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The Shadows Between Us

Written by: Tricia Levenseller
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Few audiobooks warrant turning off all distractions, closing one's eyes, and simply listening to the story unfold. Narrator Caitlin Davies creates just that experience as she passionately guides listeners through this gripping story of ambition, love, and desire." (AudioFile Magazine)

Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Pirate King, is back with an epic YA tale of ambition and love in The Shadows Between Us....

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

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?

A Macmillan Audio production from Feiwel & Friends

"Tricia Levenseller’s latest, The Shadows Between Us, is a decadent and wickedly addictive fantasy, full of schemes and court intrigue, and delightful descriptions of food, which I am always a fan of." (Kendare Blake, number one New York Times best-selling author of the Three Dark Crowns series)

©2020 Tricia Levenseller (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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A deliciously satisfying listen

I ate this up in a matter of days, and was so pleased with how brilliantly it was performed.

The book is well paced and evenly seasoned with bits of romance, mystery, and adventure.

4/5 reccomend for sure!

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Not the audiobook's fault, just not a good book.

The story itself was underdeveloped and none of the plot or characters really landed with me. The narrator made a couple scenes feel waaaay too sexual, but otherwise was okay.

Just not the book for me at all. Glad I didn't buy a physical copy.

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  • lia
  • 2020-03-29

More romance please!

Great story but I feel like there could have been more romance. The ending was quite surprising. I wasn't expecting that.

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Finally!

OMG finally I book I can stand to read that isnt romantic shit! I just wish there was a series. I love how ruthless and confident the heroine is. Its so refreshing from the same stereotypes I’ve read over and over again in other books.

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Another amazing book from Tricia Levenseller!

As with all of Tricia's books, her main characters knows exactly what they want, even if it makes them a villain. As it is in The Shadows Between Us. What is wonderfully refreshing about this book is how character reacts and grows based on the world around her. Tricia knocked it out of the park again. If you haven't read her other books, I highly recommend you do.

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  • English Teacher
  • 2020-03-04

Excellent and Unique

This story was so different from the usual fantasy/adventure/romance hybrid. First, the protagonist is an anti-hero(ine). At first, she seems more like the villain - and she sort of is. But as she is developed, we come to understand that she is just a girl in a world that has made her, except without any of the conventional glossy edges. I won't say more, because I don't want to spoil the story, but I did love it and it made me want to read others by this author which, up until now, I have not wanted to do. I hope to see more like this one. Oh! And the other thing I really liked about it - the whole story in JUST ONE BOOK. YAY! I get really tired of waiting to read books that look interesting to me until the entire series is finished. I have to do that because I read so much that, if I don't, they all run together and I forget what happened before. Nothing dampens the interest like forgetting what happened a year ago! Anyway, this one is worth the price, folks.

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  • Aly P
  • 2020-03-10

Okay read

I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. I did like that Alessandra wasn't a good person and had her own agenda. She wanted to kill the king for power, not revenge or anything that could be considered noble. It's nice to have a main character who's kind of the villain. I also enjoyed the sex positive pieces, telling women that they own their bodies and should do what they want.
I felt like Kallias was one dimensional and needed more depth to him. He was kind of just there. The world building also lacked, I have no idea if other people have magic or just Kallias and exactly what time period are we going for?
The ending was okay. Part of it I saw coming but another part I didn't and I think it was a huge suspension of belief.
Fairly predictable but had some good moments. I liked the sub plot with the bandit and Alessandra helping Ruben with his engagement.

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  • Sierra
  • 2020-05-13

Not what I expected

And no, I don’t mean the title in a good way. The overall performance of the book is the only reason I finished it (and because I paid for it). The story was bland, the main character ridiculous, the love connection unrealistic. The ending was excruciatingly obvious, and I’m not going to lie. This is one of those books that I was rooting for the main character and/or love interest to die when facing conflict.


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There is no reason that the Shadow King should even have shadows! Why did it not go into a history of why those powers exist and why, apparently, the patriarchal monarchy are the only ones who possess it—-other than Zanthos, or however you spell his name? Also, why didn’t he have it? There was no explanation! The funniest part is when the protagonist says she doesn’t understand what being humble means, because oh my gosh, I don’t want to hear any more about how perfect everything works for her, or her “sage advice”. Or how she coincidentally “solves all the problems of the kingdom.” Honestly, she’s a terrible woman to admire in any way. She’s bland and flakey, and even though I don’t like the king, he deserves better.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-12

A fun fantasy romance

I really loved the main character and all her quirkinesses. A Slytherin romance is the perfect way to describe this. The Shadow King doesn’t quite satisfy as much as The Darkling in intrigue, but then again he isn’t a megalomaniac either.

If you’re in the mood for a well preformed romance fantasy — buy this one.

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  • Boss
  • 2020-07-07

Awesome!

The book was a bit slow to start and focused so much on appearance but it is definitely worth the read. I haven’t read in a long time because nothing holds my interest anymore yet I couldn’t put the book down after I had gotten a few chapters in. I wish there was a sequel, not that it could be anywhere near as good because of how this one ended. I 100% recommend. I did give 4 stars but that is because it took a while for the “good stuff” to start happening. The voice was perfect for this book too, normally I prefer to read myself but her voice was the perfect Lady Stathos and Kallias in my mind.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-04-26

Good escape, bratty heroine

While I loved the authors description of the castle and the clothing and enjoyed the character development, it was hard to get past the selfishness of both the heroine and the king. I found myself rooting for the wanna be Robin Hood character. At least he actually cared for the people

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  • Griselda Camacho
  • 2020-03-25

Wonderfully romantic and twisted

The best book I have listened to or read in a while. The author somehow makes very morally questionable people seem so likable. It’s a unique romance that I could not get enough of. The protagonist was unapologetically herself and I absolutely loved her for it.

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  • Iniysa
  • 2020-02-28

Unique

I had no idea what this book was about when I grabbed it. I had so many people tell me to read it I just did. I found the story to be just like many, but the female leads REASON for courting the king, fun and unique.

Overall, a fun read!

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  • Elena
  • 2020-08-01

Horrible narrator

Just read the book because the narrator is so horrible, which is surprising because she narrated for the popular house of night books. I like the strong female character of Alexandra but besides that the book was mediocre.

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  • libby
  • 2020-08-01

Overall not to bad

Though the book got better in the end, I find it hard to like the protagonist in the beginning. Though she does develope, it takes time to get through the beginning mostly due to her attitude and posh nature.

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  • Linara K.S
  • 2020-05-03

Simply bewitching

This story is a tangle of dark romance and dramatic intrigue. Words can not describe how amazed I am of the storyline. We follow an unusual main character, different from the typical YA standard, Alessandra is confident, fierce, and empowered. She knows what she wants and thrives to obtain it.
The story follows her quest in seducing the shadow king, a mysterious young man that keeps people at bay, never approaching anyone; this all changes when he encounters Alessandra.
I highly recommend this story for a pleasurful read.