The Shadows Between Us Tour – Review, Favorite Quotes, Dream Cast, & Giveaway

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About the Book

The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 25th 2020Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Seducing the king will prove to be a most enjoyable task, indeed.

Tricia Levenseller

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.

Once, there was another boy who made me feel this way. One who made me feel full and seen and loved. Now the bugs of the earth have feasted on his flesh.

Tricia Levenseller

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?

Review

*See’s opening is a Damon Salvatore quote* “Whelp, I guess I’ll like this one.” So, I started this book, I read for hours straight, then I finished this book. I literally could not put it down. It had me laughing aloud. It had me beyond intrigued. It was killing me with the slow burn romance. I was shouting with joy for the female empowerment. And I was relishing in the friendships.

Hopeful? More like presumptuous. Arrogant.

Tricia Levenseller

Like, I loved this book so much that I stayed up FAR too late on a week I’m already sleep deprived on. It legit KEPT me awake because I needed to finish it and make sure everything turned out ok. Because, *sob,* this is a standalone. Which is probably the biggest downfall to this story! I mean, I wouldn’t be mad if there were more books coming out. Even if I had to wait for them! I just… I loved it.

Did I break the king? He manages to straighten after a moment and look over at me, but then his face contorts and he’s back to uncontrollable laughter.

Tricia Levenseller

I also loved our two main characters! They are blissfully morally grey and yet they made me laugh with the situations their deviousness got them in. Alessandra is a total babe who OWNS her sexuality. But she also is an amazing friend and will go to any length for those she keeps close. The Shadow King (which every time I say this makes me think about the Goblin King for some reason?) is a total cinnamon roll wrapped up in shadowy powerful yumminess. And also probably caused the most laugh out loud moments for me with his on point flirting.

Not beautiful enough to tempt him, am I? We’ll see about that.

Tricia Levenseller

Which leads me to doing favorite quotes for this tour stop. HOW was I supposed to narrow down my quote choices?! I had probably about 20-30 more quotes I had highlighted that I wanted to add in. BUT, for the sake of this post not being ridiculously long I went with an OK selection of what I loved from this book.

Who in the world would steal and then not keep the riches for themselves? That’s just bad business.

Tricia Levenseller

Now, the only qualms I have for this book (which is literally me just nitpicking to include something) is the descriptions. Sometimes I found the over descriptive passages on the outfits was a little bit awkward and unneeded. I mean, it fits in with Alessandra’s love of fashion design, but there were times I could have done with more descriptions of the actual scenery/world compared to detailed descriptions on how many buttons were on the coat of a passerby. NOW, like I said, this is literally me just nitpicking for the sake of having SOMETHING and ANYTHING I could point out that detracted from my overall enamored reading of this book.

About the Author

Tricia Levenseller is the author of the Daughter of the Pirate King duology, Warrior of the Wild, and forthcoming The Shadows Between Us. She likes to describe her books as young adult alternate–world historical fantasies with heavy romantic subplots.

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 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 volleyball, playing Overwatch with her siblings, and watching shows while eating extra-buttered popcorn.

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Dream Cast

Whenever I think Queen, I think of Sophie T.
I mean, shadows and Daddario go hand in hand!
I needed some boy net door with some sex appeal.
I just find Lily Collins so elegant and the perfect choice for a reasonable friend.
If there’s Sophie T. there must be Maisie, plus she’d be perfect as a waifish bestie!

Blog Tour Schedule

February 19th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

February 20th

NovelKnight – Guest Post
Ya It’s Lit – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes
Books and Blends – Review
Pacific Northwest bookworm – Review
Cluttered Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 21st

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Whispers & Wonder – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
The.magicalpages – Review
Shelf-Rated – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 22nd

Kait Plus Books – Interview
Star-Crossed Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes
@womanon – Review
The art of living – Review
Starlight Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 23rd

A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Playlist
@onemused – Review
Hooked on Bookz – Review
Fanna Wants The World To Read – Review

February 24th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Review
Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Lauren’s Boookshelf – Review + Playlist
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Radiant Reader – Review + Favourite Quotes

February 25th

Bibliobibuli YA – Interview
L.M. Durand – Review
Booked J – Review + Playlist
Wishful Endings – Review
Dazzled by Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

Giveaway

Prize: Win a copy of THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US by Tricia Levenseller (US Only)
Starts: 19th February 2020
Ends: 4th March 2020

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Bookstagram Tour Schedule

February 19th

The FFBC Tours
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February 20th

NovelKnight
Ya It’s Lit

February 21st

The.magicalpages

February 23rd

The Reading Corner for All

February 25th

L.M. Durand
Booked J
Wishful Endings

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Malice – Review, Dream Cast, & Giveaway

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About the Book

Malice by Pintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.

What I don’t know: who he is.

In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved….

Review

Malice is a high octane sci-fi thriller with a bit of fantasy mixed in. It is such a fun and quick read! A certain character also made me giggle quite a lot, much to my chagrin a few times in class. What can I say? I love some good sarcastic banter. It also goes to show that I was so invested in reading this that I willingly read through class. Not that I would EVER in ANY other circumstance willingly not pay attention.

So I only have Malice as an ebook and I’m kind of sad. AKA, I think Imma buy a physical copy. I mean, it is really pretty! And even though I don’t have any shelf space left I DO reread books with characters who make me giggle a lot…. Probably more than I should. Which leads me to how I wasn’t sure if I would love this book. Throughout the years I have been wary of sci-fi. I don’t know why, but it’s just not something I always naturally love. BUT, this year I decided was going to be the year that I really get into this genre. And I’m so glad I chose Malice for this! It was the perfect selection and with the wit, the banter, and the thriller-esque experience I was absolutely hooked!

I loved the diversity amongst the characters. It was diversity without including diversity for diversity’s sake. PHEW, that was a lot of diversities! But it’s something that continuously frustrates me while reading, when you can tell that an author includes diversity just to say they did. So I really appreciated the flawless addition of diversity in Malice. Each character was their own unique person!

About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.

Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix del’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.

She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

Dream Cast

So, I think I have found my niche in dream casts! I also just might like making mood boards. Who knows, I sure don’t! So, I hope you like my dream cast selections! I definitely went with a color based *aesthetic* this time, I guess I was just feeling the pastels.

Tour Schedule

February 4th

The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club – Welcome Post

February 5th

The Shelf Life Chronicles – Review
Feed Your Fiction Addiction – Review
Book-Keeping – Review
Nay’s Pink Bookshelf – Review + Favourite Quotes
Life Within The Pages – Review

February 6th

Here’s to Happy Endings – Review
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Favourite Quotes
Library of a Book Witch – Review
Buried Under Books – Review
Not Just Fiction – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Bookish Dream – Review

February 7th

Ya It’s Lit – Review + Dream Cast
It Starts at Midnight – Review
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Pawsome Reads – Review
Adventures Thru Wonderland – Review

February 8th

Belle’s Archive – Review + Favourite Quotes
Shelf-Rated – Review
Lisa Loves Literature – Review
Lori’s Bookshelf Reads – Review

February 9th

@onemused – Review
The Reading Corner for All – Review + Playlist
Lili Lost in a Book – Review
Mahkjchi’s Not-So-Secret Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
Books Over Everything – Review

February 10th

Book briefs – Review
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
A Dream Within A Dream – Review
The Magical Pages – Review + Favourite Quotes
Evelynreads – Review

Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of MALICE by Pintip Dunn (US Only)
Starts: 4th February 2020
Ends: 18th February 2020

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