All the Stars and Teeth

All the Stars and Teeth

by Adalyn Grace

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AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Fierce and unrelentingDo yourself a favor and get lost in this beautiful book!” —Tomi Adeyemi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Children of Blood and Bone

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series.

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 stowaway 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.

An Imprint Book

Vicious and alluring, All the Stars and Teeth is a force to be reckoned with."

—Hafsah Faizal, author of We Hunt the Flame

“Jam-packed with swashbuckling adventure, swoonworthy romance, and dark, lush magic.”

—Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray

“If an epic sea fantasy filled with strange pirates and vengeful mermaids speaks to your interests, well…we may have found your favorite book ever....a tale of magic and second chances that’s fresh and thrilling in equal measure.” –Entertainment Weekly

One of Buzzfeed's "Most Anticipated YA Books of 2020"

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250307781
Publisher: Imprint
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: All the Stars and Teeth Duology , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 182
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

Adalyn Grace graduated from Arizona State University when she was nineteen years old. She spent four years working in live theater and acted as the managing editor of a nonprofit newspaper before studying storytelling as an intern on Nickelodeon Animation’s popular series The Legend of Korra. Adalyn splits time between San Diego and Arizona with her bossy cat and two dorky dogs, and spends her days writing full-time while trying to find the best burrito around. All the Stars and Teeth is her debut novel.

