted to hug them.
It was also good to see Adam, Andrew and Ash in this one. Overall, it was just nice to get to know these characters on a different level.

For anyone who has already read Obsidian, knows what happened to Dawson, so I don't think it's much of a spoiler when I say that it was hard to read the last two chapters and very sad. I'm still clinging to hope. And that's all I'm gonna say about that.

Bottom line, I loved this book. Yes, this was a novella, but that's the beauty of Jennifer's books, it never feels that way. I just totally lose myself, done to quickly and always wanting more.
I'm thrilled and thankful that she gave us this glimpse into Dawson and Bethany's world. It was beautiful and so very very bittersweet. It was a story that needed to be told to get a better understanding of the first book and future books to come. Also, this only increases my anticipation for Onyx to a madding level, but I'll take what I can get. For now;)

This is a must read for fans of the Lux series! I absolutely missed this world and it felt amazing coming back to it even for a short while.


(Thanks to Entangled Publishing for sending me a copy!)
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749 reviews1,935 followers
November 29, 2015
3.5 stars

I usually don't rate novellas more than 4 stars. And as much as I love the Lux series, I couldn't connect with the characters in this book. Especially Beth. No one is gonna replaces Daemon and Kat, of course. So it was good to see him again, how he was before. I had this unexpected feeling that I missed them and then I was thinking about rereading Obsidian. Which is something I rarely do. I just wish I have read this book before starting the actual series, but it was nice to remember why I loved it that much.
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72 reviews92 followers
March 2, 2021
Die Geschichte in Shadows spielt vor der Lux Reihe.
Ich kann euch aber trotzdem empfehlen erst die Lux Reihe und dann Shadows zu lesen.
In der Lux Reihe erfährt man nämlich mehr über bestimmte Dinge die ich jetzt nicht erwähnen möchte um keinen zu Spoilern und in Shadwos werden diese Dinge nur kurz erwähnt.
Ich fand das Buch Shadwos aber richtig gut und kann es nur jedem empfehlen der die Lux Reihe mochte es zu lesen.
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Author 15 books764 followers
February 27, 2012
Gawd.....I love this series. I love Dawson and Daemon. I love Jennifer. Need to get my thoughts in order....review to come!

OKAY, I think I have had enough time to gather my thoughts so I can write my review for this. It wont be as long as my other reviews because I have so much to say but don't want to "spoil" anything for those that have not gotten to it yet! So here goes.....

SO, yay!!! I was so glad to see Daemon and Dee again! I've especially missed Daemon like SO MUCH!!!!! Ever since I found out there was gonna be a novella about his TWIN brother, I had been itching to get my hands on it!! Boy were my hands itching like CRAZY!!! I was about to go to the doctor for some relief cream or something. But then I thought maybe my doctor would think I needed to see a psychiatrist instead. So, finally my hands stopped itching and all was good with the world.

In the beginning we meet Dawson, Daemon's other half-sometimes better half, but not really. WOW, WOW, WOW, WOW, they are like SO different! Like night and day different. While Daemon is the arrogant prick, Dawson is the sweet and loving guy we all wish Daemon would be! But that's not true. I love Daemon even more after reading this. I mean seriously the things he suffers, OMG, my heart breaks for him!! I just want to jump into the book and hug him. I love his arrogant bantering(if that's the correct grammar) because he wouldn't be Daemon without it. Eventhough it would be a turn off if a guy pulled that shit in real life. But Daemon can totally tell me off anytime!

We also meet Bethany, which okay she is AMAZING!!! Perfect for Dawson in every way imaginable. She is the new girl in school and walks into Dawson's class and it's like "Hello mama, come sit with me and I'll show you a whole new side of me no one has ever seen before" kind of thing. He is instantly drawn to her. I mean, I can't blame him. She is totally hot, sweet, kind and accepting of the most freakiest occurances ever! Of course I would be the same way with those HOT SEXY ALIEN GUYS too!! Damn, they are like electrifying!

So, Dawson and Beth hit it off really well. He is the only one who actually talks to her, making her feel less like a loser being the new girl and all. They spend more time together and of course, Daemon and the rest of the Luxen clan are not to keen on the idea. The arum are lurking in the shadows of the small town of Fairfield. Dawson had already killed one in the beginning. So yea, they have a right to be paranoid about it. Not to mention the DOD are on their asses practically stalking them. It's nonsense, leave them alone already!!!! They creep me out!!

