Thursday, April 12, 2018

DNF Review: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Series: The Shadow Game #1
Publication Date: April 10th 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA, Fantasy 
Amazon ~ Goodreads ~ TBD

Synopsis: 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 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.

My Rating

My Review
DNF at 25% in.

The hype about this book was crazy, and I've even tons of amazing reviews from fellow bloggers that were raving about this release, but sadly it just wasn't for me.

I told myself I would stop reading if I didn't like the book by 30%, but at 25% I just gave up.

As I started the book, I thought I was totally going to fall in love with it. The story starts with Enne coming off a boat, and into the City of Sin looking for her missing mother. When Enne tries to ask the local police for help, they start acting very weird at the mention of her mother's name. Enne ends up running away from the police with a boy who leads her to Levi, one of the local street gang lords. Since Levi is in desperate need for cash, he decides to help Enne find her mother, and the two start off on their adventure together. 

Like I said, the first chapter or so was actually pretty interesting, but soon after that the book became very dry. The most action in the novel at the 25% was the running away from the police scene, everything else after that was just walking and talking, and talking to other people. There just wasn't enough excitement to keep me interested in the book.

While I didn't necessarily like the characters, I also didn't hate them either. Enne was fairly boring, she was very proper and mostly kept to herself. I'm sure she goes through some character development and gets out of her comfort zone throughout the novel, but even then I wasn't sure if she would become a strong female character, there just wasn't anything about her that stood out or made me love her. Levi was definitely an interesting character at first, but reading in his perspective turned out to be very boring. I find him to be very selfish and honestly not that smart for what he claims. 

The weirdest thing about this book, and probably the biggest reason why I had to put this book down, was because Enne was carrying a book on her that told her everything about the City of Sin, right down to the people in the city.... like what? Sure I understand tourist books with landmarks and festivals, but this book actually had like character descriptions and went into so much detail about the city, including some of it's illegal activities. I'm not sure why, but I just found this so strange and weird.

Maybe in the future I will give this book another try, and actually get past 25% in. But for right now, this was definitely not the book for me.

Happy Reading,

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