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This book was excellent!! I've read works by the author before and LOVED them, so I knew I had to read The Shadows Between Us.
The characters are amazing. Alessandra, the female main character, is snarky, sassy, kind but also very clever. She is unapologetic and herself. She was a great characer, and the male main character Kallias was dark, broody, but also sweet and fierce all at the same time.
Basically Alessandra goes to The Shadow Kings court in order to woo him, marry him and then kill him. There are some twists and turns along the way, and neither of them expected to be friends.
It was awesome. Highly recommend if you love enemies-to-lovers, assassin plots, clever characters and witty one liners. I will always buy works by this author because I know I will love them.
Bought this from all the glowing reviews and just....what?! Did we even read the same book? For something that promised sexiness and angst and violence this was just the mc designing clothes, having zero chemistry with anyone and snapping women's rights into existence like it's the easiest thing in the world. Couldn't finish. So. Bored.
I am going to start this review by being honest and saying that this is not my type of book. That being said I know others will completely adore it, and I understand why. This novel is unique, I have never read a book where I could not like the main characters or agree with their actions and I am pretty sure that is what the Author wanted. I dont think I am being unfair when I say Alessandra is a villain. She is villainous, selfish, arrogant and mostly unfeeling towards others. She is also very complex and strong. I like Alessandras strength and consistency. She doesnt back down or shy away from what she wants. She knows the effect she has on people and doesnt hide behind modesty. She likes men and is completely unashamed of that. I have seen some comments saying that this is a book about slytherins. I agree. I just struggle with how unlikable the characters are (In my opinion) They are villains. The shadow king is a strong ruler and he needs a strong woman by his side. They crush down rebellions of the poor every day man and what I would call 'the good guy' (though he is a muppet) There is unapologetic murder, a basically non existent sister relationship and the main bad guy got more sympathy from me than the king. But it was well written and engrossing.
I loved this book. It is rare that I enjoy a stand alone novel but this was oddly gripping right from the start. The two lead characters are both morally grey which in itself makes a delightful change and in truth, forced me to binge-read this in the space of one evening. There were a couple of attempts to bring in a ‘feminine power’ message that I felt weren’t really embedded properly - as if added to tick a box - but otherwise, a really great read that I’ve already recommended to my friends.
I wholeheartedly loved this book It only took me a day to read, but I loathed the time that I wasn’t engrossed in this story. I loved that Alessandra was unapologetically herself the whole way through, that these characters were flawed - seriously flawed - individuals, that I was reading about a character who had a plan, was willing to execute her plan and was so confident in her ability to do so! It makes such a change from MC’s who are thrust into situations they have no confidence to deal with. In fact, I found myself convinced that Alessandra had this throughout all the issues she encountered, and boy was there a lot of drama. Tricia Levenseller clearly loves throwing in problems and hiccups for our characters to deal with, and at times I was unsure how it was going to be possible to unravel the tangle that was being woven around the plot - especially as at around 320 pages it’s not a long book at all. I counted around 10 big plot points which is a lot to deal with in such a small page count. There were a few moments that I don’t think paid off, and I think that some issues were not dealt with in a meaningful way. But hell I don’t care that some problems were written just to be solved a few pages later. It was like watching a transfixing telenovela that I just adored. The Shadows Between Us has issues, but that doesn’t make it any less of a delectable treat that I devoured and wished for so much more of. I had such a good time reading this book, and it’s definitely making my top reads of 2020. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Five Stars - Undoubtedly
Seen some mixed reviews and thought it might be a bit cheesy, but honestly loved this book. I loved the characters and their relationship and found the whole dynamic between them fab. There’s a lot of insta love in stand alones but i loved the build up between these two. I don’t know why I also really like that they’re not a couple of do gooders trying to save the world, because that’s been done a million times already, so this was something different.
Loved the sarcasm and wit in this book. We all like morally grey characters, and both the MC and the love interest were definitely that. Missed one star because I felt like the ending was rushed, but I really enjoyed the progressive feel to the book, and finished it in a day.
Loved it. I was hooked an honestly could not put the book down! Did I know how it would end ?... yes Did I know who the 'bad' guys were?... yes But that didn't stop me from needing to keep turning the pages.
Quando eu descobri os livros da Tricia Levenseller pela primeira vez, me apaixonei pelo jeito dela de narrar, pelas suas protagonistas e seu senso de humor. Ela é exatamente do tipo de autora cujos livros eu compro sem nem precisar saber do que fala, mas com este foi um pouco diferente. Um ano antes de ser publicado, ela postou uma foto da primeira página dele no Instagram, e eu fiquei obcecada com ele. Esta é de longe a melhor primeira página que já li, mas o resto do livro não tem o mesmo nível. Não é ruim, não me entenda errado, mas deixou um pouco a desejar.
O único problema dele mesmo são as expectativas que a sinopse e essa primeira página criam. Se ele não fosse tão bom de começo, o resto cresceria muito, pois é uma história bem feita, bem desenvolvida e com um ritmo de leitura que não dá vontade de parar de ler nunca. A protagonista, Alessandra, é muito bem feita, ainda que eu tenha sentido que sua "maldade" ocila um pouco desde o começo. A química dela com o rei é excelente, me fazendo querer muitas vezes colocar o livro nos favoritos, e o romance é maravilhoso, mas não de um jeito fofo, e sim sensual e honesto. É ótimo.
Mas a brutalidade e a ambição prometidas na sinopse e no começo não se mantém firmes por muito tempo. Acho que é por causa do rei. É fácil demais gostar dele, então não tem como o leitor ficar dividido entre a "missão" da Alessandra e ele. Por sorte, a autora teve uma ideia ótima para se tornar um obstáculo entre eles, mas nem posso falar qual é, pois ela fez questão de não deixar claro na sinopse, então seria um spoiler.
Foi uma ideia intrigante, que fez o romance ficar ainda mais interessante e que movimentou a história muito, muito bem. E que me fez querer que este livro fosse mais longo do que foi. Acho que dava para ela introduzir um pouco mais de substãncia e deixá-lo mais preenchido. Não sei se estou conseguindo me explicar direito, mas foi o que senti. Não tinha necessidade de ter só trezentas e poucas páginas, podia ser mais grosso e mais completo.
Outro problema foi com a ambientação. Não é nem que a autora não faça o mundo em que a história se passa parecer real, é só que é um mundo completamente novo, sem mapa ou explicações e que é jogado demais. Precisava ter alguma base para eu sentir uma firmeza maior. A cidade parece conter dois prédios, o palácio e outro em que uma cena acontece, e o resto parece ser um enorme vazio. Se ela tivesse dedicado mais páginas para a explicação do universo do livro, já ficaria uma história mais completa.
Mesmo assim, é um livro muito divertido, com um casal com muita química e um romance muito interessante. Depois da duologia da autora, venho sentindo que seus livros sempre chegam muito perto de serem excelentes, mas acabam não chegando a atingir todo seu potencial. Foi assim com este. Se você ajustar suas expectativas e não se deixar animar demais com a sinopse e o começo, vai gostar bastante dele! Senão, vai só acabar se decepcionando.