AUTHOR: AMANDA FOODY • SERIES: THE SHADOW GAME (Book 1) • GENRE: YOUNG ADULT • PAGES: 461
NOTE- I requested a review copy of Ace of Shades from Harlequin Australia in exchange for my honest review. If you wish to see my review policy you can find it here.
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.
I thought I would like this book, but I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. Ace of Shades is so refreshing! The setting is perfect, the characters are genuinely interesting, the plot is fantastic. Oh and it has magic, but without fairies!
Enne, strange name, great protagonist. She develops so much in this one book and you just know that by the time the series is finished she will be badass. Poor Levi, on the other-hand is in way over his head but by working together these guys will kick some but in The City of Sin. I don’t know if their relationship will develop to more than friends, but honestly it takes such a back-seat to the central plot that I don’t particularly care either way. The plot holds its own and doesn’t need romance or sexual tension. I am not saying that they are a bad thing they just aren’t the focus.
Honestly, I have a feeling that this is going to become one of my favourite series. I need to grab a copy of Daughter of the Burning City, while i wait for the next instalment to come out. Loved it!
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕￼￼☕☕￼￼ 5/5 teacups
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Happy reading x