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Ace of Shades (Shadow Game Series, Book 1) MP3 CD – MP3 Audio, April 10, 2018
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[Read by Saskia Maarleveld]
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.
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- Publisher : Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged MP3CD edition (April 10, 2018)
- Language : English
- MP3 CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1538535882
- ISBN-13 : 978-1538535882
- Reading age : 14 - 17 years
- Grade level : 10 - 12
- Item Weight : 2.88 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.75 x 7 inches
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There are a lot of people saying that Levi, one of the MCs from this book is trying too hard to be Kaz from SOC. Now, I consider myself a SOC super fan. As I type, I can see the NMNF tattoo on my forearm, and my cat Kaz is grooming himself on my bed. So when I say that Levi is not like Kaz, I know what I’m talking about here. Lets break this comparison down:
-Is the leader of a gang
-Has a band of extremely loyal followers, the Dregs
-Likes women (exclusively to our knowledge)
-Doesn’t like to be touched
-Is relatively quiet, contemplative. Doesn’t speak unless he has something to say
-Has no magical ability
-Always wears gloves
-Is the leader of a gang
-Has a band of sort of loyal, but not really that loyal followers, the Irons
-Very much likes to be touched
-Is sarcastic and kind of brash, says what he wants when he wants, and is usually trying to annoy someone or bait them
-Has magical abilities
-Does not always wear gloves
Now that I’ve said what I needed to say on this matter, let’s discuss the book Ace of Shades. First off, the world building was fantastic. It was so creative and well done – kind of a dystopian version of Vegas, but with magic and Lords. I absolutely loved it. Foody even went so far as to create signature cocktails. There was a certain drink you ordered if you needed good luck at the tables, a different drink if you were on a winning streak, etc. Additionally, the way that she built the magic in it was pretty fun. Your magic was passed down from your parents. Your first name was your own, but the other two names indicated your magical abilities. It was a really clever way to set things up and I can’t wait to see where Foody takes it in the next book.
The main character, Enne, is someone that quite a few people found annoying at the start of the book. I’m not sure why, but I understood why she was the way she was. Imagine taking the most prissy girl you know, and sticking her in the middle of a debauched gambling city. She’d probably act exactly the way you’d expect her to. Unlike the most prissy girl I know, however, Enne quickly toughened up, doing what she needed to in order to reach her goal.
Levi was charming and fun while also managing to be a deeper character than I expected. I thought he would be kind of a player, the character to offer comedic relief. While he did offer that a number of times, his motivations were deeper and he turned out to be a well developed character in my opinion.
The only thing that irked me in Ace of Shades was the romance. Levi and Enne just kept coming up with the dumbest reasons not to kiss. Their inner monologues went something like this “If he leaned his forehead against mine, I knew I’d kiss him.”…ummmm just kiss the dude! If I were in a life threatening situation, and the person I cared about was standing in front of me? I would be on that boy like white on rice. It was just frustrating and something I hope is remedied in book two.
My Takeaway: Ace of Shades was fantastic – the world building was fun and entrancing, the main characters were well developed, and though their romance was flawed, I can wait to see what they do next. (Holy run on sentence Batman)
This book follows a dual perspective of Enne, who comes to the city of sin in search of her mother and Levi, the gang lord of the Irons. Enne has been sheltered as a dancer and this is her first time away from the nest. Enne meets Levi who she believes can help her locate her lost mother. Enne's mother is a highly hunted journalist and has been missing for 4 months. This journey takes Enne on a journey to not only discover the whereabouts of her mother, but her lieanage as well. Levi also has his hidden troubles as he struggles to pay back a gang lord or be subject to a game no one wins, the Shadow Games.
This is a YA fantasy set in a very well built world with very well developed main character. This story was excellent in both structuring and pacing. I felt the risks the characters took and became quite attached to them both. Both perspectives felt extremely relevant and well developed. I felt like we got to know the characters.
There is also something of a romance that was a lot of fun. It wasn't a dominant aspect of the book but more of a driving force that lent emotional context to the story as well as motivation for our characters. It felt relevant and well place.
This book also discribed bloody scenes charismaticly and gave enough discription to get the point across without being too graphic.
There were some scenes that were discribe by both characters within their own perspective. So sometimes we would get a discription of the same scene from two different perspectives when the narrative would shift from one person to another. I both appreciated that we got to see the same room from two different perspective while also finding it repetitive. This fact has left me a bit conflicted about this as I see both the benefits and the disadvantages to this approach. The narrative discriptions of the same thing didn't feel distinct enough to be see as two separate perspectives even though the rest of the narrative felt distinct in their voices.
Overall this was supremely enjoyable and I loved this world. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading the rest of the series.
The plot was great. There were emotional, moral, and mortal stakes throughout the book. No part of the story felt unnecessary or excesive, all chapters and plot lines worked to progress the book.
The made up curse words were cheesy and a bit annoying though. Really took any graviy from the more high stake scenes.
There were many close calls and, for the most part, the stakes and consequences felt appropriately high. There were, however, a couple instances in which a situation came across as a little anticlimatic or glossed over, but not so much as to disrupt the overall flow.
My only complaint would probably be the typos, which I found spread throughout the book. There were quite a few missing letters that resulted in creating an incorrect word or mearly just a word with a single missing letter. The worst typo being a random digit accidently typed into the end of a word. But I know typos are bound to happen when writing a book and they didn't take away from how much I enjoyed this book, but they did disrupt flow of the reading a bit.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and engaging read! I'm looking forward to reading to the next book in the series.
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A novel that would appeal to adults of all ages (of a certain mindset), Ace of Shades does dystopia very, very well - and makes the reader question which possible future the novel really deals with.
Can't wait for the next instalment of this series.