Woke up this morning determined to finish this, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Goodreads) with my buddy read, Lauren from Bookstagram. It has been so fun reading along side someone to talk about that’s going on at it happens, think of theories of what’s going to take place, and voice any concerns we may have.
I was so nervous about picking this up at first because I heard some comparisons to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. There’s one even on the cover of the book! I loved Six of Crows, partly because of the disability rep, but it is genuinely a good book. If you try hard enough you could see a few aspects overlapping, but Ace of Shades is not quite there.
My rating: 4 stars out of 5
This book had so much great tension. I sometimes kept reading beyond the day’s required pages; I just had to continue and find out what happened. Throughout the book, minus the last 30 pages, were so captivating in pretty much every aspect. Between characters, characters’ fate, plot twists the book definitely had high risks. I really enjoyed the magic blood talent system. I thought that was very cool. I do wish the was a glossary to help me remember what family had what blood talent. My fibro fog made is hard for me to keep the blood talents straight and had to flip back through the book to figure out someone’s talent. There were some minor issues I had like Lola’s hat disappearing and reappearing with no explanation. I didn’t love the ending. I’m hoping the second book has more answers, but honestly the ending didn’t hold up to the rest of the book.
Character wise, I had an up and down relationship with both Enne and Levi. Enne was quite annoying at first on her high horse, but eventually, with the help of Levi grounding her a bit, she grew on me. She even surprised at times, and I think she surprised herself of what she can do. Levi on the other hand I liked a first, I saw a little bit of Kaz Brekker in the beginning. But there also times that he was not the person I thought he was, especially when it came to his gang. I would have like to see more of his little operation too. I loved the side characters like Reymond, Jac, and Lola. I would really like to see more of them in book two. I really enjoyed the LBGT rep in this with gender fluid characters, different sexualities, and unashamed discovery of female masturbation.
To conclude, I really enjoyed this book, there were parts that were a bit of a let down. But for the most part, very good. Enne, I think, ended up being my favourite character.
As Always, thanks for reading!
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