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review 2020-05-24 02:50
AUDIOBOOK REVIEW⤏ THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US

 

 

BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

NARRATED BY CAITLIN DAVIES



SYNOPSIS FROM AUTHORS WEBSITE⇣
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?
 

 

BOOK TAGS

 A SWEET ROMANCE
 FANTASY THAT'S MORE WICKED FUN THAN INTRICATELY WOVEN
 DELICIOUSLY DARKISH CHARACTERS
 COURTLY-ISH INTRIGUE
⤏ LAUGH OUT LOUD MOMENTS
⤏ LENGTH OF AUDIO - 9 HOURS, 53 MINUTES
 I LISTENED ON LIBBY THROUGH MY LIBRARY



MY THOUGHTS⇣

 
This is decidedly less YA than her previous books...this one dabbles in more adult games and shenanigans.  You could say that this has little to no world-building, and you'd be right...but honestly, I didn't really need it.  I thought this was fun, quick, and just what I needed at the time.  You didn't have to read between the lines to figure out what was going on.  It was an easy-listening experience that was made even better by Caitlin Davies' narration...she was actually the perfect voice for Alessandra.
 
Listen to this (or read, if you prefer) when you're in the mood for something quick (only 326 pages & a stand-alone), lighthearted, with witty banter and a romance --the kind that sneaks up on the unsuspecting MC and totally morphs her into someone she thought she could never be or ever wanted to be.  
 

BREAKDOWN⇣

 
 
Narration Rating⇢ 5 STARS
Plot 4.2/5
Characters 4.5/5
The Feels 4.2/5
Pacing 4.2/5
Addictiveness 4.5/5
Theme, Tone or Intensity 5/5
Originality 4/5
Flow (Writing Style) 5/5
World-Building 3/5
Romance/Chemistry 4/5
Ending 4.3/5
 

 
 
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review 2020-04-22 02:59
Packs a Punch!
Silent Shadows - Walters, Natalie

Despite its pleasant, seemingly innocuous name, Walton, Georgia is not the place to plan your next getaway, especially if you are trying to escape a dangerous past. Just when you thought it was safe…Nurse Pecca Gallegos has fled to Walton to protect her son from her own poor choices in the past, putting distance between them and the danger. Or so she thinks, until a phone call from her brother upends her fragile sense of security and increasingly disturbing things begin happening. Her newest patient, honorably discharged Army veteran Colton Crawford, steps in to help, but neither is prepared for the consequences.

Romantic suspense tends to be hit or miss for me. I often find that the romance angle is overdone and overpowers the suspense, which is my favorite part. Thankfully, “Silent Shadows” provides an adequate amount of tension, and I wanted to know what would happen in each new chapter, although I did easily zero in on one of the villains right away. While this is book three in Natalie Walters’ Harbored Secrets series, I did not have any difficulty reading it as a standalone. The patients at Home for Heroes quickly captured my heart, and I appreciated that Walters chose for Colton to be affected by psychogenic movement disorder (PMD) rather than the typical PTSD in order to highlight another challenge that may impact our veterans. Pecca and Colton’s first meeting certainly packed a punch and had me laughing!

Throughout the story, however, I found Pecca’s character rather aloof, and I did not feel that I could relate to her; she often seems awkward, and her internal dialogue disrupted the narrative for me. Maceo, on the other hand, was one of my favorite characters, with his natural ability to empathize and make others feel at ease in spite of his young age. I also very much enjoyed Uncle Jack, who in my opinion had the best commentary in this story, telling Colton, “You’re a go-getter, son, but even Lazarus had to die before the Lord could do his work” and “We all die different kinds of deaths, Colt, but they all lead to one truth. Do you trust him enough to bring you back to life?” These are deep facts to ponder when our own lives seem to be going off track and we are faced with trials. We can either try to work things out on our own, or we can turn to the One who already knows the end from the beginning and has a perfect plan for our lives. As Pecca and Colton come to realize, God is sovereign and omniscient, and because nothing is a secret to Him, ultimately He alone is able to keep us safe, even from what lurks in the shadows.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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review 2020-03-31 07:00
Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
The Shadows Between Us - Tricia Levenseller

This book was so much fun! I have never read the author before but I enjoyed her style very much, so I think I might pick up some of her other books after this one. This one had a bit more romance than I expected but it had a lot of adventure and twists and turns that kept me entertained.

