Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for All the Stars and Teeth by Adayn Grace. This tour is being hosted by Fantastic Flying Book Club.
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth #1)
by Adalyn Grace
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Pirates
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.
A pirate, a mermaid, and magic. All things I love in a book.
There are seven islands that make up the kingdom of Visidia. Each island has their own magic. It is law that only one magic can be practiced by a person. If people learn too much magic, it can kill them. The king wants people to be safe. The kingdom had been running well except that Zudoh was banished from the kingdom. Their magic is curse magic.
Amora has Aridian magic which only flows through the Montara family’s blood. She is to take her father’s place as ruler, but she first has to prove herself. Her magic is soul magic. Prisoners are paraded out in front of the kingdom. Amora must first read their souls. She has to find the person who is truly evil. The one that won’t ever change. Once that happens, Amora uses magic to control the person. She uses hair of the prisoner wrapped around a tooth. She can use bones and blood, too. Fire is needed for the magic to work. Amora uses teeth to get enough blood from the people she kills. She thinks it’s the least hurtful way. Things don’t go right and Amora loses control of her magic. She slowly tortures the man until he’s a pile of twisted bones on the ground. Amora is sent down to the prison to await her fate.
While being held, a pirate, Bastian, shows up to help Amora escape. He tells her of a man, Kaven, who is planning on destroying Zudoh. Bastian left years ago, but it’s still his home. Amora had been hearing whispers of an uprising and a man named Kaven. She decides to leave since she would likely be put to death anyway. After making it to Bastien’s ship, they realize that Amora’s fiance, (set up, not love) Ferrick, was there. They’re told that Kaven can steal magic and that he took Bastian’s from him. This small group needs to find a way to get to Zudoh, get through the barrier set up, and kill Kaven. They get help from a mermaid, Vatea, that they rescued. While traveling, Amora starts to realize that the kingdom is a mess. People are not getting the help they need and more people are joining Kaven. Amora starts to learn that much of what she’s been told has been lies. But her home is important to her and she’s willing to do anything to save it.
Both Bastian and Ferrick have feelings for Amora. She’s drawn to Bastian though. They form a friendship and trust that turns into attraction. Bastian has a lot of secrets he keeps to himself for as long as possible, fearing that Amora wouldn’t help him if she knew the truth.
I’m keeping this pretty vague because I’m afraid or ruining the book for anyone reading it. The pacing was good and I loved that a large part of the book took place on a boat. I liked Bastian right away and Ferrick grew on me shortly after joining in the fight. I really enjoyed all the different types of magic and learning how it was used. Overall, I just really enjoyed reading this one and I can’t wait to see where the story goes next.
I gave this book 4 1/2 stars rounded up to 5 on Goodreads. Thank you to the publisher for my review copy.
Warnings for death, torture, blood, bones, and teeth.
Boys in the kingdom think they can buy my love and title, and I let them believe it.
I’m doing everything that I am meant to do to fulfill my duty, and yet there’s no respect or love in the eyes of Visidia. There’s only fear and revulsion.
“Now what did I say about pessimism?” Bastian chides. “If you don’t trust me, then feel free to jump off the plank and swim back to your kingdom right now.”
I’m convinced that Bastian is the strangest man I will ever meet.
A kingdom is too small for you, Princess. You should be ruler of the entire sea.
“I’ve a collection of men who I intend to repay for how generous they were to me.” Vatea’s smile gleams wicked. “Dismemberment for anyone who ever tried to touch me. The tongue flayed from those with wicked mouths. And the hearts eaten from any man who’s ever told me to smile.”
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_
Prize: Win a finished copy of ALL THE STARS AND TEETH by Adalyn Grace (US/CAN Only)
Starts: February 4th 2020
Ends: February 18th 2020
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