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The Shadows Between Us Paperback – Import, 25 July 2023
"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
About the Author
- Publisher : Square Fish (25 July 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250763665
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250763662
- Reading age : 13 - 18 years
- Item Weight : 505 g
- Dimensions : 13.67 x 20.96 cm
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from India
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick fun read. I just couldn't put it down and I completed it in one continuous read. I'm gonna go and read other books by this author.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Primary Characters: Shadow king & Alessandra Stathos,
Narration: Limited third party
I am an amateur in this genre and still trying to explore and understand this big fantasy world. I picked this book for 2 reasons. One because of reviews/ popularity and other this being standalone, as many fantasy books are generally series. This dystopian world of power and deception wasn’t for me. This book was severely underdeveloped, and wholly uninspiring. In short I was disappointed.
The plot blurb was really interesting and the beginning was promising. Female protagonist Alessandra was antagonist. She was murderous, self-absorbed and wicked. She has set her eyes on Shadow king. She wants to rule the kingdom, have power, be remembered, and have a strong reputation. Her plan seemed simple. But is it really that simple to work on?
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
I was super disappointed with Kallias, the Shadow King. He was supposed to be the strongest and intimidating person in six kingdoms, but he just lagged in all. The man is called the Shadow King and yet we never get more than a passing understanding of what that means. His powers weren’t properly explored.
The voice of the novel didn’t resonate with Shadow world. There was no consistency in writing. Plot era altered from semi-automatic revolver to arrow. From Switching on light to burning candle. It varied in a blink from page to page. Eg- “In the name of Devil” to “Name of God”
There was a lack in character depth. Plot was promising but was very downgraded. Romance was bland with no chemistry. Writing style was pathetic.
I wish The Shadows Between Us would’ve been something more sinister. Sadly, this book just flopped for me. What are your thoughts? Don’t let my thoughts hamper your decision to pick this up. Read and decide for yourself and let me know your views.
If she would have made this into a series, I would have devoured all of it. Alessandra Stathos is a one of a kind character and my moral compass is broken. It’s in pieces.
As always, it was evident from the premise that the Shadow King would be one of the MCs, and with the title, all I had in mind was that there would be a love that was promised.
This book had a lot of interesting people, but I must say - Alessandra steals the show. Even from the Shadow King. He is the generic - Tall, Dark and Handsome hero. I couldn’t help but get Azriel vibes from him. If you do not know who Azriel is, please go fall in a ditch somewhere!
She however is someone you goes above and beyond to make you want to hate her but you love her instead.
I love how she’s a bad bad girl, with ambitions running strong and a penchant for cruelty in the face of being hurt.
The book starts with -
“They’ve never found the body of the first and only
boy who broke my heart.”
She kills her first love and feels zero remorse. It brings her peace. She sounds like a lovable psychopath through the the first three quarters of the book. We start to see behind her craziness. The hurt behind being left by her first love, and her utter hatred of anything which sounds remotely like love and passion. She is vary. She is a woman scorned. Very Shakespearian. She’s been neglected by people growing up, but behind all of that lies a woman who loves and loves so deeply that I have no doubt her passion manifests as murder. Damon Salvatore, anyone?
Also, this was somehow empowering in a very weird way. I love how women-centric this book is.
“A woman’s worth is not decided by what’s between her legs but by what is in her mind. “
The writing is really good and the book keeps you enthralled from beginning to end. It never seems boring, and the characters all have separate motivations.
The only thing that could have been better, is probably giving the Shadow King more screen time, but I get how difficult that is given all the layers Tricia added to our dearest Alessandra.
Parting words:This is a delightful read, and I would 100% recommend. The romance is on point, and the plot has more depth than most books of this kind. Go, Tricia!
Top reviews from other countries
O único problema dele mesmo são as expectativas que a sinopse e essa primeira página criam. Se ele não fosse tão bom de começo, o resto cresceria muito, pois é uma história bem feita, bem desenvolvida e com um ritmo de leitura que não dá vontade de parar de ler nunca. A protagonista, Alessandra, é muito bem feita, ainda que eu tenha sentido que sua "maldade" ocila um pouco desde o começo. A química dela com o rei é excelente, me fazendo querer muitas vezes colocar o livro nos favoritos, e o romance é maravilhoso, mas não de um jeito fofo, e sim sensual e honesto. É ótimo.
Mas a brutalidade e a ambição prometidas na sinopse e no começo não se mantém firmes por muito tempo. Acho que é por causa do rei. É fácil demais gostar dele, então não tem como o leitor ficar dividido entre a "missão" da Alessandra e ele. Por sorte, a autora teve uma ideia ótima para se tornar um obstáculo entre eles, mas nem posso falar qual é, pois ela fez questão de não deixar claro na sinopse, então seria um spoiler.
Foi uma ideia intrigante, que fez o romance ficar ainda mais interessante e que movimentou a história muito, muito bem. E que me fez querer que este livro fosse mais longo do que foi. Acho que dava para ela introduzir um pouco mais de substãncia e deixá-lo mais preenchido. Não sei se estou conseguindo me explicar direito, mas foi o que senti. Não tinha necessidade de ter só trezentas e poucas páginas, podia ser mais grosso e mais completo.
Outro problema foi com a ambientação. Não é nem que a autora não faça o mundo em que a história se passa parecer real, é só que é um mundo completamente novo, sem mapa ou explicações e que é jogado demais. Precisava ter alguma base para eu sentir uma firmeza maior. A cidade parece conter dois prédios, o palácio e outro em que uma cena acontece, e o resto parece ser um enorme vazio. Se ela tivesse dedicado mais páginas para a explicação do universo do livro, já ficaria uma história mais completa.
Mesmo assim, é um livro muito divertido, com um casal com muita química e um romance muito interessante. Depois da duologia da autora, venho sentindo que seus livros sempre chegam muito perto de serem excelentes, mas acabam não chegando a atingir todo seu potencial. Foi assim com este. Se você ajustar suas expectativas e não se deixar animar demais com a sinopse e o começo, vai gostar bastante dele! Senão, vai só acabar se decepcionando.
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