Don’t you just love when sequels live up to your high expectations? Wait, no, let’s make that even better! Don’t you just adore when a sequel manages to outdo it’s already amazing first book? I don’t know about you, but I sure do! It’s one of the best feelings because not only do you get to see your favourite characters again (well, most of the time), you get to love another book about them.
All the tides of fate is one of those books for me. It’s been out for about a month and I’m ashamed for only reading it now since it was such an anticipated read of mine. But now I did and, eh, how do I even say this? Oh yes: I am a puddle of emotions and tears.
What is All the tides of fate about?
All the tides of fate by Adalyn Grace
Series: All the stars and teeth #2
Release date: February 2nd, 2021
Genre: Young adult, fantasy
Representation: some really minor characters (I believe a lesbian couple and a non-binary person)
Trigger warnings: violence and death, on-page blood and murder, PTSD, panic attacks, drinking, loss/grief
Be aware: this synopsis contains spoilers for the first book, All the stars and teeth!
Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul.
To save herself and Visidia, Amora embarks on a desperate quest for a mythical artifact that could fix everything―but it comes at a terrible cost. As she tries to balance her loyalty to her people, her crew, and the desires of her heart, Amora will soon discover that the power to rule might destroy her.
What did I think of All the tides of fate?
I made a post listing some reasons to read All the stars and teeth a while ago (read it by clicking here!) and you can tell I really, really love that book, but it is nothing compared to this one. Which says quite a lot since All the stars and teeth is a 5-star read for me. I will need someone to invent a 6-star rating so I can EXPRESS how much I ADORE this book.
I seriously don’t think I’m capable of describing how good it was? Either way: All the tides of fate is now among ten other books on my Goodreads shelf called I would die for these characters and among four other books on the shelf called why I’m not mentally stable. I think that sums it up pretty well.
But let’s try to note down some coherent thoughts! First off: Adalyn Grace’s writing style feels like home for me, which might be concerning but…oh well. I just love the dark vibes of it so much that it actually started becoming comforting.
Just like All the stars and teeth, this is an adventure, which I love! It makes me want to experience something like that too, all the while reading about it makes me actually feel alive! But what I love most about this duology and especially All the tides of fate, is the characters.
THIS CREW! I love them so much! We got so much more of them and their dynamics throughout this book and I honestly have come to love them ten times as much as I did already. If anyone touches them I will shred that person to pieces which is, oh how ironic, exactly what Adalyn Grace did with my heart! I am in so much pain!
In all seriousness though, this book also deals with some heavier and important topics. There’s PTSD rep combined with grief that I thought was represented really well and despite this being a fantasy, it felt really realistic. After the events of the first book, the characters their reactions just felt really natural which I always love to see.
But now, the moment has come…let’s finally try to face it without crying (Birdie says, as if she wasn’t crying already): the ending of this book. The last few chapters absolutely killed me. I was bawling my eyes out and I still feel the pain inside my bones. I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever recover so…Adalyn Grace? You’re responsible for paying my tissues from now on.
The last thing I want to say (then I’ll stop, promise!) is that this book now possesses half of my soul. Why do I feel the need to say this when it’s quite literally the title of this post? Well, if you know you know. If you don’t? You’ll have to read the book!
So what have we learned today?
There needs to be a 6/5 rating for this book! Adalyn Grace is cruel! Birdie is dramatic! This book ruined me and therefore deserves a 5/5 like no other! Go pick it up!
So to summarize this post? I’m a mess and you will have to read this book. Okay, but for real: thank you so much for reading my very chaotic thoughts! I hope you enjoyed reading it and, as always, that I’ve made you crave this book! If you end up reading it, spam me with updates so we can suffer together! Now, for today’s question…