Welcome to the City of Sin….

Gangs…..

Casino Families…..

Secrets….

Magic……..

All things you’ll find within the pages of Amanda Foody’s Ace of Shades. I was fascinated when I first heard about this book. Who wouldn’t be? I don’t know about anyone else but I was picturing it as a Noir film the entire time I was reading.
Just a fair warning…..there are a few spoilers in my review…so you’re not into those… skip ahead! 

30238163Synopsis:

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…..and secrets hide in every shadow. 

Enne Salta was raised 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 Glasiyer. 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 of all of 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.

The  City of Sin, you never come out the same way you go in. If you’re one of the lucky ones that is.

When Enne Salta arrived in New Reynes, she was alone and all she had was a name. A name of a man that her mother Lourdes told her to trust, Levi Glasiyer. Her one goal was to find her mother and return home as soon as she was able.

However what actually happens when she lands in New Reynes is the complete opposite of that.

I will admit to not being a fan of Enne’s at first. She seemed a bit stiff and had this need to prove herself.  This Enne definitely didn’t expect to fit in with Levi Glaisyer and his Irons.

Enne started to grow on me when she realized that the most powerful women can kick ass and still be a lady. Levi however was one of my favorite things about this book from the start. He seemed to be one of the more complex characters in this book. From his issues with Sedric Torren, to the omerta from Vianca, and trying to be a proper Street lord for his gang, Levi seemed to power through everything life was throwing at him.

Foody’s writing makes the story of Enne and Levi easy to follow along despite the pace of the plot. From their first meeting to when Enne’s power truly manifests, I was entertained the entire way. Of course with a smooth talker like Levi there were a few times when I just wanted to roll my eyes and smirk. But it was those very moments that made me even more attached to him.

You have to appreciate Foody’s diverse casting of her characters. It’s obvious enough but not ‘look at me i’m sooooo diverse’.  I loved the genuine girl friendship, body-positivity and the bi-representation all of which was well written.

One thing I should mention. I read this as someone as never read Six of Crows. Which seems to be the popular book to compare it too. With the hype around SoC, I don’t even know if I want to.

This book leaves it’s own mark on the YA world, and I think if you read it consider it as it’s own story regardless of what it’s compared too.

I for one CANNOT WAIT FOR THE SEQUEL!

King of Fools (Shadow Game #2)  comes out April 30th 2019!

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Rating: 4.5 /5 Stars

Happy Reading!

PS: I don’t mean to upset anyone with my opinion on the comparison to Six of Crows. It just bothers me when genuinely good reads lose out to popular books all because they aren’t given a chance.

But seriously, all opinions are my own.

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