book reviews, young adult

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (book review)


Title: Ace of Shades
Author: Amanda Foody
Edition: ebook
Publication: April 10th 2018 by Harlequin Teen
Pages:  384 pages
Category:  YA, fantasy


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

Enne Salta was raised as 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, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and 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 to all 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.

LIKENESS SCALE:❤❤❤❤ (4.5 hearts)

Warning: Possible Spoilers

The book community had mixed reviews concerning this book. As for me, I did like the book. The reading experience was good too. The story was not confusing despite it having a lot of characters. I am not a fan of Enne. As for Levi, I find him to be interesting. The story had a lot of ideas which I love. It had gangs, magic and a sinister plot. However, I think the story could be executed better. I would love to read the next book and see if Enne would grow her gang while having Levi as a friend on the side.

Why I like this story..

  • It had good ideas
  • The plot was interesting
  • The story was fast paced

What i did not like in the story..

  • Enne the main character was irritating
  • Execution of the ideas for the story could be better
  • unknown bad guy

I gave this book a 4.5 hearts rating because I like the story and its ideas but the writing style maybe not for me. There are portions where I was just irritated with Enne. This is because she was trying hard to resist the influence of Sin City and it really was futile. I did love Levi. He was interesting because of his facets. The book ends with lots of questions. First of all, no one knows who made up the organization of bad guys.. Second is will Enne and Levi become a couple in the next book.. Third is how will Enne survive with her new powers and identity. I will read the next book in the series but it is not a priority.

BUY, BORROW, NEVER MIND: Borrow, because it was a good read but this series is not a priority for me to read


Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion on the story. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. I purchased my own copy of Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. The book photo and synopsis here is from


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