I first saw this during my “Most anticipated books of 2020” research. I liked the idea of pirates and it being set at sea but it didn’t quite make my list. Unless I did put it on to fill a space, I’m not sure, I need check that. I feel disorganised… Anyway, All The Stars and Teeth review here we come 🙂
This ARC was provided to me by NetGalley & Titan Books in return for an honest review. Thank you!
All the Stars and Teeth
by Adalyn Grace
Named as one of Entertainment Weekly’s most anticipated books of 2020, 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.
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.
- set at sea
This might sound harsh but bare with me: I struggled in the beginning. The story was boring to start off. Elements of the story were predictable from the start and I could see where the main turns would be from the first few chapters. As the characters got on the ship (which is only a few chapters in) I started to enjoy it more. I think this had something to do with the main character enjoyed her life more too. I seem throughout the story to have the same feelings as the main character. When she didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t enjoy it either. When she was enjoying it, so was I. And I only realised this in the end.
I think this is a solid complement to the writing of the story, to make me feel the same way.
The journey turned out to be a fun ride however my predictions did come true and didn’t surprise me which was a shame but expected.
The story had predictable elements I picked out from the first few chapters but aside from that, the story was enjoyable. There was nothing particularly surprising about it nor was there anything in here that felt off which is good. It was a safe journey with twists and turns but again predictable.
The world, magic and turn of events made the story enjoyable, rich and unforgettable.
The world-building is nicely laid out. We get a brief overview of the islands fairly early and then added information as the characters get there. For one island, I didn’t fully buy the descriptions. It was just a little over the top and I know that was the point, but it was off somehow. There was also my issue with how they pay with gems and coin and not just coins. I didn’t believe its logically nor practically. I just don’t believe people attitude towards gems could ever be that easy. However, I had no objection to a ship that sails completely by herself without a single crew member… I don’t know why I’m like this lol.
This was interesting. There are lots of magic in here. It’s all surrounding your own abilities but you can choose which direction to go. It felt like everyone had magic to varying degrees but their speciality was depending on their interest, like choosing your university major. There was healing, enchantments, soul, curses and water magic to name a few. A lot of the story centres around the magic and how the kingdom is built around it.
Amora is the main character and narrator of the story. She was fierce and I felt connected with her. She did a lot of things I would have done too. She wanted to learn, I love to learn. She wanted to fight for what is right no matter how hard, so do I. She wants to marry for love not just for convenience, yup. She just wants to travel, yeah some 🙂
Ferrick was annoying in the beginning but as I mentioned at the starts I seem to copy the main character’s feelings so as the story progressed and Amore ease up to Ferrick, I started to like him too.
Bastian is the pirate and the one with the self-travelling ship. I liked him from the start and enjoyed his journey throughout the book.
There are other characters added to the list as the story progress and I feel a found family coming on for the next book.
It’s a positive side comment from a side character but nothing else.
The writing was fine. I had no obstacles to the writing but it didn’t blow me away either. It was easy to read and flowed nicely. It felt like a debut author (which she is), I look forward to seeing her build her skills and develop her language in the future.
I personally struggle with first-person writing. I always feel like I’m told what to think instead of shown, and that was the case in some places in this book too. But at the same time, I understand that in a first-person perspective there will be opinions and thoughts from the main character and that is “telling”. I know the “telling” part is a part of the 1st person view. I still don’t like being told what to think. I have mixed feelings about it. I understand it but I still don’t like it. But that’s my personal opinion.
An enjoyable read set at sea but not my favourite read of the year. I will definitely check out the next book in the series and follow this author’s journey:)
Have you read this? What did you think?