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Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

August 16, 2018
Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…and secrets hide in every shadow.
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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I read this book a bit ago, but I couldn’t sit down and write a review on it due to being absolutely in love with this book to point of just gushing profusely whenever it was brought up. I’m not entirely over that phase, but I can at least string together a coherent sentence now. If you like magic powers, steampunk aesthetics, and sympathetic anti-heroes then this is going to be a series for you. (Yes, it’s a series and I’m ecstatic!)

Enne is a proper lady, not that she doesn’t struggle to be so when she first arrives in New Reynes in search of her mother. She quickly ends up in gang territory, which is lucky even though she doesn’t know it. The territory she’s in belongs to the Iron Lord, Levi – exactly the man her mother told her to seek out. Enne is lucky through and through even when everything appears to be going wrong. Her mother isn’t who Enne thought she was and the rules of being a lady that her mother taught her aren’t even etiquette! In fact, they turn out to be street rules in a pretty dress.

Now, Enne is great as a leading lady and all, but the show was stolen by Levi (and Jac on a lesser scale since he’s not seen as much.) Levi is an angsty, bisexual, gambling street lord with a heart of gold even though he tries not to show it. So, of course, his best bud has to be this soft-hearted boxer, would-do-anything-to-help-his-friend, Jac. I love Jac and I love Levi and I would LOVE a prequel bromance novel about them. Their friendship is so solidly devoted without any history of a romantic/sexual relationship. It’s all the fluff I need in my life, best friends having each other’s backs no matter what.

The author does a great job with the characters, their individual arcs within the main plot, and setting up the scenes. While there is one plot point that you see from a mile away, it’s done well with reasoning behind it so it doesn’t feel like it was just thrown in there to spice it up. The worst part is that the second installment doesn’t come out until the end of April 2019! I haven’t read a book quite like this before so if anyone has any recommendations for similar reads, please let me know.

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  1. This looks INCREDIBLE. I have seen a lot of talk about this on Twitter, but this is the first review I’ve seen and now I think I need it? Great review. Definitely adding it to my Amazon basket. 😊

    1. Yesssssss. I read it awhile ago and it still sticks with me. I’m so desperate for the next book!

      1. Oh, yeah. The siren song will just get stronger. I try to drown it out with other books after setting a reminder for when the sequel comes out. That way I don’t miss it, but it doesn’t hurt so much that it’s so far away.

      2. If I thought I could get an arc of that, I would so be on it. I don’t think they give those out to newer bloggers, so I will have to wait and build up my site before I start getting my hopes up.

      3. You never know, I am definitely going to ask and see what happens! It’s also so far away – the standard rec is to wait ~6 months before emailing to ask publishers but if it shows up on Netgalley or Edelweiss you should request!

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