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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.
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?