- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 5047 KB
- Print Length: 333 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1250189969
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (25 February 2020)
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07P9LQBM1
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 112 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,033 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Shadows Between Us is my favorite kind of fantasy: dark, mesmerizing, and completely addictive. With a gripping mystery and layered characters, it's a glittering tale of love and the pursuit of power. Put simply: it's the Slytherin romance we've all been waiting for. --Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper"Tricia Levenseller's latest, The Shadows Between Us, is a decadent and wickedly addictive fantasy, full of schemes and court intrigue, and delightful descriptions of food, which I am always a fan of." --Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series "A wickedly fun romp with corsets and jeweled daggers, Levenseller drops us into a competitive royal court, led there by Alessandra, an unapologetically ruthless and self-confident courtier who aims to overthrow the Shadow King and become queen. The king's mysterious abilities and dark secrets complicate her passion to rule, all building to a sizzling, unbidden romance. The Shadows Between Us will heat up the page--and your heart." --Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen series A viciously satisfying romance featuring two well-matched opponents. --Booklist Praise for Tricia Levenseller:
One of my favourite YA books ever. The action! The world-building! The voice! This book kicks so much ass. -- Cale Dietrich, author of The Love Interest, on Warrior of the Wild Rasmira's quest is thrilling, her emotional journey compelling; this adventure sings. --Booklist on Warrior of the Wild This high-octane novel is filled with mythical creatures and showcases a heroine who wants to be a warrior, a woman, and a leader. --School Library Journal, on Warrior of the Wild The real gratification lies in Rasmira's transformation from broken, betrayed, girl to resourceful, confident victor. Her final clash with the god is heart pounding, and her triumph in front of her village and father is satisfyingly righteous. -- The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books, on Warrior of the Wild Levenseller has created a formidable female character who can take care of herself as she makes some hard decisions." --School Library Journal on Daughter of a Pirate King "[Levenseller's] words will pull you in, and there's no escaping them. --Charlie N. Holmberg, author of The Paper Magician Series, on Daughter of the Siren Queen "With a cunning plot, robust writing, and complicated characters, any reader will enjoy being manipulated in Levenseller's capable hands." --Anna Banks, author of the New York Times Bestseller Of Triton, on Daughter of the Pirate King --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
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The characters are amazing. Alessandra, the female main character, is snarky, sassy, kind but also very clever. She is unapologetic and herself. She was a great characer, and the male main character Kallias was dark, broody, but also sweet and fierce all at the same time.
Basically Alessandra goes to The Shadow Kings court in order to woo him, marry him and then kill him. There are some twists and turns along the way, and neither of them expected to be friends.
It was awesome. Highly recommend if you love enemies-to-lovers, assassin plots, clever characters and witty one liners. I will always buy works by this author because I know I will love them.
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I am going to start this review by being honest and saying that this is not my type of book.
That being said I know others will completely adore it, and I understand why.
This novel is unique, I have never read a book where I could not like the main characters or agree with their actions and I am pretty sure that is what the Author wanted.
I dont think I am being unfair when I say Alessandra is a villain. She is villainous, selfish, arrogant and mostly unfeeling towards others.
She is also very complex and strong. I like Alessandras strength and consistency. She doesnt back down or shy away from what she wants. She knows the effect she has on people and doesnt hide behind modesty. She likes men and is completely unashamed of that.
I have seen some comments saying that this is a book about slytherins. I agree.
I just struggle with how unlikable the characters are (In my opinion)
They are villains. The shadow king is a strong ruler and he needs a strong woman by his side. They crush down rebellions of the poor every day man and what I would call 'the good guy' (though he is a muppet)
There is unapologetic murder, a basically non existent sister relationship and the main bad guy got more sympathy from me than the king.
But it was well written and engrossing.
I wholeheartedly loved this book
It only took me a day to read, but I loathed the time that I wasn’t engrossed in this story.
I loved that Alessandra was unapologetically herself the whole way through, that these characters were flawed - seriously flawed - individuals, that I was reading about a character who had a plan, was willing to execute her plan and was so confident in her ability to do so!
It makes such a change from MC’s who are thrust into situations they have no confidence to deal with.
In fact, I found myself convinced that Alessandra had this throughout all the issues she encountered, and boy was there a lot of drama.
Tricia Levenseller clearly loves throwing in problems and hiccups for our characters to deal with, and at times I was unsure how it was going to be possible to unravel the tangle that was being woven around the plot - especially as at around 320 pages it’s not a long book at all. I counted around 10 big plot points which is a lot to deal with in such a small page count. There were a few moments that I don’t think paid off, and I think that some issues were not dealt with in a meaningful way. But hell I don’t care that some problems were written just to be solved a few pages later. It was like watching a transfixing telenovela that I just adored.
