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Standalone in a series. Suspense romance

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Between Shadows 19th Jan


A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series… 

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her. 

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change. 

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill. 

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.

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Between Shadows

Reviewed by Gitte and Jenny 

3 stars

 ‘No one can keep a mask on forever; there are always moments when it slips, moments when the darkness demands its time in the sun.’

This is our first time reading this Author and we thoroughly enjoyed Chanel Cleeton’s writing style. It was reminiscent of the YA romance thrillers we used to read years ago. We knew this was a standalone upon starting and with the beginning starting so strong and fast paced we thought we were in for one hell of a thrilling and suspenseful ride. We were absolutely loving it and couldn’t wait to see where it went.

‘He wasn’t just my first kill. He was my first everything.’

Whilst we initially loved so much about this story we have to say that our enjoyment of the chase and whodunit tapered off as a great story cannot carry everything else of which would essentially have made it a fabulous read.

“How do you keep that lightness with you?”

“Because there’s something I love more than I hate myself.”

We felt like we just didn’t get enough background and detail to fully connect with Luke and X both as individuals and as a couple. Yes, there were a few emotional moments where we learnt of their past but we weren’t allowed to experience them in much detail rather it became about the story as a whole thus skimming on character development in the process. This hampered our enjoyment which mean that by the time we’d turned that last page we felt like something had been missing through a large part of the story and we knew the characters no more than we had halfway through.

“What do you want? Really?”

“Revenge. Freedom.”

We did initially feel the spark between them but knowing this is a standalone in a series we feel Luke and X were short changed their moment in the spotlight. We just didn’t feel them.

“You still don’t trust me?”

“Do you trust me?”

“Of course not.”

We would definitely read more from this Author as we were kept on the edge of our seats from the suspenseful and gripping writing. The intrigue was spell-binding and the mystery and action spot on.  Sadly though, the characters felt a tad like strangers and their passion and desperation was unfortunately missing from most of the story. We wanted to love Between Shadows so bad as the premise was fabulous and parts of it was brilliant and just what we love to read, but it just didn’t wow us.

‘I’m done playing by their rules. Tomorrow we go to war.’

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Between Shadows 19th Jan

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