All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace | Book Review

Hello, book lovers! 💕

We’re already halfway through January (which is crazy to think about), and I feel like I haven’t gotten any reading done. That’s probably because I really haven’t. So far this month I’ve only finished a book that I started in December and gotten halfway through a book. It’s been a really stressful first few weeks, and I wasn’t in the mood to do anything.

But I figured I’d update you guys on what I’m currently in the middle of reading and what I plan on reading next. I don’t know how much more I’ll be able to get read by the end of the month, but I’m going to try my best.

So without any further ado, let’s talk about about the book that I’m currently reading!

The book that I’m currently reading (and absolutely loving) is Legendborn by Tracy Deonn. I feel like a lot of people have been talking about this book lately, and for good reason. It’s such an action-packed, fun story.

The following is from Goodreads:

After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.

A flying demon feeding on human energies.

A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.

And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.

The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.

She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.

A secret society that hunts demons? Yes, please.

But it’s so much more than that. It kind of reminds me of The Hunger Games, but only in the sense that there are trials for the initiates to compete in. That’s where the similarities end though. It deals with diverse and relevant topics such as racism and discrimination, which makes it so poignant and real.

I don’t want to go into too much detail about the plot of the story so I won’t spoil for those who haven’t read it yet. Not only that, but I haven’t finished the book yet and this isn’t a review. I still have maybe 200 pages left, and I have been savoring every minute of it.

I feel like I say this with every book, but I’m taking my time with this one; I’ve been trying to set out more time in my days to read, but lately it’s only been right before I go to bed. And that’s when I’m the most tired, so I only am able to get through maybe 20 pages before I pass out.

But anyway, once I finish this book (or maybe before I finish it), I plan on taking a day and binge reading the last couple Avatar the Last Airbender comics that I have left. They shouldn’t take me that long to get through; it’s just a matter of sitting down and reading them.

So there you have it. Those are the books that I’m currently reading and plan on reading next. Have you read this book? What book are you currently reading? I’d love to chat in the comments below!

The follow is from Goodreads:

She will reign.

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.

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.


MY THOUGHTS:

I originally picked this book up because it was one of the choices for an add-on for the Book of the Month subscription box. It looked interesting, because who doesn’t enjoy mermaids or pirates? Well, I’m sure there are people who don’t like those things in a book, but I’m not one of them. Those were a couple of the main reasons I decided to pick this book up. And it fit with one of the prompts for the O.W.L.’s readathon that is taking place in April, so I figured now was the perfect time to read it.

For being a fantasy, it didn’t take me long to get immersed into the story. Maybe because it was a pretty short book, since it usually takes me a while to get invested in a fantasy story. But the author was good at painting a vivid image of what was going on.

My favorite parts of this book was the fact that it had pirates and mermaids, which I already mentioned was a selling point for me. But I found those parts of the story to be where I was the most intrigued to see what was going to happen next. Like when Amora was with the pirates and they were searching for the mermaids. There was a sense of adventure, and it was a lot of fun to read about.

But something kept me from giving this book a full five stars. After some thinking, since I finished this book a couple of days ago now, I think the reason for that was that, even though I really liked the characters, I wasn’t a big fan of the romance in between Amora and one of the other characters. It kind of felt forced in a way that was almost insta-love. Considering they were on the ship together for a couple months, I’d say their feelings for each other were brought on pretty quickly.

I don’t know. It might just be me and the fact that I am so used to reading romance books, but the romance in this book didn’t really do anything for me. Not that it focused heavily on the romance. I can see why it is a necessary aspect of the story and how it might lead into the next book, which I’m excited to read when it comes out.

Besides that, I did really enjoy this book overall. I was invested pretty much from page one. I thought the premise was definitely well executed. The writing style was easy to read and really vivid. There were times when I forgot I was reading and thought I was watching a movie.

So there you have it. Those are my thoughts on All the Stars and Teeth. Have you read this book? If so, what were your thoughts on it?

Published by The Reading Addict

I am a twenty-something-year-old who is an avid reader. I love anything from young adult fantasy to adult fiction to young adult contemporary.

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