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The Shadows Between Us

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  5,955 ratings  ·  1,588 reviews
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 Kings 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.
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published February 25th 2020 by Feiwel and Friends
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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:

1/9 *CLOSED* The preorder incentive for this book is now live! If you'd like a free signed bookplate and character art prints for preordering the book, visit

Also, you can now read the first FIVE chapters here:
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
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 ✨
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

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,
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
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, thats positively despicable. He says the words like theyre 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, held my
arini ☆彡
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

4.5 Stars

Although Im 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 shes not at all
How to overcome everything in life according to this book:
1) Woo a King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for yourself.
Let's call it a mantra and stick to it.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I wasnt sure at first, but it won me over. Beautiful purple edition from FairyLoot with a picture under the dust jacket.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
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 cant do that. You either have to keep the energy
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 isnt always fair.
Never perfect.
Life isnt 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
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Official review to come, but i LOVED this!
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:
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 starts, and I feel so conflicted!

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 that point, 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 background story. More character development. More tension. More everything! The Shadows Between Us is
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
I dont know what it is about mutually horrible, murderous people falling in love that I enjoy so much.

Two good people falling in love? Meh.

Someone good with someone bad? Its good, I guess.

Two people equally prone to scheming and murder??????

I LOVE it and I dont care what that says about me.

Lets jump right in and let me tell you that 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
Andrea Ashwood
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books, favorites
I finished this book last week and I'm still hungover.


Review coming soon...
Lea (drumsofautumn)
THIS WAS SO GOOD!!! Maybe more of a 4.5 stars but I immensely enjoyed this reading experience and this had one of the best romances I have ever read. Full review to come!
I think that when you care enough for someone, you reach a point where its far more painful not to have him at all than to have him and risk losing him. You realize the risk is worth it. Because happiness, however short-lived, is always worth it.
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: almost-favorites
I've read this book extremely fast.
I pick it up so I could read the first chapter and when I realized I was already halfway through.

I have read every book by this author and she's yet to disappoint me.

This book was addictive. There is no other word to describe it.

The story was quite original. The concept that the main character wants to kill the Shadow King after she marries him so she can have the crown and power was brilliant.
And the execution was done perfectly.

The story was well
Bre *B.B. Lynn Reads*
I have a new game in mind. Im going to woo the king. I suspect it wont be longer than a month before hes helplessly in love with me.

I found a sort of disclaimer Tricia wrote saying, My characters have unapologetically questionable morals. Don't expect them to change. It's who they are. I will confirm that this is 100% true. I will also confess that its part of the reason I love the book most. This book isnt about becoming a better person. Actually, if there was any kind of lesson in this book,
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. Im not sure if Im outgrowing YA or if Im just picking up shitty YA books. Either way, I didnt enjoy The Shadows Between Us at all. It felt extremely formulaic, severely underdeveloped, and wholly uninspiring. I was so bored.

The Shadows Between Us is
Sophie Elaina
Wow this was incredible! Its like The Cruel Prince meets Cruel Beauty, with a hell of a twisted villainous romance thrown in. Absolute perfection!

The synopsis totally speaks to my soul. Im so hyped for this! 😍
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this down!
Tricia Levenseller does such a great job creating kickass, independent women and this was no exception. I loved how our main character knew her worth and didn't let anyone else tell her otherwise.
I really enjoyed the sex positive nature and also her shameless flirting. The banter was *chefs kiss* good and I couldn't get enough of her and the King interacting and watching their relationship grow and develop into its own thing.
I think Levenseller's writing just keeps
alana ♡
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
"I know when I've been beaten, and I have barely even started."

The Shadows Between Us is described as a Slytherin romance and I could not agree more. This was my first novel from Tricia Levenseller but it absolutely will not be my last, especially considering I have her other books sitting on my bookshelf waiting to be devoured.  If you're like me and love a good fantasy book with ruthless characters, love, lust, deception, and so many betrayals then you absolutely need to save a spot on your
bri ♡
Feb 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
this was bland. so goddamn bland. did I mention bland?
I went into this so excited and ready for a villain/villain romance and a kickass main character...but where was it? the only thing I liked about our mc was that she was sexually active and not a virgin like most ya fantasy mc. but other than that? nothing. I stanned her for the first three chapter and then I just did not care. she was far from a villainous, cunning queen. she had so many opportunities to show that she was, but never did so
Mar 24, 2020 rated it did not like it
the lack of flavour in this book,,,,,truly a disgrace. 13 yr old me from wattpad could write a better villain x villain romance
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, 2020
I'm upset this is over. I'm upset I read it in two days. I'm even more upset that it doesn't come out for several more months (I need the hardcover now!!).

But in all seriousness, this is the type of story I shouldn't love. I'm not a fan of hate-to-love main characters, but I gotta give props to Alessandra. She's cunning and smart, and I appreciated her ambition and ability to take her own fate in her hands.

To say I am OBSESSED with the romance in this book is an understatement. I needed 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 didnt actually get to see her do it so its just like okay cool? idk i just didnt care.. very sad because the cover is so beautiful:( ...more
The Nerd Daily
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Its a villain love story. Its a VILLAIN love story. ITS A VILLAIN LOVE STORY! My goodness, I was so excited to get this in my hands. After reading Warrior of the Wild and someone had whispered what Tricia Levenseller was working on next, I knew I wanted to do everything in my power to get my hands on it (short of murder of course, haha). This isnt your goodie two-shoes damsel in distress lying in wait for her prince charming to
Lerizza Mae (books&teacups)
Nov 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish, arc
DNF at 35%

I was promised a Slytherin romance. At 30% I was beginning to doubt that.

From what I know, Slytherins are cunning, shrewd, and ambitious. Though I can state the Alessandra is ambitious, it just feels that it wasn't enough.

I was hooked at the first 10% of the book but after the 20% mark it was getting a bit dull.

Alessandra is so focused in getting rid of her previous beau (who I find, in fact, is quite annoying) that her interactions with the Shadow King is being overpowered. Myron
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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 is thrilled that she never has to read a textbook again. When shes not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing OVERWATCH, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered ...more

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