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Quando eu descobri os livros da Tricia Levenseller pela primeira vez, me apaixonei pelo jeito dela de narrar, pelas suas protagonistas e seu senso de humor. Ela é exatamente do tipo de autora cujos livros eu compro sem nem precisar saber do que fala, mas com este foi um pouco diferente. Um ano antes de ser publicado, ela postou uma foto da primeira página dele no Instagram, e eu fiquei obcecada com ele. Esta é de longe a melhor primeira página que já li, mas o resto do livro não tem o mesmo nível. Não é ruim, não me entenda errado, mas deixou um pouco a desejar.
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.
The concept is interesting and that's what attracted me to the book in the first place, but the way it's written is not captivating- it's the complete opposite actually, it's quite boring and mundane. I did like the characters, they both has this powerful and intelligent aura to them. The confidence the protagonist has is very nice to read, because it's uncommon for women in books to be caring, smart and confident at the same time. I think the issue is the storyline is under- developed, there is a lot of mystery in terms of why the prince can't touch any woman, but the reason isn't profound, it's very basic which was disappointing. Also, I just don't like royal etiquettes and as you can imagine, this book had a lot of them. It's definitely different from other books I have read, but not to my liking.
I loved this book. It is rare that I enjoy a stand alone novel but this was oddly gripping right from the start. The two lead characters are both morally grey which in itself makes a delightful change and in truth, forced me to binge-read this in the space of one evening. There were a couple of attempts to bring in a ‘feminine power’ message that I felt weren’t really embedded properly - as if added to tick a box - but otherwise, a really great read that I’ve already recommended to my friends.
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
Seen some mixed reviews and thought it might be a bit cheesy, but honestly loved this book. I loved the characters and their relationship and found the whole dynamic between them fab. There’s a lot of insta love in stand alones but i loved the build up between these two. I don’t know why I also really like that they’re not a couple of do gooders trying to save the world, because that’s been done a million times already, so this was something different.
Completely apprehensive at first, almost £13 for the hardback(the paperback version wasn't available until September and wanted this ASAP) and the book was less than 400 pages but was completely worth it for how quick it ensnared me.
Found Alessandra to be really refreshing actually, very intelligent and overall a really good, deep character. She's strategic, quick whitted and the undertones of empowerment make her development all the more richer. The action and bantar between herself and the other MC the shadow King, was quick, intense and both were full of chemistry. This includes the other side characters aswell.
The action itself was good, the romance was nice although I personally wished for a bit more... Steam? There was all this build up and chemistry that equated to a rather disappointing description but nonetheless, the chemistry was enjoyable.
Towards the end, the plot felt slightly rushed. There were parts in which the plot kind of slowed down and then raced to tie everything together;however with the many twists and turns, it wasn't as much as a bother and could of been solved with there being a few extra pages.
Overall, very enjoyable and gripping! Actually wish there was more of the book, the world building was fine especially with it being from 1st person perspective and money well spent.
i loved this book so much i could not put it down! i loved the characters.**possible spoilers idk** Alessandra, oml she was amazing totally a villain but amazing nonetheless. kallias also had me weak at the knees when he was being slightly possessive over her especially when he said “your mine” ahhhhh. this book would probably be my favourite thing in the world if it had smut in but it’s a ya book and i already new that so i did not mind. a quote on the back says “it’s the slytherin romance we’ve all been waiting for” and i could not agree more, coming from someone who is in slytherin and is also extremely obsessed with dramione ff this was so good. the reason i got back into reading was actually bc of my ff obsession and i was like why not try reading an actual real life holdable book again, and i’m so glad this was one of the first i’ve read since that decision. i really like the fact that Alessandra is strong and cunning instead of wimpish and weak how so many other women are made out to be in books. i read this book super fast and did not get bored once. the thing that made me love this book even more was demodocus existing i love animals so much and i feel like he brought out the morality in kalias, as they were clearly best friends just as i am with my dogs. also again about kalias i loved he laughed at alessandras love letter off orrin it was so precious just like proper best friends.sorry for this very long review/anecdote but i really wanted to blab about this book! some of this review might also not make sense bc i’m rushing and not checking over and ideas a flying in and out of my head every second :)
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it. I’ve never read of a main female character that I’ve admired so much. I can appreciate that Alessandra may not be everyone’s cup of tea but her honestly is outstanding. She is strong and determined and brutally honest. She knows what she wants and how to get it. She is intelligent and powerful and still with feminine qualities. I honestly loved her even though I feel you are supposed to someone not like her. Her relationship with The Shadow King was brilliant and the development of their relationship was fantastic to read. You can see their vulnerabilities but together they represent their strengths. I’m sad to have finished reading it! I think it will be a book I read often.