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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for All the Stars and Teeth

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tomi Adeyemi

    THIS BOOK YOU GUYS I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book because the and i LOVED IT Picture Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road leading her own Pirates Of The Carribean Ship This epic sea adventure empowering as hell, exciting, bloody, and it takes no prisoners! It's also powerful--there are parts of this books that gave me goosebumps. I can't WAIT to read the final draft and then I can't wait for everyone else to read it so we can geek out about it together!! THIS BOOK YOU GUYS I was lucky enough to read an early draft of this book because the and i LOVED IT Picture Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road leading her own Pirates Of The Carribean Ship This epic sea adventure empowering as hell, exciting, bloody, and it takes no prisoners! It's also powerful--there are parts of this books that gave me goosebumps. I can't WAIT to read the final draft and then I can't wait for everyone else to read it so we can geek out about it together!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    $2.99 kindle US today 9/24/20 ******* Holy shit ass snacks!. Wait, let me show you the pretty cover that came in my Owlcrate box! Okay, holy shit ass snacks!! I thought I was falling off the rail with ya books but this book kicked ass! And to think, I was going to dnf this book because the beginning was all like: a princess, she’s not allowed to do shit, put her in a damn dress when she wants to be included in more important things, make her do some dumbass magic ceremony to prove her worth. Yada $2.99 kindle US today 9/24/20 ******* Holy shit ass snacks!. Wait, let me show you the pretty cover that came in my Owlcrate box! Okay, holy shit ass snacks!! I thought I was falling off the rail with ya books but this book kicked ass! And to think, I was going to dnf this book because the beginning was all like: a princess, she’s not allowed to do shit, put her in a damn dress when she wants to be included in more important things, make her do some dumbass magic ceremony to prove her worth. Yada yada. But hell to the no!! I thought I jumped into a smidge of grimdark fantasy with a badass chic. Let’s just say her ceremony was to kill someone for reasons but she did a major over kill (that I quite enjoyed) and we were off to the races! I loved all of the characters and I will be looking forward to this new series, trilogy, whatever! Mel 😘🖤🐶🐺🐾

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    finally! a new YA fantasy release that i actually found to be entirely enjoyable. 2020 is finally looking up! yes, its full of tropes and predictable material, but THE ADVENTURE! its fun, its fresh, its exciting. the entire journey of the story is what kept me hooked. it made me long for a life where i sail the seven seas, and i hate the ocean, so thats saying something. lol. with mermaids, pirates, legendary sea monsters, and blood magic, there is never a dull moment. yes, the adventure could be finally! a new YA fantasy release that i actually found to be entirely enjoyable. 2020 is finally looking up! yes, its full of tropes and predictable material, but THE ADVENTURE! its fun, its fresh, its exciting. the entire journey of the story is what kept me hooked. it made me long for a life where i sail the seven seas, and i hate the ocean, so thats saying something. lol. with mermaids, pirates, legendary sea monsters, and blood magic, there is never a dull moment. yes, the adventure could be a little more intense and emotionally charged, considering an entire kingdom is in danger, but the great pacing and entertaining characters make up for it. overall, im decently impressed with this debut. quite a bit of the story is resolved by the end, so im interested to see where the sequel takes this! ↠ 4 stars

  4. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    OHMYGOSH. Goodreads Choice Nominees are in and My Reaction Video is up! Don't forget to vote! The Written Review Amora Montara knows she's her kingdom's only hope as the next High Animancer (master of souls). She's been training all her life to wield Soul Magic - which allows her to control and destroy enemies of her country. However, it is a fickle power. One where if it goes wrong, there are disastrous consequences. On the very night she was supposed to demonstrate complete and utter mast OHMYGOSH. Goodreads Choice Nominees are in and My Reaction Video is up! Don't forget to vote! The Written Review Amora Montara knows she's her kingdom's only hope as the next High Animancer (master of souls). She's been training all her life to wield Soul Magic - which allows her to control and destroy enemies of her country. However, it is a fickle power. One where if it goes wrong, there are disastrous consequences. On the very night she was supposed to demonstrate complete and utter mastery of Soul Magic...things go terribly wrong. Amora is thrown into the dungeon and her only way of survival is to escape from her own kingdom. Rumors abound about a new, destructive magic running rampart on her island-kingdom. Only by reigning that in would she be able to prove her worthiness for the crown...but the question remains...will she survive long enough to destroy that magic? Or will her magic destroy her first? Ultimately this one was an okay read for me. I was interested by the magic and the world that was created. I thought the secrets that Amora hunted were compelling and interesting. But...the actual characters felt a bit bland to me. Maybe my expectations were too high based on that gorgeous cover but I just didn't feel the bookish obsession that I wanted. YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  5. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    TW: some blood magic/self harm This was an unexpected delight. The world is lush and well described, with a ocean vibe that could have been cheesy but I really enjoyed. There were a few tropes that I thought would be typical and predictable, but they actually got turned in their head in this story and felt new. Our main character is flawed while still being ultimately determined to be a good leader in a way that I don’t always find believable when it’s been done in other books. The romance is al TW: some blood magic/self harm This was an unexpected delight. The world is lush and well described, with a ocean vibe that could have been cheesy but I really enjoyed. There were a few tropes that I thought would be typical and predictable, but they actually got turned in their head in this story and felt new. Our main character is flawed while still being ultimately determined to be a good leader in a way that I don’t always find believable when it’s been done in other books. The romance is also banter-filled while developing into something very supportive and mature. I also enjoyed the found family aspects of the friend group. This is a duology I’m looking forward to continuing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adalyn Grace