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All the Stars and Teeth 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous 7 days ago
This definitely lives up to the hype. If you're looking for exhilarating seafaring adventures, books with a bit of romance without it being the entire plot, and a strongly written female heroine who is fierce, unapologetic, and at times enjoyably grey, give this book a read.
Princess-of-Paperback 8 days ago
"But even our idols - even those we want to love and trust more than anything - can let us down" A rich debut fantasy with a vulnerable yet cut-throat cast of characters. SUMMARY The royal Montara bloodline has been both blessed and cursed with dangerous soul magic. Every generation, the crown heir must prove control over their magic in order to be accepted as the new High Animancer, or face death. Amora has been training all her life to ascend the throne and claim her rightful place as High Animancer. But when her magic demonstration goes awry she is forced to flee and make a deal with the mysterious pirate, Bastian. However, as Amora sails the kingdom, she finds out that secrets have been kept from her. Amora must make difficult choices and chose between those she loves and the survival of her kingdom. REVIEW First, I want to state that I was a part of Adalyn Grace's street team for ATSAT. This was my first time being part of a street team and it was such a wonderful and welcoming experience. I will admit, I was a little disappointed. I fully expected this book to a 5-star read, and the fact that it wasn't makes me sad. I think that the reason for this is because I was so busy with my life that I had to put this book down and read it every couple of days. This hindered my experience and I wish that I had waited to read it until I could fully immerse myself in the vivid world Adalyn Grace created. ATSAT is such a lush novel, full of magical lore and politics. I adored getting to see all the different kingdoms and the magic that resided at each one. It was a cool concept to have each kingdom dedicated to certain magic, because it made each island unique and fun to learn about. Amora. Man, did she annoy me in the beginning. Despite being unlikable, I understood her. Imagine being confined to a palace your entire life and made to practice deadly magic day-and-night. Sprinkle that with being told your country reveres your magic and that they depend on you... it isn't a surprise that Amora starts off the novel haughty as hell. However, I am in awe of the phenomenal character development Amora underwent. You watch as she channels her thirst for power into raw determination. Amora, at her core, is just a girl who wants the best for her kingdom - no matter the cost to herself. She is so fierce, and I grew to love her unapologetic nature. As the novel progresses, you grow to truly believe that she would make the perfect High Animancer. I want to quickly touch of the other three characters we follow throughout this journey. Our Keel Haul Captain, Bastian, is every bit the sassy pirate you want him to be. He was swoon-worthy, and so much fun. I loved seeing him open up throughout the progression of this novel and am intrigued to see how he will fair in the sequel. Our soft-boy, Ferrick, who is Amora's arranged fiance. Ferrick grows in strength not only physically but mentally. His confidence evolves from his fierce need to protect those around him, and his powers are pretty darn cool. Our viciously beautiful mermaid, Vataea, is a character I could read an entire novel about. I freaking loved her and want so much more her badass powers and sultry personality. Lastly, the romance. The romance. The romance. The romance. I loved it! It was the perfect build-up and I one-hundred-percent swooned during the first kiss scene. Overall, I am highly impressed with this debut novel. I cannot wait for the sequel.
ShesGoingBookCrazy 9 days ago
I'm excited to be a part of the ALL THE STARS AND TEETH blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from February 4th - February 11th, 2020! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Imprint via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review. All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication. "The sea is a beast more fearsome than even the Lusca. But we don't need to rule it. We need only for it to trust us. Work with us. Be partners.: The island kingdom of Visidia is made of up many. Each island nation within have their own, special magic that they use and practice. Among elemental, enchantment, time, restoration, and curse magic is soul magic. Soul magic, “Animancy” is a peculiar, yet awful magic that only resides within the royal line. Unlike everyone else, royalty cannot choose which magic they desire to learn. Being the only heir to the throne that wields soul magic, Amora Montara will soon ascend the throne—if she can pass the test proving to her people that she has mastered her magic. To her horror, she learns that it masters her when she fails to keep control while exacting judgement on a criminal. Temporarily imprisoned, Amora awaits her fate. Usually, failing the test results in a swift execution. When her betrothed visits, the son of a diplomat isn’t far behind, and offers to break her out and help her prove she can rule in turn for something else. Terrified that her people won’t give her another chance, she and Ferrick follow whom they soon find out to be someone else. The pirate Bastian has wandered the ocean since he was a young boy. Cursed to his ship, he’s lost the magic he could once wield. Privy