The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

“Waiting. Not waiting. One lover. A hundred lovers. There should be no judgement either way. A woman is not defined by what she does or doesn‘t do in the bedroom.”

Alessandra wants powers and her goal, marry the king then kill him, (Love 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? You cannot tell me that doesn’t sound like the most exciting thing ever.

Well it was very exciting and I really enjoyed this book despite the flaws. Alessandra is wicked and villainous and I thoroughly enjoyed her sass, selfishness, and cruelty. The story focuses on Alessandras’ goal to marry the Shadow King Kallias, who is of course awful, powerful and sexy. The romance and sexual tension was a lot of fun to read and it was perfect and trashy, and probably isn’t for everyone.

Sadly, the lack of world-building is pretty noticeable, but honestly, I am absolute trash for antagonists as main characters, so my rating is bias. I loved the drama, sex-positivity, the female friendship, and the writing in general, I have so many quoted highlighted, and will totally re-read this. I know many people took issue with this being considered a “Slytherin Romance”, but the characters are ambition, cunning, leadership, and resourcefulness… which are all canon Slytherin traits… and either way as a Slytherin, I lovedd it.

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