Well, it takes a little time, but both of the love-sick puppies fall in love. It's so sweet and heartwrenching because we all know what happens!! She knows what he is but is like fascinated by it rather than scared. She reminds me of Katy more and more except she actually handled it better than Katy did, eventhough it was a lot for a human to process. *SIGH* I want Beth as my best friend!!! *tear*

Even warning Dawson of the dangers, Daemon finally accepts that he has found the love of his life. I can see the pain and fear in Daemon for his brother's safety. Lighting up Bethany on more than one occasion like "the Fourth of freaking July" as Daemon put it, he still follows his heart!!! UGH, UGH, UGH....I've finally lost my train of thought. My tears are burning my eyes remembering the scene. Poor Daemon, poor Dee. Oh Dawson......no no no no no no no!!!!! My heart is splattered on the floor! I can't picture this, it's too much! My love for Daemon will never falter. Remember how obsessed I was? Geez, my review says it all. And I still feel the same way. But Dawson...oh DAWSON!!! God just his name brings those fluttery butterflies in my tummy!!

Once again we see Ash, stupid mean bitch Ash whom I wanted to yank all her hair out!!! That is Katy's man, stay off of him!!!!!!!!!!!! *wishing he was mine* I don't get what Daemon sees in her, maybe just because they are both from the same planet I guess. Also, I did not like Andrew either. He was an ass. But wow, Adam.....he totally made me swoon when he stuck up for Dawson!!! Hell yes, Adam!!! You can rock my world too, there's plenty of me to go around baby!!!!!

This book was riveting, compelling, mesmerizing, sexy, romantic, heartbreaking, sad, happy, suspenseful, page turning......EVERYTHING a YA book should be-even for a novella!! It was the best novella I've read! I want more!! The ending left me crying-real tears. I finished it in like 4 days because I couldn't bare the ending yet. All of my friends finished it before me because I was such a puss!! I knew what was coming! I had to brace myself and then take the plunge head on....it still didn't soften the blow though. UGH, UGH, UGH.......I hate having to wait for Onyx....and even worse since we have to wait 3 months more than originally planned!!! NO NO NO NO NO.....how will I survive this monstrosity!!!!!! I recommend reading this after Obsidian and I am glad I did because I understand everything better plus, it just makes sense to read Obsidian first!!! Oh Daemon. Oh Dee. Oh Dawson. Oh my heart. The end.
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986 reviews1,096 followers
November 24, 2014

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5 Stars! DAWSON...delicious!

Okay, I get it now, I see what's so appealing about this series and Shadows showed me the way. My hope is that eventually Daemon reveals some of the same personality traits as his brother Dawson, and is just hiding them, because he's protecting his family and can't let down his guard. I read Obsidian first and struggled with Daemon and Katy's relationship, but Dawson and Bethany represent what young love is all about. They made my heart flutter. Fingers crossed that we see them again as the series moves forward.

This book really stirred my interest and has me itchin' for more. Now I'm ready to devour this series!

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Author 11 books8,595 followers
October 19, 2015
Como precuela está bastante bien. Tiene un buen ritmo, se descubren cosas nuevas y hay algunos giros. Si te gusta la saga no te lo pierdas.
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233 reviews19 followers
February 22, 2016
Let us all just take a minute to thank the author for this lovely, sexy as hell, drool worthy COVERRRR!
Ughhh that face, those eyes, the hair..... no I'm not drooling! I'm losing my mind.
I've always had a thing for Daemon, but Dawson is hell of a romantic.


"3.5 ALIEN BABY DAWSOLECIOUS STARS" (Dawsolecious= Dawson+Delicious)

This was the first book I read in the 3rd POV which makes it a big deal for me. I didnt hate it, but I didnt quite enjoy it. The only thing that made me finish this book was the dialogue and events of Beth and Dawson (and maybe because I've read the LUX and fell in Love with it)

At first I loved the flow of events, but then I found myself bored and needed to get to the point. I'd find myself skimming so lines and skipping pages to get to a dialogue or something worth my attention. BUT by the end I was like wooooah there missy hold your horses, something is gana rock my world....and it did.

Dawson and Beth's love story was so cute, "The FORBIDDEN LOVE" , the kisses, them defending each other, Dawson always having her back, Dawson beating the crap -well almost- of Andrew and threatening him and Ash for even coming close to Beth... WOW!

"Or what? Dawson spoke directly into Andrew’s thoughts, driving the point home. You
threaten Bethany again, in any way, and I’ll make sure you can’t talk again. To anyone.
Ever. Do you understand me?

