Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
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.
About: All of Us Villains is a young adult LGBT fantasy written by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman. It will be published on 11/9/2021 by Tor Teen, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback, 400 pages. The genres are young adult fantasy, LGBT, paranormal, dystopian, and science fiction. This book is the author’s debut but individually they each have published books which I have yet to read. This book is intended for readers ages 13 to 18. According to the publisher’s website, “Tor Books is the most successful science fiction and fantasy publisher in the world. Winner of the Locus Award for best SF publisher 20 years in a row, Tor regularly puts books like Robert Jordan’s Knife of Dreams and Terry Goodkind’s Chainfire atop national bestseller lists.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading All of Us Villains on 7/12/2021 and finished it on 7/25/2021. An excellent read, this book has a set of characters, villains as they may be, you couldn’t help but love them. They are born into a villain family and trained to be a villain their whole life. Despite being who they were, I liked that each character appeared to have their own personal goals. I loved following each character’s train of thoughts, maybe Alistair more than others because his relationship with his brother was unique. There seemed to be enemies to lover trope but it didn’t get far despite the slow burning wants. It was so good to read and I looked forward to those two point of views more than the others.
This book started with the Lowe brothers, Hendry and Alistair, told in Alistair’s point of view as they climbed the fence out to town. They lived in a town called Ilvernath. Long time ago, seven families cursed themselves, each generation were to fight each other to their deaths. The one left standing will win the control of Ilvernath’s high magick until the next generation’s tournament. This year’s event is no longer a secret due to a recent anonymous tell-all book and so it has drawn tourists from all over. The second view was Isobel, 16, a competitor in the tournament. Her mom was a spellmaker but didn’t want her to compete while her dad talked her into it. When the tournament started, Isobel found herself powerless due to a botched attempt at making a curse. The third view was Gavin, 17. His family died early at every tournament and he has no choice but to prepare himself for the tournament as best as he can. A spellmaker offered him strength but his life was in danger. The fourth view was Briony. She competed against 17 cousins and her younger sister, Innes, for the champion title to represent her family’s name. Magick in this story is modern and are sold in department stores.
All of Us Villains was well written and a fast paced read! The ending hinted at a sequel and sure enough after checking Goodreads that this book is part of a duology. I’m excited to read the sequel. One thing I’m disappointed with this story was the lack of romance. Just a passionate kiss was all I’m asking before the kiss that ended it all. The genres indicated LGBT was misleading because there were no romance besides thinking the guy was good looking and had soft hands. The twists on Gavin’s magic and life expectancy was undeniably cool. I liked the magic in this story. The tournament reminded me of The Hunger Games. The Villains’ good personality reminded me of Renegades series and Alistair’s shadows reminded me of The Darkling from Grishaverse. All in all, a great read nonetheless and I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
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. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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. (Photo and info obtained from Macmillan’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Tor Teen for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.