Thursday, August 27, 2020

Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Feiwel and Friends
Release DateFebruary 25, 2020

Pages: 326
Source: Audiobook


Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
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After all, love is an excellent motivator to kill.


“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.” 


I don't own many audiobooks nor listen to them but I had a credit on Audible, saw THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US. Going on a long road trip to Virginia Beach, I went for it and bought the audiobook. And I'm SO glad I did. 
I am obsessed with THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US. I loved the premise was intriguing and kept my interest. I loved everything about this book.
A billion-dollar fortune to die for.
The pacing of THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US was quick and perfect for the unfolding of the plot. It kept me strung happily along.

Alessandra is the overlooked second daughter of a bankrupt Baron (I believe her father is a Baron or someone of such title). Since murdering the only man she ever loved, she's spent the last few years honing her skills at seduction and getting what she wants from her prey of men. Desperate to escape her older sister's shadows, to make her own way to power and riches, she sets her sights on the untouchable Shadow King. And she has a plan. Seduce him, marry him, kill him. Then take his kingdom for her own.

“I know when I’ve been beaten, and I have barely even started.”

On the romance front, I wish there were more of it. Then tension and chemistry between Alessandra and the Shadow King were potent there wasn't much of it-- there were chunks of time where the Shadow King was just a footnote in the story, even though THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US is a villain's love story. Generally speaking, villain ships aren't my thing, but this story was so intriguing and well-executed, I really enjoyed it. The banter between Alessandra and the Shadow King was witty and fun, their interactions --both romantic and nonromantic-- so different than those in the usual YA love stories but in a refreshing, interesting way.

All in all, THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US was amazing and I recommend it to anyone willing to read it. In fact, I encourage them to.


ALESSANDRA: Alessandra is nothing like the sweet, biddable damsels in distress we've read in other fairy tales. She is a seductress with a devious mind. A villain. A thoroughly fleshed out villain to love. 

”I would not allow myself to die in the grave I’d dug.”

KALLIAS a.k.a. THE SHADOW KING: Just as Alessandra isn't a damsel in distress, Kallias is no prince -- er, King-- charming. His deviousness and cunning nearly match that of Alessandra.

“You are beautiful,” he continues. “But not so beautiful as to tempt me.”



Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the Wild, The Shadows Between Us, and forthcoming Blade of Secrets. She writes young adult high fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

***Check out Tricia Levenseller's website for more information about her and THE SHADOWS BETWEEN USHERE

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