Review for The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Trigger Warnings:

Murder, assassination, stabbing, violence, poison, blood


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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My Review:

Tricia Levenseller has done it again!

Putting it simply, I devoured the Shadows Between Us. It was a fast-paced fantasy/mystery novel that I was, quite literally, unable to put down. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, wanting– no, needing to know what would happen next.

Levenseller didn’t bother with much world-building in this book, and that’s completely fine by me. The setting and the magical elements of the story were somewhat underdeveloped, but I didn’t care much about either, which is why I didn’t mind that they weren’t all that fleshed-out.

What I did care about was the story itself. It was plotted out so brilliantly, and it was filled with constant twists and turns that I never saw coming. When nearing the end of the book, I thought I had everything figured out and was planning on knocking off a star from my rating due to predictability… But nope! Levenseller surprised me with a delicious turn of events that I had never anticipated. To be fair, I am a pretty gullible reader, and it’s likely that others predicted the ending quite easily. But I certainly didn’t, and I love a surprising ending!

I think I should mention that not only is this a plot driven story, but a character driven one as well. The wickedness of our main characters and their evil motives are what keep the story moving. I’ve read a lot of reviews for this book that say the characters are downright awful… and they totally are. To enjoy this book, you have to recognize and embrace the awfulness of the characters, because that’s what makes the story so fun. I recommend going into The Shadows Between Us knowing that the characters are selfish, cruel, and arrogant. That’s what I did, and I absolutely loved it!

I don’t know if this book really deserves five stars, but I sure had a fun time reading it, so why not? The pacing is fantastic and the plot is filled with endless surprises. Definitely one of my favorites of 2020. I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a quick read that will keep you captivated until the very last page!


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