    December 5, 2020 UPDATE: Signed and personalized copies are available for order through Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore --CONTENT WARNINGS-- Now that ARCs are beginning to circulate, I also wanted to hop on here and talk about some of the content warnings in this book. Skip now, if you don't want to read them: Violence and Death: There are 7 main forms of magic in this book. One of the most commonly used ones is violent in nature, requiring blood/skin/bones, or other parts of the body. The methods December 5, 2020 UPDATE: Signed and personalized copies are available for order through Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore --CONTENT WARNINGS-- Now that ARCs are beginning to circulate, I also wanted to hop on here and talk about some of the content warnings in this book. Skip now, if you don't want to read them: Violence and Death: There are 7 main forms of magic in this book. One of the most commonly used ones is violent in nature, requiring blood/skin/bones, or other parts of the body. The methods to obtain these are often violent and sometimes torturous in nature. There's a blanket statement on this book for on-page graphic violence, blood, and murder. There are several character deaths throughout the novel. One of these deaths is death by suicide. There is self injury (fingernails digging into the palms to the point of blood) in chapter 31 There is a brief moment of animal abuse (no animal death) in chapter 29. Sexual Assault: A character mentions past attempted sexual assault in chapter 19. Abusive Relationship: There is a severely toxic relationship that portrays emotional and physical abuse (gripping too tightly/fingers digging into skin) in chapter 29. Drinking: There is on page drinking as well of mentions of alcohol throughout the novel. Please read only the material you're comfortable with <3 ---- I wrote this, so I'm definitely going to go ahead and mark this as read for my goodreads challenge. I'm a little biased, but this book is pretty cool and I think you'll like it. More to come, soon!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

    “I am Amora Montara, Princess of Visidia, and I will be the future High Animancer. I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.” This book is full of MAGNIFICENT characters and DANGEROUS adventures. I enjoyed reading the heck out of it. However, it’s also just like any other typical YA fantasy books—which I’m not gonna lie, the whole gig is getting a little too old for me. I’m not about to put words in your mouth and tell you not to read it because if you’re “I am Amora Montara, Princess of Visidia, and I will be the future High Animancer. I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.” This book is full of MAGNIFICENT characters and DANGEROUS adventures. I enjoyed reading the heck out of it. However, it’s also just like any other typical YA fantasy books—which I’m not gonna lie, the whole gig is getting a little too old for me. I’m not about to put words in your mouth and tell you not to read it because if you’re in for some fun, I think this book certainly delivers. Just don’t go in expecting something extraordinary. Amora is forced to flee her kingdom after she fails her test in becoming the High Animancer. Desperate for a second chance, she agrees to an alliance with a mysterious pirate and goes on a mission that’ll hopefully help prove she’s fit to rule. First and foremost, my appreciation goes to the author for making my dreams come true with this magical tale of pirates, mermaids and princesses, curses and treachery. I LOVE SEA BOOKS and authors don’t write enough of them to keep me sated. The only thing this book lacks is grit and intensity—which I’ve decided that this is a preference issue and not the book’s fault. Don’t get me wrong, this book is bloody and action packed. You can’t go braving the open sea and saving a kingdom from a certain doom while being a fugitive without once having to spill some lives in the process. It’s just that despite all the minacious situations our characters have to get themselves out of, I never really felt the adrenaline rush. There were scenes where I should’ve felt mortified, disgusted, or scared, but I just didn’t. “We’ve shared an experience only a few people will understand, and it’s marked our souls. The sea is a beast more fearsome than even the lusca.” The characters are well written. There are no better crew members to lead you on a sailing quest than a charming pirate, a vicious yet lovely mermaid, a loyal protective healer, and a strong determined princess. For some reason though, while I can recognize that our heroine has some great qualities, I couldn’t fully root for her in the beginning. She treats her fiance like he’s some dirt under her shoe. I understand her frustration, but at the very least she could treat him like a friend. “Are you flirting with me?” he teases. “It’s a bit hard to tell, considering how terrifying you are.” The romance has a nice dynamic that’s completely seperate from other elements of the story. I mean, it’s not the focal point but it has its moments. The banter is absolutely amusing. Sometimes during—what’s supposed to be—a heartfelt scene, the dialogues come across as sweet but also a little cheesy. There’s some twist at the end that’ll sure complicate this romantic relationship in the next book. There’s a possibility of a new pairing as well. This book also incorporates topics such as menstruation, sexism, sexual assault, and abusive relationship into the story. Those are some big heavy words. While some readers who are close to young adult age can maybe feel the empowerment, they are neither hard hitting nor impactful for me. I acknowledge the sentiment nontheless. It’s appreciable to have those kinds of discussions in YA books. “Fear is part of life; all that matters is what we do with it.” All in all, this is not a bad debut book by any means. The characters, the plot, the world building, and the romance are solid. The pacing is steady, albeit the writing is fairly simplistic. There’s a predictability in some of the twists, but this book is otherwise enjoyable to read. Personally, I’m just neither disappointed nor blown away by this as I’ve tasted this recipe too many times and I feel like this book offers nothing particularly special. If you like this book, you might like: ↠ Crown of Coral and Pearl ↠ To Kill a Kingdom

