TITLE : All The Stars And Teeth (All The Stars And Teeth #1)
AUTHOR : Adalyn Grace
GENRE : YA Fantasy
FR RATING : ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4.5 stars)
DISCLAIMER : Thank you, Netgalley and Titan Books for providing me with an ARC of this book. I am leaving this review voluntarily.
All The Stars And Teeth is the first book in the series All The Stars And Teeth. This book is the debut fantasy novel from the author Adalyn Grace. The story is about a young Princess to the Island Kingdom Of Visidia. The Kingdom is divided into different islands with each island having its magical power. Amora has been practicing Soul magic her whole life in preparation for her ceremony to become the protector of their Kingdom and to be the next to the throne. On the day to perform and prove her control of magic she fails and disappoints her people. Awaiting a trial can be dangerous to her Kingdom and she flees with plans to restore the Kingdom and get rid of the issues that have arisen. On her journey to freedom and protecting her Kingdom, she learns dark secrets kept hidden, fight magical and legendary creatures, and comes face to face with dark powers.
The story was engaging and fun. I loved how the story was executed adding the necessary amount of action and conflict to keep the story entertaining. The vivid imagery and descriptions of the world made it easy to imagine and get lost in the world. I loved the history of the world and the stories that were nestled in the main storyline. One of the best parts of this book is the world-building and how effectively the author weaves information into the story without boring us. The world was fascinating and the magic system set in place was defined from the get-go.
The characters and the side characters were all fantastic. I felt they were fleshed out and had so much room to become more. The way the story was told helps us connect to them and get invested in the outcome. I loved their interactions with one another. There was banter, great conversations, and some budding relationships. The friendships and the romantic relationships were believable and the rate of progress was natural. I loved how the author handled the relationships and brought forward some interesting choices by the characters that made it feel more natural.
The protagonist was level headed and had a mature way of seeing everything. She isn’t a perfect heroine, at times way too hopeful and proud of her legacy that makes her blind to certain realities. But her drive to be the best for her Kingdom and her decision to sacrifice for her people makes her a great character.
The pacing was good and the book was very engaging. I loved reading this book and got pulled into the story from the very beginning. I can’t wait to see how the story will progress in the second book. You will not guess it is a debut book by the writing or the story. I felt it was a strong debut and a fantastic start of an amazing journey through Visidia, the ocean, and adventures the characters go on.
I highly recommend checking this book out. A great YA fantasy debut with a strong protagonist, wonderful cast, and vivid imagery of the world. I think if you love the ocean, adventures, sea creatures and interesting magic, definitely pick this book up. I gave the book 4.5 stars leaning towards 5 stars. If you loved The Raven And The Dove, you will love this one as well and vice versa.
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.
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.