Monday, November 23, 2020

#BookReview: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1) by @AdalynGrace_

Synopsis: Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.

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.


Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
My Review: This well paced story is one that blew me away!! This magical story was wonderful!  I loved how the author did all the magical powers without making it overly complicated/hard to follow, as well as making it so that it didn't get repetitive.  This story held a lot of secrets when it started and they are all laid bare for the heroine by the last page. I loved how everything unfolded and how this one ended.  Although it is a duology it was well done and if this was the end of the story I would be happy with it.  

The characters in this one were great!! I loved how they all played their part in the story and how everything worked out.  As each one joining the crew they bloomed and I fell in love with each of them.  I would love to have a side story about the mermaid. (sorry her name completely escaped me).  

The pacing was done well for the most part.  There were a few parts where I felt that the story was kind on the slow side. But as soon as I felt that, something would happen and it would zoom off again.  All in all I think that the slow parts really worked for the overall pacing of the story.  And I don't think I would change it.  

If you are looking for a new adventure with high seas, sea monsters, mysteries and lies, magic, and a cast of characters to fall for then look for this one! 

About the Author

Adalyn Grace graduated from Arizona State University when she was nineteen years old. She spent four years working in live theater and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper before studying storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation's popular series The Legend of Korra

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 best burrito around. All the Stars and Teeth is her debut novel.

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Grace's novel combines dark fantasy with romance and a far-ranging nautical adventure. Amora Montara is heiress to the kingdom of Visidia and fiercely proud of her role as her people's protector. However, on the eve of her ascension to the throne, she comes face to face with dark secrets about her own magic. In the ensuing adventure, she battles tyrants, sea monsters, and mermaids with a siren's call, but nothing is more challenging than the truths she finds within herself. This book centers strong female characters and draws readers in with its lush description of the islands Amora visits. The characters, like the setting, are complex—at once loving and harsh, gentle and deeply violent. Perhaps because this book hints at more to come, Amora does not reach the most satisfying resolution in her relationship to the violence within and around her. While often taking care to show particular characters in nuanced ways, the book could do more to complicate Amora's unrelentingly violent conception of justice. VERDICT An alluring fantasy, recommended for readers who appreciate characters and themes of a darker nature.—Talea Anderson, Washington State University --This text refers to the hardcover edition.


"Beautiful and bloodyVicious and charming. Dark and romantic. Let All the Stars and Teeth ensnare your heart and soul." ―Astrid Scholte, Four Dead Queens

“A deliciously twisted fantasy that keeps your heart jumping from page to page….Richly imaginative and full of political intrigue, I loved every moment of this fast-paced adventure!” ―Akemi Dawn Bowman, author of Starfish and the The Infinity Courts

“Combines dark fantasy with romance and a far-ranging nautical adventure….An alluring fantasy” ―School Library Journal

"Breathtakingly adventurous" ―Booklist

"This fast-paced duology opener excels in its careful consideration of the responsibilities that come with power." ―Publishers Weekly

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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