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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.
I am in a conundrum as to how exactly do I put into the words, the way the book left me feeling – and that, for me is a very new thing. Okay let me try.
I had been so enthralled by the blurb of the book; pirates, magic and a princess on the run – it has the makings of a brilliant start to a new fantasy series. And don’t get me wrong, i did enjoy the book; but I wasn’t as wowed by it, as I was expecting to be.
Princess Amora needs to demonstrate her control over her magic to prove that she is ready to the leader her kingdom needs her to be, even if that means a marriage of convenience – but when her demonstration goes awry; she is imprisoned for losing control over her dangerous magic.
With prison sentence looming over her, she makes a dangerous choice to escape, and does so with the help of a pirate, her own fiancé and a mermaid (EEEEPPPP!!!)– the start of what she knows has to be a journey to prove herself to her kingdom, becomes far more when she realises that her kingdom is in danger that no one seems to be wise to!
Now, this description sounds quite exciting doesn’t it? And yes, to an extent it is – I absolutely adored how strong and brilliant the character growth is in the book – and it certainly helps that the plot of the book is on solid ground. Yet somehow there were times, when I ended up losing the interest in the plot; I have no particular reason as to why – I just know that I would be all in, even to the point of binge reading the book – and end up losing steam and interest in it.
Does this mean that I wasn’t invested in the “crew” and their mission? I was all in, from the moment the crew was introduced to the reader – and with the way the book ended, I am really rooting for the sequel of the book to come out soon; so that my need for each of the characters to have their HEA would be fulfilled!
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 nonprofit 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_