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The Shadows Between Us
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The Shadows Between Us
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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?
"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

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?
"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

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  • ATOS:
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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    3

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About the Author-
  • Tricia Levenseller, whose books include Daughter of the Pirate King, its sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen, and Warrior of the Wild, is from a small town in Oregon, but now lives next to the Rocky Mountains in Utah with her bossy dog, Rosy. She received her degree in English language and editing, and she 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 Overwatch, and watching her favorite TV shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.
Reviews-
  • School Library Journal

    January 31, 2020

    Gr 9 Up-Lady Alessandra Stathos aims to woo the Shadow King, marry him, and then kill him to take the kingdom for herself. Alessandra is no stranger to murder-in the opening of the book she admits to killing her first love after he rejects her-and shows no remorse for what she has done. She has all the details thought out regarding how she can gain the king's attention, make him fall in love with her, and carry out her plan. However, she does not anticipate enjoying the king's company, helping protect him from assassination attempts, or having to work around the shadows and rules that surround him. Alessandra is hardly likable-she is cunning and deceitful, and she loves to toy with others-yet readers will root for her. The ending ties up a bit too quickly and predictably, but this is a satisfying and engaging tale. VERDICT Hand this fantasy to readers who want a fun read with villains as the stars.-Megan Huenemann, Norris High School, Firth, NE

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Booklist

    January 1, 2020
    Grades 9-12 Alessandra has been in love before, and it's not a mistake she plans to make again. When the first boy she fell for unceremoniously broke her heart, she murdered him and covered up the crime. Now she collects lovers and leaves behind a string of broken hearts of her own. But she has higher ambitions. While her father works to make an advantageous marriage for her demure older sister, Alessandra schemes to woo the mysterious Shadow King?the enigmatic young leader who commands a host of shadows and won't let anyone touch him. Undaunted and politically savvy, Alessandra plans to win his hand, assassinate him, and then take the throne for herself. But the Shadow King is as cunning as she, and in him, she may have met her match. Though she never makes her dark-hearted heroine too truly villainous, Levenseller (Warrior of the Wild, 2019) deftly examines a woman's choices in a world that, while more progressive than ours, still finds ways to constrain. A viciously satisfying romance featuring two well-matched opponents.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

  • Kerri Maniscalco, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Stalking Jack the Ripper

    "The Shadows Between Us is my favorite kind of fantasy: dark, mesmerizing, and completely addictive. With a gripping mystery and layered characters, it's a glittering tale of love and the pursuit of power. Put simply: it's the Slytherin romance we've all been waiting for."

  • Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times–bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series "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."
  • Emily R. King, author of The Hundredth Queen series "A wickedly fun romp with corsets and jeweled daggers, Levenseller drops us into a competitive royal court, led there by Alessandra, an unapologetically ruthless and self-confident courtier who aims to overthrow the Shadow King and become queen. The king's mysterious abilities and dark secrets complicate her passion to rule, all building to a sizzling, unbidden romance. The Shadows Between Us will heat up the page--and your heart."
  • Booklist "A viciously satisfying romance featuring two well-matched opponents."
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