Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic morning! Today, I’m here with my blog tour review of The Shadows Between Us, which is a book that surprised me in more ways than one. If you’re interested in political intrigue, cunning schemes, and a lot of morally grey characters, you’ll definitely want to check out this book.
Big thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club, the Publisher, and the Author for including me on this tour and sending me an e-ARC for review!
About the Book
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?
About the Author
Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the Wild, and forthcoming The Shadows Between Us. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.
Initially from a small town in Oregon, Tricia now lives next to the Rocky Mountains with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English Language and editing, and she is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
Review + Favorite Quotes
Where should I begin with this one? I suppose I’ll start at the very beginning of the book… which is the book cover! That’s right, we’re going to get another mini book cover review in this post because I’m an absolute sucker for a good book cover, and as a (*fingers crossed*) future book cover designer, I’m always analyzing book covers for what makes them successful!
I’ll keep it brief today, but I just love how intricate the book cover’s design is! The cool-toned red, black, and silver all work to give a sinister and slightly seductive vibe, which is fitting considering the book itself. I love the way that the dagger turned out, with the red rubies on the handle! It looks very ornate and very fitting of our heroine Alessandra, who details a murder she committed on the very first page. I also really just love the typeface used for the title! It’s different than what’s used for most fantasy novels, and I think the choice works well! It’s striking but not overwhelming.
Now let’s get into the actual book review!
I don’t want to spoil anything, as this is a book that you should really read for yourself, but I will start by saying to prepare yourself for a large cast of characters. While many of them are just supporting side characters, as Alessandra settles into life in the Shadow King’s court, so many nobles are name dropped so casually. At one point while reading the book, I set it down for a few days to work on school projects, and when I came back to it, I had to review the names again, so be wary of this.
That being said, I’d say that The Shadows Between Us is actually a fairly quick read, mainly due to the fact that once you start reading, it’s quite hard to put down. From the very first pages, we’re met with an incredibly witty and cunning main character, who’s intensely self-aware of her actions and the actions of those around her. She’s a girl on a mission who has to manipulate, anticipate, and react to what other people around her are doing in order to get what she wants. Her outermost desires conflict with what she really wants inside, but she’s aware of it, and it makes this story so interesting. Alessandra, as our POV character, really rules the narrative in this story. I love that she’s so certain in her sexuality, talented in her dressmaking, and that she’s just genuinely smart! All of the other character’s really pale in comparison to her, but don’t worry, I still enjoyed the others as well.
Plotwise, I felt that it was a bit slow at the start, and there were some interactions (like between Myron and Alessandra) that I wish had been more drawn out, but nonetheless, I still enjoyed the story greatly and was flipping pages (digitally, on my kindle) relentlessly until I finished the book.
I would give this one 4.5 stars, and would recommend it to people who love morally gray characters and great, twisted political schemes. I’d recommend it for fans of The Give the Dark my Love duology by Beth Revis (For the morally gray and poltical aspects), Serpent and Dove (because of the wit and humor), and The Cruel Prince trilogy (For another morally grey character, political intrique, and another badass heroine).
“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”
“A woman’s worth is not decided by what’s between her legs but by what is in her mind.”
“I can’t decide if that went well or not.”
““What the devils, Myron?”
Prize: Win a copy of THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller (US Only)
Starts: 19th February 2020
Ends: 4th March 2020
Link to Giveaway: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86465/?
Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check out the other blog tour stops this week! The Shadows Between Us comes out on 2/25/2020, so make sure you rush to the bookstore to pick up this unique, fun book!
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