Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller


4/5 Stars

Well, here was a fun, shallow ride with a greedy protagonist chock full of flaws.

Alessandra is a character who is materialistic, conceited, greedy, and bloodthirsty. She’s not meant to be all that likeable…which is why I immediately liked her. Seriously, the first few pages made me laugh out loud. “His last word was my name. I won.” 

This book doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is – a romantic story with a vain main character who also stands strong as a woman who decides what she gets to do with her body. She doesn’t give a sh** about formality or virtue – she does what she pleases.

I know there are some people who didn’t like this book for some of the things it places in a positive light. But I recognize that the author simply wrote the characters the way she built them – flawed and vain.

I did want more of the magic system. Of the gods and devils. How does this world turn? There are guns, and mention of electricity. But carriages? It reads like a medieval fantasy but the science is there. I need more! Gimme mooooore.

Alessandra and her friend’s ranking system hilariously reminded me of me and my friends in grade eight. Felt a bit immature but it was silly fun.

And that’s really what this book was when you boil down to it: silly fun. 4 stars is a bit steep, sure, but it was easy to give it that rating because I enjoyed the ride. Books are allowed to be simply entertaining! I may be brutal with my reviews sometimes, but mostly that’s when a plot is oddly weak or the writing needs help. Levenseller does well on both counts.

Aaaand that’s all I have to say on this read. It was quick, digestible, entertaining, and interesting. Easy 4 stars!

Author: Akairya

Fantasy author of The Fractured Soul. To buy a copy of the first book, Akairya, simply go to Abrianna's main website or search for it on Amazon! When Abrianna's not writing, she is reading or riding horses...or playing a video game that probably takes up way too much of her time.

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