Title: All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)
Author: Adalyn Grace
Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice.
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.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
Honestly, I’m getting a little tired of re-tellings, mostly because I’m not reading anything new. Where are all of the original ideas?! We already know how it is going to end from the very beginning. Give me some suspense or and upset. Anything. PLEASE
What went through my head the most during this novel was Moana.
Queue the predictable love story…enemies to lovers that fall in love so fast and out of nowhere. Both have lies, both forgive and trust way too easily. Just give me a pirate like Jack Sparrow, someone ruthless. Bastian is way too soft for the sea.
Vatea and Ferrick are the true heroes of the novel! They were more real and enticing to read about than anyone else. You saw their struggles and their strengths. Vatea and Ferrick had the most at stake and, honestly, I feel like they gave the most in order for the mission to succeed.
Overall, All the Stars and Teeth was an average read, although, it was fast. There was so much room for development upon the magic system, learning more about the other islands, and a deeper look into our supporting characters. Hopefully, this will all be addressed in the next installment.