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‘All the Stars and Teeth’ by Adalyn Grace is the first in a Teen/YA duology that I feel will also appeal to readers of fantasy of all ages, especially if they love sea monsters, pirates, and mermaids.
Its young protagonist is Amora Montara, princess of the island kingdom of Visidia. She has spent her entire life training to become High Animancer - the master of souls. Everyone in the realm is free to choose the type of magic they will practice, apart from Amora. In order to secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove that she has mastered the dangerous soul magic that is restricted to the royal family.
Naturally things don’t go to plan and Amora is forced to flee Visidia. She makes a deal with Bastian, a dashing pirate. He will assist her in proving her fitness to rule and in return she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
They are accompanied on the voyage by Ferrick, Amora’s betrothed. Grace neatly avoids the YA love triangle trope as it’s an arranged marriage between Ferrick and Amora. She considers him a childhood acquaintance rather than a suitor.
They have many adventures during their quest including encounters with a mermaid and a kraken-like monster! Great fun. Aside from this, I was fascinated by the magical system, even though aspects of Amora’s magic were rather a bit gory.
Overall, I found this an entertaining fantasy adventure with an engaging group of characters. I look forward to reading the conclusion when it becomes available.
I would consider myself a very avid fantasy fan; I've read a huge amount of the genre and have developed a taste for what fantasy stories are really worth reading. All the Stars and Teeth is a great example of an engaging story that keeps you on your toes with all its twists and turns. After I bought it, it took me a few days before I actually had the time to sit down and start reading, but as soon as I did I was hooked. I ended up finishing the book in just a couple days, and I really had a blast reading it. The images of the beautiful islands and culture of the world spring to life as you read. Definitely something I would recommend to anyone interested in the fantasy genre or who's looking for a new take on classic ideas about magic in literature.
I loved All the Stars and Teeth!!! The magic is refreshingly unique, the world really brought me in and made me want more. The pacing in the book is really, really well done; there's never a dull moment, but somehow Adalyn also finds time to bring in rich description and worldbuilding. The characters are complex and nuanced while still being eminently likable, which feels like perhaps the books biggest accomplishment.
This book is beautifully written with descriptions that really paint a picture. I think the characters are very likable and fun. The adventure, darkness, and magic drew me in and I can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Complete side note: but I think this would make an awesome movie.
This book is action-packed and so much fun! The main character is fierce, and the supporting characters are equally as charming. Do you like mermaids, pirates, and princess? Definitely give this a read for a new spin on some classic fantasy characters.