The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Genres: New Adult, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: eBook, Audiobook
Read in: April 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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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? - via GoodReads
I picked up The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller because it was picked for me by Alexa. Lex and I have pretty similar reading tastes and yet I still was a little skeptical going in. Lex has never steered me wrong but The Shadows Between Us was one of her favorites and she hasn’t had many of those recently so it set the bar kind of high. It is a true fact that high praise of a book makes me edgy. It’s why I put off reading Harry Potter until it was thrust at me. I have my uncle to thank for that.
I should have trusted my gut reaction. The Shadows Between Us opened with one hell of a first line! You can download a sample from Kindle but be ready to want to fork over your money for this one. (You’ve been warned.) I really felt like this book had everything I didn’t know I was looking for which also makes it hard to classify. There was much discussion about this between Lex and I. The Shadows Between Us reads like a new adult historical romance with a mystery and paranormal aspects. Not only that but for awhile I wasn’t sure if I even liked Alessandra or not. I did warm up to her and realized she’s just a girl who very much understands her wants and goals.
Then there is The Shadow King. He is shrouded (literally) in shadows. He rules a kingdom that is conquering neighboring kingdoms. On top of that, he is trying to find answers to several questions he has. I am here to tell you he was not ready for someone like Alessandra. And I was not ready for some of those answers!
The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller was fast paced and highly enjoyable. It was a perfect read because it was such a different setting from our current crisis. To be fair though I think this would be *just* as enjoyable outside of a pandemic. I cannot recommend this book enough!
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- 2020 GoodReads