Rating – ⭐️⭐️
It’s been an age since I last posted a book review; my last one was A Kingdom of Exiles, which was a one star review for me, and as much as I would love to follow up that negative review with a positive one, I just can’t.
But while I do feel mean for giving Ace of Shades a two star rating, I finished the book a little while ago and can’t even remember the character’s names.
So, yeah, I think my two stars are justified.
My Review (written a few days after finishing the book, a few days ago)
How…underwhelming. I’m so disappointed.
I wanted to love this book oh so much, and initially I thought I was going to. While I didn’t fall in love with the characters immediately, they had such potential to become favourites of mine that I just kept reading and waiting for that moment where I fell massively and wildly in love with them.
The same can also be said for the plot; I kept waiting for something big to happen, for me to become so engrossed in the story that it made me lose forget everything but the book. Instead, I found my mind wandering, and I couldn’t wait to finish it and move onto something else.
So, let’s talk about the characters. We follow Enne and Levi – the former who journeys to the City of Sin in search of her missing mother, while the latter is a gang lord.
So based on that, and the fact they took an instant disliking to each other, I totally thought we were looking at a new OTP for me. What can I say, I’m a total sucker for hate-to-love, especially when one of them gives off Kaz Brekker vibes.
To be honest I’m sorta laughing at that last part because Levi is a poor man’s Kaz Brekker. He lacks all the brilliance and danger and personality that Kaz just oozes, and I can’t for the life of me work out why this kid was able to run a gang and give orders without being laughed out the park.
Enne was definitely my favourite of the two. I mean, she would never go onto my ‘Favourite Females’ shelf, but her character definitely got better at the end of the book (which, if I think about it, is a bit irritating because at that point I’d suffered through the entire book and then she suddenly decides to get her shit together and become a badass? Rude).
I also literally cannot write a review for Ace of Shades without talking about the made up swear words. Because these swear words are so childish and immature that I cringed every single time they were used. I mean, mucking? Am I honestly supposed to take these characters’ anger seriously when they’re saying ’mucking’ instead of ‘fucking’?
There’s also ‘shatz’, which I thought was a replacement for ‘shit’ but then they started using it in place of someone being mental and I got confused.
So, yeah, this book was a major let down for me. I’m actually finishing writing this review a few days after finishing the book because even talking about this book is boring.