Monday, April 19, 2021

All the Tides of Fate - Adalyn Grace

Summary: Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.

No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.

To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her. (Summary and pic from goodreads.com)

My Review: I am happy that I got to read this sequel so close to when I read the first one, All the Stars and Teeth. It is often so hard for me to remember what happened if I read a book that is a new release and then I have to wait for another whole year to find out what happens. How am I supposed to keep all of these errant-heirs-to-their- throne-but-something-goes-wrong-and-they-have-to-fight-to-get-it-and-their-parents-did-so-many- things-wrong-that-no-one-really-wants-it-to-continue-anyway-and-they-have-to-prove-their-worth-in-their-own-way-and-forge-a-new-world straight? It’s a problem, people. It really is.

So as you see, I wouldn’t say that this book’s strength is its uniqueness. I have read many books of late that I feel are kind of like this, which means it’s a thing, and everyone is into it. In the field of YA fic, I think this is ok. The readers are into one kind of story, and so a lot of authors jump on that bandwagon and whip out books that go along with the current thing. And ya know, I’m okay with it. I think it’s boring in some ways because there are very few new ideas being thrown around, but I am all about getting YA readers to read and if they want to read a whole bunch of the same thing with slightly different variations, well, reading is reading. And also, I can’t point too many fingers because obviously I’ve read these books as well of my own free will. It is what it is. So it’s not unique, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not worthwhile. I enjoyed it and read it quickly and enjoyed the escape for sure.

As with other seafaring adventure YA books I’ve read lately, the characters visit different islands. As might be expected, these islands have different cultures and people, and allows the author to explore different worlds in a small way. I felt that Adalyn Grace did a particularly good job of this. I really enjoyed reading about the different islands and their different cultures. I felt like they were all distinct and had their own unique character and flavor. As an author I can see that this would be fun—you can have lots of ideas for different worlds, but if you do it in a way where your characters can just drop in, you don’t have to have them as extensively developed as the original “home destination.”

I liked the story in this book. Adalyn Grace did a good job of exploring some complicated topics—familial relationships, race relations, violence and its perception and uses, etc. I appreciate when YA books take on some tough topics and address them organically and in a way that exposes the reader to them but doesn’t make it so overbearing that it takes away from the story.

If you are into YA adventure stories where the heir must win back their throne, especially seafaring adventures, this might be your jam. It would be a good idea to read the first one so that you know what’s going on, but it would be possible to get into this one as well without the backstory. However, both books are a quick read and fast-paced. If this is your jam, go for them both!

My Review: 4 Stars

For the sensitive reader: There is a steamy love scene and some violence.

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