Book Review : The Shadow Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Here is one of the books that has received thousands of good reviews.

But I plan to at least managed my messy TBR before going in all in reading this one. I’m kinda sad I’ve missed the hype moment.

Genre : Fantasy, Romance
Page : 326 pages
Published : 25th February 2020

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? 

“Aren’t we all drawn to friends in the beginning by trifling things? True bonds develop afterward, when character is revealed.”

I have my own reason for delaying reading this book. I have rarely read a good fantasy-standalone and I could count with my fingers which I found best. And I think this book feels okay ʕ•́ᴥ•̀ʔっ♡

The Shadow Between Us— A story of a lady who tries to woo and kill the king for the thirst of power.

I love how wretchedly cruel this book started. Let me share the first sentenced I’ve read that made me feel instantly attached to the book.

“They’ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart. And they never will.”

What an awfully intriguing way to start a story! That line instantly sold me out and I’m all in for the book. 

Alessandra has a plan of her own when she sets her eyes on The Shadow King. That includes, killing the freshly crowned King and took the kingdom to herself. 

I love how awfully wicked our main protagonist is. I have rarely stumbled upon a female morally grey protagonist and I’m gonna say, I am loving her characters already. Ambitous lady and unaplologetic to turn things her way.

I love how our Alessandra started off the story with a strong fiery fire and I absolutely love how fast the story progress without any unnecessary preambles. There’s tiny mystery, the expected-romance and the thrill of curiosity of how will all these messy conflict got sorted out.

I also love how this book works it’s way with the steady progress between Alessandra and The Shadow King in the right amount of doses, even if this book is heavier on the romance than the fantasy itself. And it’s something I do not expect at all.

I expect a strong and oh I don’t know, perhaps a typical story of how the woman might save the world and The King would aid her in truth and power. Some heavy fantasy. But how wrong was I. This book is downright romance in the right proportions. And I think the only fantasy this book offers, is The Shadow King himself.

Well, not that I’m complaining.

Reading this has been fun. I always made my time as fast as I could to come back reading this book. Despite having a predictable story line, I was enjoying this book a lot. Truth to be told, this book bore heavy plot lines but it doesn’t feel like I’m reading one. It does not feel distressing at all. On the contrary, I feel like I’m reading a light reads instead.

Also, reading this book feels like reading a fairytale where all seems too good to be true. Like how The King pays special attention to Alessandra and yes, we more or less know where is this going. Meaning, this book has a kind of story that’ll happened only in fiction. But still, it got me addicted.

And here’s another thing that got me addicted for the book

The Lovely Encounter Of Alessandra and The Shadow King

Not gonna lie, but for me, what makes this book worth my time is when Alessadra crossed path with The Shadow King. I comeback for this book, reading expectantly for this part. It’s yes, predictable but it was also sweet and lovely. 

It was a pleasure of mine to find both in a frame together. Unlike the other literature couples, where perhaps they might feel awkward or seething from each other presence, I love how both are comfortable and calm with one another. It’s as if they were made for each other downright from the start and it has been a delight of mine to expect their next encounter.

“Tell me,” I say. “You don’t need to read a letter. Just tell me.”
He closes his hands into fists at his sides. “I want you.”
I wait for him to say more. When he doesn’t, I say, “Surely you can do better than that.”

Well, it might get chessy at times and I rarely love chessy romantic stuff but I’m gonna made the exception this time ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Also, aside from romance, Alessandra and The Shadow King, this book holds a special message that construct it’s story.

The Shadow Between Us is a story of Love

We are not talking about relationship and we definitely are not talking about couples this time. What this book means is how every human beings deserves to be loved and cared for in the right way without any prejudiced. Everyone has the rights to be loved and one does not need to prove anything to gain love.  

Just Thoughts

The truth is, this book is not perfect. It lacked fantasy and It lacked the stong stability of plot lines as the story goes. But damn, this book is just a delight and I am enjoying it a lot. Perhaps my only concern is how serious plot did not get much attention as I want them to be. It was forgotten at times and the problem solving method has been easy and fast.

But again, I had a good time with this book. Mostly because of The Shadow King. He’s a fine character you don’t wanna missed. If you’re looking for some light reading, I would love to recommend this book to you.  

“Yes, I know the law. No one is allowed to touch the king. To do so is punishable by death.”

Author: Celine

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