 

Alessandra is delightfully scandalous. She is witty and funny but also slightly sociopathic. She delights in using men and bucking the patriarchal system she lives in. She figures that if men can have a thousand lovers then the women must not be being very chaste either so why not. She killed the first boy who broke her heart and is determined to not make herself vulnerable ever again. Instead she has a mission to seduce the king and then kill him and take over his kingdom. She finally sees her opportunity with the engagement of her older sister, since she was not allowed to attend court until that time. She catches the Shadow King’s eye immediately and away we go.

 

I fully expected for the plot of the story to be a romance. I knew going in that Alessandra would fall in love with the king, and he with her, and she would no longer want to go through with her plan. So, I didn’t really mind when the story started taking me that way. Especially since the romance was handled with a lot of snark and lots of nefarious plotting and teasing. There was so much sexual tension in this book and it was delicious. Kallias set my heart pitter pattering and I hoped beyond hope that he was getting through to Alessandra too. He’s just so delightfully bad!

 

The only downside I had with this book was that I found the rules of the world building to be a tad inconsistent. We are told from the outset that this is a very Victorian world. Women are expected to be demure, chaste, and never be found in a compromising situation that could ruin their opportunities for a good marriage. Women cannot go to court to attempt to woo a husband until all of their older sisters are married off. The males of the family make the marriage arrangements. All of this is extremely typical. But then, it’s also okay for the nobles to be engaged in homosexual or bisexual relationships. Openly and at court. That certainly does not fit with the world you have built. At all. I am okay with either world. I am okay with a very straitlaced Victorian world. And I am okay with a slightly more liberal world encompassing people of all sexualities. But the two things don’t work well together.

 

This small gripe aside, I loved this book. It was wonderfully wicked and very sexy. I was sad it was over.

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video 2020-03-05 22:39
The Shrike & the Shadows - Chantal N Gadoury,A.M. Wright
In the Night Wood - Dale Bailey
The Way Past Winter - Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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review 2020-02-29 22:00
The Shrike & the Shadows Book Review
The Shrike & the Shadows - Chantal N Gadoury,A.M. Wright

I would like to thank one of the authors A.M. Wright for sending this to me for free for an honest review.

 

This tells the story of twins Hans and Greta who live in the village of Krume that is plagued by a witch known as the Shrike. No one has even seen the witch, but when her victims are claimed she leaves their heart on the doorstep of their loved ones. As the witch continues to pick off the men of the village soon accusations and rumours create the worst damage, a lot like the witch trails of the past, fear grips the townsfolk and before they know it Greta and Hans are faced with two deadly options.

Greta must die or the siblings face banishment into the haunted woods that surrounds them. Into the witches territory.

 

This book switches between both characters POV, although this is more Gretas story which is a shame, as I would have liked more from Hans. Hans gets marked by the witch, and as they travel deeper into the wood he starts to change, he seems visibly ill, his strength weakening. Not to mention the mental side effects, he can constantly hear the witch, can feel her, see her when she's not there.

 

Whilst in the wood the Shrike torments them both with hallucinations, creatures of her own making and many other magical tricks in a bid to break and separate them. As the story continues we do find out more about the witch, but hopefully if a sequel comes, we'll find out more about the darkness at the heart of the forest.

 

Whilst I enjoyed this book, there were a couple of things that didn't quite tick my boxes. I've already talked about wanting more from Hans and experiencing the journey from his perspective. Gretas personal journey still needs some work. She is clearly a brave, fierce and loyal person who has hidden herself away in the family home, but when it comes to her brother there is nothing she wouldn't do to protect him and keep their little family together.

There where times in this book when she is repeatedly told how brave she is and strong but it forever seems like shes wiping away tears and trying not to cry. If there is a second book, which I hope there is, I want to see her come alive more. She is willing to go to hell and back, take on the Shrike and her magic for Hans. I want to see her grow and become more confident.

 

Thank you once again A.M. Wright for sending me a copy to review.

 

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