Book Review | The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller


The Shadows Between Us

Author: Tricia Levenseller // Published: February 25, 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?


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

This book was my first by this author. I’ve heard amazing things about her work and when I heard about this one I knew that I had to read it. The synopsis drew me in and the reviews I saw got me so excited to finally read it!

Now I have some things to address. I really wanted to love this book. It had so much potential and I was so sure I was going to love it but I set my expectations too high. I did enjoy the book to an extent but it definitely fell short for me. I was drawn to the idea of a Slytherin romance. I think a lot of us did. I did get Slytherin vibes from the start. Especially when Alessandra was introduced and we got to meet her. I felt like she would definitely deliver the villain narrative. But somewhere along the line I started to lose interest.

I loved the introduction we got to our main character. I was pretty fond of her at first and she was ambitious and following her villain like role. But later she just became annoying. Some things she did didn’t make sense and I just couldn’t see the Alessandra we had in the beginning. I did love the fact that she had her own sense of style. She loves to sew and creates some of the most extravagant outfits and some that aren’t even regarded as appropriate for the time. She did have that and I was really in love with the detailed description into those outfits.

The romance was interesting. It felt Slytherinish but I felt like the whole book was centered on this. The plot fell flat for me. I didn’t really know where things were going at one point. I wish the worldbuilding had been a bit more fleshed out because I felt like I hardly knew anything about the place. We didn’t really go deeper into the setting and the magic is just mentioned in the background.

When she met Kallias I kind of knew she wouldn’t end up killing him. It was interesting and disappointing at the same time. A part of me was hoping she would go through with it. It would have been very interesting to see. They were both pretty dark so I suppose it was to be expected. The villain was unbelievable. I saw it coming and I was so surprised no one else did. It was so obvious to me and it just felt so fast paced at that point. I think I enjoyed the middle part much more but I did have really high expectations.

Although I didn’t love the book I didn’t hate it either. It was fun and didn’t take me long to read. I can’t judge all her books because of this one. This one just wasn’t entirely for me.

About the Author

Tricia Levenseller

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 she’s not writing or reading, Tricia enjoys putting together jigsaw puzzles, playing volleyball, playing OVERWATCH, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.


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8 thoughts on “Book Review | The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

  1. I read The Shadows Between Us in february and I really liked it, but I think it was mainly because I went blindly into the reading? I never heard anything about the author before this book and I liked that it wasn’t a heavy fantasy read for once. Though I agree with you: Alessandra’s character arc wasn’t consistant and the first chapters of the book promise something of her that we won’t get in the rest of the story. I feel like the author just made a plot and abandoned it after a few chapters. The romance might have been my favorite part of this book✨


  2. I haven’t heard of this author or the book. A promising villainous heroine losing her villainous streak midway – that is a bit disappointing! Hopefully your next book will be great. Good review. 🙂


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