“Dawson!” Ash yelled from below. “What are you doing? Stop! Do something, Adam!” Adam’s laugh followed.
“Someone needed to put Andrew in his place. I always figured it would be Daemon. Who knew.”

And Adam, let me say that I always feel that he's being neglected! But damn he's an amazing character!
I would be so honored to have him as a friend and a close one if I were Dawson, or Dee or even Daemon!

I regret not reading this before starting the LUX series, I would have known what Daemon was actually going through and why he hated Katy as a human in general and not as of her!!

He kissed her deeply, holding her against him. When they broke apart the second time, his eyes were luminous and full of an emotion that sent her heart thundering against her ribs. Because she was sure she saw in his eyes what she felt. Love.


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317 reviews40 followers
February 22, 2012
I finished Shadows last night I just i was not in a an emotional condition to come online and say or write something. In fact i didn’t stop thinking about it not even the next day and the evening too.

If you are not familiar with the Obsidian (Lux, #1) the first book in the series since Shadows (Lux, #0.5) is the pre sequel book here is the chance to suck into the world that Jennifer L. Armentrout creates…

If you are familiar with the series like me well you know the deal.. It was fantastic and i mean every single letter in this word.. I have to say that at first i was a bit sceptic when i started reading because simply I knew how it will end and still i just couldn’t take my eyes from it..

Bethany and most important Dawson was so adorable and sweetheart as a relationship and even characters to read. I was in a denial i have to admit i mean near the end even that i knew their destiny and how they will end up I just couldn’t accept it and in fact i keep a little hope in the corner of my head that they cant be dead… they just cant!You know what i mean right?

Dawson was the character i really fall in love in.. Unlike Daemon he actually win my heart not with the snarky or rude attitude Daemon his twin brother but his actions,his pure love emotions he had for Bethany..

Even that the story was short since he was a novella and a background story for Obsidian (Lux, #1) I really miss Dawson and Bethany and wish they will be back!
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954 reviews1,114 followers
August 27, 2021
Tenía muchísimas ganas de comenzar con esta saga porque me la han recomendado un montón y además, he leído varios libros de la autora y me encanta como escribe.
El inicio de una saga que te deje con muchas ganas de conocer el mundo que ha creado la autora, Dawson y Beth son dos protagonistas maravillosos.
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1,037 reviews429 followers
October 22, 2015

¡Ay lo que me ha gustado Dawson! Es tan cuqui y más bueno que el pan.

Si es verdad que no aporta mucho más a la saga, salvo una explicación coherente de por qué Daemon es así en Obsidian. Aun así ha sido fantástico poder ver más de cerca esa relación entre los trillizos Black.
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916 reviews162 followers
February 5, 2019
This got me interested in this series for sure! Now to finish a few other books then I can get to reading this series. I really enjoyed the story and also getting to sneak look and feel of the characters. Sounds like it will be a very entertaining series.

My quick and simple overall: prequel to what I hope I will enjoy as much as many of my Goodreads buddies!
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687 reviews243 followers
April 12, 2020

After reading this I have to say that the thing that happened at the end of Obsidian lost its interesting factor a little, but I’m still intrigued by it. It was interesting to meet Dawson and Bethany, however, their love felt insta-lovey perhaps because it's a novella.
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268 reviews202 followers
July 23, 2016

5 Stars!


This novella is a prequel to Obsidian, the first book in the Lux series. I don't want to give too much away, but this story is basically about forbidden love and the consequences that can occur. It is about a girl named Bethany, who moves to a new town where she meets Dawson, a handsome, charming, guy that is hiding a major secret. Can Bethany accept Dawson's secret? Will both of them be willing to fight for their relationship? What consequences will occur if they choose to be together? Shadows, a Lux novella, tells their story.


I actually read this novella out of order. I read Obsidian (Lux #1) first and am glad that I did so. Obsidian gives you a good understanding of the Luxen, their lifestyle, and their relationship with the human society. Without having that understanding, I would have been somewhat confused while reading parts of this novella (especially towards the beginning of the book).

I absolutely adored Bethany and Dawson It was so interesting to see how different Dawson is from Daemon. Even though they are identical twins, they are polar opposites. While Daemon is constantly brooding, serious, somewhat antagonistic with others, and sarcastic; Dawson is charming, sweet, and an all around good guy. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE both of them, but it was fun to see how different they both are.

