Spoiler free review of All the Stars and Teeth and age rating by Adalyn Grace
Amora Montara is princess of the kingdom Visidia who has trained her her whole life to become the High Animancer: the Master of Souls. In order to prove herself she must conduct a demonstration of her soul magic. However, when the demonstration goes wrong she is left with two choices: flee or die. Amora flees her island with the mysterious pirate Bastian who agrees to help her as long as she helps him. What was meant to be a quest to reclaim Bastian’s magic turns into a dangerous mission to save her kingdom. All the Stars and Teeth is full of mermaids, pirates, and royalty as well as magic, both good and bad.
Going into this book I knew it had mixed reviews but the synopsis seemed promising. After reading Fable by Adrienne Young I was dying to read another book with a seascape setting.
Things I liked
A few things I liked about this book were the characters, writing, and magic. Adalyn Grace did such a beautiful job with the characters. Amora was a strong female lead who wasn’t afraid to discover what could hurt her. After enduring pain countless times physically and emotionally, she was still strong and determined to save her kingdom no matter the cost.
I also enjoyed the dynamic between Amora and Ferrick. Despite the unhappy arranged relationship, their friendship was strong and they loved each other in a different way. Bastian’s character was interesting and kept me intrigued all the way through. He upheld the mysterious pirate persona extremely well. I remained interested in his past and secrets all the way through.
Adalyn Graces writing was also stunning throughout this novel. The writing was beautifully imaginative through its descriptive style. Imagining the Keel Haul, kingdom of Visidia, as well as the use of magic was what kept me reading this book. The magic system and history behind it was interesting from the start all the way to the end. I loved being in Amoras’ head while she performed her soul magic.
Things I didn’t like
Now, on to the things I didn’t enjoy. The plot. The plot of this book was promising but dragged on and on. Once we finally got to the big scene the tipping point of the book, it lasted a chapter. Then there was another plot and then another that lasted a very short amount of time.
The characters and writing definitely held this book together. I found myself dreading reading this book because I felt like we weren’t getting anywhere with it. I felt like I just read and read and nothing extreme happened to keep me intrigued. In the future I think I will potentially pick up the second book just to finish the duology but its not high on my tbr.
Overall I would rate All the Stars and Teeth 3.5/5 stars. If you like pirates and seascape settings I’d say give this one a shot, it may be for you. It just wasn’t my favorite.
This book contains little language, alcohol, dark themes/gory content, and suggestive content. I would give this book an age rating of 14+
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