  8. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    I love pirates, but have been let down with a lot of the pirate-type books! However, here is one that totally changed my mind! I'll also add that the cover is one of my favorites of the year! Amora was pretty freaking awesome! I easily connected with her and what she was going through and had to face! Then there were the boys! I loved Bastian and Ferrick, especially Bastion, though! And Vataea has my heart! She was vicious and lovable at the same time! The bond between the crew was one that I wou I love pirates, but have been let down with a lot of the pirate-type books! However, here is one that totally changed my mind! I'll also add that the cover is one of my favorites of the year! Amora was pretty freaking awesome! I easily connected with her and what she was going through and had to face! Then there were the boys! I loved Bastian and Ferrick, especially Bastion, though! And Vataea has my heart! She was vicious and lovable at the same time! The bond between the crew was one that I would want to truly be a part of. All I want in my life right now is to set sail on Keel Haul—that's the ship, by the way! The author put a whole unique spin on the pirate life with wonderful and vivid descriptions that had me captivated from one. Now, give me all the bones and all the magic, and I'm seriously excited for book 2!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    3.25 YA Fantasy Stars I am not really into the pirate genre...or books about ships...or YA fantasy as much lately, if I'm truly honest...and yet something about this blurb intrigued me when I got my Book of the Month picks for February. I told myself I could only buy more YA books if I read any new ones right away and started to make some headway with the scores already completely littering my shelves. So here we are. I thought this was a really solid start to a new YA fantasy series. I trudged t 3.25 YA Fantasy Stars I am not really into the pirate genre...or books about ships...or YA fantasy as much lately, if I'm truly honest...and yet something about this blurb intrigued me when I got my Book of the Month picks for February. I told myself I could only buy more YA books if I read any new ones right away and started to make some headway with the scores already completely littering my shelves. So here we are. I thought this was a really solid start to a new YA fantasy series. I trudged through the first part a bit (I think the first 50% took me over a week to read), but that's typical of first-in-series fantasy books where the author is busy building worlds and magic systems, etc. Things really started to pick up once I hit the halfway point though and I ended up finished it in one sitting. I really liked the magic systems used here. I wouldn't say they are wholly original or mind-blowing by any means, but they also didn't feel like complete carbon copies of all the other fantasy systems out there. I especially enjoyed the darker nature of Amora's magic. Because blood and stabby-ness always make this girl's day. There were some minor twists that I saw coming and some that were mildly surprising. I do wish some of the characters has been a little more developed. But all in all, a really solid start and I will be picking up book two whenever it comes out.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    Well, that was… painfully average First, let it be known that this is in no way a ‘bad book'. The writing was decent. The characters are likable. The plot is engaging enough. But I’ve definitely read this book before. Many, many times. And I’m sure you have too. I could call every reveal, every twist, every next step of the story. It follows the same formula as countless YA fantasies out there, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! If you like those stories and aren’t in the market for anything Well, that was… painfully average First, let it be known that this is in no way a ‘bad book'. The writing was decent. The characters are likable. The plot is engaging enough. But I’ve definitely read this book before. Many, many times. And I’m sure you have too. I could call every reveal, every twist, every next step of the story. It follows the same formula as countless YA fantasies out there, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! If you like those stories and aren’t in the market for anything particularly new, then totally read this one. It’s not a bad book, and many of you will love it. I just wasn’t one of those people. Even though I didn’t love it, I still did have a good time reading it. Whenever I picked it up I would fly through it. The problem was that when I put it down for whatever reason, I never felt the urge to pick it back up. I didn’t have the need to know what happened next and how it was all going to play out because, as I said, I already knew the formula and could already guess what was to come. In the end, I did enjoy this book. It was decent and quick to read. Also, Ferrick deserves some love. This boy went through so much. I felt so bad for him. They were literally using him for parts at some points, a thing that I found both tragic and hilarious. The romance was predictable and felt a bit shallow. The two characters barely knew each other. Also, you know in stories when one character will keep a huge secret from the other and they have this huge confrontation when character A asks "why didn't you tell me. Didn't you trust me?" and Character B goes into this whole apology speech and promises to trust them? I hate that. And it's not something that only this book has. So much of YA has this. In fact, a lot of stories have this but I hate it most in YA because it usually happens between two characters that barely know each other and have no reason to be spilling their deepest secrets. It's like, of course, they didn't tell you! Why would they tell this to someone they meet two weeks ago! So, yeah, I guess I recommend it. I don’t doubt that many people will like it. But be cautious, the synopsis on Goodreads says, “for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series” and that is exactly what it is, for better or worse. It felt at times like it was trying very hard to emulate those other books.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Helena of Eretz ✰

