Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1) by Amanda Foody

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

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, Enne has only ...

Details Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

TitleAce of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)
Release DateApr 10th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game, #1)

  • Emily May
    Despite Enne’s flaws - namely that she was mucking annoying - she knew how to weasel in and out of a conversation. You know what else is mucking annoying? Made up curse words like mucking! Fictional profanity almost always has me laughing (and not in a good way) but it was especially bad here because “mucking” is almost “fucking” but also hilariously… not.But let's not get hung up on language. The bigger problem is that Ace of Shades ...
  • Emma Giordano
    I LOOOOOOVED Ace of Shades so much. What an exhilarating, fantastical start to a fantasy series!CW: violence, pedophilia (it’s totally condemned in the story)I adore Amanda Foody’s writing style. It is so descriptive and easy to engage with. The entire time I felt as if I was traveling New Reynes alongside Enne and Levi. The world is extremely vivid and atmospheric. The history of the world was a tad difficult for me to retain at first becaus...
  • Chaima ✨ شيماء
    a fantasy Vegas setting. magic. murder. an orphan girl wandering into the City of Sin. a black bisexual gang boss who gets asked why his closet is full of girl dresses and men clothes that don’t even fit him, and casually goes, “yeah well the boys and girls I sleep with sometimes leave their clothes behind what’s up”you really do want to read this book.(on a side note, I genuinely don't understand why this book keeps getting compared to s...
  • C.G. Drews
    Right. So I've found my new book to be so utterly and absolutely OBSESSED WITH. I need at least four dozen heart eyes and sixty-two stars, is all I'm saying. This book is like an ode to Slytherin schemes and my little heart is just beating so fast. It's twisty and madly addictive and the characters are ones I absolutely love love love. I'm sobbing. Do not mind me. This is a good one.(And yes I did like 540 status updates while reading it and I AM...
  • jessica
    to compare this to ‘six of crows’ has been a disservice to not only the reader, but to both books, as well. it sets an impossibly high standard, one that will only lead to disappointment. having seen a lot of negative reviews in regards to how this book was pitched and the comparisons made, i decided to go into this with a completely open mind and no expectations whatsoever - which i think is the only thing you can do in this particular situa...
  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    When this book’s synopsis first started circulating the YA book community, I was unspeakably excited for it. A book about dangerous gangs and gambling, with a bi young man of color as one of the protagonists? Sign me up! Unfortunately, this book suffered the same problem I have with the author’s debut, Daughter of the Burning City—it has a lot of cool ideas at play, but the execution leaves a little bit to be desired. The photograph of Luck...
  • High Lady of The Night Court
    This is one of the most interesting books I've read in this year. Its has the feel of Caraval and Six of Crows all mixed together with a hint of fantasy. AMAZING and maybe even going on my favorites list. I'm in shock I can't get over how great this book is. The whole concept is fascinating and kept my interest peaked at all times. The writing is amazing, the world is very well thought out and the City of Sin is one of the most exciting places I'...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    I was so glad to get this book in my Owlcrate! Click on link below picture to see the unboxing. THE STUFFWell, I'm freaking bummed! I loved Daughter of the Burning City but this book didn't do it for me. Oh well, hopefully I will love her next book like I did her debut book!Happy Reading! Mel I was so glad to get this book in my Owlcrate! Click on link below picture to see the unboxing. THE STUFFWell, I'm freaking bummed! I loved Daughter of th...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    it is with a heavy heart I must announce that I just don’t care about anything that happened in this book. All you know are stories, Enne told herself. And not all stories are true. I should start this off by acknowledging that this book is built on a lot of good ideas. Ace of Shades takes place in what is described as a city of sin, a sort of Old Vegas meets Venice. There’s enemies to lovers, a very diverse cast (the book’s romantic int...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2.5 STARSNo one is more disappointed than I am that this rating is anything less than 5 STARS. I went in wholly expecting to adore this story; the cover is gorgeous and the comparisons to Six Of Crows had me cautiously fangirling over this book from the moment I knew of it's existence. Throw in the fact that I absolutely loved Daughter Of The Burning City last year and I was completely sold. Unfortunately, this one just didn't work for me. I'm no...
  • Melanie
    “The City of Sin was a game, but not everyone was a player.” Ace of Shades was for sure not what I was expecting. Some said it was like one of my favorite series of all time, Six of Crows, but I didn’t see that. A lot of people said it had a setting like the city I live in currently, Vegas, and I suppose I see it, but it is a stretch and for sure a very big fantastical interpretation and based on every stereotype you think of when you thin...
  • ✨ jamieson ✨
    she was a pistol wrapped in silk. she was a blade disguised as a girl alright alright alright listen up, listen here. This book is a whole lotta fun and I thoroughly enjoyed it! In fact I'm eagerly awaiting the official release so I can read a completed physical edition. WHAT IS ACE OF SHADES? a dark, complex, fantasy world where gangs run the streets and lure unsuspecting visitors into their gambling parlours, where crime rules and turf wars bre...
  • Caz (littlebookowl)
    Rating: 3.5 starsI will be doing a full spoiler-free review soon!Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.
