All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
All the Stars and Teeth #1
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.
She will reign.
As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic.
But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever.
I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.
Guys, I had the hardest time making a connection with Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth. I had to read pages and paragraphs over and over. I thought maybe I was just burnt out, but nope, I was able to read other things at the same time with ease. This one was just rough for me.
I think a lot of my aloofness for this book comes from the fact that I had a hard time understanding the magic system, and so I was really relying on the characters and their development to get me through the book. Problem with that is I did not care for the main character or her chosen love interest.
The book opens up with the main character being sort of a monster, and the rest of the book, she’s super-forgettable, except for the moments when she’s being a complete jerk to my favorite character, her fiancé. Now, don’t get confused — because her fiancé is not the chosen love interest — even though he is kind, puts the main character first, protects her, and ends up saving the day. Nope, she chooses a guy that has zero personality. He was clearly chosen because he’s mysterious and attractive. *Barf!* Also, it should be known this guy is NOT a pirate like what’s stated above in the synopsis! Sure, he has a ship — however…
In the end, I will not be continuing on with this series.