    I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED THIS! There was so much fun and adventure! I love anything that takes place at sea and this didn’t disappoint. It had such a unique magic system. There were pirates and mermaids and sea monsters and various islands and ... it was just FUN! Of course, there were the usual politics and drama that comes with characters being members of the royal family, but it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was I received this complimentary ARC from the publisher, in exchange for an honest review. I LOVED THIS! There was so much fun and adventure! I love anything that takes place at sea and this didn’t disappoint. It had such a unique magic system. There were pirates and mermaids and sea monsters and various islands and ... it was just FUN! Of course, there were the usual politics and drama that comes with characters being members of the royal family, but it’s been a while since I’ve read a book that was just simply a fun adventure. I also liked the snark and sass that came from the characters, especially the pirate hehehe. I HIGHLY recommend it and can’t wait for the sequel!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I loved this book!! It checks so many of my boxes. YA fantasy? Check! Pirates? Check! Mermaids? Check! A lovely romance? Check! Amora is a princess and the heir that will one day rule Visidia. To prove that she deserves to rule, Amora must display that she can use her soul magic and control it without it controlling her, since it is a dangerous magic that can cause mass death if used incorrectly. When Amora's demonstration doesn't go as planned, she is forced to run away from her home island of I loved this book!! It checks so many of my boxes. YA fantasy? Check! Pirates? Check! Mermaids? Check! A lovely romance? Check! Amora is a princess and the heir that will one day rule Visidia. To prove that she deserves to rule, Amora must display that she can use her soul magic and control it without it controlling her, since it is a dangerous magic that can cause mass death if used incorrectly. When Amora's demonstration doesn't go as planned, she is forced to run away from her home island of Arida with Bastian, who is a pirate. The two are accompanied by a stowaway, Ferrick, who was meant to marry Amora, and the three of them travel throughout the kingdom and eventually meet a mermaid named Vataea as well. Amora begins to find out that some of her kingdom's secrets have been kept from her, and she wants to discover all she can about the kingdom she will one day rule, and the kingdom she might soon have to save. Actual Rating: 4.2 Let me warn you by saying that the first 50 or so pages of this are pretty terrible. It was boring and I didn't have enough interest in the characters or plot to want to keep reading. Even the prose was a little annoying in the beginning. We were introduced to several characters, including Amora's parents, her aunt, Mira, and Casem. They are never really fleshed out and I would have liked to have seen more from them. Hopefully, these characters will get a chance to become a little more three dimensional in the sequel. I also didn't particularly like Amora. She was very naive and I thought I would give her a free pass because she is young and has been sheltered by her parents, but she continues to make poor decisions later on. At least she has flaws, but it didn't help to endear me to her, especially since she seems to think she is edgy, repeatedly calling herself a monster. On the other hand, I do like it when Amora deals with leadership. A large part of her identity is her desire to lead her kingdom, but I like how well Amora deals with issues within her own little crew throughout the story. When she sees a problem and someone else is the perfect person to fix it, she doesn't hesitate to delegate the task, but she also isn't afraid to take action herself when she knows she can help. I liked this because it shows that Amora might be a future ruler because she was born into a royal family, but she isn't just a ruler. Amora is a leader. Bastian and Vataea were by far my favorite characters. I had hoped that Bastian would be a little more pirate-y, but I loved him all the same. Vataea was very interesting and I feel like she has so many more stories locked inside her, which I hope will be shared in the sequel. I'm also curious about Keel Haul. Is there a story behind where she got her name? How was she originally obtained? I have so many questions. If we never find out more I will be sorely disappointed, because it will be a missed opportunity. There are also subtle feminist themes, which I adored. It was nothing particularly shocking, but the period scene was a great addition and I support it wholeheartedly. P.S. If you want a fun treat, check the copyright warning. No other copyright warning will ever compare.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    All the cover love here! While my rating is middle of the road, I'd ask you to take my thoughts with a grain of salt, as I am NOT the target audience, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. I think it's more a case of right book, wrong reader, mainly due to my fickle mood lately and my having read so many pirate themed YA fantasy books in the past year. The writing was really well done and I have no doubt that the author is one we'll see many great things from in the years ahead. All the cover love here! While my rating is middle of the road, I'd ask you to take my thoughts with a grain of salt, as I am NOT the target audience, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with this book. I think it's more a case of right book, wrong reader, mainly due to my fickle mood lately and my having read so many pirate themed YA fantasy books in the past year. The writing was really well done and I have no doubt that the author is one we'll see many great things from in the years ahead. Definitely recommended to those searching for more of the nautical adventures that YA fantasy has to offer! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Ship ahoy! Hurrah! Pirates of Caribbean dances with darker versions Peter Pan and Little Mermaid ! There is a lot of things for me to adore this journey: Amora: flawed but brace and mature for own age, born to be a leader and likable heroine. Bastian: charming pirate, powerful, charismatic, witty and so far my favorite character of the book( reminds me of Colin O’Donoghue’s performance as Captain Killian “Hook”Jones at OUAT. Actually his interactions with Amora reminded me of Emma Swan and Hook’s s Ship ahoy! Hurrah! Pirates of Caribbean dances with darker versions Peter Pan and Little Mermaid ! There is a lot of things for me to adore this journey: Amora: flawed but brace and mature for own age, born to be a leader and likable heroine. Bastian: charming pirate, powerful, charismatic, witty and so far my favorite character of the book( reminds me of Colin O’Donoghue’s performance as Captain Killian “Hook”Jones at OUAT. Actually his interactions with Amora reminded me of Emma Swan and Hook’s story at the series!) A vicious, killer mermaid:Vataea already stole the spotlight. Could a supporting character be better than the heroine? Yes, she definitely could! I chant for her! She is amazing! The world building, dark powers of magic theme and feminism vibes of the story worked also well. I loved the loyalty and beautiful bounding of the crew. Action packed parts were written rivetingly. The ending was also breathtaking and intriguing enough to make you read the conclusion of the story. When you put romance, world of pirates, magic, mermaids, moving dialogues into an equation with a remarkable cover: this means I’m sold at the first sight. Only thing made me cut one star was the slow and flat beginning of the story. In the beginning: we’re introduced with Amora who is princess and the heir who will rule the kingdom in near future. We start to learn about her family dynamics, her father’s over protective attitudes, her aunts. Then we witness Amora’s soul magic demonstration which is important for her to prove she is powerful enough to control the magic for becoming strong leader but as you may see her demonstration doesn’t go well as it was planned. She is involuntarily pushes to leave her home and makes an agreement with charming pirate to bring him his stolen magic back which take them to the dangerous journey to face with powerful monsters, vengeful mermaids. Amora slowly starts to realize the kingdom has its own secrets. She has to deal with them properly to become a true leader. I think till the journey on the ship starts, the book was solid three starred read for me but after passing first quarter of the book, the real magic starts to grow on you. I’m giving shiny, adventurous, dazzling, entertaining four stars and i cannot wait to get my hands on to the next installment! Hurrah!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    This was wildly entertaining. Magic and Pirates? I was already sold and sold even further by the writing, plot and characters which were all so gripping. The only thing I didn't buy into was the love interest, I didn't feel the chemistry and thought the plot would function just as well without it if I'm honest (which is saying a lot for me!) This was wildly entertaining. Magic and Pirates? I was already sold and sold even further by the writing, plot and characters which were all so gripping. The only thing I didn't buy into was the love interest, I didn't feel the chemistry and thought the plot would function just as well without it if I'm honest (which is saying a lot for me!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    I've DNFed more books that I care to lately, but nowadays when I say I don't have time for boring books, I really mean it. Since I'm studying and attending college for up to 30 hours a week (ha! Get that education, bruh!), I genuinely have to ration my time, and that means not gritting my teeth through books like this, which are the literary equivalent of candy floss: partially corporeal, not something you go out looking for but tend to pick up as an impulse buy. I always see candy floss and buy I've DNFed more books that I care to lately, but nowadays when I say I don't have time for boring books, I really mean it. Since I'm studying and attending college for up to 30 hours a week (ha! Get that education, bruh!), I genuinely have to ration my time, and that means not gritting my teeth through books like this, which are the literary equivalent of candy floss: partially corporeal, not something you go out looking for but tend to pick up as an impulse buy. I always see candy floss and buy it because it looks nice, but then as soon as it passes my lips, I remember how much I hate it. It's not food. It's not even food-adjacent. It's like the devil's armpit hair. What I'm trying to say is that this book is devoid of substance. It might be a fun little read if you're feeling blue and want to switch your brain off, but...well. Wattpad exists, and that shit's free.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne Young