The Shadows Between Us has issues, but that doesn’t make it any less of a delectable treat that I devoured and wished for so much more of. I had such a good time reading this book, and it’s definitely making my top reads of 2020.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five Stars - Undoubtedly
Did I know how it would end ?... yes
Did I know who the 'bad' guys were?... yes
But that didn't stop me from needing to keep turning the pages.
The two protagonists are bad people. They have redeeming qualities: humor, love for animals and people they like, sharpness of mind and quick wits (mostly her)... They're not evil, I liked them sometimes, but (without giving away any spoilers), the callous disregard for human life they manifest every now and then is not something that I can ignore in the long run, despite their good qualities. I read to enjoy, and those moments of being bad people made the reading experience sour for me. I gave it as many shots as I could, but there is a marked lack in compassion in both of them that repulses me.
It's sad, cause otherwise it's a great read. I would have loved to know how it ends.
The main girl wants to marry the shadow king and then kill him and become the ruler. Once she is there she discovers that there is someone who is trying to kill him. She begins trying to figure out who it is.
It's a lot of fun. I love Tricia Levensellers books so much!
The romance is a bit frustrating most of the time, even if I liked the second half of the book, the first didn’t deliver enough tension in my opinion.
I had figured out some of the plot twists and I also felt that a lot of obstacles are too easily solved...I was always thinking it couldn’t be done already, that something was going to happen...and no that was it. Of course it’s a standalone so you can’t develop intrigues as thoroughly as in a trilogy but yeah sometimes it was just too easy to be believable.
I’ll conclude by saying that I loved the scheming mind of Alessandra and the friendship between women
Wurde zu meinem Highlight des Jahres, ich habe es so sehr geliebt.
Alle Bücher der Autorin sind eigentlich nur empfehlenswert.
Not only was I shocked by the slap in the face to the more progressive readers, but the book in general just wasn’t well constructed. The world building was absolutely terrible - I won’t spoil it, but one scene that involves a hand gun when literally this is the first mention of such weapons completely tossed me from the story. There are no real religions to contend with - what could have been an interesting side plot of breaking down the patriarchy but when you (as are female lead is) BENEFIT from the patriarchy you tend to stay in your lane. Also, STDs conveniently don’t exist giving the teenage female lead free reign to have unprotected sex with “dozens” (her numbers not mine and yes, it’s written as “dozens” so at least 24 men) for money to stock her coffers without a second thought to protecting herself. I’m all for sexual empowerment, but I would have liked to have seen her put her safety (and you know not die of the pox or something) first, instead of just throwing away the idea of STDs and the idea of women taking care of themselves. I keep reading how this book is about female empowerment and I have to ask: so who was benefiting from this so called female empowerment when our MC sees a CHILD (yes, a child not a teenager) working at a brothel and she doesn’t even blink? Our MC benefits! Why? Because all she literally cares about is that that tax money ending up in her hands. I’m not joking this, conquering other countries to get more money, and putting get peasants in their place is all she thinks about- I’m sorry I forgot she also thinks about her clothes, and jewels, and all of the sex she wants to have with ole what’s his name. People keep writing about how this is a feminist tale and I just can’t see it. Feminism is about equality being gained for all women, not just rich white girls that have never worked a day in their life. Overall, this book was a real spit in the eye to diversity as the book has absolutely NONE! Just a bunch of white people killing poor disenfranchised people to take their resources, fill their pockets, and expand their reach because you know that doesn’t actually happen in real life! We don’t have people in power doing those things, like RIGHT NOW! But you know, it’s just fiction right so instead: Yay! Imperialism, and genocide aren’t real!
This book was such a disappointment!
I read the ARC.
The constant reminders of basic plot points ("I'm being courted by the king!") and the repetitive aspects of the plot (he gets mad, she saves his life...and then she saves his life again and again), and the paragraphs devoted to fashion and food (I get it, she dresses sexy). I felt like I was being spoon-fed. I skipped some of the fluffy parts with her friends because, as it turns out, the story didn't lose anything without that side-plot.
The characters were bland, though you had the occasional reminder that they do villainous things. Alessandra was believable as a villain in the beginning, but at some points, Kallias came off as having no self respect. Wasn’t impressed by them, but maybe I wasn’t supposed to be?
Adult themes are introduced through preachy sex-talk, and a large part of Alessandra's character is her sexuality and the way she uses men (which she admits to...a lot). There are subtle, classy ways to get the same message across, but this book preaches.
I wish it had been better, less fluffy, less preachy, less simplistic. I am NOT the target audience as a 25-year-old, but I've read a lot of good YA. This book was marketed spectacularly, but it didn't live up to the hype.