Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Book Review: All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Goodreads Overview:

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.

Jacque's Review:

All the Stars and Teeth was the February OwlCrate selection. The following is a picture from their site showing everything that was included in the box. I absolutely love the bento box and have been using it to take my lunch to work. I also thought the pin was a perfect design for this book. It represents the crown and title Amora has worked so hard for since she was a child. The playing cards are a beautiful shimmery bluish purple and I have used them several times playing cards with my family while stuck in quarantine this spring. The key chain even came in handy. I wasn't really in need of additional book marks and the metal style isn't my first choice, so I will most likely pass these along to a fellow reader.

I really enjoyed this story and loved all of the characters. At the beginning of the book, Amora is supposed to demonstrate her magical skill and solidify her position as the heir to the throne. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned and she is forced to flee the island for her own safety. Fortunately, a pirate named Bastian comes to her rescue with a magical ship for their getaway. 

The premise behind this book is a belief that has been passed down for generations that wielding multiple types of magic is dangerous. For this reason, people are segregated on different islands based upon their type of magic. An uprising is taking place because the Kingdom is not helping some of the islands that have been struggling from natural disasters and the like. These disasters could be prevented if they had people on their island with some of the other forms of magic. Amora was completely unaware of what was going on within the Kingdom and is determined to make things right, but it is a very difficult task. 

Ferrick is a powerful healer and is Amora's fiancee via. an arranged marriage. They are friends, but Amora has no intention of marrying him. Out of a sense of obligation he ends up tagging along on the journey and proves to be a valuable asset throughout their adventures. They also pick up a mermaid along the way named Vataea. She has some unique powers that are essential to their quest, but she isn't acting solely out of the kindness of her heart. The mermaids have been treated kindly by Amora's father and Amora promises to reward her for her efforts. 

Bastian and his magical ship have a secret they are keeping, which eventually comes to light. I absolutely loved his character and Amora seems to be drawn to him as well. They find themselves in an unusual situation at the end of the book and I sincerely hope they will find a solution in the sequel. The crew has come a long way in quelling the uprising, but Amora has a ways to go to earn back the trust of her people. While her intentions are pure, the years of damage and suffering on some of the islands will not easily be forgotten.

This was a highly entertaining start to the series with a captivating cast of characters. I enjoyed the magical ship and other magical elements that were woven into this story. The concept is very original and easily held my interest. OwlCrate has yet to lead me astray with one of their selections and I can't wait to read the sequel.

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