Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Title: Ace of Shades
(The Shadow Game #1)
Author: Amanda Foody
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release Date: April 10, 2018
Genre: Young Adult, 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 a 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 execu-tion game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.

So when I first started reading Ace of Shades, I’m like ya this is good. Next thing I knew it had sucked me down the rabbit hole and I could not stop reading. I flew through the rest of the book in a day. With two great protagonist, there is never a dull moment.

I loved Levi! He was such an interesting character because despite is attitude of seeming to only care about himself, he actually cares a great deal more than he lets on. One of my favorite things about him is how confident he is in himself. Not just in his card abilities but in his whole person. He finds someone attractive, he goes for them. Doesn’t matter male or female or their lot in life. He is very clever and as the Iron Lord he needs to be. He’s trying to juggle his employment to a ruthless family monarch and his role overseeing his territories.

Enne is also a great character. She shows up to the City of Sin as very prim and proper and we see those layers get peeled away like an onion. He transformation is interesting because you wonder how much is the city influencing her and how much was already ingrained in her that she didn’t realize. I love how she doesn’t take crap, even when she knows her chips are down. She has a fiery temper and she also has this confidence about herself as well. Her and Levi aren’t necessarily supporting each other as much as complementing each other. Like a perfect palette of colors.

As far as romance is concerned. Welcome to the never ending slow burn. There is plenty of tension to keep you going.

ways something happening. It doesn’t matter if it has to do with Enne or Levi, the action keeps you enthralled. I really could not stop reading. There wasn’t a good breaking point, where I’m like okay this place is going a little slow I can get up and do something else for a bit. I had to keep reading and know how things were going to end. The writing is great and all of the supporting characters contribute something as well.

I don’t want to give away much of the story because it is a partially a mystery as Enne searches for her mother. Discovering things about the city and the people running it as she goes along. Which Levi becomes a part of too.

I really loved the book and can not wait for book two. I need it!

Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.

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