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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller (5⭐)

Book Info

Title: The Shadows Between Us
Author: Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: Feb. 5, 2020
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Photo Credit: @joybookish

Book Summary

From Goodreads

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?


This book was addictive. I couldn’t put it down! I meant to read it with the FairyLoot readalong, but I blew through the first day’s reading and finished the book in a couple hours. I’m very disappointed there won’t be a series.

They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.

I was completely hooked with this book by the end of the first sentence. Even in the first sentence, the first page, the first chapter, Levenseller left zero room for question. Allessandra is a badass woman who will take no crap and will win games no one else is playing. Period. Done. And I love it.

I’m getting tastes of Taming of the Shrew, Robin Hood, and Sarah J Maas. Just vague remembrances, but something to add spice to the story.

The rebel in me loves to throw dirt in the face of decorum.

But what was overwhelmingly running through my mind as I read? Sarcastic, quippy, calculating. Alessandra is Celaena Sardothian incarnate.

This book had romance, murder, angst, and hints of magic. A very well-rounded Young Adult book, really, having a bit of everything.

here is no doubt in my mind that this is a five star read

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