eARC Review – All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody

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Title: All of Us Villains (All of Us Villains #1)

Author: Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication date: November 9th, 2021

400 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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 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.

Review

All of Us Villains is like a magical Hunger Games, where a group of teenagers fight each other to the death for rights to a special kind of magic in Ilvernath. The problem this year? The once secretive tournament has now been published in a tell all memoir and has brought a lot of attention to this year’s tournament. Told in 4 POV’s, readers get a peek into some of the challengers as they begin the tournament and try to win.

The magic in this world is pretty interesting, you can craft spells and save them in rings for use when needed. The families involved in the tournament are very interesting as well, but I would have wanted more information into the family histories. This is also a YA version of Payback’s a Witch – but with more families and more dangerous of a tournament. I think there were likely too many families for this story but at least only 4 of them were really given page time.

However, when compared to the Hunger Games this book falls flat on the aspect of ~why~ the teenagers need to fight to the death. This is not a dystopian, there is no tyrannical regime. There is a lack of background given to explain where this tournament originated and why it is to the death. This question really took me out of the story because I generally need to understand the reason why this drastic of an event is occurring.

Overall, I did really enjoy the book even after those concerns. The plot was very compelling and I’m glad there is a sequel without trying to put all of it in one book. I will definitely be finishing this series.

Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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