For my stop of the Ace of Shades Blog Tour I have my review for the book.
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 unchanged. 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 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, cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless society. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her family, 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 the game.
I have been wanting to read Ace of Shades for a while now. Ever since reading the description for the book a few months back I have been itching to get my hands on the book. I think the dark themes and story definitely won me over and I am happy to say that now having read the book it does not disappoint.
The story of Ace of Shades has two different point of views from the main characters Enne and Levi, and I have to say that I loved both of them. I found Enne to be a very determined and resilient main character. Her development throughout the book is amazing, at the end she is nearly unrecognisable and it was amazing to be on the journey with her. Levi is also an interesting and complex character. He is the sort of bad guy that you can’t help to love. As soon as he was introduced in the story I loved him and couldn’t get enough. When Enne and Levi interacted together it was amazing read and I never wanted the scenes to end.
The very first page grabbed my attention and I found that the entire book held my interest throughout until the very end. I didn’t think the story dragged or become boring at any point. With this book being over 450 pages, normally you would expect the middle of the book to be a little dull and slow, but for me Ace of Shades was a fascinating and engaging read. Ace of Shades does have some dark themes and I did think that this was another reason why I found it hard to put this book down because it was so different to what I normally read.
Ace of Shades is the first book I have read from Amanda Foody, and I really love her writing and the way she tells her story. She manages to create an exciting and interesting new world with equally interesting characters. I loved the way she managed to make this story grab you from the very start and leave you wanting more and more. It only took me a couple of days to read the entire book and one of the reasons I couldn’t put this book down was because of the beautiful writing. I have Daughter of the Burning City sitting on my bookshelf so I will be definitely reading the book soon.
I would recommend Ace of Shades for readers who want something different from a YA book. Ace of Shades is and edge of your seat, action adventure book that will leave you unable to put the book down and will trap you in its amazingly dark world. If you are looking for an addictive dark young adult read then you need to pick up Ace of Shades.
I rate this book 5/5 stars
***I was sent a copy of this book for review. Everything in this review is my own honest opinions.***