REVIEW: Ace of Shades

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Considering the hype that surrounds this upcoming book, I was very excited to be approved for the ARC on NetGalley. Although it lost me here and there, I found it to be a fun story with interesting characters.

The Story

Enne Salta is looking for her mother in New Reynes, aka. The City of Sin. After be chased down the street by the thugs who act as a sorry excuse for law enforcement, Enne meets Levi Glaiyser, Lord of the Irons street gang and master of gambling. As Levi helps Enne on the search for her mother, things only get worse in winding mystery of lies and secrets.

I had fun with this story. I’ve been hearing many comparisons to Six of Crows (which I have not read) but I know that if Six of Crows is as much fun as this one, I’m sure I’ll love that book too.

The Characters

Enne is sweet and naive, a proper Lady with a capital “L”, thrust into a world where she isn’t nearly prepared enough to handle the things ahead. I love her tenacity and her unwavering need to keep moving forward when all signs are telling her to just give up and go home. She is kind, brave, and intelligent without being unbelievable and she’s just a delight.

Levi is my favourite. He’s a badass gay-leaning bisexual who does what he can for his people. Things get tight but at the end of the day Levi just wants to be a beacon for his people that they’ll be safe, successful, and happy. He can be arrogant, rude, and selfish but deep down that’s not who he is. He looks out for his own, making him the best kind of leader in my mind.

There are a ton of other characters who I fell in love with in this book (specifically Lola who is probably now one of my favourite side characters of all time) but I don’t want to give more away. Just note that even the bad guys and the smallest of side characters have depth which can be so hard to find these days.

The Issues [ spoilers / trigger warning ]

I don’t have many issues with this. I found I got a little bored around the mid-way point, but I pressed through and am so happy I did. There aren’t any major triggers in this novel, but it’s implied that Sedric is the biggest pervert ever and I’m quite sure if his “interests” imply that he just likes younger women or if he’s a legitimate pedophile. Either way he gets what he deserves after a scene that doesn’t go on very long but I felt the need to mention it anyway.

Conclusion ★★★★

This was a fun book. I enjoyed reading it and it felt fresh to me. I love the 1920s prohibition gangster vibe it gave off since that is entirely an aesthetic that appeals to me. I liked the diversity of the characters and how no one questions Levi’s sexual orientation. Definitely worth reading despite a slow down in the middle of act two. Just keep pushing through and you’ll be in for a wild ride. I look forward to the sequels.


Author: Amanda Foody
Published:  April 10, 2018
Pages: 416
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
ISBN: 9781335692290

Synopsis: 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 uncorrupted.

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 a 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, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, 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.

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