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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody - Book Review & Giveaway

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Review by Suze

Enne is a proper girl. She attends finishing school and has an unblemished reputation. This changes when her mother disappears. Enne starts a search that leads her to New Reynes, the City of Sin. Enne's values don't mean anything here and she has to adapt quickly. Survival means more in the city than a flawless reputation. Her mother left one lead, the name Levi. When Enne finds this person he isn't what she expected. Levi is a scheming street lord, a gambler. Levi also has a problem, he needs to pay off a huge debt and he sees Enne as a way to gather funds. Has Levi made the right decision to look after Enne?

Enne and Levi start looking for Enne's mother. Their search leads them to dangerous places where nothing is as it seems. Enne has to leave her innocence behind. She's being introduced into the world of dark secrets, shadowy casinos and risky jobs that require every single skill she possesses. Her mother was hiding a lot from Enne and slowly she uncovers the truth. What will she do with her new knowledge and what will happen when she and Levi end up as pawns in the most dangerous game that has ever been played in the City of Sin?

Ace of Shades is one amazing adrenaline rush. I absolutely loved this magical story. Enne has been raised with clear rules and ethics. She was well protected and never encountered anything sinister and sinful. Being in New Reynes is a steep learning curve. Enne has to adapt quickly to make it, she needs to be tough and resilient to stay alive and she has to find allies among strangers. Because of her mother she puts her faith in Levi, but working together has a price and Enne has no choice but to pay. This makes interesting reading. From the moment she sets foot in the city her life becomes a gripping whirlwind that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Amanda Foody's world building is fantastic. Her detailed descriptions of the City of Sin are making her setting come to life in a terrific energetic way. I was dazzled and amazed by New Reynes, something I really enjoyed. Ace of Shades is filled with surprising twists and turns and there's plenty of mesmerizing suspense. The story is enchanting and unusual, a combination that works very well. I liked every creative idea Amanda Foody presents. I highly recommend Ace of Shades, it's a marvelous dynamic adventure.

Advice

If you love gripping magical YA with a fabulous setting you should definitely read Ace of Shades.

About Amanda Foody


Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

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40 comments:

  1. Ace of Shades sounds like an adrenaline-filled journey through the streets of City of Sin with excellent world building and well developed characters.

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  2. I've been seeing this book all over. I love a great world to dive into! Amazing review! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. From finishing school to the City of Sin sounds like a journey one would want to avoid, but sounds like a promising start to a story!

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  4. It sounds great! I love stories with searches in them.

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  5. When I first read the synopsis I knew I'd need this book. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. Wow, a fabulous review of what sounds like a fantastic read.

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  7. This sounds like a fantastic gripping magical story, really looking forward to reading this.

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  8. I've heard nothing but good things about Ace of Shades and I hope I get a chance to read it!

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  9. I'm reading ARC of this right now and am LOVING it! I'm about to dive back in actually, haha. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a hardcover!

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  10. Really want to read this! thank you for the review and giveaway

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  11. this sounds like a book i won't be able to put down
    jan

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  12. Any story involving shadowy casinos is all right with me.

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  13. I'm so excited to read this book! After reading your review, I'm so curious about the City of Sin descriptions!

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  14. Sounds great, thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  15. I am really curious about this book, but I'm so not into gambling and cards. Do you think that would be a big issue with this one?

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  16. The Cover is so cool!
    Sounda amazing, looking forward to read! :)

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  17. loving that cover - so mysterious! can't wait to dig in!!

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  18. This sounds like such an exciting story, I really like the idea that this prim proper girl is thrown into a world that's the complete opposite of that and seeing how she steps up in the adversity of it all.

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  19. I got the owl crate exclusive copy and I can't wait to read it!

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  20. Un livre qui me tente bien !! Merci pour cette chronique :)

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  21. Sounds like a great read - love the cover

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  22. Sounds like Enne has quite a journey in this book

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  23. I've heard nothing but great things about Ace of Shades, and the world building sounds fantastic!

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  24. Never read any books like this, its tempting when I have time

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  25. This looks like a really good read, would love to read it

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  26. How interesting to have qualifications in accountancy and literature!

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  27. The book sounds like it could turn around and suprise you.

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  28. I would like to read this book.Great review.

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  29. Thanks for the great prize / competition. Good luck everyone!

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  30. This book sounds so amazing and so interesting! It's already on my TBR list :)

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