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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. Regar
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Feiwel and Friends
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Cora First, did the author ever say "French eclair"? Otherwise it is completely acceptable. Authors have to take this liberty a lot. Let me explain.

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First, did the author ever say "French eclair"? Otherwise it is completely acceptable. Authors have to take this liberty a lot. Let me explain.

As a fantasy writer, I use basic objects, animals, and foods to set up the world my story takes place in. Otherwise the reader has to get used to completely new things and connect all the dots. For example, the author would have to write "a small, four legged creature with a wet nose." The reader would have to guess it was a dog. Or, in closer relationship to your question, the reader would see a passage saying "a small bread-like dessert" and assume it was a cupcake or something similar.

Basically, it is perfectly fine for an author to use something like eclairs in their book, as long as they didn't mention France, and especially if the book is inspired by France a bit, as this seems to be. Ta-da.

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Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
a book is worth five stars if i am willing to sacrifice one of my favourite things - sleep. i started this when i got home from work and stayed up until 2am (even though i knew i had to get up early) because i just could not. put. this. down.

there are so many qualities and aspects to this which make this story so wonderful:
- a female MC who is unapologetically herself. even when her feelings and motives change, she is still true to herself.

- a female MC who is ruthless, as well as kind. usually
Tricia Levenseller
Mar 07, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
3/4 SHADOWS has been out for just over a week now, and I wanted to say thank you to everyone for your support! If you're interested, I'd love for you to add my next novel to your Goodreads TBR:

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Was this book perfect? No. Did this book deliver on everything I've expected from it? No.
Do I care? No. Why? Because it was such a long time since I enjoyed "YA"/fantasy book so much as I did enjoy this one.

As I previously mentioned, I was sold when this book was labelled as "Slytherin".

If only he knew I have my sights set a bit higher than that.

Yeah, I was hyped when I started this book, and the beginning was so good, I had problems to remember to breathe, and then I was close to hyperventila
May 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.45/5 ⭐

Full review on my Blog: The Dacian She-Wolf 🐺


I wanted to love this book. I didn’t love this book.
I wanted to like this book. I didn’t like this book.
What can I say now? It was bland.

I don’t want to hate on this, I don’t like to hate on things in general, but I must signal some not-so-pleasant aspects about it. I want to put into words what I felt after giving The Shadows Between Us a shot.

The concept is really interesting. Like, that synopsis sold me the book. And the beginning w
Mary S. R.
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Slytherins seeking a hilarious, fun romance
Recommended to Mary by: MischaS_
(4.5 ★’s)

The poets can say whatever they damned like. A woman’s worth is not decided by what’s between her legs but by what is in her mind.

First and foremost, I would like to address the people who say “this isn’t dark enough to be Slytherin” and if you’re one of them, I want to tell you—quite politely of course—to shut up. I’m not even sorry because that is the very point of this book: being Slytherin does not mean being a pure-evil, mustache-twirling doll. Being Slytherin means being ambit
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
What is it about mutually horrible, morally questionable, murder prone people falling in love that is so utterly addicting?

This book so extremely entertaining. It hooks you right from the first line and keeps you reading till the end. The main character, Alessandra, is a vain and wicked girl with a villenous plan. She is a murderer, a schemer, and a liar. But you know what, so is the Shadow King and that’s what makes them great together!

They are two murderous peas in a pod and it's beautiful!

Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

Although I’m too much of a HUFFLEPUFF to be like Alessandra or to even have the guts to do half the things she does in this book, The Shadows Between Us wooed me in all its SLYTHERIN glory.

Tired of being constantly overlooked, Alessandra is determined to prove just how cunning and villainous she could be. The plan is simple:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

What could possibly go wrong? Nothing. Except for one scenario she’s not at all
If I could give this book more than 5 stars, I would. Brimming with betrayal, romance and conspiracy, my love for this book is more than what I can put into comprehensible words.
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
Step 1: Woo the king.
Step 2: Marry the king.
Step 3: Kill the king and take his kingdom.

