ARC Review: King of Fools by Amanda Foody

So, it’s been a while since I last posted a real review (oops) instead of just a monthly TBR/wrap-up/update, so I figured, let’s fix that. I was approved for a copy of King of Fools by Amanda Foody on NetGally (woop woop, thanks Harlequin Teen!) and it’s taken me longer to finish than I’d like to admit. Not because of anything wrong with the book (I reallllyyyy liked it), but 100% because I’m a person who is always reading too many books at once. So now onto the book!

King of Fools 5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

Indulge your vices in the City of Sin, where a sinister street war is brewing and fame is the deadliest killer of them all…

On the quest to find her missing mother, prim and proper Enne Salta became reluctant allies with Levi Glaisyer, the city’s most famous con man. Saving his life in the Shadow Game forced Enne to assume the identity of Seance, a mysterious underworld figure. Now, with the Chancellor of the Republic dead and bounties on both their heads, she and Levi must play a dangerous game of crime and politics…with the very fate of New Reynes at stake.

Thirsting for his freedom and the chance to build an empire, Levi enters an unlikely partnership with Vianca Augustine’s estranged son. Meanwhile, Enne remains trapped by the mafia donna’s binding oath, playing the roles of both darling lady and cunning street lord, unsure which side of herself reflects the truth.

As Enne and Levi walk a path of unimaginable wealth and opportunity, new relationships and deadly secrets could quickly lead them into ruin. And when unforeseen players enter the game, they must each make an impossible choice: To sacrifice everything they’ve earned in order to survive…

Or die as legends.

So I really liked Ace of Shades, so when I saw that King of Fools was up for request on NetGalley, I jumped on it! Did I think I would be accepted? Nope, so when it happened, I 100% did a major happy dance in my hotel in San Francisco (because the acceptance came in when I was at my work conference). With Ace of Shades, the first 1/3 to maybe 1/2 moved a little slower than I would have liked, but things really picked up after that. Because of that, I was thinking that something similar would happen with King of Fools, but I was super engaged throughout the entire book!

This book picks up pretty much right after Ace of Shades ends, which is amazing. I’m always a little annoyed when sequels pick up like months in the future. It starts out with Levi being picked up in a car that is supposed to be Vianca’s, but it’s actually her son Harrison’s *gasp*! Harrison offers Levi a deal he can’t pass up, and that pretty much sets the scene for the entire book. I loved all of the character growth that Enne went through in becoming a real street lord. And I ended up really loving Jac, which I didn’t think I would! The new characters introduced in this book (Tock, Grace, Sophia, etc) were such great characters and I loved all they added to the story.

King of Fools comes out on April 30, so if you haven’t already pre-ordered it (or put a hold on it at your local library!), you should go do that now! Here’s the link to buy the book on amazon and barnes and noble!

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