Review: Amanda Foody’s ACE OF SHADES

30238163Welcome 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 was able to read this book early thanks to the people at Edelweiss (Above the Treeline). I was very excited to read ACE OF SHADES because I had heard nothing but good things from concept to deal announcement to ARC release. It was definitely one of my most anticipated releases of 2018!

I personally took about 80 pages to really get into ACE. By the time the author established a connection between Levi and Enne, though, I was in. I enjoyed the interweaving of magic and card games. As with any anticipated release of mine, I had some preconceived ideas of the style and tone, which turned out to be wrong, but it took some interesting turns I didn’t see coming. There was danger around every corner, and the finale left me breathlessly turning the pages. I’m looking forward to see where the story goes in its sequels!


About the Book:


 Harlequin Teen


Lauren Smulski


Brianne Johnson


Amanda Foody (Twitter, Goodreads, Website)

Publication date:

April 1, 2018


400 pages




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