How very Evil Queen of you...

I'm always down for that!

✨ A ✨
Allesandra will not settle for marrying a Lord or Duke. She has eyes for only one man, The Shadow King himself.

It's not really the Shadow King she wants but his kingdom and to be able to rule from his throne.

But first she needs to woo the King, which is made difficult by the fact that no one is allowed to touch him. And protect him from his enemies who threaten his life and intend to take his, soon to be her, kingdom.

The first 20 % of this book was excellent and I was so absorbed and wanting t
Amy (libraryofamy)
Mar 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
“They've never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

Spoiler alert: they did, actually, and it didn't matter. Because nothing in this book makes any sense.

This was so predictable and very disappointing. I’m not sure if I’m outgrowing YA or if I’m just picking up shitty YA books. Either way, I didn’t enjoy The Shadows Between Us at all. It felt extremely formulaic, severely underdeveloped, and wholly uninspiring. I was so bored.

The Shadows Between U
High Lady of The Night Court
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-read
The perfect couple, matched in viciousness and skill. The perfect story.

“Alessandra Stathos, that’s positively despicable.” He says the words like they’re the highest compliment he can give me. “You are an absolute gem, do you know that?"

This book really showed me just how much our first impression of anyone influences how we react to their actions in any given situation. Alessandra, introduced as a vicious, scheming woman with no loyalties, but, honestly, captivating in her intelligence, h
Helena of Eretz ✰
I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.


1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

This gave me all the Cruel Beauty-vibes I've been craving and my favourite 2020 release thus far. I nearly read this WHOLE THING in one sitting with a grin on my face. It was SO GOOD. Morally grey characters who are so unapologetically bad...and I loved it.

Do yourselves a favour and pick it up when it releases in February. This i
Cristina Monica
Last semester, I took a theatre class. There was one specific scene that was very important in the play and it had to be done perfectly. When practicing, the actors started the scene with a lot of energy and really brought to life the characters and intensity of the story. But somehow, as the scene went on, the actors’ energy started fading slowly and the scene ended with a lacklustre atmosphere.

I still remember the professor saying, ‘‘No, you can’t do that. You either have to keep the energy t
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I wasn’t sure at first, but it won me over. Beautiful purple edition from FairyLoot with a picture under the dust jacket.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
• Lindsey Dahling •
We need more Slytherin narrators in the world.

I’ve always found myself drawn to characters with Slytherin traits. They’re much more interesting than your purely good characters (sorry, Jon Snow). This book’s narrator, Alessandra, is a rare one. Legitimately. I’ve NEVER seen a narrator like this who wasn’t the villain.
She’s confident.
She’s unapologetic.
She’s cunning.
She’s observant.
She’s direct.

I didn’t spend one second of this book internally screaming, “COME ON. JUST ASK HIM WHAT HE REALL
Mara YA Mood Reader

3.5 stars Perfect for those new to fantasy and wanting to enter into the genre. And also great for the avid fantasy reader who, like me, often needs a break from investing into heavy, 600 page minimum, 4-8 installment high fantasy series.

The Shadows Between Us is called a ”Slytherin Romance” by the author herself and that enough is exactly what any of us Harry Potter fans want. Especially those in House Slytherin, and those who have spent countless hours reading very naughty Draco,
Andrea Ashwood
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books, favorites
[English Review - Reseña en Español]

“The point is, Father, I know what I’m doing. And I’m going to keep doing whatever I wish, because I am the master of myself. And you? You’re going to send me to the palace with the next wave of women to see the king, because if there’s anything I’m good at, it’s getting men to propose to me.”
Father’s eyes narrow. “How long have you been planning this?”
(You will find my synopsis below)
This is one of those stories that you know won't forget in
Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
I sad. Marketed as a Slytherin romance with a leading lady who is unapologetically cunning, I was all for this book. It was one of my anticipated releases, but it ultimately just fell short for me.