  • emma
    Fun fact about me: I need to stop reading books solely because they’re compared to Six of Crows.It invariably results in disappointment.Honestly I think it’d be fairer for publishers to stop comparing every. Single. Dark YA fantasy to Six of Crows, but APPARENTLY that’s not going to happen so. Looks like the responsibility lies on me.My life is so hard.BUT THIS BOOK IS COMPLETELY A KNOCKOFF OF SIX OF CROWS.(Emphasis on the word knockoff.)Th...
  • megs_bookrack
    Welcome to New Reynes, a self-proclaimed 'City of Sin'.((Ahem, magical Las Vegas))Sheltered and innocent, Enne Salta, arrives in the city to search for her adoptive mother, Lourdes, who has gone missing. Her only clue, a name: Levi Glaisyer. It doesn't take Enne long to track down Levi and the fun begins. Swept up into his world, she feels in over her head but despite her initial culture shock, she finds New Reynes bringing her to life in ways sh...
  • Lia
    Levi stood up and reached for his hat on the table. “Where are you going?” Enne asked. “Out. There are volts to make and people to cheat.” He flashed her a smile. She was lucky he hadn’t cheated her. He was feeling sentimental today. Attempt #2 of reading this book didn't disappoint.I'm kind of relieved to announce that, with a cover and a premise like that, Amanda Foody's Ace of Shades delievers what it promises. Nothing more and nothi...
  • Lola
    New Reynes is the City of Sin with lots of casinos and shady activity… So Las Vegas? ACE OF SHADES is not as original as it thinks it is.
  • Natalie Monroe
    “Ten days. Ten days to figure out how to beat his enemies at their own game.” Kaz Brekker would have so much fun with Levi Glaisyer. He'd fleece Levi dry, then convince him Halloween pumpkins are a good investment in December. Look, in the olden days, a kinder, softer Natalie might have given Ace of Shades 3 stars. There's nothing overtly offensive about it. The writing's decent (if a bit tryhard at times), there are clear stakes, okay world-...
  • Korrina (OwlCrate)
    Very interesting story, quite unlike anything else I've read before. Really enjoyed my time reading this one.
  • Silvia
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via Edelweiss for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH this book was such a pleasant surprise!!! I haven't read the author's debut yet so I didn't know what to expect, but now I'm looking forward to both continuing the series and keeping an eye out for whatever else she published (as well as reading DotBC). Worldbuilding The story takes place in New Reynes...
  • Lily ☁️
    2 1/2 starsI solemnly swear that I shall read this without any thoughts lingering on Six of Crows, as in: sans bias.Blog Bloglovin’ Tumblr Instagram ➳ 2 1/2 starsI solemnly swear that I shall read this without any thoughts lingering on Six of Crows, as in: sans bias.Blog ¦ Bloglovin’ ¦ Tumblr ¦ Instagram
  • Nadhira Satria
    bleh too slow
  • Hamad
    A BR with Lily!Sadly DNF @ page 150I almost finished day 2 but I can't continue this book, let alone a whole trilogy!I had one thought while reading this: that it sounded like it was written by an accountant. Guess what? It is! I came here to check the author, only to find out that she has an M.A degree in accountancy and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature.You know that I like to support new and trending authors but the writing style just ...
  • Beth
    ALL OF THE STARS!"Some say the City of Sin is a game, so before you arrive - ask yourself, dear reader, how much are you prepared to lose?"- The City of Sin, a guidebook: Where To Go and Where Not ToMY GOD, this. This was goooooooooooooood! I am so happy, I've been waiting for this for the such a long time. I really enjoyed Amanda Foody and Daughter of the Burning City, so Ace of Shades was highly anticipated for me. I was so nervous going into t...
  • joanna ☽ the little brown fairy
    Do not believe their smiles. Do not stray into their lairs. Or you may never come out again. 3.75 stars. if you just want to know if this book is like six of crows, click here.This is one of those books which I got really, really excited for, even when it wasn't released yet. Normally, I don't let a book’s popularity affect my reading -- or if it does, it's in a positive way, like how I anticipated The Cruel Prince forever and, truthfully, prob...
  • julianna ➹
    1. Ace of Shades 2. King of Fools 3. Untitledmy immediate thoughts during and after finishing this book were, "how dare i not read this sooner" in case any of you were wonderingthe only bad part of my experience reading this was seeing the right side get smaller and realizing that this would eventually end.I had previously enjoyed the author's debut, Daughter of the Burning City but wow I did not realize that her later book would become one of my...
  • Mads
    The characters were great but what really made me love this book was the setting. The whole idea that if you went into the City of Sin, you would come out corrupted or not leave at all. Just so fucking cool. Okay now for the characters. I was living for Enne's character development. How she went from a tentative, shy "good" girl to a street smart badass was incredible. Levi is so sweet and the perfect combination of confident and clever. And the ...
  • Carrie
    Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody is the first book of the young adult fantasy The Shadow Game series. I saw a lot of comparisons to Six of Crows before I began to read this one and my first hope was that it wouldn’t have that same slow pace as Six of Crows but of course, yes, it did. They are rather similar in having that slow build, darker young adult tale.The book begins as Enne Salta arrives in New Reynes or what is better known as the City of ...
  • Veronica ⭐️
    The Burgeoning BookshelfOnce I got past all the politics at the start of the book I really enjoyed it. At first I was thinking New Reynes was some dystopian town with casinos, gang lords, corrupt officials and an overzealous policing system then I realised it was much like any major city today only with a slight magical element, an urban fantasy.”Some say the City of Sin is a game, so before you arrive – ask yourself, dear reader, how much ar...