    Adalyn Grace has delivered a phenomenal debut, filled with unexpected magic and a fiery female protagonist. Readers will fall hard for this high seas adventure!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

    The cover is totally giving me Hazel Wood vibes and I can't evennn *********** Caraval + Pirates = everything i've ever wanted well, the maths never lie | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram The cover is totally giving me Hazel Wood vibes and I can't evennn *********** Caraval + Pirates = everything i've ever wanted well, the maths never lie | Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram

  19. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    This is a very standard and well done YA novel, but as someone that leans more towards adult lately, it wasn't amazing for me. ✅ THE MAGICAL WORLD and different types of magic were really creative. I had never seen some of the magical practices and applications before so it was refreshing to see something new for once! ❌ SOUL MAGIC WAS NOT MY FAVORITE and even though it was definitely unique, I just didn't like it. Maybe I'm being too logical, but it just seemed like a very impractical form of ma This is a very standard and well done YA novel, but as someone that leans more towards adult lately, it wasn't amazing for me. ✅ THE MAGICAL WORLD and different types of magic were really creative. I had never seen some of the magical practices and applications before so it was refreshing to see something new for once! ❌ SOUL MAGIC WAS NOT MY FAVORITE and even though it was definitely unique, I just didn't like it. Maybe I'm being too logical, but it just seemed like a very impractical form of magic and I could not understand why it was considered so strong. 🆗 THE BOOK WAS FILLED WITH TROPES and although they aren't all bad, it just made the storyline somewhat predictable. Some things about the ending surprised me but others were definitely obvious. 🆗 THE ROMANCE was cute and fun to follow but definitely PG-13. I think their relationship will likely grow a lot more in the sequel as they've both gone through a lot in this book. ✅ MERMAIDS ARE AWESOME! I have not read a book that incorporates mermaid before and after reading this it's definitely something more authors should do. Very feminine... very badass... perfect if you're looking for a strong female character. Overall, I thought this was well written and interesting with a lot things going for it that made it unique. If you are looking for a standard YA Fantasy novel that has a clean romance then I would recommend this to you!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars. All the Stars and Teeth has an interesting premise – a princess with a unique and dangerous magic who must take her throne by showing her might, but ends up on the run with a mysterious and snarky pirate who wants to save the world. It has all the elements of a good YA fantasy, but unfortunately I just didn’t find this unique enough to stand out. I really enjoyed the sea aspects of the story. Grace makes it very easy for the reader to imagin ARC received in exchange for an honest review. 2.5 stars. All the Stars and Teeth has an interesting premise – a princess with a unique and dangerous magic who must take her throne by showing her might, but ends up on the run with a mysterious and snarky pirate who wants to save the world. It has all the elements of a good YA fantasy, but unfortunately I just didn’t find this unique enough to stand out. I really enjoyed the sea aspects of the story. Grace makes it very easy for the reader to imagine this magical island world, where each island represents a different type of magic. We have wind weavers and healers, time manipulators and soul stealers. Each magical system feels distinct and interesting, but I don’t think we really got to examine a lot of the world itself to fully appreciate this. There’s also plenty of action, and the pacing is pretty good as we hop from island to island, but the plot itself is extremely predictable and one I’ve seen done a hundred times before. AT times, the logic is also rather questionable, with characters with specific traits that are needed to advance the plot just happening upon our group. I won’t even go into all the ways the mermaid character just didn’t make sense to me, how she is basically just there as a deus ex machina, and woefully underdeveloped. She had so much potential to be this sassy, smart mouthed independent woman…and she just felt very one dimensional. I also didn’t really feel connected to the other characters. Amora is a very stereotypical YA princess, one of those ‘I’m just a girl’ chosen types who can miraculously slay sea demons and wants to do everything for the better of the kingdom. It got old rather quickly, and I just wanted to see more of a personality and character growth. The hints of romance were quite good, and I did get invested in the overt sexual tension and sort of love triangle that isn’t – but again, why try and pair everyone off? Not everyone needs a love interest to be a worthwhile character. That said, this was a reasonably fun ride despite the tropes. The writing is good, and I felt invested enough in the plot to want to find out what happened. I just won’t be in a hurry to pick up the concluding book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    birdie

