The Shadows Between Us
By: Tricia Levenseller
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, enemies to lovers
Page Count: 326
Synopsis: 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?
This review will be spoiler free
This book has been on my radar for some time now, I had heard it described as a Slytherin romance which had me really intrigued right form the get go! I finally got my hands on it, and I have some thoughts. So first, and yes I know this is really stupid, but the cover really bothers me. It looks like there is a plastic overlay on the book but there isn’t, it’s just that the black bits are made to look shiny and more like plastic. It kind of turned me off, I really do judge my books by their covers (I know, I’m bad) but fI wanted it despite my cover annoyance.
The book started off really strong, I adore Alessandra! Finally a female protagonist who doesn’t take shit from anyone but who still wears dresses and has hobbies, yes you heard right, she has hobbies that are unique and interesting. She was unapologetically ruthless and ambitious and I LOVED it. I also liked that the Shadow King was also just as cunning and ruthless, it made the whole enemies to lovers trope more interesting since both of them were technically villains. I mean I am always a sucker for any enemies to lovers trope so I was probably going to love it regardless.
Now, this issues I had, because I did have some. There was basically no world building, at all. This isn’t our world, I mean there is magic and different kingdoms and things I wish had been explained to give us a bit more context for the political discussion they were having in the book. Also I’m sorry but the plot twist was pretty predictable, yes it was good and fun, but I saw it coming. I also thought the turn from enemies to lovers came a bit too fast for me. But overall it was still really cute and fun to read. I also loved that it was a stand alone book, which is really rare in fantasy and I love to see it.
Have you read this book? let me know your thoughts in the comments!