to a plot much running deeper than Amora could ever suspect, he leads the duo on a nail-biting excursion across the isles to frigid waters where the home to where cursed magic lay, Zudoh. Having been banned from the kingdom previously, Zudoh is known by reputation. A terrifying ruler there began practicing more than one magic, which has always been deeply unacceptable. Forcing his people to do the same, Kaven had lost the support of Amora’s father, the king, long ago. "There’s no rationalizing with a man who craves nothing but power." Much of this information is new to Amora. The more she travels, the more she discovers that she had been kept in the dark. The entire picture is unclear, and she can no longer feign negligence. What she uncovers is a truth more unpleasant than she could have ever guessed. "But even our idols--even those we want to love and trust more than anything--can let us down." All The Stars And Teeth is an action-packed ride riddled with earth-shattering secrets. There is certainly an addictive quality to this sort of story. An unlikely team bands together to work fix a major problem. The reader walks directly next to Amora, experiencing life and finding out truths along with her. Naturally a steadfast and duty-driven character, Amora learns what it is like to second-guess herself and that which she believes. Raised as royalty, she’s always willingly sacrificed herself for the greater-good. However, when the grounding for her standards is shaken, Amora must learn to fight for what she believes is right. "She’s more than her blood." Opposite of her character lies Bastion. Life as a pirate isn’t a kind one. Having to fend for himself, and living a relatively isolated life while cursed to his s
MiyukiNightShade 10 days ago
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Imprint for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication. Whoaaaaa. I’m not gonna lie: from the moment I saw pirates and mermaids, I was solidly hooked. It’s very rare that I see both of those types of characters in a novel at the same time, and I’m pretty sure the last time I saw both pirates and mermaids was in Pirates of the Caribbean?! Which was how many years ago man? I don’t even know how this duo isn’t more normalized? Anyway. I personally feel like the synopsis for this novel didn’t even give the book justice. There’s a specific line in the blurb about Amora’s “demonstration going awry” and when I got to that scene… I was just like “awry” was not the freaking right word for it. Shiz got REAL at her demonstration, and wow I just feel so damn bad for what happened that day. It was… insane really. I can’t even talk about it without getting into spoiler territory, but clearly from the blurb we know that it didn’t go well for her right? Yeah…. it definitely didn’t. I don’t think that I would have even expected something like that to happen. And I don’t think that the Kingdom of Visidia even realizes how powerful and dangerous Amora can be. I think I actually found her a little bit endearing because of it. And of course everyone else involved in this little found family group is pretty damn awesome. I am definitely curious to see what is going to happen in the sequel, or even if it’s going to be a sequel rather than a prequel or a companion novel or something like that, but I’m excited for it. Great job on your debut, Grace!
ForTheLoveOfReading 11 days ago
All the Stars and Teeth follows the story of Amora. A young princess at her “coming of age” trial to prove she has control over the dangerous soul magic that only her bloodline can control. Only that trial doesn’t go the way it should and she ends up imprisoned until chance would through a pirate into her path. Now she’s on the run, learning things about her kingdom that have been kept from her all her life. Worse then that, is the truth behind the magic that runs through her veins. Add that a madman is delving into forbidden magics and is trying to overtake her families throne on top and you’ve got for one crazy adventure. Not going to lie. The first 110 pages of this were so slow. It was a lot to do with preparations for Amora’s trial of her magic to claim her spot as the heir. While I liked the almost lyrical writing and descriptions, it dragged on for a bit too long for my taste. Once it took off, it took off. I enjoyed the rest of it for what it was. For a debut it shows a lot of promise. I’m really interested to see where she goes from here with the story. Characters: Amora- The main protagonist. I absolutely could not stand her for quite some time. While she does have some astounding character growth throughout the book, it didn’t always come across as authentic. She would reach a certain level of maturity then react to a situation that would seem more appropriate to an early version or just out of character completely. I liked the use of give and take for her magic. She had to use bones and teeth along with something of the persons to tie it to them in order to use it on other people. Bastion-Enter our pirate rouge who (for me) saved this book. I found him to be very entertaining and the dynamic between him and Amora is hysterical. I loved their banter. Bastion has his own issues to overcome which we don’t really find out about until closer to the end. The romantic relationship between them was enjoyable to read, but I don’t think it was necessarily needed. I do think he will be very popular among readers though. Ferrick-Is introduced as Amora’s betrothed. He has some really interesting abilities. Not only is he a healer but if Amora needs bones for