Ever come across a book that you didn’t expect to like, but wound up being completely hooked to the story? That was All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman for me. I got the opportunity to read this when I started my mini vacation earlier this month thanks to Raincoast Books and I am so so so happy this ARC landed in my TBR!
When the Blood Moon rises over the small town of Ilvernath, seven families put forward a champion who will compete for the opportunity for exclusive control of high magick. The catch? Only the last living champion is declared the winner. This time, the once secretive competition is now under international scrutiny thanks to a recently released tell-all book exposing the town’s curse and its participating families.
The competition in All of Us Villains is similar to The Hunger Games, but with magick and way more violence. While I started off a little confused and slightly bored at the beginning as everything was being set up (I’m not sure why past-me was so confused about the magick system at first, but alas), once the competition began, I was completely absorbed in the story.
The story is told through the POV of four teens whose families are linked to Ilvernath’s curse. Some of the POVs are characters who are favoured to win and better prepared, while others have families that expect them to lose. It leads to a lot of different perspectives that kept the story very interesting.
There are many twists in this book, some of which I expected, others that took me by complete surprise. There were a few times where I’ve had to put this book down because I couldn’t believe what had just happened. For those that don’t like cliffhangers, this does end on a slight one (which was nowhere near as bad as, say, Aurora Burning’s cliffhanger). I can’t wait to read the sequel, and also to get my hands on the gorgeous Goldsboro edition of All of Us Villains!
All of US Villains comes out on November 9, 2021. You can preorder it from your local bookseller.