Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody
“Welcome 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… ” ~Synopsis from Goodreads
I received a copy of Ace of Shades in an Owl Crate about a year ago… Yes…. A YEAR AGO! It took me a long time to get around to reading it because I was new to the book blogging scene and was focused on learning the ins and outs, getting my first ARCS to review, etc etc…. I HAVE FINALLY READ IT AND I AM SO GLAD I DID!
I really liked this story. I loved the world building and how its was all gangs, casinos, crime families and corruption. I also really liked how this story was told from two different points of views. I feel like that really worked for this book. I was entertained throughout the story. I liked the characters (or I should say “players”). Serious mafia feel to this book, but it worked for me.
The only thing that really annoyed me was the use of ‘muck”, “mucking”, and “mucked” as profanity and street slang. Sometimes it worked. Other times, my brained just went ahead and read it as some form of “fuck” because it made more sense. Sorry not sorry.
I am going to leave this short and simple since everyone but me has already read this book. PLUS I have already dove into an ARC of book 2 titled King of Fools which comes out next month! Keep an eye out for THAT review!
4 out of 5 stars from me!
If you have read this book please drop a comment and tell me your thoughts! If you compare it to Six of Crows (I know someone will) PLEASE NO SPOILERS! I haven’t read it yet but it is sitting on my shelf waiting…..