a spell he just holds out his hand for her to take a finger or two and keep going. Its like it didn't even phase him when she would do this which I found odd. Granted he could regenerate the missing bits back, but you'd think there would still be an acknowledgment that it hurt. Ferrick is genuinely a good guy. I hope he does end up with a happy ending cause he does get the raw end of the deal in most situations. Vataea- She is mouthy & give absolutely zero-fox about what others think. At least anyone outside their team but even that’s dodgy. We don’t get a lot about her. She can control water, lure men to their death with her singing (something she rather enjoys) and can switch back and forth between fins for water and legs for land. The world consists of several islands. Each island centers around one type of magic, healers, fire, charm..etc. People are discouraged from learning more then one magic because it will corrupt and destroy the person. Eat them alive if you will. In order to keep the temptation down those with certain affinities are kept to certain places. And absolutely no one outside the royal family is allowed soul magic as it is the most dangerous of them all. We get to see so little of the world I do hope it is explored more in the next book.
LatestReads 14 days ago
*read more reviews like this on lilyslatestreads.com!* All the Stars and Teeth was easily a five star read for me! It's a highly anticipated book for this month and year, so my expectations were high. I am so happy to stay that it was even better than expected! Magic plays a massive part in the story. The background for magic on each island is given, but if you know me, you know I invariably want more details. Some magic is the basic enchantment or elemental type, but others are totally unique and as a result, my favorites. The MC, Amora Montara, and her family possess soul magic. Besides being able to see someone's soul –– the worse of a person you are, the worse your soul looks –– she can use hair and or blood from a person to bond them to a bone. Then, the bone acts like a voodoo doll –– whatever Amora does to the bone happens to the person. It does get a bit gruesome at parts, but that is somewhat the nature of the magic. My other favorite magic was restoration magic. Most people only possess one of the types of healing magic: the ability to heal others or the ability to heal yourself. If you have the latter magic and your leg gets cut off at the knee, you can “regrow” it; kinda epic. Amora Montara is the main character, the daughter of the High Animancer—the master of souls. She has been training to take over her father's position her whole life to continue the monarchy and to keep her people safe. Easily my favorite thing about Amora is that she's a morally gray character. Most of the time, the MCs have a clear cut stance on whatever problem they are facing, and they are used as a comparison for the morality of the other characters. I rarely see a character like Amora –– except for Jude from The Cruel Prince. She is also incredibly fierce! While somethings may scare Amora, she projects an image of a fearless leader. She isn't the pretty little princess that can't get her hand dirty. Often, she's one of the first into the fray, fighting to protect her friends and herself. She isn't afraid to take a power position, which is so incredibly wondrous. And, like any good character, she makes mistakes and learns from them. She takes her failures and tries her hardest to make it better. The internal conflict and character choices and mistakes make her feel more realistic because let's be honest, who actually makes all the right decisions and is always sure of the right thing to do. No one. One of my biggest takeaways is that Adalyn Grace's writing is spectacular! With a book like ATSAT, it's easy to either get too in-depth with the world and magic or leave the reader confused without any knowledge of the world. I know that I said I wanted more details in regards to the magic, but that's just my personal preference. By the time the journey started, I felt well acquainted with the islands and some of the magic. The pace also worked well for the book. There weren't too many slow parts as there always seemed to be a surprise at every turn. It did get a bit exhausting at points, but the story needed that tempo to reflect the pressure and urgency the crew was on. Furthermore, the immersion into Visidia's island kingdom was effortless. As I've mentioned before, ATSAT has a complex world and it needs more explanation than usual to understand. And while the book was descriptive, the descriptions weren't clunky or used as filler. Overall, Grace wrote a magnificent book that I will be reading and recommending many times over!
LatestReads 14 days ago
