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All the Stars and Teeth, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Swirl of cool magical ideas has mermaids, sea monsters, too.

Book Adalyn Grace Fantasy 2020
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For any fantasy fan who loves magical kingdoms, powerful princesses and mermaids, sea voyages, and sea monsters, this tale will draw you in, even if it still needs some storytelling polish. All the Stars and Teeth could have been set up more cleanly, the magic explained more clearly, and the reveal of what the magic really means to the islands done without an abrupt plunge into a complex flashback (all while the bad guy waits around for her outside a cave, probably bored). But there are moments of greatness here, too.

Amora's jilted fiance, Ferrick, and the mermaid Vataea are both fascinating characters with cool magic who add as much to the story as Amora's mysterious love interest, Bastian. Vataea's magic is the most useful on the sea adventure, and the quest to save her from imprisonment on an island full of wealth and vice is one of the more entertaining parts of the book. Things get more serious than adventurous when Bastian is forced to face his past and Amora awakens to what her magic really means. Both help build toward an exciting finale.

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