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(Shadows and Shade – Book 3)
by Amanda Cashure
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
SlowBurn YA Fantasy, RH
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited
Down & Dirty
Shade is back with her crew of Elite Sabers, galavanting across the realm while dodging enemies and allies alike. It’s fantastic, fast, detailed, rather emotional and on the upper end of a YA fantasy. Free on Kindle Unlimited.
What is it about?
(Blurb from GoodReads)
With Tanakan prison empty of its most powerful and dangerous criminals, and a tyrant with insurmountable power and a thirst for death still named as Crown, the Silvari and human worlds are on the edge of a catastrophe they may never recover from.
While most of the Silvari spend their days in ignorance of the darkness looming in their futures, Shade’s pentad are the only ones willing to stare it in the eye. The real question is, can they figure out the true meaning of their mother’s prophecy in time for it to turn the tides of the impending battle for the crown?
Commander Pax is relearning how to live in a world where he now has so much to lose, and the demon inside him refuses to let go of the reason they’ve decided to love again. Roarke, haunted by the memory of the people his power has devoured, must overcome his self-loathing to truly open up to the opportunity right in front of him. Seth and his chaos are keeping the pentad together, bringing light into the darkness and helping them find the little moments of joy in the midst of all those who seek to destroy them. Killian must start to confront the demons of his past when Shade’s hatred of secrets opens doors he’d rather keep tightly locked.
Note from the Author
Kitten and Allure, the dual-perspective third installment in the Shadows and Shade series. It is a slow burn RH that brings readers to the edge of the forest, suspiciously near a place that still haunts Shade’s dreams.
So close to the memories that are literally left behind in the jagged patterns on her wrists and back, will Shade uncover the truth of who and what she is? Will the pentad discover the depths of Lithael’s plan before it’s too late to salvage the Silvari and human realms?
And most importantly, will Shade live long enough to eat her bodyweight in chocolate?
Thoughts on Kitten and Allure
I started to read this book as soon as the preorder popped up on my kindle – then had to back track and read the first two (Review Book 1 – Review Book 2) for a solid refresh. It’s not that it’s hard to understand, but just so much happens, and the politics of the world are incredibly dicey.
That reread made things much clearer and paved the way for this wonderful book, a wonderfully LONG book!! It’s probably twice the length of book 1 and oh so worth it. We get some answers, a bit of heat, a ton of action and enough foreshadowing to lay the groundwork for book 4.
And pay attention to that foreshadowing, from ALL the books. A throw away line may just become pivotal later on!
No good things come from digging through fragile emotions. There’s a pretty good chance what I’m feeling is gas. (9%)
- Very well written.
- I am head over heels for all these characters, they are all so different!
- Foreshadowing isn’t in your face or on the nose, but present.
- long!!! Yay!!
- Details matter.
- Says YA, but reads older. Hope it turns NA soon! 😉
- THAT COVER!
- The narrative can sometimes be confusing with details, you have to rush to catch up.
- Character choices…. sigh. Not a con, just want to smack the chuck out of them.
First Person, Multiple POV
Listed as a YA, but probably an acceptable R due to language and violence. No censorship needed, and sexual content is innocent (except the final Epilogue, which is noncon from the villain’s POV and can be skipped).
Character Age Range
18+ (or 270+? It’s complicated….)
My Final Verdict on Kitten and Allure
The first two books might have confused me a bit, but a reread solved that issue and allowed this book to be as epic as it is meant to be. Engrossing, weaving and thoroughly entertaining, it’s a YA Fantasy dream, and it’s free on Kindle Unlimited.
Published December 19th, 2019
Please note, though this is a YA series which lacks expressive sexual content (for now) it is still a Reverse Harem series, meaning that the main heroine has more than one love interest and will not have to choose between them. #whychoose
If you enjoyed this review of Kitten and Allure, please be sure to check out a few of my other articles.
- Broken Destiny by Serena Lindahl – A Book Review
- A Touch of Death by J.J. Dean – A Book Review
- Goddess Ascending by Heather Hildenbrand – A Book Review
What are you reading today? Have you read this book yet? How about other books by Amanda Cashure? Leave a comment, I would love to talk!