*read more reviews like this on lilyslatestreads.com!* All the Stars and Teeth was easily a five star read for me! It's a highly anticipated book for this month and year, so my expectations were high. I am so happy to stay that it was even better than expected! Magic plays a massive part in the story. The background for magic on each island is given, but if you know me, you know I invariably want more details. Some magic is the basic enchantment or elemental type, but others are totally unique and as a result, my favorites. The MC, Amora Montara, and her family possess soul magic. Besides being able to see someone's soul –– the worse of a person you are, the worse your soul looks –– she can use hair and or blood from a person to bond them to a bone. Then, the bone acts like a voodoo doll –– whatever Amora does to the bone happens to the person. It does get a bit gruesome at parts, but that is somewhat the nature of the magic. My other favorite magic was restoration magic. Most people only possess one of the types of healing magic: the ability to heal others or the ability to heal yourself. If you have the latter magic and your leg gets cut off at the knee, you can “regrow” it; kinda epic. Amora Montara is the main character, the daughter of the High Animancer—the master of souls. She has been training to take over her father's position her whole life to continue the monarchy and to keep her people safe. Easily my favorite thing about Amora is that she's a morally gray character. Most of the time, the MCs have a clear cut stance on whatever problem they are facing, and they are used as a comparison for the morality of the other characters. I rarely see a character like Amora –– except for Jude from The Cruel Prince. She is also incredibly fierce! While somethings may scare Amora, she projects an image of a fearless leader. She isn't the pretty little princess that can't get her hand dirty. Often, she's one of the first into the fray, fighting to protect her friends and herself. She isn't afraid to take a power position, which is so incredibly wondrous. And, like any good character, she makes mistakes and learns from them. She takes her failures and tries her hardest to make it better. The internal conflict and character choices and mistakes make her feel more realistic because let's be honest, who actually makes all the right decisions and is always sure of the right thing to do. No one. One of my biggest takeaways is that Adalyn Grace's writing is spectacular! With a book like ATSAT, it's easy to either get too in-depth with the world and magic or leave the reader confused without any knowledge of the world. I know that I said I wanted more details in regards to the magic, but that's just my personal preference. By the time the journey started, I felt well acquainted with the islands and some of the magic. The pace also worked well for the book. There weren't too many slow parts as there always seemed to be a surprise at every turn. It did get a bit exhausting at points, but the story needed that tempo to reflect the pressure and urgency the crew was on. Furthermore, the immersion into Visidia's island kingdom was effortless. As I've mentioned before, ATSAT has a complex world and it needs more explanation than usual to understand. And while the book was descriptive, the descriptions weren't clunky or used as filler. Overall, Grace wrote a magnificent book that I will be reading and recommending many times over!
LatestReads 14 days ago
*read more reviews like this on lilyslatestreads.com!* All the Stars and Teeth was easily a five star read for me! It's a highly anticipated book for this month and year, so my expectations were high. I am so happy to stay that it was even better than expected! Magic plays a massive part in the story. The background for magic on each island is given, but if you know me, you know I invariably want more details. Some magic is the basic enchantment or elemental type, but others are totally unique and as a result, my favorites. The MC, Amora Montara, and her family possess soul magic. Besides being able to see someone's soul –– the worse of a person you are, the worse your soul looks –– she can use hair and or blood from a person to bond them to a bone. Then, the bone acts like a voodoo doll –– whatever Amora does to the bone happens to the person. It does get a bit gruesome at parts, but that is somewhat the nature of the magic. My other favorite magic was restoration magic. Most people only possess one of the types of healing magic: the ability to heal others or the ability to heal yourself. If you have the latter magic and your leg gets cut off at the knee, you can “regrow” it; kinda epic. Amora Montara is the main character, the daughter of the High Animancer—the master of souls. She has been training to take over her father's position her whole life to continue the monarchy and to keep her people safe. Easily my favorite thing about Amora is that she's a morally gray character. Most of the time, the MCs have a clear cut stance on whatever problem they are facing, and they are used as a comparison for the morality of the other characters. I rarely see a character like Amora –– except for Jude from The Cruel Prince. She is also incredibly fierce! While somethings may scare Amora, she projects an image of a fearless leader. She isn't the pretty little princess that can't get her hand dirty. Often, she's one of the first into the fray, fighting to protect her friends and herself. She isn't afraid to take a power position, which is so incredibly wondrous. And, like any good character, she makes mistakes and learns from them. She takes her failures and tries her hardest to make it better. The internal conflict and character choices and mistakes make her feel more realistic because let's be honest, who actually makes all the right decisions and is always sure of the right thing to do. No one. One of my biggest takeaways is that Adalyn Grace's writing is spectacular! With a book like ATSAT, it's easy to either get too in-depth with the world and magic or leave the reader confused without any knowledge of the world. I know that I said I wanted more details in regards to the magic, but that's just my personal preference. By the time the journey started, I felt well acquainted with the islands and some of the magic. The pace also worked well for the book. There weren't too many slow parts as there always seemed to be a surprise at every turn. It did get a bit exhausting at points, but the story needed that tempo to reflect the pressure and urgency the crew was on. Furthermore, the immersion into Visidia's island kingdom was effortless. As I've mentioned before, ATSAT has a complex world and it needs more explanation than usual to understand. And while the book was descriptive, the descriptions weren't clunky or used as filler. Overall, Grace wrote a magnificent book that I will be reading and recommending many times over!
