Author: Adalyn Grace
Publisher/Imprint: Imprint (by Macmillan)
Edition: Hardcover, 368 Pages
Publication Date: February 04, 2020
A Spine that Shines? Very well!
*Thank you to the publisher for providing an e-ARC via NetGalley. All quotes used in this review have been checked against the finished hardcover edition. These are my honest opinions. Thank you.*
‘Fear is part of life; all that matters is what we do with it.’Adalyn Grace, All the Stars and Teeth
It’s already March! Can you believe it? I’m excited for All the Stars and Teeth to be the first book I review in March! It was an entertaining debut, filled with magic and fierce characters on a quest to save their nation. I can see why OwlCrate selected this book for their February box A POWER WITHIN. They created a stunning edition with a beautiful turquoise cover! (See my unboxing in the photo.) This box was also special to me because it was the first monthly box I received as an OwlCrate rep, making All the Stars and Teeth that much more special to me. (If you’re interested in subscribing at owlcrate.com, feel free to use my rep code SPINES for a discount.)
Here are some aspects I wanted to point out about the book:
- The story didn’t quite suck me in immediately. But once the mermaid showed up, things became more interesting! I love finding mermaids in books!
- I loved the action in the second half of the novel, and there is a great showdown at the end!
- If you’re looking for vicious, legendary monsters, you’ll find them in this book!
- You’ll also find a magic ship called Keel Haul!
- The enchanted settings and various clothing styles were very imaginative! In that respect, the book did remind me of Caraval.
- The magic system is very interesting and complex. Initially, it was a lot of information to absorb, and it took me a while to keep all of the different types of magic straight in my head. But visiting several of the islands during the journey helped with that.
- There are some good twists concerning magical powers and curses!
‘My blood and my heart belong to Visidia, and they always will.’Adalyn Grace, All the Stars and Teeth
Characters & Romance
Here is a brief overview of the characters and romance:
- At first, I wasn’t absolutely in love with the characters, but they did grow on me as the story progressed.
- Amora Montara is the Princess of Visidia. She practices “curse magic,” which allows her to see inside a person’s soul. It also gives her the power to tear people apart using their own blood. I liked Amora’s fierceness and determination to protect her kingdom. When something goes horribly wrong, she is forced to leave her kingdom and team up with a pirate in order to save Visidia. Along the way, all her notions of her family and her powers will be severely challenged.
- Bastian is the pirate character. He was not as “pirate-y” as I had expected him to be, but he’s still a good addition to the crew. He’s charming and witty, but also keeps a secret that he is afraid to share with anyone.
- Ferrick is essentially betrothed to Amora, but she doesn’t love him. I initially found him to be slightly irritating, but he comes through in the end. He has “restoration magic,” which gives him the power to help heal others and himself. It’s pretty awesome!
- Vataea is the mermaid character. Of course, she has fantastic mermaid powers. She can manipulate water and charm people using her voice. She’s been through a lot, but somehow comes to find a place among the crew of Keel Haul.
- The romance in this book between two of the characters is sweet and doesn’t overwhelm the story. I’m curious to see how the relationship develops in the sequel.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.Adalyn Grace, All the Stars and Teeth
For some reason, this book was a bit more violent than I had anticipated. There is lots of blood that is drawn in very painful ways using magical powers, plus dismemberment and your typical action fighting. Just putting that out there in case some readers may be sensitive to this type of thing.
I also don’t quite understand how a particular curse remains in effect at the end of the novel – even though the person who cast it is killed. But I do think the situation created by this particular curse will make things very interesting in the sequel!
Overall, I enjoyed this debut quite a lot! I would recommend it if you’re looking for a fun, magical adventure! Happy reading 🙂
[P.S. Check out the copyright notice at the front of the book! It is the coolest copyright statement ever! You’ll see what I mean if you read it.]
*Content Warnings: Lots of blood; one type of magic allows the user to tear people apart using bones, blood, and fire; a female character was held captive and abused for several years; battle wounds; dismemberment; action violence; some passionate kissing; etc.*
Copyright © 2020 by Spines that Shine (Caitlin Shaffer)
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