One of my most anticipated releases of the year was All Of Us Villains, so of course I was extremely excited to get an eARC. And for once I read the book before the release date haha. It doesn’t happen often but it did this time! And today I want to share my thoughts about the story. So let’s jump right in.
The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins.
Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death.
The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world--one thought long depleted.
This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly: a choice - accept their fate or rewrite their story.
But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
Published by Tor Teen on 09/11/2021
I quite enjoy the cover! It’s pretty simple, has nice illustrations and the color scheme fits with the story super well. This is definitely a type of cover I like and I would pick this book up in the bookstore if I hadn’t heard of it yet.
As soon as I read the synopsis, and even just the tagline I think, I was sold. This was a book I wanted to read so badly. I love villains and morally grey characters so I was really hoping to get those kinds of characters in this book. Since there is a bit of a tournament I was also expecting a lot of deaths haha.
“You Fell In Love With The Victors of The Hunger Games.
Now Prepare To Meet The Villains of The Blood Veil.”
So after reading this, you know I was expecting some brutal villains haha. And I just have to say, I was a bit disappointed. After reading a big part of the book, I just couldn’t see these characters as villains. Closer to the ending some of them seemed a bit more like villains, which I loved by the way, but overall I felt like the marketing didn’t do the best job.
We get to read from 4 POV’s and there are 7 champions competing in the tournament. Knowing that I immediately realised we wouldn’t be getting a ton of deaths and while those were brutal in The Hunger Games, that also set the tone of the story and I ‘liked’ that. I was hoping for something similar, as that also really gives you those villains. Unfortunately that didn’t happen.
But after these critiques I have to say, I really loved this book. I loved the characters and really enjoyed getting to know them. It took me a bit to see who I liked most and I think I have to go with Alistair with Isobel as a close second. Gavin and Briony are the other two main characters and I think Briony was my least favorite unfortunately.
The plot was interesting and I especially enjoyed the world (or rather the town). We got some interesting world building with the curse. I also enjoyed the magic system and it felt detailed enough to make sense to me.
Like I said, we got an interesting plot and we also got a good cliffhanger! I really want to read the sequel, and I would love to get it right away haha. Throughout the book I wanted to keep on reading and reading especially when we got more towards the end haha. I would highly recommend this book to any YA fantasy lover. But I will say, it’s a bit slow and the villains aren’t that bad haha ;). Still very enjoyable and a book to pick up!