LatestReads 14 days ago
*read more reviews like this on lilyslatestreads.com!* All the Stars and Teeth was easily a five star read for me! It's a highly anticipated book for this month and year, so my expectations were high. I am so happy to stay that it was even better than expected! Magic plays a massive part in the story. The background for magic on each island is given, but if you know me, you know I invariably want more details. Some magic is the basic enchantment or elemental type, but others are totally unique and as a result, my favorites. The MC, Amora Montara, and her family possess soul magic. Besides being able to see someone's soul –– the worse of a person you are, the worse your soul looks –– she can use hair and or blood from a person to bond them to a bone. Then, the bone acts like a voodoo doll –– whatever Amora does to the bone happens to the person. It does get a bit gruesome at parts, but that is somewhat the nature of the magic. My other favorite magic was restoration magic. Most people only possess one of the types of healing magic: the ability to heal others or the ability to heal yourself. If you have the latter magic and your leg gets cut off at the knee, you can “regrow” it; kinda epic. Amora Montara is the main character, the daughter of the High Animancer—the master of souls. She has been training to take over her father's position her whole life to continue the monarchy and to keep her people safe. Easily my favorite thing about Amora is that she's a morally gray character. Most of the time, the MCs have a clear cut stance on whatever problem they are facing, and they are used as a comparison for the morality of the other characters. I rarely see a character like Amora –– except for Jude from The Cruel Prince. She is also incredibly fierce! While somethings may scare Amora, she projects an image of a fearless leader. She isn't the pretty little princess that can't get her hand dirty. Often, she's one of the first into the fray, fighting to protect her friends and herself. She isn't afraid to take a power position, which is so incredibly wondrous. And, like any good character, she makes mistakes and learns from them. She takes her failures and tries her hardest to make it better. The internal conflict and character choices and mistakes make her feel more realistic because let's be honest, who actually makes all the right decisions and is always sure of the right thing to do. No one. One of my biggest takeaways is that Adalyn Grace's writing is spectacular! With a book like ATSAT, it's easy to either get too in-depth with the world and magic or leave the reader confused without any knowledge of the world. I know that I said I wanted more details in regards to the magic, but that's just my personal preference. By the time the journey started, I felt well acquainted with the islands and some of the magic. The pace also worked well for the book. There weren't too many slow parts as there always seemed to be a surprise at every turn. It did get a bit exhausting at points, but the story needed that tempo to reflect the pressure and urgency the crew was on. Furthermore, the immersion into Visidia's island kingdom was effortless. As I've mentioned before, ATSAT has a complex world and it needs more explanation than usual to understand. And while the book was descriptive, the descriptions weren't clunky or used as filler. Overall, Grace wrote a magnificent book that I will be reading and recommending many times over!
BeautyBookCorner 14 days ago
I had high expectations for this book. It has all my favorite elements of a fantasy story wrapped up into one fast-paced and delightfully brutal package. You have political schemes, royalty, smartmouth pirates, dangerous mermaids, and a unique magic system that features different powers. I think what I liked most about the book was the magic system. There are 7 islands that make up the Kingdom of Visidia. Each island is known for its specific magical abilities. These are soul magic, elemental magic, enchantment magic, mind magic, time magic, restoration magic, and curse magic. There are two rules regarding magic in the kingdom. I’ll admit the magic system while interesting was a little hard to follow. I didn’t really understand how soul magic worked, but you get a better sense as you see it in action and as they dive into the history of it. This is the first book in a series so it focused mostly on soul magic, restoration (healing) magic, and curse magic. I think the world-building could have been a little more fleshed out. Because Amora has lived a very sheltered life, her first task is to visit each island to understand the true state of each island. Some are fabulously wealthy while other islands are literally dying from starvation or violence. My favorite island was Mornute where they do enchantment magic (i.e. illusions and charms). This also is where the Keel Haul crew visits The Barracuda Lounge, which was a really fun scene. The whole island had such a whimsical feel to it from the way the author described the fashion and