TITLE: Ace of Shades

AUTHOR: Amanda Foody

Rating: ★★★☆☆

PAGES: 411

PUBLISHER: Harlequin Teen


GENRE(S): Fantasy

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody - The Contented ReaderWelcome 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 one lead: the name Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a 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.


Ace of Shades is an interesting concept. It’s something that caught my eye and I really thought it was going to be a book I would love. Overall, I did enjoy it. But it’s definitely not my favourite.

Ace of Shades follows Enne Salta as she travels to New Reynes, also known as the City of Sin, to find her mother. Along the way, she’s introduced to gangs, casinos, and clues to a story she’s about to uncover.

Enne is an interesting main character. She’s in finishing school and is totally prim and proper. Needless to say, she doesn’t belong in the City of Sin. On the other hand, Levi belongs. The City of Sin is his comfort zone and he totally shows Enne the ropes. The problem with the characters, at least for me, is that I didn’t grow attached to them. They definitely drive the story, I just didn’t love them like I wanted to.

The plot of the story is enjoyable. I liked the storyline and the adventures these characters were taken on. But again, I just didn’t love it. So many people are drawn to this story and completely love it. I just found it to be enjoyable, but nothing that swept me off my feet.

But the most disappointing thing to me is the romance. Don’t get me wrong. I know this isn’t a romance story. But, it’s an element. And as an element I found it to be disappointing and almost forced. It just didn’t feel natural to me, and in general, just annoying.

I did enjoy this book. Definitely not my favourite, but it’s enough to leave me intrigued to read the next book. I’m hoping I enjoy the sequel more than this one.

People do not play this game to win, my dear. They play this game not to lose.

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About The Author

Amanda Foody Author Photo - The Contented ReaderAmanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

She is the author of two published novels, DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY and ACE OF SHADES. The next books of THE SHADOW GAME trilogy will release in 2019 and 2020.

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