Title: All the Stars and Teeth
Author: Adalyn Grace
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: February 4th, 2020
Thanks to the publisher for the free copy! (I received a copy for reviewing. All opinions are my own.)
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“Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
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.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.” (Goodreads)
Adalyn Grace graduated Summa Cum Laude when she was 19-years-old. She spent four years working in live theater, and acted as the managing editor of a non profit newspaper. During and after college, she studied storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular animated show, The Legend of Korra (sequel to Avatar: The Last Airbender). She was a participant in Pitch Wars 2016, and is a former literary agent intern for an established agency. Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full time while trying to find the city’s best burrito.She has several projects in the works, and hopes to continually push the boundaries and explore the limits of upper young adult fiction.You can follow her on Twitter, at @AdalynGrace_
When I first saw the cover and read the synopsis I knew I needed this book in my life. It sounded so incredible! Although I had a couple issues, this was a good debut novel and I’m glad I got to be a part of the blog tour and be able to read it early.
Amora is a strong character who knows what she wants out of life. She doesn’t want any man to dictate her future. She is a human with flaws like everyone else and sometimes those insecurities can get the better of her. Sometimes I did want to knock some sense into her because she did treat another character who she has known forever pretty badly. I guess this is another way of her showing how realistic she can be because we all have our days, ha.
As for the other characters, I really liked them all. Bastian was a fun character to read about since he was a pirate. He was snarky but had good intentions, for the most part. Ferrick just wanted what was best for Amora and tried to make the best out of every situation. I felt bad for him a lot of the time though. Vataea was a cool mermaid and the mermaid this author created was everything I wanted a mermaid to be and more! All of the characters made up a fun crew.
One of the coolest things about this book was the magic system. It was filled with all sorts of abilities from healing to curses. I enjoyed learning about the different islands and what type of magic each one possessed.
The romance in the book did miss the mark for me unfortunately. I felt like there needed to be more build-up between the two characters but I can see a lot of people enjoying it. I do hope that a couple of the other characters get their happy ending in the next book.
I felt that the book wrapped up pretty well and am curious to see what book two will be about. Hopefully there will be more adventures on the high seas with this crew.
Overall, it was a good read. The world was interesting and full of magic that I haven’t read about before. It’s full of high stakes and it is worth the read.
Here are a couple quotes that I picked out to share. All quotes can change and may be different when the book is published.
” His tongue and wit are as sharp as the blade in his hand.”
I picked this one out because it describes Bastian so well. I mean after all, he is a pirate!
“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more then what you can see.”
This one I feel like is so relatable to everyone because sometimes we look at the world so simply that we forget to really dive into it with other senses or thinking. We only look on the surface.
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