Overall, I am loving this series so far. Which actually kind of surprised me because 1)YA isn't a genre that I read very often and 2)I avoid alien themed books/movies. I am so glad I decided to give this book series a chance because it is SO FREAKING GOOD! :)
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499 reviews53 followers
August 9, 2020
I don't know what took me so long to get to this book considering that the Lux series is my absolute favorite but I'm so glad I did! I like Dawson in the main books but we really get to see how sweet, thoughtful, and protective he is. And I LOVED seeing Beth before everything that's happened to her, now I can really see how that altered her. Of course now I have to re-read the rest of it for the 20th or so time, so here we go😀
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337 reviews35 followers
May 1, 2012
This is the only book by JLA I don't like. At All. I don't like Bethany, I don't like Dawson and I don't like the plot.

Bethany is just not my type of girl - girly, innocent, weak, damsel in distress-y. And honestly, how fucked up do you have to be to be okay with your BF being an alien in less than 5 minutes.

Dawson was okay, though not as great as Daemon, until the point he fell in 'love' with Bethany. Even I, a hopeless romantic, would not be so selfish as to betray my family and friends and endanger my sister and brother. I would not even run away with y one true love whom I've known for a month. Plus, I detest selfish people, certainly those who kill themselves and leave their loved ones behind, which is practically what Dawson did since he knew it wouldn't, couldn't end well.

The plot was very Twilight-y, cliché and really forced. I won't even put effort in writing up all the similarities to Twilight, since there are simply too much - the book is full of them. Also, all the dialogue war been-there-done-that and way too sappy.

Lux and Covenant are two of my favourite series, but this book just made me heave.
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1,395 reviews473 followers
April 6, 2012
Quick review

Cover: Hotness
Rating PG–13 .
Thumbs Up 4.5
Overall: Really Good Read.
Characters: Love them.
Plot: Totally original.
Page Turner: Yes.
Series Cont.? Yes.
Recommend Yes.
Book Boyfriend: DAWSON!


This is a novella, but it packed a punch. I really loved DAWSON. We got to see more of the other Luxens. I still didn’t feel much for Daemon. I found more questions in this one though.

Short book, short review. I look forward to the next installment.
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557 reviews255 followers
August 20, 2020
Die Vorgeschichte von Beth und Dawson hat mir richtig gut gefallen!

Dass man als Leserin oder Leser etwas von den beiden erfährt, bevor alles in Obsidian losgeht, fand ich echt super, da man nur etwas von ihnen hört und nichts so richtig mitbekommen hat.
Jedenfalls von dem Anfang ihrer Geschichte.

Vor allem hat man aber die beiden viel genauer kennengelernt und andere Seiten von ihnen gesehen, da ich finde, dass sie immer ein bisschen blass geblieben sind.
Und ich mochte Beth und Dawson echt mega gerne!

Daemon fehlt natürlich auch nicht und hier ist es ebenfalls interessant zu erfahren, wie er war, bevor er Katy kennengelernt hat.

Ich hätte gerne noch viel mehr gehabt, aber es ist nun mal leider „nur“ eine Novelle. 😔
Und dass man das Ende schon kennt, wenn man Obsidian gelesen hat, ist auch etwas blöd, da ich mir für die beiden etwas anderes gewünscht hätte ...
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220 reviews112 followers
November 17, 2017
Before Damon met Katy, before they fell in love and before all hell broke loose, there was another epic love story between a Luxen and an Human.
This novella is a snippet of Dawson and Beth's love story before they got imprisoned by Daedalus.
How they met, how they fell in love, how Beth turned into a hybrid and what really happened that night they got captured.

You don't have to read this novella to read the Lux series. It isn't important for the series and everything that we need to know about Dawson and Beth's relationship, we find out through the series.

You should read this book however if you're a fan of the series and want to find out more about Beth and Dawson.
They're both really adorable and it makes it even sadder what happened to them.

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755 reviews109 followers
October 31, 2020
Omläsning 2020
Börjar min omläsning av Lux serien och jag är mer än redo att förälska mig i Daemon igen.


Gullig bok om Dawson och Beth innan allt hände med dom. Väldigt kul att få se en annorlunda sida av Dawson. Jag är van med att läsa om lite suriga Dawson så det var riktigt kul att få se hans romantiska och gulliga sida. Vill helst inte ge en novell/förbok en full fempoängare men jag älskade verkligen den här boken. Behöver ha del fyra i serien typ NU!
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