architecture. I felt like I could see the scenery and action playing out in front of me. I liked all the characters, but I didn’t love them. I liked our main crew, but they also didn’t read as fully fleshed-out characters. There was just something about the characters and romance felt a little flat to me. Something…not sure what. When it comes to the characters, my favorite was surprisingly Ferrick who is a side character. He is sweet, caring, and can hold his own in a fight. And honestly, he saved Amora’s butt in a lot of situations. He also makes me feel soft inside. I really hope we see more of him in book 2. The most morally gray person in this book is Amora. She’s still very much a chosen-one type hero who is dedicated to protecting her kingdom, but she’s also not afraid to shed some blood when it that’s what it takes. She was brutal AF when she was using her blood magic. Oh, I’m sorry I meant soul magic. I got confused because of the amount of blood that is spilled from soul magic. But I also loved her for that. Amora is not the perfect hero. She’s naive and lacks wisdom in a lot of her strategies and decisions. I found her thoughtless sometimes, but I think it works for her character and background. I liked that she wasn’t stubborn. She accepted feedback and guidance from the crew and would pull out the “princess” rank when she felt it was absolutely necessary. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a strong 4-star book with a 5-star ending. The pacing of the story felt just right throughout and then we got this really exciting and intense ending that really gripped me! There are no cliffhangers as well. I honestly feel like you could read this as a standalone if you wanted. I will definitely continue as I feel like there is so much about this world and magic system we didn’t get to see.
Caroldaz 15 days ago
A powerful story and Amora is awesome! I love stories about magic. Add in one fierce female protagonist , pirates, a mermaid and I’m all in. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MarziesReads 15 days ago
What if you had been raised to believe a bunch of half-truths or outright lies? - A rather universal question asked by young adults who come to question everything their parents told them. Following in the classic form of a bildungsroman, Adalyn Grace's All the Stars and Teeth is a polished debut novel telling the story of Amora Montara, heir to the throne of Arida. Like many a young person, Amora finds that her father hasn't been upfront with her about a few things, and those things, well, they aren't pretty. And Amora's magic, for this is a magical world, has great power and with that power the ability to do grievous harm. The novel opens with Amora reaching the age of majority and already realizing that there are just too many things she hasn't been informed about. Her father wants her to marry Ferrick and make shiny new heirs. There's plenty of time to learn about her future kingdom... later. Only after a public display of her powers that goes gruesomely wrong, Amora flees her kingdom of Arida and finds herself on the Keel Haul with a dashing young pirate named Bastian along with her bethrothed, Ferrick. Together they must solve the mystery of Bastian's loss of power, battle Kaven, and restore Amora to her rightful place. All the Teeth and Stars is well-written and manages to use its tropes in a constructive fashion. Chief among its assets is the lesson that sometimes, it's good to question what you've been told by your parents, and to try to find truth and justice yourself. While not breaking immense new ground, I did enjoy this world and the potential darkness of Amora's magic. I also loved Vataea and the mermaid rights issues in this novel. A clever way to present civil rights and the effects of chosen or involuntary displacement. The novel is well narrated on audiobook by Shayna Small. CW: Gruesome deaths, attempted sexual assault, abusive relationships (as per author's disclosure to readers.) I received a Digital Review Copy and paper review copy in exchange for an honest review.
inabookdaze 15 days ago
I was chosen to be a part of All the Stars and Teeth Street Team, and had the opportunity to read an e-ARC of the book, so thank you Adalyn Grace and Imprint! All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace My Rating: 4 / 5 Being a debut novel, All the Stars and Teeth has been high on my radar ever since I heard about it and especially with all the buzz surrounding it, my anticipation grew bigger and bigger. After finding out I was a part of the street team, I was really excited to have such an opportunity but it also created a fear within me that I might not enjoy this book. Fortunately, this book completely blew me out of the waters in the best way possible and yes, pun intended. The world that Adalyn created to tell this story was absolutely captivating. From the lifestyle of the people on each islands to the positioning of the islands in the kingdom, Adalyn spared no detail to be left untold. It's been a while since I've read a book that was set in a beautifully crafted world such as this one, and this aspect itself deserves my highest compliment. With the well-established world as its backbone, All the Stars and Teeth did not fail to serve an adventurous story incorporating both the islands and the sea. Each chapter was filled with something new to be explored and the momentum of the book as a whole never seem to slow down as the story progresses. My inner wanderer appreciated how the book truly took this particular aspect and used it to its fullest