Ace of Shades

Ace of Shades

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When Enne leaves finishing school early to pursue her missing mother, she finds Levi Glaisyer who is not a proper gentleman but a street lord who catches them both in a dangerous gamble that could mean their lives.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Inkyard Press, [2018]
ISBN: 9781335499059
Branch Call Number: Fiction Foody TEEN
Characteristics: 460 pages : illustration ; 21 cm

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From the School Library Journal: "Enne has left her finishing school to sail for New Reynes: the "City of Sin" and her mother's last-known destination. New Reynes is the domain of street lords, gamblers, and con artists. With effort, Enne locates a young street lord named Levi whom... Read More »


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Barrie_Teen_Lists Mar 24, 2021

Ace of Shades is a story that takes place in New Reynes which is also notoriously known as the “City of Sin” for its felonious and criminal reputation with gangs and criminal families that take over the city of which was once ruled by the treacherous monarchy. Coming from a highly conservative town called Bellamy, Enne Salta goes on a journey to the City of Sin in search of her missing adoptive mother. When she arrives there, she makes a dangerous deal with the lord of the greatest gang in North of New Reynes, Levi Glaisyer, to help find her mother. In exchange, she promises to pay off his debt from the Torrens, the most infamous criminal family in the city that is on a hunt for him. Their search for clues becomes a dangerous game of both chance and chase, in which they stake their survival and bet their life to play the game...and to win.

I don’t usually pick up fantasy fiction, much less a YA series, as I much prefer reading thriller and horror stories. I did not regret giving this book a go. Foody’s writing style is easy to engage and easy to follow, which I appreciate as I often get inundated by complex world-building of fantasy novels. I also greatly appreciate the representation of the LGBTQ+ community and the minority through Levi as a bisexual, black boy as the importance of visibility is recognized. Although I thought a lot of Foody’s ideas were interesting and created an intriguing premise, her execution was less satisfactory to me. It was a bit difficult for me to buy into the narrative, as it felt a little forced or unnatural at times when it came to the progress and development of the story and characters, but this is just a matter of preferences in reading. Overall, I did enjoy the plot of this story and would give it a 3/5.

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jessica_ni
Jul 28, 2020

Enne Acabus Salta arrives in New Reynes in search of her mother Lourdes. Her only lead in this crime-filled city is to find Levi Glaisyer for his help. With his help, she makes her way through the city encountering both friends and foe. As a small romance develops between Enne and Levi, the worst is yet to come: Levi's gang is slowly falling apart, torn by the unrest of the city and their emptying coffers. This is made worse as the main villain continuously reminds Levi of his debt that he has to pay in 10 days. Nevertheless, their leads to Lourdes were slowly coming to dead ends. More danger arises as the pair make their way through the city. Will Enne ever find the truth of Lourdes and uncover the secrets of her past? And will Levi finally get his gang back together and pay his debt? The book races the readers into this fast-paced action, as our characters try to survive in this city.

I read this book since it was compared to Six of Crows and the cover looked nice, but after reading it, honestly, it was a disappointment. It was nothing like it. The characters were very much flat, the world building was okay, but the magic system and history was just all over the place. The author seems to give the history of the world in chunks that never seemed to make much sense. Who exactly were the misers and what made people want to kill them? The magic system she created was cool but it seemed to be not explained well enough. What were orbs? What exactly is the power that Viancia holds that allows her to be feared? It was just very confusing. Overall I will give this book 3 stars due for its good plot.

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rapunzel454
Sep 27, 2018

A good book. I would more upset that it was a copy-cat of "Six of Crows" except for that I enjoyed it.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 24, 2018

The City of Sin is said to change all those who enter it. It can transform even the most innocent man into a card counting thief. As Enne, a ballerina at the Bellamy Finishing School of Fine Arts, enters New Reynes on a mission to find her missing mother, she should do well to remember that, especially when she meets Levi, a current resident and gang leader, and her soon to be tour guide. As they embark on their quest together, they each find out more and more about themselves and each other, discovering secrets meant to be kept hidden for generations. “Ace of Shades,” by Amanda Foody was a fast pace and exciting read. Every chapter, some new twist was thrown at us, which kept me on the edge of my seat. The world building was exceptionally done, and she didn’t include too many characters when developing the story line, which helped keep the focus on certain aspects of the story, avoiding too much confusion. On top of that, this story helps spread a message about self love and not caring about what others think about you. Enne, for example, was stressed because she didn’t want people from her finishing school to find out she went to New Reynes, however, when she finally let go of that worry, she started discovering herself and who she really was. I would give this story a 4 star rating, and would recommend this book to anyone between the ages of 13-17. Not only is this book really well written in terms of story and world building, but I also think this story sends a really positive message to readers. @academia_fanatic of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

The comparisons to “Six of Crows” were endless. I really don’t know where they came from. Firstly, it raised my expectations very drastically. Secondly, I spent a decent amount of time trying to draw comparisons to no avail. This is vastly different from “Six of Crows”, the only similarity being the feature of street gangs. It suffers from a great case of infodump, which essentially made me understand close to nothing about this world and the Mizers (??) as well as the sympathizers (??). It was quite boring, to be honest, until the end. Being introduced to Enne, I couldn’t contain my excitement at the brewing character development that I was so sure would be done wonderfully. But it was abrupt and unsatisfactory. Just when I thought she’d gone full-fledged with her character arc, she says “I am not scary. I am elegant.” That basically ruined my entire image of her. Then we have Levi, who is just a try hard Kaz Brekker. No matter how hard he tries though, he can never be Kaz. Levi was immature, his talents were “show-not-tell” and it was hard to imagine this seventeen year old running and entire street gang. When reading Six of Crows, it’s easy to forget that the main characters were all teenagers. Here, it was almost laughable that Levi was in charge of an entire portion of this dangerous city. The more I think about it, the more I find negatives in this book, so it really was a disappointment. Rating 2/5 @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

LoganLib_Kirra May 17, 2018

Ace of Shades is an exciting story about a very dangerous city that a young lady is travelling into all alone. The City of Sin is full of casinos and cons with dark characters and poisonous trades. She also meets Levi quick into her journey and he's not the hero type but he's loveable all the same. I loved the setting and the traits where such a great idea with a lot of thought put into it so I wonder how that will continue in the second book. If you liked Six of Crows you'll probably enjoy this book too because it has the same sort of feel that's also mixed in with a magical component and a dangerous game like another great book, Caraval.

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Jul 28, 2020

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Sep 27, 2018

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