Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (non-spoiler review) // Is it actually a Six of Crows and Caraval mash up?

Book: Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

Rating: 4 stars


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, her only lead is a 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.

Thank you to Harlequin Teen for sending me a digital copy to review! In no way does this sway my opinions.


Amanda Foody’s Daughter of the Burning City was such an unexpected and pleasant read so I was more then ready to try this book! Also this book has been compared to SOC so I had to read it :))


This isn’t a book that takes a few chapters to get into. From the very first page it draws you in. The world building and magic system are all explained really well and there’s no info dumping either. That’s something I noticed in Daughter of the Burning City as well. Foody is amazing at world building and ahh wowoww. I just wanted to keep on reading and reading and I finished the book so quickly.



  • Amada Foody’s writing is kinda simplistic yet brilliant and flowly and I really like it.
  • There was a dual POV! Which worked really well for me.
  • The magic system was original and awesome + There was diversity! There’s a gender fluid character. Levi is a POC and bisexual, and this all wasn’t used as some plot twist or conversation starter. It was just there and a part of them and a part of the story.


  • OKAy, MADE UP SWEAR WORDS ARE ANNOYING. Shatz was fine because it wasn’t that close to shit, but muck was so close to fuck and it just annoyed me. I don’t really swear but it just agh hm well


Enne: Enne seemed a bit too uptight and snobby at first, and she was. However it wasn’t that she was rude, it was just the way she was brought up. She was annoying/reckless at times, but she grows. CHARACTER GROWTH WOW OKAY it was amazing. Foody’s characters are all so complex and while there are things the characters do that may annoy you, there are reasons for them. Enne for example has always grown up shunned and told she was never enough, but she grows into such a strong and confident character, even if that is done through some pretty reckless decisions.

Levi: Levi is no Kaz Brekker, but he is his own type of loveable. I did love his wit and banter. He is that cliche of ‘wow I don’t care about anything’, but really he does and he has a lot of his own struggles.


There’s this slow burn attraction between them and I love how Levi grows to care for Enne and how this breaks her out of her shell. I’m not too sure how much I love the romance itself, but I love how it allows our MC to grow.

So is it actually comparable to SOC and Caraval?

I can see where the comparison comes in but I’d still say no. The atmosphere I got is definitely kind of the same. That’s just me though, you could read the book and see for yourself though :))

There is no Legend and definitely no Kaz or Inej, but there is Enne and Levi who are beautiful, complex and confusing ( + a tad annoying)

So overall, a really fun start to the series. I’ll definitely read the next book and I can’t wait to see the world/story get expanded upon.

A shorter, bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.


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Have you read Ace of Shades? Is it on you TBR? What about Amanda Foody’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?

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18 thoughts on “Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (non-spoiler review) // Is it actually a Six of Crows and Caraval mash up?

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  1. You had me at SoC and Caraval title lol but thankfully it’s just a few similarities ? Would love to add this to my list now! Awesome review! I think I’ll be the same as you about those made up words…

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    1. Haha right?! I was excited when I heard other people comparing it to those books. Yeah! It’s just a few similarities and the world/magic system is so unique and cool. Hope you enjoy it if you end up reading it!

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  2. “…who are beautiful, complex and confusing ( + a tad annoying)” hahaha you got me laughing. XD And I’m glad you enjoyed some aspects of the characters, but especially glad that you addressed the (lack of) similarities to Six of Crows and Caraval – too much hype for me to handle otherwise lol. 😉 Awesome review!

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    1. Ahhaha well they can’t be perfect I guess. There’s always a line between a character being too perfect and having no flaws to a character being terrible and being a mess, but I’d say Enne and Levi sit nicely there. Thank you!

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  3. Awesome review! I feel like I’d be pretty irritated with the made up swear words as well, it’s one of those things where I’d rather have the author find a way past, then making up their own words 😂But hopefully it won’t bother me too much when I read this book lol. And yay for character development!!

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    1. It is a minor thing that irked me, but it’s easy enough to look past. Yes! I love books with great character development. It’s so great seeing a character change for the better! (or even changing for the worse is still fun to read about)

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