She will reign.
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All The Stars And Teeth
Series: All The Stars And Teeth #1
Author: Adalyn Grace
Publication Date: February 4, 2020
Page Count: 384
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates
Cover Artist: Natalie C. Sousa, Map design by Dave Stevenson
My Rating: ★★★★
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.
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I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Imprint via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
Content Warning: Gore, Blood, Death, Suicide, Oppression, Torture, Loss of a loved one
The sea is a beast more fearsome than even the Lusca. But we don’t need to rule it. We need only for it to trust us. Work with us. Be partners
The island kingdom of Visidia is made of up many. Each island nation within have their own, special magic that they use and practice. Among elemental, enchantment, time, restoration, and curse magic is soul magic. Soul magic, “Animancy” is a peculiar, yet awful magic that only resides within the royal line. Unlike everyone else, royalty cannot choose which magic they desire to learn. Being the only heir to the throne that wields soul magic, Amora Montara will soon ascend the throne—if she can pass the test proving to her people that she has mastered her magic. To her horror, she learns that it masters her when she fails to keep control while exacting judgement on a criminal.
Temporarily imprisoned, Amora awaits her fate. Usually, failing the test results in a swift execution. When her betrothed visits, the son of a diplomat isn’t far behind, and offers to break her out and help her prove she can rule in turn for something else. Terrified that her people won’t give her another chance, she and Ferrick follow whom they soon find out to be someone else.
The pirate Bastian has wandered the ocean since he was a young boy. Cursed to his ship, he’s lost the magic he could once wield. Privy to a plot much running deeper than Amora could ever suspect, he leads the duo on a nail-biting excursion across the isles to frigid waters where the home to where cursed magic lay, Zudoh. Having been banned from the kingdom previously, Zudoh is known by reputation. A terrifying ruler there began practicing more than one magic, which has always been deeply unacceptable. Forcing his people to do the same, Kaven had lost the support of Amora’s father, the king, long ago.
Tere’s no rationalizing with a man who craves nothing but power.
Much of this information is new to Amora. The more she travels, the more she discovers that she had been kept in the dark. The entire picture is unclear, and she can no longer feign negligence. What she uncovers is a truth more unpleasant than she could have ever guessed.
But even our idols–even those we want to love and trust more than anything–can let us down.
All The Stars And Teeth is an action-packed ride riddled with earth-shattering secrets. There is certainly an addictive quality to this sort of story. An unlikely team bands together to work fix a major problem. The reader walks directly next to Amora, experiencing life and finding out truths along with her. Naturally a steadfast and duty-driven character, Amora learns what it is like to second-guess herself and that which she believes. Raised as royalty, she’s always willingly sacrificed herself for the greater-good. However, when the grounding for her standards is shaken, Amora must learn to fight for what she believes is right.
She’s more than her blood.
Opposite of her character lies Bastion. Life as a pirate isn’t a kind one. Having to fend for himself, and living a relatively isolated life while cursed to his ship has forced him to grow into a complicated character.
I’m a pirate…All my life I’ve had to play that role just to survive, and the more I played, the more the lines got blurred of who I really was.
All The Stars And Teeth investigates the truth that when faced with adversity, there are two options: ignore the truth and become hostile, or accept that you were wrong and work to right that wrong. Bastion, Ferrick, and the mermaid Vataea each encounter this in their journey in different ways. Puzzling out solutions together is what makes this team grow and their dynamics so interesting.
I really enjoyed this story. It was easy to get swept up and away with all of the different elements and the setting. I loved many aspects of the world building, but desired more time in each place to really get a feel for how the culture shifts between each island. As most YA novels, I found that the lack of character description is present, and I wished I could have gotten a better grasp of the physical attributes of each character besides their hair and eye color. Even so, this was an entertaining story, to say the least.
Sexual content: Passionate kissing.
Violence: Quite a bit.
My Rating: ★★★★
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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_
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