book reviews, fantasy

BOOK REVIEW: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Synopsis:

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?

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

The Bookish Fae’s Thoughts:

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller is commonly described as ‘a Slytherin love story’. As a proud Slytherin myself, I obviously just HAD to read it.

I love how Alessandra breaks the age-old tradition of ‘capturing the king’s eye with beauty and gentleness’ and just goes for it with her wit and devious schemes. Also, props to her for being sex-positive.

The reveal at the end was okay, although it just falls flat in some parts. Particularly, how [blank] pulled off his/her plan. I found ‘the mind sees what it wants to see’ a flimsy explanation.

Overall, it was a fun read. I constantly found myself looking forward to what Alessandra would do next. I just love how her mind works. I can see her being friends with Aelin Galathynius and Jude Duarte.

Verdict:

About the Author:

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 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, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

You can check out her website here.

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