I’m all for books that are filled with adventure and All the Stars and Teeth seemed like a book that would be filled with that. I’ve been wanting to read it since it released a few months ago, but finally got around to it this month! A couple of friends and I did a buddy read and today I want to tell you what I thought!
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.
All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1) by Adalyn Grace
Published by Imprint on 04/02/2020
She will reign.
“The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.”
When I started All the Stars and Teeth I was really intrigued and it started out strong for me. I loved the description of the world we were going to be in. The combination of the magical world and the author’s way with words had me flying through the first few chapters.
Amora is the princess of this kingdom and needs to do a ritual to be able to prove she’s a worthy candidate to rule when her father steps down. She’s so sure of her kingdom and what needs to be done and knows she’s the one for the job. While I liked her confidence, it also annoyed me after awhile. She didn’t realize how this was hurting others and got her into trouble many times. Amora becomes more vulnerable as the story continues, but I just couldn’t connect with her.
“Fear is a part of life; all the matters is what we do with it.”
Ferrick and Bastian are two characters who also play a big part in this adventure and in Amora’s life. If I’m honest, I wanted more of both characters. They stay a bit on the surface and I think it would’ve added to this book to learn more. Ferrick is the most selfless of all of them. He’s along for the ride, because of Amora. The way she treats him really bugged me. I would’ve loved to have known more about his magic, because it sounded so interesting. Then there’s Bastian, a pirate who came to this part of the kingdom to let them know that things weren’t good. He seems to be the bad boy, but of course there’s a lot more to his story. Again, I would’ve loved to know more.
That’s where it kind of went downhill for me. Without being able to connect with the characters, it’s a lot harder to enjoy the journey. In many ways Amora finding out that there’s a lot more going on in her kingdom than she knew and a lot of what she thought to be the truth is a lie. For me this is a case of I’ve read this before. That’s normally not a bad thing either, but the execution of this one was lacking for me. Also, once they were headed to the “fight” of the book, everything went way too fast and felt too easy. There was no point that I was on the edge of my seat wanting to know how it would all play out. Also, the romance felt a bit off. I mean, it kind of bugged me that the main character learns she’s been lied to the whole entire time and then basically almost dives into bed with that person. It just didn’t work for me!
“I am Amora Montara, Princess of Visidia, and I will be the future High Animancer.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.”
I want to end this review on a positive note though, because like I’ve already mentioned there were elements that I loved. This author’s writing is really what had me holding in. She writes in a way that keeps you reading. I really enjoyed that. Also, I loved the world and the magic system and would’ve loved even more of this. How each of them had their own magic was so interesting. I could really picture the world we were in and loved that. Even though this book wasn’t for me, I know that All the Stars and Teeth will be a book for a lot of people.
Even though I won’t be continuing with this series, I did enjoy the concept. Books that have pirates, mermaids, magic and other things like this always interest me. I will keep an eye out for new books by this author, because I did really enjoy her writing! Have you read any books that take place on sea? I’d love to hear about them!