Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Review | Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades
by Amanda Foody 
Published by Harlequin Teen on April 10th, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Series: The Shadow Game - Book One
Pages: 411
Format: Hardcover
Source: Bought at Indigo

Summary from Goodreads: 
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 where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn't have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne's offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems. 

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi's enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

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Having never read any of Amanda Foody's previous books, I didn't know what to expect when I picked this book up. However, I am ultimately glad I chose to pick this book up and stick with it because it ended up being such an amazingly immersive book to read. 

The characters are so well written and absolutely fascinating to read. The main character, Enne, starts off as someone who is a bit naive, lost, and afraid of the outcome of her mother. As the story progresses, she becomes a stronger character who is kind, feminine, speaks her mind, confident, and finds a much greater strength that she’s never had before. 

The romance was spectacular to read! The chemistry, tension, and ‘will they, won’t they’ moments had me shipping them like crazy. I enjoyed the diversity, the romance, and the overall essence of this story. Foody knows how to build a world and make it seem as realistic as possible. Overall, this was such an amazing book to read! I will definitely be picking up the next book in this series, King of Fools, once it’s released. 

I recommend picking up Ace of Shades today, especially if you like great world building, awesome characters, and a dash of romance.


About The Author:

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.