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All the Stars and Teeth

Written by: Adalyn Grace
Narrated by: Shayna Small
Series: All the Stars and Teeth, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

“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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  • Marzie
  • 2020-02-05

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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  • Megan
  • 2020-03-06

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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  • Nash86
  • 2020-02-27

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-02-18

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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  • Riley Morgan
  • 2020-02-08

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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  • Victoria Beard
  • 2020-07-06

Just read the book

Why does every character except the heroine sounds like they smoke a pack a day? I could not finish it due to nothing but dry raspy voices for our allies and raspy hag voices for the villains. Narrator has a nice voice just wished she had actually pitched her voice instead of scratching her throat. As for the story? It's a wonderful debut with a slow start but it picks up speed. Plus mermaids and a sexy pirate, who doesn't want that?

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  • ClockworkCthulhu
  • 2020-06-01

Pirates of the Magic Isles - a Princess Tale.

If you can get past the narrators heavy breathing and awful male voices its enjoyable.
Starting off the story I was concerned that I was in for yet another overpowered princess tale. Although that it partially true, the challenges were enough that I was willing to give it a shot.
Betrayal and deception are plentiful in this book as well as some interesting swashbuckling scenes. I wish we got to spend more time on the individual islands and world building, but with the upcoming second book I am expecting that we will get to see more.
Overall a good read, it certainly fed my internal adventure beast.

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  • stephanie
  • 2020-05-28

didnt think Id like it but I did

pirates, sea monsters and mermaids ahoy.

I had low hopes for this but thankfully it surpassed expectation. lots of fun.

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  • LexiLikesLiterature
  • 2020-05-14

All the Stars and Teeth

By: Adayln Grace
Narrated by: Shayna Small

I liked it. It's a quest book where the young ruler goes on a journey to help her people and to find herself. The world building and magic system are what help this book climb out of The Average Box and into a really good story. In the beginning it gave me Avatar: The Last Airbender type vibes. Good vibes because I loved that series.

The characters are diverse in appearance and I wont lie about being excited about a black mermaid. This isn't in our universe, so race as we perceive it doesnt apply. (But.... when I heard that rumor I had to check it out 🧜🏾‍♀️!!!)

The first half was not as engaging as the second half. It wasnt lacking in action but the urgency of the situation wasnt apparent and the "reason" for the journey isnt explained well enough. The story starts off pretty slow and the background premise isn't presented very well in the beginning. Imagine if I tell you that there is a "Beast" and as long as we don't practice more than one type of magic then the beast will leave us alone.

Well, you would probably ask why the Beast cared about how many types of magic you learned and how would it know that you have more than one??? Those are the exact questions I was left with until about 75% complete in the story. It's ok that there is a big reveal as that is expected, but the majority of the book I was wondering why this beast ( that is never actually seen) chose some random thing to make a rule about. That in turn put the whole point of the book in question.

When you dont understand or care about the character's journey then the book is just a bunch of words.

Those two things made the story feel like fantasy instead of just a great story. Picking up the pace and additional action helps to bring those of us with wondering minds back into the fold. It is predictable in the YA way. If you're on the fence with YA then avoid but YA fans will probably go Bone-carrying Satchel-tied crazy.

I liked the narrator. I've seen reviews that dont care for her. I've listened to some terrible narrators but this chick isnt one of them. She does a good job in my opinion. I wasn't confused on which character was speaking and I could tell the difference between her male and female voices.

Not sure on the title... could have been named something more catchy.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

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  • Sarah Peters
  • 2020-05-03

The story was good, narrator a bit less

the book is good, liked the main characters, however... I didn't like the way the narrator did any of the male voices. They were so off for me that it felt hard to connect to them