First thing I noted was the simplicity of the writing. Not every book has to be elaborately written, but when the plot is quite literally being laid out on a plate in front of you with zero room for doubt or interpretation, there's no space left for guessing or intrigue. You're just told everyt
Mar 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 starts, and I feel so conflicted!
After much consideration, I feel the book is closer to three stars than four.


Normally I like the fact that Tricia Levenseller's books are quite short (330 ish pages), because to me it means that no matter how stressful my life is at the time of starting the book, I will still be able to finish it in a reasonable amount of time. The problems with reading short books, and standalone novels, is that I always end up wanting more. More world-building. More ba
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
the lack of flavour in this book is truly a disgrace. 13 yr old me from wattpad could write a better villain x villain romance
Jun 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a profoundly silly story. The best part was chapter one, after that, it was all downhill.
Just based on the blurb, I was feeling some Rhysand vibes and was pretty excited from that alone. Oh, how wrong I was. Kallias wasn’t completely disappointing, but he was far more Kaz Brekker than Rhysand. Still, I’m not convinced he was as good as either.

Actual Rating: 2.5

This is described as a slytherin romance, which I was hoping would make my slytherin heart happy. Alas, I didn’t particularly like Alessandra or Kallias. I suppose this is because we have different goals in life and thus a di
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: high-fantasy
2.5 stars

There’s something about watching him give orders that has my blood flowing faster in my veins. He has such power. Men are forced to obey him without a word of protest. They would do anything he commanded.
I want that power.

It’s the worst when the first half of a book gives you a lot of expectations for what is currently happening and what’s to come, and then those expectations aren’t met, so you feel like you’ve been scammed a little.

I’m not saying I didn’t have fun reading this book
Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
They never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.
And they never will.

Story 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
In life we learn a lot of lessons.
We learn that life isn’t always fair.
Never perfect.
Life isn’t easy either, no one will give you anything for free.
You have to work for it.
And when Alessandra gave her heart to a boy, she wanted to have his heart back.
But instead, he broke it. He tore it apart.
So she killed him.
With her broken heart she swore to herself to never love again.
She swore to t
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Official review to come, but i LOVED this!
myo 🍒 (myonna reads)
this was so bad lmfaoooo i feel like the main character was a walmart jude duarte, she was very much a try hard badass. for example in the very first chapter it is explained that she killed her ex boyfriend, i was very much unamused because we didn’t actually get to see her do it so it’s just like okay cool? idk i just didn’t care.. very sad because the cover is so beautiful:(
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
I loved Warrior of the Wild from the author. I liked it so much that I set my expectations too high for this one. Unfortunately, my expectations were not met, and maybe this is just another case of "it's me not you".
There were too many inconsistencies for me to be able to fully enjoy this book. While in WotW I loved the writing, in this one the writing always felt too abrupt. I enjoyed the first 40% of the book and from then on just lost interest.
So without further delay,
What I enjoyed:
- Aless
Few chapters in and already hate this book 😒
I went into this with high expectations
I loved this author's other books but sadly this book was not for me😔

So... our protagonist was supposed to be a Slytherin 🐍
I am a huge fan of Slytherin protagonist

While reading a book sorting the characters into Hogwarts houses is something l enjoy
But l never felt that the MC was a Slytherin 🤨
Where is the Slytherin banter ???
Slytherin's sarcastic sense of humor?!!
Resourcefulness ??

We are supposed to believe the
Cindy ✩☽♔
“They've never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

Truly the Slytherin romance we were all promised.

Our heroine is beautiful, cunning, charming and manipulative. Our hero is, well, shadowy, handsome, smart and calculating. They are truly birds of a feather.

Be forewarned, if you're looking for a tale in which the protagonists use their wicked minds to create a country that is better for all, please, look somewhere else. These two are in no way for t
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