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The Shadows Between Us

The Shadows Between Us

eBook - 2020 | First edition
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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?
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 1250189977 (electronic bk.)
9781250189974 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (326 pages)

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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 bi... Read More »

Stand-alone fantasy romance.


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sj_bookshelf
May 05, 2021

I was initially excited for this book. The gothic setting and fantasy theme peaked my interest, but unfortunately this book went far below my expectations.
For starters, the main characters are insufferably selfish. I understand that the author wanted to portray Alessandra and the Shadow King as being morally-grey, but the harsh reality is that the characters end up becoming quite literally the antithesis of a Robinhood-type protagonist. The both of them are greedy and power-hungry, with no real desire to help the people they rule over. In fact, they actually try to make life for their constituents even harder than it has to be. To top it off, they act like murder is no big deal and de-sensitize a lot of morally problematic situations. Alessandra's lack of ethics destroy her chance of becoming the feminist protagonist that Levenseller tries to portray her as.
Additionally, this book NEEDS another editor. The repetition in the novel is hard to get past and makes the writing seem undeveloped (Example - all within the same page the book would feature something like this: "she waltzed into the room" "her waltzing feet went by" "she was a beautiful waltzer" - it's just really annoying). There is nothing poetic or unique about the writing style; it's just underwhelming, frankly.
Another issue with this novel is that the diversity in this book is non-existent. There is a single queer couple that gets about one paragraph in the whole book, but they are only there for the purpose of tokenization. All of the characters are implied to be white and able-bodied, which just makes this book even more bland.
If you're looking for a gothic fantasy novel, I suggest reading something that has a little more polishing from an editing stand-point, and has characters that possess at least somewhat decent morals.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 03, 2021

Tricia Levenseller’s “The Shadows Between Us” is an exquisite and cunning standalone. It focuses on Alessandra as she plans to seduce the Shadow King and take his kingdom for herself. This book includes an amazing female protagonist who is generous yet ruthless when she needs to be. There is enemies-to-lovers romance, and there is great chemistry between the two. The writing was well-paced and easy to read. This is definitely a Slytherin romance as Alessandra is selfish, ambitious while the King is just as cunning. The ending was a bit predictable, but some parts of the book were very unexpected. The whole concept was thrilling, and it was delivered in a descriptive style of writing. The side characters were also interesting to read about. There was not one slow point, in this fast-paced book which I loved. However, I wish the author did some more world-building. There were only a few vague details about the setting. But other than that, it was an addictive book with unique characters. 4.5/5 -@India_ink of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

LoganLib_Sheridan Jan 15, 2021

I love this protagonist. She is the embodiment of Slytherin values. She doesn't just talk the talk either she walks the walk. She is willing to do a lot to get where she wants to be and she has the brains to get past all obstacles. Because of this I loved seeing what she WASN'T willing to do.

I was worried that this wouldn't be a one of because there was not a lot of audio left (audiobook) and things were still unresolved. Needless to say this is a familiar concern to a lot of avid readers. Fortunately this book manages to resolve everything in one spectacular climax.

I also loved the shadow king because he represents the book and the authors stance on outdated concepts of sexuality. He doesn't care that she has had previous sexual partners. He has so why should he expect any different from her? Not necessarily related to sexuality but he also doesn't care that she killed a man. He figures the man deserved it. This forgiveness I'm not sure is quite so smart of him.

There was a little bit of biphobia in the book I thought where a character said they wouldn't date a bi-person though obviously the book includes a bi-person who if I'm remembering correctly is/was in a gay presenting relationship so I'm not entirely sure what is going on there and whether it is just the characters limited view.

I like that this book also has an excellent portrayal of female friendship where the women support one another. Though one of the opposite-sex friendships becomes sexual this is mutual on both sides and ends... interestingly.

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Manmeet_sidhu
Nov 17, 2020

It was such a good book with back to back plot twists that kept u captivated and wondering what was gonna happen on the next page!!!

Watermelody Aug 06, 2020

This isn't a great book, but I immensely enjoyed reading it. It's definitely good to read if you liked the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas, featuring a dark romance, devious characters, and a slew of extravagantly made clothes. While ordinarily I'm not one for overdramatic plotlines, this book was exactly the right read at the right time for me.

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melmng
Jun 01, 2020

A fun read... a bit of scheming, gossips, mystery, and romance. I enjoyed it.

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darkl0rd
Mar 01, 2020

I wanted so badly to give this book 5 stars, but there were just a few things keeping me from doing so.
I am, personally, not a huge fan of first person present tense prose, but this author had me hooked on page one.
A girl who killed a man for love? Hot damn.
As the story went on, however, I found every plot twist was predictable. Not only that, but everything happens SO FAST (expected with a 300 page book, which is precisely why I think it would’ve paid to have been longer), as there are minimal details, and the world building is mediocre at best. I had a struggle envisioning what the author was trying to tell. I found myself asking, “What? How?” many times, and I can’t say why, but I’ll just say that some impossible things happen that I suppose are forgiven since it’s a fantasy novel, but nonetheless, I was puzzled.
I do, however, love the main character, Alessandra, and her attitude towards everything in the world. I did also enjoy the Shadow King. I don’t want to throw any spoilers out there, but I definitely expected a lot more between the two of them.
Overall, I did enjoy the full concept of the story, it was decently executed, just too fast and too poorly.

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