ARC Review: All the Stars and Teeth



SERIES: All the Stars and Teeth, #1



ALL THE STARS AND TEETH was a rip-roaring fantasy! Although there’s a sequel, I felt this one told a complete story and could be read entirely as a standalone if that’s your thing.

The first thing I noticed (and loved) about ALL THE STARS AND TEETH was that it pull no punches on the ‘dark’ part of YA Fantasy without going grimdark. This is a book that doesn’t shy away from the ‘magic with a cost’ type of power, or the idea that power and weakness can both corrupt. There are some fairly bloody, graphic scenes, and a magic system that involves bones and body part, so that’s something to watch out for.

There’s a grand adventure, with just the right balance of epic quest and political upheaval, and a good sprinkling of pirates and mermaids. I know many people don’t like pirate/ mermaid stories, but I think ALL THE STARS AND TEETH uses them well. Just enough to further Amora’s story; enough for people who like them, without being too much for those that don’t.

Adalyn Grace has come up with a really creative world and a really strong debut. I’m looking forward to reading more.

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.

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

5 thoughts on “ARC Review: All the Stars and Teeth”

  1. Hmmm, I think this one will have to stay on my “maybe” list. I like pirate/mermaid stories and the idea of magic with a cost, but I’ll have to be in the right mood for the bloodier scenes I think. Still, forewarned is good. Thanks for the review!

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