Review| The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller

Tricia Levenseller is an author I’ve wanted to read more by since reading Warrior of the Wild. The Shadows Between Us is this author’s newest release and was a TBR & Beyond group read in April. Today I want to tell you what I thought of this book, so keep on reading!

Review| The Shadows Between Us – Tricia Levenseller


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?


The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel and Friends on 25/02/2020
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 326
Format: Hardcover
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Review

It’s not often that a fantasy book is a standalone. A lot of things end up a series these days, so I was really excited to start with The Shadows Between us. The first line of this book also definitely caught my attention:

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

From that moment, I knew this was going to be a very interesting book. Our main character Alessandra has had enough of being overlooked and having to wait until her sisteris married off. The Shadow King seems like the perfect person to use to get what she wants. Alessandra was such a fun character. Yes, she does things in ways you shouldn’t, but I loved how sassy she was. She was going to get her way and it doesn’t matter what she has to do to get there.

I loved the setting of this book. Most of it takes place in The Shadow King’s home. He won’t let anyone touch him and needs to get married to make his council happy. There are also some other matters he needs to solve. It was really interesting seeing Alessandra get to know everything that happened in his court, but also finding her own place. Even though I had a feeling how everything would end, some things in Alessandra’s past come back to haunt her.

“Passion doesn’t lead anywhere good. It turned me into a murderess.”

While reading this book I really came to care for The Shadow King. He’s not close to many people and has his reasons. Also, the shadows were really interesting. We do get an explanation of how they came to exist, I would’ve loved to have read a little bit more about it. The Shadows Between Us is clearly Alessandra’s book, but I would’ve loveda few chapters from his POV. I really grew to like him and understand why he was the way he was.

YA books tend to be big on romance, but I loved how gradually this one went. Our characters slowly realize they’re starting to actually feel something for each other and that brings a whole other set of problems. Yes, this may have been predictable, but it fit the book well. My only complaint is that the ending felt a bit rushed. Some things came together really fast and because of this being a standalone needed to play out quickly. I enjoyed the ending, but I missed some development leading up to the big reveal.

“Aren’t we all drawn to our friends in the beginning by trifling things? True bonds develop afterward, when character is revealed.”

The Shadows Between Us also has an amazing cast of side characters that I would love to read more about. Alessandra finds true friends during her time with The Shadow King and I loved that. I really wish more books let friendship play such a big part of a book. The author did a great job with this book and I can’t wait to see what the author does next!

Even though there were a few things a bit rushed, I really enjoyed The Shadows Between Us. I really hope to read Daughter of the Pirate King next month. Have you read anything by Tricia Levenseller? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.

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