    why is it always 1am when I finish good books? okay but for real, I loved this even more than the first time I read it! there’s something about Adalyn Grace’s writing style that makes me feel as if I’m in the story. like, I’m not even absorbing the story at this point, the story is absorbing me (d-does that make sense?). can we just appreciate the dark feel this has to it, too? it’s literally a story with dark magic set at sea...can you hear me scream? I don’t know about you but I’m absolute tras why is it always 1am when I finish good books? okay but for real, I loved this even more than the first time I read it! there’s something about Adalyn Grace’s writing style that makes me feel as if I’m in the story. like, I’m not even absorbing the story at this point, the story is absorbing me (d-does that make sense?). can we just appreciate the dark feel this has to it, too? it’s literally a story with dark magic set at sea...can you hear me scream? I don’t know about you but I’m absolute trash for that. plus these characters are so soft yet badass and I need more from them. I stan Ferrick (for some reason), Amora is a queen (and that character development!! we stan!!) Bastian is a big softie (I said what I said) and I love him and sorry for the bisexual energy here but Vataea...yes. so ehm, if you’re looking for me? I’m down the Vataea fanart hole... there’s a post on my blog all about all the stars and teeth and all the tides of fate — and why you should read them. click here to read it and hear me scream!!! blog | bookstagram | more

  22. 4 out of 5

    Paperback

    My initial thoughts were is this Red Queen in reverse? Included in my January Wrap Up video youtube.com/watch?v=NBn9SQpYUvQ I could tell from the first chapter that I probably wasn't going to like this but the trooper I am I ploughed on. You can smell the love triangle from chapter 3. The protagonist Amora is a self-centred, privileged, entitled, spoilt brat. Huh ok then mayb- NO, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I thought there was a fairly good twist towards the end - but the ending fe My initial thoughts were is this Red Queen in reverse? Included in my January Wrap Up video youtube.com/watch?v=NBn9SQpYUvQ I could tell from the first chapter that I probably wasn't going to like this but the trooper I am I ploughed on. You can smell the love triangle from chapter 3. The protagonist Amora is a self-centred, privileged, entitled, spoilt brat. Huh ok then mayb- NO, THERE IS LITTLE TO NO CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. I thought there was a fairly good twist towards the end - but the ending felt kinda rushed. The book takes ages and ages to build everything up and then the climax is over in a couple of chapters. Not going to read the sequel. 1.5 stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    ✨Brithanie Faith✨

    5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It's official! All The Stars And Teeth is my first 5 star read of the decade! I had a feeling I would love this when I first heard the synopsis, but I had no idea just how much this book would mean to me! If you've added this to your TBR's because one of your buzz-words is pirates, mermaids, or sea creatures- I don't think you'll be disappointed! The magic in this is also unique from anything I've pers 5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ e-ARC provided by NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. It's official! All The Stars And Teeth is my first 5 star read of the decade! I had a feeling I would love this when I first heard the synopsis, but I had no idea just how much this book would mean to me! If you've added this to your TBR's because one of your buzz-words is pirates, mermaids, or sea creatures- I don't think you'll be disappointed! The magic in this is also unique from anything I've personally come across- without being overly complicated. I didn't think it was possible to fall in love with a fictional ship, but Keel Haul is pretty remarkable- and it's crew holds a piece of my heart as well. The only downside to reading an early copy of this is the extra wait for book 2, but it's already on my want to read shelf- and I'll be recommending book 1 to anyone who will listen in the meantime!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    I feel very tense after reading that, I’ll write a proper review tomorrow :)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    Wow! What another great debut that I have read this month. So sad I have to wait till next year for the sequel... Also another buddy reading I did with my best friend Heather!(:

