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All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace
Young adult

All the Stars and Teeth


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by Adalyn Grace

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Dive in to bloody battles as a mermaid and pirate make an unlikely pact to steal some magic and regain a kingdom. Nbd.

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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.

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All the Stars and Teeth

Chapter One

This day is made for sailing.

The ocean’s brine coats my tongue and I savor its grit. Late summer’s heat has beaten the sea into submission; it barely sways as I stand against the starboard ledge.

Turquoise water stretches into the distance, stuffed full of blue tangs and schools of yellowtail snapper that flounder away from our ship and conceal themselves beneath thin layers of sea foam. Through the morning haze sits an outline of cloud-shrouded mountains that shape the kingdom’s northernmost island, Mornute. It’s one of the six islands I’ve not yet seen but will one day rule.

“Where are we headed?” I ask. “To the volcanos of Valuka? The jungles of Suntosu?” The weather is gentle enough that my words carry to the bow where Father stands, overlooking the water.

Years at sea have wrinkled his tanned olive skin, making him appear older than his forty years. The wrinkles also make him look stern, which I like. Arida’s High Animancer, the King of Visidia, should always appear stern.

“The sea is a dangerous beast, Amora,” he says. “And you are too precious to lose. But prove your strength to our people tonight, and I’ll know you’re capable of braving it. For now, focus on earning the throne.” His deep brown eyes flicker to me, and he grins. “And on announcing your engagement.”

My throat thickens. Ferrick is a fine enough man, if one dreams of settling down with a childhood acquaintance. But I prefer my daily suitors, and their gifts.

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Why I love it

I’m one of those people who never knows how to describe what kind of music I like because the answer is: basically a little bit of everything. So it’s no surprise that I loved the warring elements at play in All the Stars and Teeth—the glam and glitter, the gore and grit, a heroine who embraces both in the same breath without apology. All this and more came together in a multifaceted, refreshingly unique debut that I devoured.

Before she can lead the island kingdom of Visidia, Princess Amora must prove she has what it takes to be High Animancer—master of souls. But when things go amiss, Amora finds herself on the run with a cursed pirate, her betrothed, and a vengeful mermaid. Between fleeing from the kingdom’s soldiers and facing down legendary monsters, the crew comes up against a new threat to Visidia that could destroy magic as they know it.

If you’ve ever found yourself stuck trying to choose between rocking grungy flannels or poofy dresses, this book is for you. Full of messy, fascinating characters and a magic system both dazzling and brutal, All the Stars and Teeth will keep you on your toes with lightning fast pacing and plot twists galore.

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Member ratings (601)

  • Cat R.

    Arlington, VA

    There were some parts that I was like “this is cheesy” but then it would suddenly be 1 AM and I’d still be reading and that’s when I remembered...I love a good dose of cheese with a BA female lead.

  • Camryn A.

    Summerville, SC

    I princess trying to save the kingdom’s magic?!?! I devoured this book. Excellent atmospere I got caught in this magical kingdom. I loved all the secrets and different truths we learn abiut the past.

  • Andrea W.

    Longview, TX

    An excellent, vibrant new world that successfully combines legends and how we tell our stories to ourselves and to others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️Also, the very predatory mermaid is a welcome change!

  • alison W.

    Englewood, NJ

    Being in love with all things mythical & magical, I loved this book! The main character is a strong young female, it was an inspiring read. The ending could easily result in a 2nd book, I hope it does

  • Savannah D.


    Though it's a princess and a pirate instead of the mermaid the blurb mentioned (who's a supporting character to the sassy dynamic of the aforementioned duo), there was no disappointment here; amazing!

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