Book Review From Amazon: 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 one lead: the 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 received this e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*
*Ace of Shades was released on April 10, 2018.*
RATING *4/5 STARS*
As I mentioned above, I was granted access to Ace of Shades through Netgalley. I was ecstatic when I saw the email notification as Ace of Shades was one of my most anticipated releases of 2018. It took me a lot longer to read it than I would have liked because of school, course work, and work, but I am back!
I really enjoyed Ace of Shades. I will admit, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting. I went into it thinking it involved a lot more magical elements than it did and a lot less political intrigue than there was. Nevertheless, it was still a fun read.
The character development for the protagonist, Enne, seemed rushed to me. She started the story as a weak, naive girl and came out at the end a strong, independent woman. While I appreciated this evolution, the steps to get from point A to point B progressed quickly. For me, it didn’t take away from the story at all.
The overall plot took a while to hook me. Once I read about a fourth of the way, it started to pick up. By the end, I was tearing through it, needing to know what happened next. There is still quite a bit to learn about Enne and the extent of her powers, and I look forward to the sequel.
I hope you enjoyed reading this review. If you’ve read Ace of Shades or have any other related thoughts, drop me a comment!
* A side note: Thank you guys for sticking with me while I was on hiatus. School was really keeping me busy; it was the toughest semester I have experienced, and I needed a break for mental, spiritual, and physical health. I’m glad to be back!*