Title: All of Us Villains
Author: Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication Date: November 9, 2021
Page Count: 391
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
The blockbuster co-writing debut of Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman, All of Us Villains begins a dark tale of ambition and magick…
You Fell in Love with the Victors of the Hunger Games.
Now Prepare to Meet the Villains of the Blood Veil.
The Blood Moon rises. The Blood Veil falls. The Tournament begins.
Every generation, at the coming of the Blood Moon, seven families in the remote city of Ilvernath each name a champion to compete in a tournament to the death.
The prize? Exclusive control over a secret wellspring of high magick, the most powerful resource in the world—one thought long depleted.
This year, thanks to a salacious tell-all book, the seven champions are thrust into the worldwide spotlight, granting each of them new information, new means to win, and most importantly, a choice: accept their fate or rewrite their story.
But this is a story that must be penned in blood.
All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman is the first book in the new young adult fantasy series by the same name, All of Us Villains. As with most fantasy series the books are best read in order starting with this first book and continuing on as the series will pick up the story from book to book. The story in this series is one that is told by changing the point of view between the various characters.
For centuries there has been a tournament in the city of Ilvernath once every two decades to determine which of seven families will gain control of high magick. Each of the seven cursed families choose a representative to send into the tournament to fight to the death with only one remaining the victor. This has all always taken place in secret until this year when reporters have swarmed the town after details were leaked of the upcoming tournament.
Much like the Hunger Games the participants in All of Us Villains are tossed into a battle to the death but these characters aren’t the innocent children that readers sympathized with in the Hunger Games. That being said though the ‘villains’ were all chosen from their families and each had their own unique reasons and personalities they brought to the battle and it was fun getting to know them in the story. As much as it seems like this one is a remake of the Hunger Games the story is different and took on it’s own identity fairly quickly. Once the games began the pages flew by waiting to see how it would all unfold in this first book of the series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the authors:
AMANDA FOODY is the YA and middle grade author of The Shadow Game series, the Wilderlore series, and more. Formerly a tax accountant, Amanda lives in Boston, and you can find her on Twitter and Instagram.
CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN is the author of YA novels about magic, monsters, and growing up, including The Devouring Gray duology and The Drowning Summer. Writing updates (and cat pictures) can be found on Instagram.
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