Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades

Welcome 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 wh...

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Title:Ace of Shades
Author:Amanda Foody
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Edition Language:English

Ace of Shades Reviews

  • Christine

    I have read 2.5 drafts of ACE OF SHADES over the last year. And when it's published, and I can finally hold the shiny, gorgeous hardcover in my hands, I will be reading it again.

    That's how much I love this book.

    But why? Why do I love it? Well, let's see. Maybe it's the intricate world-building. Maybe it's the magic system. Maybe it's the kick-ass pitch -- SIX OF CROWS meets SPIRITED AWAY. Maybe it's because ACE OF SHADES is a rich, satisfying, complicated story.

    But honestly, what's happily pro

    I have read 2.5 drafts of ACE OF SHADES over the last year. And when it's published, and I can finally hold the shiny, gorgeous hardcover in my hands, I will be reading it again.

    That's how much I love this book.

    But why? Why do I love it? Well, let's see. Maybe it's the intricate world-building. Maybe it's the magic system. Maybe it's the kick-ass pitch -- SIX OF CROWS meets SPIRITED AWAY. Maybe it's because ACE OF SHADES is a rich, satisfying, complicated story.

    But honestly, what's happily propelled me through my rereads of this book are the characters. Because they are perfection: scarred, proud streetlord Levi, adorable cinnamon roll Jac, my vicious murder bb Lola, and, most of all, ENNE.

    Guys...you're not ready for Enne Salta. There's not much I can say about her without spoiling the entire book. I'll settle for saying that the ways she's both girly and tough are something I wish I'd had when I was an actual teenager. She chooses to show her strength in compelling and unpredictable actions, and they lead her down a character arc that's utterly satisfying.

    A final note: while I am lucky enough to be Amanda Foody's friend, I don't love this book because I love her. I love it because it's one of the best YA fantasy books I've read in years. And that is not an endorsement I make lightly. So when April rolls around, I highly suggest you pick up a copy.

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    Very interesting story, quite unlike anything else I've read before. Really enjoyed my time reading this one.

  • mith

    Yooo, this was everything I wanted it to be. Enne! Levi! My sweet precious children, I love them.

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    HELLO YOU HAD ME AT THAT PITCH

    but that blurb!

    i am dead.

  • Cinda

    Thieves, rogues, and shady characters have always fascinated me, and so I enjoyed my dive into the morally ambiguous world of New Reynes. House of the Rising Sun meets Six of Crows.

  • Chelsea

    I can see that this book is likely going to get a lot of buzz in the next coming months.

    While there were some things that could have been stronger,

    The story follows a young woman, Enne Salta, as she journeys to a place known as the “City of Sin” in searc

    I can see that this book is likely going to get a lot of buzz in the next coming months.

    While there were some things that could have been stronger,

    The story follows a young woman, Enne Salta, as she journeys to a place known as the “City of Sin” in search of her mother. Enne teams up with our other POV character, Levi, and meets many others along the way while figuring out who she can trust.

    It’s well developed and the worldbuilding is presented in a mostly digestible way.

    The plot is interesting and fast paced, sure to keep the reader flipping pages. It definitely heated up during the last quarter of the book, and I liked how the story almost felt like a full arc.

    I don’t have a lot to say about the writing. It’s a pretty average third person perspective. I wasn’t particularly impressed by it, but it was effective enough to carry the story.

    I wasn’t too sure about the characters in the first half, but a lot of them go in interesting directions. By the end, I was caring for them significantly more.

    In some ways, I found Enne to be a refreshing face compared to common young adult heroines. She’s badass but still allowed to be feminine. However, she could also be annoying and bratty, even borderline TSTL.

    Enne’s character development was surprisingly good, if a bit overdramatic at times.

    The “street lord and con man”, as the blurb calls him. Mostly, I just saw him as a wannabe Kaz Brekker. I had trouble taking him seriously as a seventeen year old street lord, but I liked him as a character.

    I went back and forth between being on board, as some romantic moments felt deserved, and kind of rolling my eyes at the cheesier bits, especially in the first half.

    : This book has been getting a ton of comparisons to

    . There are a lot of glaring similarities - our two main characters are an acrobat and a teenage street lord for crying out loud. And this book was trying really hard to sell the group of antiheroes thing.

    Constant repetition of the phrase “the missy”. Bleh.

    Cursing substitutes are my pet peeve. Don’t tell me a world would have every other word in the English language other than swear words.

    Okay, here’s a challenge: try to read these sentences without laughing.

    These lines were supposed to be serious and I was cracking up. Authors: please stop doing this if you want your books to be taken seriously.

    I enjoyed this read for the most part -

  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)

    What a cover.

  • thatgirlwithallthebooks (Shannon)

    actually so excited for this upcoming novel!

    i used to love reading stories about spies & mafia (with romance too because i’m such a sop 💓)

    and i have seemed to have lost touch reading themes like this one. (accept six of crows?? expect not really??)

    very hyped !!!

  • Candace Robinson

    ARC received via publisher.

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