book review

Ace of Shades

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Title: Ace of Shades

Author: Amanda Foody

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, Enne has only one lead: the 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…

Page Number: 411

Rating: ★★★★★

Hello fellow people who like to read! After finishing Wildcard I was feeling in the mood for a fantasy book. I scanned my bookshelves and came upon the decision to pick up Ace of Shades. I scanned the Goodreads reviews after I finished the book and it seems  that there are mixed reviews. Some people really liked it and some weren’t such a fan of it. If you can’t tell by my rating, I was part of the people who really liked the book. The world captivated me and the mystery intrigued me. I was a fan of the writing and the characters and just the whole book.

Non-Spoiler

Within the first few chapters I was hooked. The world and the City of Sin had me so intrigued. The idea that there was this whole side of a city nicknames the City of Sin. That in this city, it made everyone’s darker, more criminal side come out. This part of the whole story I felt was well written. And you could see this part of the city come out in the main character Enne. And the whole idea of people having these talents based on their parents last names is just so cool to me! Some of the talents are an elemental power and other are more performance talents like counting and dancing. Along with this, I thought it was cool that within these talents and last names, there is a social class. For example, Enne’s last is Salta and that talent is dancing. However Salta is considered a lesser dancer.

One thing that I really liked in the book was the character growth of the main character. When she arrived, Enne was this sophisticated girl and she was not at all prepared for the City of Sin. But throughout the book you got to see the City of Sin corrupt her and change her. Now I’m not sure if this was a good character growth because she did go from a sophisticated girl to a more cunning person. But being in the City of Sin, I would have to say its a character growth for the best.

The whole plot of the book is the mystery aspect of this book. Enne was a new to the City of Sin but along with that, she was trying to find her mother. Throughout the whole book it seemed that Enne and Levi had gotten close to finding Enne’s mother, but with each information there was a new twist and turn that kept me hooked and wanting to know more.

So something I didn’t like about this book was to me, the whole Mizer thing. I didn’t understand who they were, why they were killed. And I thought that the book would elaborate more on that but it didn’t. I was left in a state of confusion surrounding the whole thing.

Spoiler

So one of my favorite things about this book was the character growth. Now, usually a character growth is for the better. An unlikely character will change for the better. But that wasn’t the case for this book. Here we  have Enne, a girl trying to make her way up the social class system and finish school. Throughout the book we see her trying to hold onto the person she was before she came to the City of Sin. However, with each day she spends in the City of Sin and with each length she goes to find her mother, she changes, and for the worse. She becomes a street Lord, deceives people, and even kills a few. I really loved how this wasn’t a typical character growth. I mean in the first few chapters she talks about how she wants to go back to finishing school and graduate and then by the end of the book she kills two people! I mean, if thats not a character growth for the worse than I don’t know what is.

Okay, now I’m going to talk about the whole reason Enne comes to the City of Sin, her missing mother. From the get go, I was interested in this mystery. Overtime Enne and Levi found a clue/hint and it seemed like they were on the right track, BAM, another twist. The mystery keep me interested and hoping that there was some miracle Enne’s mother is alive. The book sets it up with the most likely that Enne’s mother is dead. Theres the note that she left Enne saying that she would be dead, so we go into the book presuming she is dead. But with each new clue, I held onto this hope that she was alive, that maybe, just maybe she was alive after all. But that isn’t the case. At the end we find out she dies at the House of Shadows(or is it Shadow House, I can’t remember).

So in the non-spoiler section I said the whole Mizer thing confused me, which it does. But I want to also add that along with being confused about the Mizers and why they were executed, I was confused on why Enne had to keep her real last names a secret and why her birth mother was executed. I hoped that there would be some clarification on the whole thing but there wasn’t. Maybe I just missed the meaning and the reason while reading so if any of you guys know why she had to keep her last names a secret please comment and let me know!

Overall, I really loved this book and the characters and I cannot wait for the next book!

 

 

 

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