Book Review – Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (mild spoilers)

ace of shadesWelcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…
and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4/5 Stars

Ace of Shades was one of my absolutely most anticipated reads for 2018. And I think I may have over hyped it in my head a bit, lol. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it! I just didn’t want to run around telling everyone how great it is when I was done. I’ve marked this review for spoilers, but I’m trying to keep them mild.

So firstly, I totally adored the whole concept of powers here. Just epic. Especially the Omertas, that was brilliant and chilling! And as with Daughter of the Burning City, I found Foody’s writing and world building really evocative. And again, similarly, I like that she includes casual inclusivity – Levi is bi, and Lourdes is apparently genderqueer, though it’s not named.

And I really did enjoy the book, I like a darker theme and books that follow criminals. My initial issue was comparing Levi to Kaz Brekker, which is super unfair to both boys. That wore off quickly, luckily, but I couldn’t help but feel that Levi was a little too nice for being the Iron Lord. I’d have like to have seen more of him and the gang, and also how he came to start it all. My second issue was how quickly Enne seems to change who she is. And that she turns out to be a special snowflake.

Now all that said, I loved Enne finding more out about herself, and I’d really liked to have seen more of her doing acrobatics 😂 and I liked her confidence growing through the book. I found her a little over whiny at first but she did grow on me. And by the end, even though I think she’d changed quite dramatically, I liked that she still cared but had more steel to her.

And the whole concept of the shadow game and the chilling-ness of the cards with the foresight element really worked for me. I am looking forward to the consequences of the game and finding out more about it all.

I definitely can’t wait until the next book!

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