Sunday, August 23, 2020

Review - All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1) by Adalyn Grace




Title: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)

Author: Adalyn Grace

Pages: 416

Publisher: Titan Books

Release Date: 4th August 2020


 Blurb from Goodreads: 

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer - the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it's never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy's dangerous soul magic.

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he'll help her prove she's fit to rule, if she'll help him reclaim his stolen magic.

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder - and more peril - than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she'll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected... or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.

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 My Review:

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My thanks to Titan Books*


Princess Amora Montara will one day replace her father as ruler of Visidia and High Animancer.

Each island in Visidia is home to a different kind of magic, but only the Montaras can perform soul magic, which is extremely dangerous.

Amora must prove herself ready to rule by giving a display of her magic, but when this goes terribly awry, Amora ends up fleeing her home with the aid of Bastien, a pirate. Bastien agrees to help Amora on the condition that she will aid him in his quest to get his stolen magic back.

As Amora travels the seas of the kingdom, she encounters danger, a terrible new kind of magic, and dark secrets that threaten to destroy the everything.

Can Amora save Visidia?

Can she prove that she is worthy of the crown?

All the Stars and Teeth was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020 and I was very excited when I heard that Titan Books would be publishing it in the UK.

Amora is one of the best YA fantasy protagonists I've encountered for a long while. She was relatable, likeable, and would do anything for her people. Amora wasn't afraid to get her hands dirty, and while she wasn't perfect (which I always appreciate when it comes to characters), Amora was definitely someone I would want to have on my side - I would not want her as my enemy, that's for sure!

Vataea was one of my favourite characters and I would love to find out more about her. I also liked Ferrick and Bastien, and while I didn't like Bastien quite as much as I thought I would, I still found him witty and charming at times.

The romance wasn't one of my favourites that I've read, but there were moments where it was quite sweet.

The magic was really interesting, especially the soul magic. I liked that Amora's magic was rather dark - it was different and refreshing as usually it's the baddies that have darker magic.

I really liked that there was period representation, which I haven't seen often in books I've read.

The plot was interesting and held my attention throughout. There were a few things that I didn't see coming, but I wasn't on the edge of my seat.

The writing was easy to follow and I would definitely read another book by this author.

Overall, this was an enjoyable, unique read that I would recommend.



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