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Holy macaroni! I did not think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. The premise was interesting enough, but Tricia really did write a Slytherin lover story and I was there for it.
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. “ YASS, QUEEEN!
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!
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.
What drew me to this story immediately is how unapologetic the main character is, she's a strong woman who knows what she wants and isn't going to act good or nice to get it. The kind, innocent heroine can be tiresome sometimes so this was a refreshing change , a passionate romance and wonderful friendship between two characters I loved.
The book was just so beautiful, I really enjoyed the fact that the main characters in this book are not necessarily "good people" I love that they seem more human because of this. This book is now in my top 10 favourites