  26. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    If you are a fan of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, TO KILL A KINGDOM, THE MERMAID THE WITCH AND THE SEA, then you will most definitely enjoy this book. ALL THE STARS AND TEETH has become my favourite novel set on the seas. This book was essentially a comforting hug to me. I squealed, I giggled, I frowned - this book took me on a journey. Please the TENSION, oh my gosh it made my heart race and I was fully smirking . I won't lie, it did take me about 80 pages to fully get If you are a fan of PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING, TO KILL A KINGDOM, THE MERMAID THE WITCH AND THE SEA, then you will most definitely enjoy this book. ALL THE STARS AND TEETH has become my favourite novel set on the seas. This book was essentially a comforting hug to me. I squealed, I giggled, I frowned - this book took me on a journey. Please the TENSION, oh my gosh it made my heart race and I was fully smirking . I won't lie, it did take me about 80 pages to fully get into the story, but once the action started I was hooked and did not put it down. I love the characters and the way they all interact with each other. Especially Bastien and Amora. I just think it is rude how there is NO fanart.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra ✨Reading By Starlight✨

    That was so freaking good. The pirate book of my dreams. 😍😍😍 All the Stars and Teeth has everything you’d want in a riveting, swashbuckler adventure. Boasting an incredible cast of characters, the stakes are high AF and the pacing full throttle as we’re swept up in the shifting politics of a watery world. Amora Montara is the crown princess of Visidia, future High Animancer and heir to a fierce, unrelentingly dark power. But Amora is not your classic docile princess. Okay, she might have been rais That was so freaking good. The pirate book of my dreams. 😍😍😍 All the Stars and Teeth has everything you’d want in a riveting, swashbuckler adventure. Boasting an incredible cast of characters, the stakes are high AF and the pacing full throttle as we’re swept up in the shifting politics of a watery world. Amora Montara is the crown princess of Visidia, future High Animancer and heir to a fierce, unrelentingly dark power. But Amora is not your classic docile princess. Okay, she might have been raised in a sprawling palace [silver spoon and all] but our girl is anything but docile. Amora is brave and adventurous with a will of steel. When she wasn’t training with her blade underneath the King’s guard, she was determined to master control over her dangerous soul magic, grappling with the human cost to said power. But Amora’s world is turned upside down when her ceremonial demonstration goes awry and she finds herself smack bang in an age-long struggle for power. Thrust into a sweeping adventure spanning the high seas, Amora is forced to question everything she knows as dark secrets surface. Suddenly the quest to prove herself evolves into a blood soaked war to save her kingdom. As much as I could rave about Amora and the world building, it’s the unlikeliest of unlikely crews that really steals the limelight. The Keel Haul’s crew was the found family of my dreams and I was high key LIVING for their dynamic. There was just so much for Adalyn Grace to work with – you’ve got a fugitive princess, a devilishly handsome pirate (who prefers the term sailor by the way), a sickly stowaway (who may or may not be Amora’s betrothed) and a seriously badass mermaid with a thirst for vengeance. This crew was the definition of epic. They bicker and fight but there’s this fierce loyalty, a common enemy that binds them all together. But what makes All the Stars and Teeth so compelling, besides its characters, is Adalyn Grace’s writing which goes hand in hand with her plotting and pacing. All the Stars and Teeth is a wild ride from start to finish. There’s a perfect balance of high impact action scenes and quiet moments with the crew. I mean, I love battling sea monsters as much as the next girl but there’s just something to be said about those character-driven scenes. Some of my favorite moments were the soul baring conversations between Amora and Vaseda. These girls bond over a mutual feeling of being trapped and it’s beautiful. Then there’s the buddying bromance between Fredrick and Bastian. #hereforit. And Adalyn Grace doesn’t shy away from the heavy topics either. All the Stars and Teeth’s adventurous plot is fleshed out with some difficult themes that Adalyn tackles with respect. There’s graphic violence with murder, references to attempted sexual assault and an abusive relationship. Each issue is explored with depth and sympathy, adding an emotional layer to the characters. Then there’s the scope of the world building and it’s intricately woven, fully fleshed magic system. Let me tell you, I got major Caraval vibes from this book. Especially during the crew’s stint in Mortnute and their brush with the seriously vicious Barracudas. And side note, the rendezvous in Mortnute was one of my favorite parts (the crew may or may not get a little too deep into their cups which makes for some seriously delicious banter). Basically, if you love watery kingdoms and booby trapped islands then you’re in for a treat. The one fault I had with All the Stars and Teeth is that I felt the impact fizzled out towards the climax. The characters were gearing up to confront the big bad and there was still a hundred-odd pages left. Uh oh. There was so much room for things to go wrong – and go wrong they did. With 40 pages to go we were smacked with a major plot twist that completely changed the game. I actually feel that the book could have ended then and there. It would have been ballsy but it could have made for a strong start for the next book. Instead there was another battle to face and it all just felt a little rushed. Anyway, if you loved To Kill a Kingdom or Pirates of the Caribbean then All the Stars and Teeth is the pirate adventure of your dreams. A solid start to a high-stakes duology, All the Stars and Teeth is a must read. The perfect swashbuckling adventure for the summer months.

