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Book Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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Ace of Shades

Release date: April 10th 2018

4 stars

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.

It hasn’t taken long for Amanda Foody to cement herself on my list of auto-buy authors. I loved Daughter of the Burning City, it was one of my top surprise books last year, and this one was just as magical and addicting. I loved that the setting was so different from DOTBC but the atmosphere that I fell in love with was still there. It has a very interesting world, great characters, and it just completely sucked me in.

I really liked how the POV was split between Enne, a newcomer to the city, and Levi, someone who’d lived most of his life there. They balanced each other well. Enne was more innocent, only in the city to find her adoptive mother, and determined to do so even though she had no idea where to start. She was naive and at times, a little bit of a snob, but she grew so much through the book. Levi was the leader of the Irons gang, probably the nicest gang leader out of all of them. He may have agreed to help Enne for selfish reasons but he came to care about her. He cared about all of his members but it seemed like he may have been stretching himself too thin trying to be the Iron Lord, being caught up in a scheme at work, and helping Enne.

Two supporting characters really stood out in Jac and Lola. Jac was Levi’s second, his best friend, and he was a complete charmer. I fell in love. Lola came in a little while into the book but her introduction was very memorable and I loved the relationship that developed between her and Enne.

The plot revolved around two main points. Enne’s mission to find her adoptive mother and Levi needing to find enough volts, or currency, to pay off someone he’d scammed. Working together was a perfect solution since Enne had volts and Levi had connections. It took its time to develop the setting, talk about the past revolution, unveil the mysteries of what was called blood talent vs split talent. It was all very interesting and I really couldn’t put this book down.

I’m so happy that this is the first in a series. I cannot wait to see where it goes.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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