potential. Another thing I have to highlight is the writing style that was used throughout the book. Adalyn's way of writing was exactly how All the Stars and Teeth needed to be told. From how each detail was lively described to how she gave character to the ship and the sea, I absolutely fell in love with her style of writing and I can't wait to see how her writing will evolve after this duology. The only minor complain I have are the characters. As All the Stars and Teeth focuses mainly on the world and the plot, it left little room for the characters to show their personalities beyond the surface level. Although I really did enjoy the characters, it felt as if I didn't have a chance to get to know them well enough. But knowing that there will a be sequel to this story, I have hopes Adalyn will show more depth to the characters in the next book. All in all, I had a really fun time reading this book and am highly anticipating for the sequel. If you're looking for an adventurous story set in a beautifully crafted world, All the Stars and Teeth should definitely be your next read.
Hollibrary-Books 16 days ago
If words were blood, my desire to gush about ALL THE STARS AND TEETH would result in hemorrhaging. Or perhaps it wouldn’t, simply because I’m struggling to put into words just how much I adored this book from the first page to the last. Nothing hooks me on a fantasy like immersive, intricate worldbuilding with intriguing, compelling characters to inhabit that universe, both of which this book is positively overflowing with. Honestly, I think ALL THE STARS AND TEETH‘s greatest strength is in how Grace takes these well-known and well-loved fantasy tropes and spins them into something that feels new and exciting. ALL THE STARS AND TEETH pulled me in and made it difficult to come up for air with it’s fast-paced plot. Not that you’d want to, though. Grace keeps us on the move with a story that is compulsively readable. There are some really good questions asked about our roles and responsibilities, and the costs of our desires and ambitions. There is also discussion about choice, of making choices and what happens when our choices are stripped away from us. Overall, this was a beautifully crafted and compelling read that has me eagerly awaiting the moment I can dive into the sequel.
Anonymous 16 days ago
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.
Bre Lynn Richey 16 days ago
“You glare. Like something’s wrong, and you’re the only one who can fix it.” All the Stars and Teeth is a fascinating story about a young girl’s journey to uncover the truth from the sea of lies she’s been told her entire life, while discovering where she fits in this new world. “The world doesn’t work with only your eyes, Princess. There’s truth in more than what you can see.” Amora has been sheltered and told what to do her whole life under the guise of protection. Sailing with Bastian is her first glimpse of freedom. And while Bastian would sacrifice himself to save her, he’s willing to let her succeed all on her own. And more importantly, he gives her space to fail. “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.” Bastian has an alternate agenda as well as his own demons, and he needs Amora to accomplish his plan. But he’s also charming and witty, and very hard not to like. “Are you flirting with me?” he teases. “It’s a bit hard to tell, considering how terrifying you are.” And I haven’t even discussed the supporting characters that make this story even better! Without even trying, they acquire a crew and together push each other to keep going. “Fear is part of life; all that matters is what we do with it.”
marongm8 16 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group - Imprint in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. All the Stars and Teeth was a twisted version of a princess fairy tale which made me love it even more. The book had a lot of Caraval and Throne of Glass elements to it but I also picked up on some Disney's Brave elements with the tenacious behavior of Amora especially when she had to flee the kingdom and meet Bastian discovering the power of dark magic. They always say the road you take does not always matter unless it takes you to where you want to go and for Amora that route was Bastian. With all that is at stake Amora overcame her mislead demonstration. Because of the unique plot and characters throughout the book, our young adult patrons will sure enjoy this book and our teen book club will love it. We will consider adding this title to YFiction collection at the library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
PNWBookworm 16 days ago
All the Stars and Teeth is a fantastic debut complete with a unique magic system, a fierce heroine and some really great world building. I loved Amora and her realness and sass. She has stuff to get done and shes gonna do it come hell or high water. I also loved the supporting characters of Bastian and Ferrick. I found the way that the magic system was built and explained to be really well done and the world building made me want to visit! There were a few times that the book got bogged down with mythology and explanation but that didn't effect my enjoyment of it. Overall if you are a fan of magic, pirates, mermaids and fierce heroines I definitely recommend checking out this book!
siriuslyjenn_ 16 days ago
1000% the book you should most anticipate for 2020. This book was beautifully written and completely genuine. The level of craft this book shows us is that of Tomi Adeyemi's Children of Blood and Bone. Please give this a try, you wont regret it!