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Title : All the Stars and Teeth
Author : Adalyn Grace
Genre : YA fantasy
Series : All the Stars and Teeth #1
Release Date : February 4th, 2020
Publisher : Imprint
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.
The first thing that made me interested in All the Stars and Teeth is of course, the cover. I mean, look at that beauty! Even if I dislike the book (which I don’t, by the way), I’d keep it simply because of its cover. Fortunately, the story inside is as amazing as its cover, which is why you have to pick up this book.
All the Stars and Teeth tells the story of Amora Montara, who’s about to perform her soul magic in front of her peoples for the first time to prove that she’s fit to be their queen. Unlike other type of magics that can be learned by everyone, only the Montara line can learn the soul magic. However, when her demonstration went wrong, Amora seeks other way to prove to her people that she can rule as their queen, by taking down a threat to the kingdom.
“The mistakes I made in the past do not make me weak; instead, I’ll use them to become stronger. I’m done being afraid of my own power”
I love and admire Amora since the beginning. She clearly loves her kingdom and its people, and would do what’s best for them. When she finds out the dark truth of her kingdom that her father hide, she doesn’t back down and continue to fight. I also like the friendship and relationship that Amora made throughout the book, especially the budding romance between her and Bastian, a pirate who saves her. And no, despite what the beginning might implied to, there’s no love triangle in this book. It was clear who she ends up with, but I’m still glad that Adalyn made Amora and Ferrick friends.
My favorite part from this book is, hands down, the journey throughout the kingdom of Visidia. Amora and her friends went through the sea to reach their destination, and along the way, they encounter monsters, magic, and mayhem of various kind. Honestly, it kinda reminds me of Pirate of the Caribbean, but less dark. Also, I’ll admit it takes a little time to remember what’s this place and what’s that place, but once you get to remember it, you’ll realize how great and vivid the world-building is. Basically, there’s 7 islands in the kingdom, and each island is practicing one kind of magic. Every person in Visidia is only able to to learn one kind of magic, or else a curse would befall the kingdom. Since we only visited 4 of these islands in this book, I’m excited where book two will bring us.
In conclusion, All the Stars and Teeth is a wonderful story about saving a kingdom. Not only that, it’s also about growing up and realizing the hidden truth of the world, and how to right the wrongs. If you’re looking for fast-paced fantasy in a stunning world, definitely give this book a try.
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