  28. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice I could not (read: would not) put this book down. From start to finish, I was hooked into this fantasy tale full of pirates, soul-magic wielding princesses, and mermaids! Amora was a riveting character, full of vicious determination and iron will. She’s not going to let fear keep her from saving her kingdom. Plus, if you like roguishly handsome pirates with a chip or two on their shoulder, then it’s safe to say you’re going to f Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice I could not (read: would not) put this book down. From start to finish, I was hooked into this fantasy tale full of pirates, soul-magic wielding princesses, and mermaids! Amora was a riveting character, full of vicious determination and iron will. She’s not going to let fear keep her from saving her kingdom. Plus, if you like roguishly handsome pirates with a chip or two on their shoulder, then it’s safe to say you’re going to fall hard for this book. You should definitely add it to your TBR! Amora Montara has been training all her life to take on the mantle of High Animancer, a master of the soul magic that only the people in her family can wield. In order to secure her as the heir to the throne, she has never been given another choice in what magic to practice. However, when the ceremony to display her magic goes wrong, she flees, and is forced to strike a deal with the ever mysterious pirate Bastian. He’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she helps him get his magic back. While sailing, Amora finds more wonder and danger than ever before, along with a vengeful mermaid, and an unexpected stowaway. She’ll have to conquer the dangers they face, or risk losing Visidia to the darkness forever. Let me start off by saying that I was honestly hooked on to this story from the moment I read the summary, and it definitely starts strong. It’s a fast-paced story with very high stakes, and I was on edge of my seat the entire time I was reading it. I love the tension at the beginning of the story, Amora’s nerves and worry about the ceremony bleed through the page. Most of her emotions do, actually. Although she tries to wear this unwavering mask of calm, there’s a bottomless swirl of thoughts and feelings going through this young woman that I can’t help but want to know more about her. Bastian’s character is also great (he’s a pirate, what more need be said?). He’s good at making himself be mysterious, but with an acerbic wit that is quite on par with Amora. The tension between these two at the beginning of the story is palpable. There’s so much that Amora and Bastian are both trying to make the other believe, and the friction is so good. Then there’s Ferrick, our sneaky stowaway. He tries to act like a big lunk, but he’s honestly a big old goof. The interactions between him and Bastian were my favourite, because they start to develop a bit of a bromance toward the end. Then there’s our vengeful mermaid, Vataea. Man, what a woman. She’s got a grudge bigger than the ocean is deep I’m sure. She’s also not afraid of a little chaos for the sake of chaos. Definitely my kind of gal. My goodness, there’s definitely a lot of world building happening, but more importantly, I loved the depiction of the magic system. There’s six different magic types going on, and people are only allowed to practice one. Soul magic is the sole (ha) exception. The only people allowed to practice soul magic are the royal family. The reasoning behind this is both fascinating, but also dark. Basically, this magic is so powerful, you can only be named the High Animancer if you can display control over the magic, otherwise it’s an all-consuming magic. This magic uses blood and bones, and there were moments where this was a little graphic. There’s something more to the story, and it’s precisely what Amora wants to find out. There’s a seventh magic that’s developed, cursed magic, which is spreading through the realm and it’s up to Amora to stop it. My favourite magic was definitely the enchantment magic. There’s definitely romance in this book, and I love how a lot of things were handled regarding this aspect, particularly at the end of the book. There’s a lot of talk about having the choice to do something vs. having it taken away, and I was there for it. I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling the story, but it’s definitely something I think a lot of readers will enjoy seeing. I love development of romance that doesn’t sacrifice the development of the characters. There’s so much life in this story, and I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book. Nothing is black and white in this story, and it makes all the difference, even with the antagonist. I loved to see how good intentions became corrupted and created more chaos. On the other side, I also enjoyed seeing how despite the corruption, there was still a goodness instilled in certain populations of the realm. They may not trust every stranger they come upon, but it’s for good reason. This story is a 10/10 for me. It’s beautiful storytelling, with strong characters that readers will surely adore. I can’t wait to have a finished copy sitting on my shelf. More importantly, who would want to miss out on pirates!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    This book was simply intoxicating! This is one of those books that you want to read again immediately after you finish it because the story comes so alive in you. This is such a richly imagined world. I was mesmerized by all of the different magics within this world and the islands on the map where they originated. I loved all of the distinctive world-building related to the different islands and magics. I also liked the ocean and ships. I felt like I was truly a part of this world while reading This book was simply intoxicating! This is one of those books that you want to read again immediately after you finish it because the story comes so alive in you. This is such a richly imagined world. I was mesmerized by all of the different magics within this world and the islands on the map where they originated. I loved all of the distinctive world-building related to the different islands and magics. I also liked the ocean and ships. I felt like I was truly a part of this world while reading this. It was very atmospheric. The plot of this story was expertly crafted. There was so much that went into the story. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful. The story also flows perfectly. I also very much enjoyed the author's writing style. It was very easy to fall into the story. I really loved this ragtag group of characters. They go on quite an adventure and going on it with them is invigorating. These characters really did give me so many feels. I liked that I was able to connect well with the characters and root for them throughout the story. I loved the dynamic that they had as a group and individually with one another. I loved Amora's strength and she has some nice character growth. Bastian also had some great character growth. I enjoyed the romance between Amora and Bastian. They both leaned on each other and saw the best pieces of the other. They had an easy way with each other that really stood out. And, of course, I loved the steamy kisses! Overall, this book was dark, vibrant, vicious, and utterly addicting! This is a world that devoured my thoughts long after I finished reading. This was such an impressive debut and I can't wait for book two! More reviews on my blog: Novel Nerd Faction

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽♔

    Fierce princess + pirates? Well, I guess I'll just keep riding this train until it runs out of gas lol Fierce princess + pirates? Well, I guess I'll just keep riding this train until it runs out of gas lol

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