Ace of Shades
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 sur...more
Despite Enne’s flaws - namely that she was mucking annoying - she knew how to weasel in and out of a conversation.
You know what else is mucking annoying? Made up curse words like mucking! Fictional profanity almost always has me laughing (and not in a good way) but it was especially bad here because “mucking” is almost “fucking” but also hilariously… not.
But let's not get hung up on language. The bigger problem is that Ace of Shades is Six of Crows's shallower, less interesting sibling. It wis ...more
CW: violence, pedophilia (it’s totally condemned in the story)
I adore Amanda Foody’s writing style. It is so descriptive and easy to engage with. The entire time I felt as if I was traveling New Reynes alongside Enne and Levi. The world is extremely vivid and atmospheric. The history of the world was a tad difficult for me to retain at first because there’s quite a lot of info and it is ALL so importa ...more
you really do want to read this book.
(on a side note, I genuinely don't understand why this book keeps getting compared to six of crows. the only slight similarity is that both books ...more
(And yes I did like 540 status updates while reading it and I AM NOT ASHAMED.)
+ The first thing to know is that th ...more
The photograph of Luckluster Casino matched the stories of New Reynes: red lig...more
Well, I'm freaking bummed! I loved Daughter of the Burning City but this book didn't do it for me. Oh well, hopefully I will love her next book like I did her debut book!
All you know are stories, Enne told herself. And not all stories are true.
I should start this off by acknowledging that this book is built on a lot of good ideas. Ace of Shades takes place in what is described as a city of sin, a sort of Old Vegas meets Venice. There’s enemies to lovers, a very diverse cast (the book’s romantic interest is black & bisexual), an intriguing magic syst ...more
No one is more disappointed than I am that this rating is anything less than 5 STARS. I went in wholly expecting to adore this story; the cover is gorgeous and the comparisons to Six Of Crows had me cautiously fangirling over this book from the moment I knew of it's existence. Throw in the fact that I absolutely loved Daughter Of The Burning City last year and I was completely sold. Unfortunately, this one just didn't work for me.
I'm not here to deter anyone from picking this up, as I ...more
“The City of Sin was a game, but not everyone was a player.”
Ace of Shades was for sure not what I was expecting. Some said it was like one of my favorite series of all time, Six of Crows, but I didn’t see that. A lot of people said it had a setting like the city I live in currently, Vegas, and I suppose I see it, but it is a stretch and for sure a very big fantastical interpretation and based on every stereotype you think of when you think of Vegas (which are mostly all untrue). I mean, mayb ...more
she was a pistol wrapped in silk.
she was a blade disguised as a girl
alright alright alright listen up, listen here. This book is a whole lotta fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it! In fact I'm eagerly awaiting the official release so I can read a completed physical edition.
WHAT IS ACE OF SHADES?
🃏 a dark, complex, fantasy world where gangs run the streets and lure unsuspecting visitors into their gambling parlours, where crime rules and turf wars brew and at the heart of it all, a deadly history n ...more
Levi stood up and reached for his hat on the table.
“Where are you going?” Enne asked.
“Out. There are volts to make and people to cheat.”
He flashed her a smile. She was lucky he hadn’t cheated her.
He was feeling sentimental today.
Attempt #2 of reading this book didn't disappoint.
I'm kind of relieved to announce that, with a cover and a premise like that, Amanda Foody's Ace of Shades delievers what it promises.
Nothing more and nothing less than that, but it surely give its reader what the r ...more
A self-proclaimed 'City of Sin'.
((Ahem, magical Las Vegas))
Sheltered and innocent, Enne Salta, travels to the city in search of her adoptive mother, Lourdes. Her only clue, a name: Levi Glaisyer.
Upon arrival, Enne quickly tracks down Levi and the fun begins. Swept up into his world, she feels in over her head but despite her initial culture shock, she finds New Reynes bringing her to life in ways she has never felt before.
Within the city, Enne finally feels 'seen' for the ...more
The world building was unique, and the author's writing drew me in right away. Plus, talk of game cards, acrobatics, and magic, I was then completely sold. The book's romance is more on the side, but I was annoyed ...more
Ten days to figure out how to beat his enemies at their own game.”
Kaz Brekker would have so much fun with Levi Glaisyer. He'd fleece Levi dry, then convince him Halloween pumpkins are a good investment in December.
Look, in the olden days, a kinder, softer Natalie might have given Ace of Shades 3 stars. There's nothing overtly offensive about it. The writing's decent (if a bit tryhard at times), there are clear stakes, okay world-building—all in all, a solid YA fantasy. But these da ...more
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH this book was such a pleasant surprise!!! I haven't read the author's debut yet so I didn't know what to expect, but now I'm looking forward to both continuing the series and keeping an eye out for whatever else she published (as well as reading DotBC).
The story takes place in New Reynes, a town split in two, and specifically almost ...more
"Some say the City of Sin is a game, so before you arrive - ask yourself, dear reader, how much are you prepared to lose?"
- The City of Sin, a guidebook: Where To Go and Where Not To
MY GOD, this. This was goooooooooooooood! I am so happy, I've been waiting for this for the such a long time. I really enjoyed Amanda Foody and Daughter of the Burning City, so Ace of Shades was highly anticipated for me. I was so nervous going into this, because every time I desperately want to like ...more
Sadly DNF @ page 150
I almost finished day 2 but I can't continue this book, let alone a whole trilogy!
I had one thought while reading this: that it sounded like it was written by an accountant. Guess what? It is! I came here to check the author, only to find out that she has an M.A degree in accountancy and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.
You know that I like to support new and trending authors but the writing style just is not for me, if you are like me and read this be ...more
Do not believe their smiles. Do not stray into their lairs. Or you may never come out again.
3.75 stars. if you just want to know if this book is like six of crows, click here.
This is one of those books which I got really, really excited for, even when it wasn't released yet. Normally, I don't let a book’s popularity affect my reading -- or if it does, it's in a positive way, like how I anticipated The Cruel Prince forever and, truthfully, probably loved it just a little more because of the hyp ...more
WHEN I PICK UP AN ADVENTUROUS ACTION-PACKED BOOK ABOUT A DARK CITY AND SOME TEENAGE CRIMINALS...
I AM NOT, REPEAT NOT, LOOKING FOR A WILL THEY/WON'T THEY ROMANCE.
review to come / 2.5 stars
i will read literally anything that's supposed to be like six of crows
1. Ace of Shades ★★★★★
2. King of Fools ★★★★★
my immediate thoughts during and after finishing this book were, "how dare i not read this sooner" in case any of you were wondering
the only bad part of my experience reading this was seeing the right side get smaller and realizing that this would eventually end.
I had previously enjoyed the author's debut, Daughter of the Burning City but wow I did not realize that her later book would become one of my all-time favorites.
"...it smells foul....more
The book begins as Enne Salta arrives in New Reynes or what is better known as the City of Sin. Enne’s adoptive mother had often visited New Re ...more
Once I got past all the politics at the start of the book I really enjoyed it. At first I was thinking New Reynes was some dystopian town with casinos, gang lords, corrupt officials and an overzealous policing system then I realised it was much like any major city today only with a slight magical element, an urban fantasy.
”Some say the City of Sin is a game, so before you arrive – ask yourself, dear reader, how much are you prepared to lose?” – The City of Sin, a Guidebo ...more
tl;dr: let’s find out just how much it pales in comparison. 🙃
// buddy read with this dude
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