Monday, February 24, 2020

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway - The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

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The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
 Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 25th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


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 theshadows 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?

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My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and The Fantastic Flying Book Club*


Alessandra has had enough of being constantly overlooked because of her older, more beautiful sister, so she devises a plan to become the most powerful woman in the kingdom.

Alessandra just needs to make the Shadow King fall in love with her and marry her. Then she will kill him and rule as Queen.

Not much is known about the Shadow King, but Alessandra is determined that she will be the one to claim his heart.

But there are others who want the king dead.

Can Alessandra keep the Shadow King alive long enough for her plan to succeed?

Will she lose her own heart in the process?

Who doesn’t like a story where the protagonist has to keep someone alive (usually their enemy) so that they can use them for their own gain? I certainly do, but, unfortunately, I did only like The Shadows Between Us and not love it.

Alessandra was quite a fun protagonist to read about. She was morally grey and I enjoyed her scheming and how determined she was to gain power and to not be in the shadows any more.

There weren’t any characters that really stood out to me, but I did like the friends that Alessandra made at the palace and the Shadow King’s dog, who wasn’t in the book as much as I expected given that he was supposedly the king’s best friend.

The Shadow King himself was, I felt, quite a stereotypical character. I thought that he could have been fleshed out more as he felt a bit two-dimensional and a bit of a cardboard character.

The story was mainly set at the palace, so we don’t find out much about the kingdoms that the Shadow King ruled.

The romance wasn’t one of my favourites, but I could definitely feel the chemistry between Alessandra and the king.

The plot was good overall and there was a twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting, but I wasn’t gripped.

I thought there might be a bit more of a mystery element to the book as the king was trying to find out who murdered his parents, but it hardly felt like there was a mystery most of the time to me.

I spent most of the book feeling like something was missing and I’m still not sure what that something was.

The writing style was easy to follow.

While I did enjoy The Shadows Between Us, I’m disappointed that I didn’t enjoy it more as it had the ingredients to be something that I could have loved.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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.

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