All the Stars and Teeth

Narrated by: Shayna Small
Series: All the Stars and Teeth, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
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“Fierce and unrelenting.... Do yourself a favor and get lost in this beautiful book!” (Tomi Adeyemi, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Children of Blood and Bone)

"Narrator Shayna Small delivers a versatile performance in this young adult fantasy filled with mermaids and magic." (AudioFile Magazine)

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, Adalyn Grace’s All the Stars and Teeth is a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. 

She will reign.

As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer - the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. 

When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic. 

But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder - and more peril - than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected...or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. 

I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

An Imprint Book

“Vicious and alluring, All the Stars and Teeth is a force to be reckoned with." (Hafsah Faizal, author of We Hunt the Flame)

“Jam-packed with swashbuckling adventure, swoonworthy romance, and dark, lush magic.” (Christine Lynn Herman, author of The Devouring Gray)

©2020 Adalyn Grace (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Dark magic, pirates, and mermaids, oh my!

What if you had been raised to believe a bunch of half-truths or outright lies? - A rather universal question asked by young adults who come to question everything their parents told them.

Following in the classic form of a bildungsroman, Adalyn Grace's All the Stars and Teeth is a polished debut novel telling the story of Amora Montara, heir to the throne of Arida. Like many a young person, Amora finds that her father hasn't been upfront with her about a few things, and those things, well, they aren't pretty. And Amora's magic, for this is a magical world, has great power and with that power the ability to do grievous harm. The novel opens with Amora reaching the age of majority and already realizing that there are just too many things she hasn't been informed about. Her father wants her to marry Ferrick and make shiny new heirs. There's plenty of time to learn about her future kingdom... later. Only after a public display of her powers that goes gruesomely wrong, Amora flees her kingdom of Arida and finds herself on the Keel Haul with a dashing young pirate named Bastian along with her bethrothed, Ferrick. Together they must solve the mystery of Bastian's loss of power, battle Kaven, and restore Amora to her rightful place.

All the Teeth and Stars is well-written and manages to use its tropes in a constructive fashion. Chief among its assets is the lesson that sometimes, it's good to question what you've been told by your parents, and to try to find truth and justice yourself. While not breaking immense new ground, I did enjoy this world and the potential darkness of Amora's magic. I also loved Vataea and the mermaid rights issues in this novel. A clever way to present civil rights and the effects of chosen or involuntary displacement.

The novel is well narrated on audiobook by Shayna Small.

CW: Gruesome deaths, attempted sexual assault, abusive relationships (as per author's disclosure to readers.)

I received a Digital Review Copy and paper review copy in exchange for an honest review.

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Breathy, awkward narrator

I LOVED this story. I got the audiobook because I hated putting the book down while driving. The narrator almost ruined it for me. She was very breathy and sexual for no reason. Definitely not my favorite narrator.

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A brilliant debut!!!

I have been following Adalyn Grace for about the last seven months on Instagram and have been anxiously waiting for this to be released! Let me just say, that it was well worth the wait! The enchanting world Adalyn created is so mesmerizing, that you will feel like you are right there along side Amora and her crew the entire time. I can’t wait for the sequel and for all of the future works of Adalyn!!

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Good for debut, horrible narration.

I'd like to start by saying, no disrespect. I am writing this review to warn future readers/listeners/potential publishers. The book was great. It took some time to get started, but all of the elements were there for a fantastic story, and I cannot wait for book 2.
The narrator is absolute rubbish. Imagine if the cast of Rugrats narrated a book. Never mind, no need to imagine, because this is it. Ferrick is aged 18/19 in the book and the narrator's "voice" is Tommy Pickles. NO EXAGGERATION. A whiny, prepubescent boy, a child. Not a potential love interest, or hero.
Bastian, who I fell in love with based on his name alone, sounds like if Bart Simpson lived in CA as a surfer dude, with a smoker's lung. Then there's Vatea, whose voice cheaply mimics Calypso from Pirates of the Caribbean and an Irish barmaid. CHOOSE ONE.
Is she a horrible narrator? Yes. Should she never work again ? No. This was not the book for her, at all. She would be much better suited for a children's cartoon, or book, maybe.

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Meh

Ok, so overall I liked the storyline, I give it a solid 3.5 stars. What I really didn’t like about this audiobook was the performance. I felt like the voices made by the narrator to represent the boys/men in this book sounded completely childish although they’re supposed to be 18 years and up. It really grated my ears every time I herd them.

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Great story! Great Narration to match!!

This story was an entertaining fantasy read with a few surprises I totally didn't see coming!! Will definitely be checking out what this author puts out next!!

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Mediocre At Best

If these characters are supposed to be people of color I certainly can’t tell from the narration. I was unimpressed with the storyline and the performance.

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Best book of 2020

I remember this book being named the most anticipated novel of 2020, and it absolutely deserved that title. Every minute of this roller coaster read was phenomenal, and the descriptions are some of the most beautiful I've ever read/heard. Absolute must-read for anyone and everyone who appreciates YA fantasy, ass-kicking mermaids, swashbuckling pirates, or amazing female leads. The audiobook presentation was incredible, too!

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Plot fails to impress, not best narrator

The plot starts out great and then fizzles out. I felt like it should have been drawn out more. Instead it comes to an abrupt resolution and then ends. Also, the narrator was not the best choice for this book. She has a good voice, but she is not very good and creating a male voice. Some of her male characters sound like children when they are supposed to be teens or young adults.

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Great worldbuilding

What a cool story! I love pirates and magic and mermaids and this had all the above! Amora has an unstable magic that makes her a fierce warrior, but when she loses control of it, she must leave her home and figure out a way to prove she deserves to rule. The different magics were interesting and I hope we learn a bit more about them in the next book. Bastian and Ferrick were great male leads, they both care about Amora and are truly good guys. Bastian is a pirate trying to regain his stolen magic and Ferrick has a cool, but kind of gross, ability to regrow his body parts. I liked Ferrick as Amora's friend and I hope he finds someone who loves him. Bastian and Amora were a good couple, relying on each other and being a confidant.
The story was fun and intriguing. There were a couple slow moments or times I didn't totally follow what was happening, but overall I really enjoyed this and am already looking forward to the next book