Saturday, June 4, 2016

Review: Shadows/Opposition (Lux series #0.5, #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Book Info:
Title:  Shadows/Opposition
Author:  Jennifer L. Armentrout
Series:  Lux series
Genre:  YA Science Fiction/Romance
Published:  August 5th, 2014
Format:  Purchased

 This book I had to buy in order to finally finish the Lux series.  Especially with the cliffhanger at the end of book 4, Origin.  Obviously my standard warning will occur here before you read too much further.  If you haven't read all of the books that come before this one in the series, I definitely can't promise no spoilers for those in this review of the final book in the series.  So, if you haven't read the last book, click its link above.  If you haven't started this series at all yet, you can go HERE to read my review of the first book in the series.  Now, on with my review of the final book, followed by a mini-review of the little novella included at the end of this edition of the book.

When we left off in book 4, Daemon and the other Luxen had to kind of go public, in order to help get them away from Daedalus.  But it seems as if bringing this attention out has also brought Luxen from other places to Earth.  And at the end of the book 4, Daemon, Dawson, Dee, and all the other Luxen that Katy know just walk off towards where these other Luxen have appeared, leaving Katy and the rest of their group wondering what is going on.  We found out that Dawson's girlfriend Bethany was pregnant.  At first the humans aren't quite sure what to make of the Luxen that have arrived. That is until they start killing humans.  Taking over their bodies.  They learn this is how it can be done if it hadn't been done the way Daemon and his family had done when they first arrived. 

Well, when Katy and Archer and the others they are with go to a grocery store to try to get supplies, they are attacked by the Luxen in the store.  One of the Luxen is Dawson.  Dawson stuns Katy, and she is taken back to the location where the Luxen are all staying, even Daemon and Dee.  But Dee seems to have bought into the whole plan put out by these new Luxen, to the point that she turns her back on Katy, and would hurt her if asked.  Daemon acts that way at first, but once he gets Katy alone, he shows her that he was just putting on a show.  He and Dawson have been able to block the other Luxen from their thoughts so far, keeping themselves in the game, while not actually being on their side. 

It turns out that the Luxen intend to completely take over the Earth, and they care nothing about the humans there.  Not only that, but there seem to be no weapons that can defeat them.  Other than something Archer knows about from Daedalus.  So when the big plan is about to be enacted, Daemon must try to save Katy, and in the end, they must turn to Daedalus as possibly the only ones that can save the Earth. 

There is of course all the suspense on if they will be able to get the Luxen out of power, as well as if they will be able to bring Dee back, or if she will have to be taken out with the others.  I like the way it ended.  There are sad parts of course, some people that we love will die, but in the end, it will go the best way that it can.

Now, at the end of the book, there is a novella that tells Dawson's story before Katy showed up.  How he met and fell in love with Bethany, and what really happened when they disappeared. I really enjoyed Shadows, it was wonderful to get a look at these other characters' back story.

8 comments:

  1. Do you have this series in your library and how do students like it? I can't seem to keep up on all the series available in the YA world right now and feel overwhelmed at even trying. This year was (is) very discouraging for me because our school issued iPads to every student and library usage fell off sharply. There had to be a correlation. Series that students were clamoring for last year hardly left the shelves this year. Sigh. Any way I want to make sure I have the most tempting morsels on my shelves (and in e-books) to keep readers interested and coming in to find the latest and greatest.

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    1. I actually just got it in to my library. I had a student at the beginning of the year actually ask about it, she was a big fan of the author. And I love her as well, so I ordered it when I had some money. All our students have laptops, and have since I've been there, so I don't know how much it hurt our circulation, but I'm sure it did something. I have to work on getting my students to use the ebooks we keep spending money on.

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  2. It sounds intense. I can understand why you'd want to follow the series since the first one was a cliffhanger. I'm glad the ending was good for you.
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

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    1. Well, that was actually the 4th one that was a cliffhanger, and this was the fifth and final one. But I love the series! I love this author as well. And my all time favorite book boyfriend, even beats out Edward Cullen, is from this series, Daemon Black.

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  3. Ohh Yes I absolutely love love love The Lux Series I actually read the whole series last year during the summer time and I miss Katy and Daemon so much. But I do remember everything about the book series and I will always cherish those memories. Thank you for the great post Lisa.

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    1. Daemon will always be one of my top book boyfriends! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Congrats Lisa! Your entry won as the 2016 Series Ender Reading Challenge June Wrap Up giveaway! Please email me at hollyraeharris(at)gmail(dot)com to claim your prize. You have 72 hours to reply.

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