Review: All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman

Authors: Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher: Tor Teen
Released: November 9, 2021
Received: NetGalley
Warnings: Abuse (emotional and physical), gore

4 1/2 kitties

It’s here! The novel we have all been waiting for (read: the novel that I have been waiting for!). Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman have teamed up to create a new fantasy series for fans, and it all starts with All of Us Villains.

Unbeknownst to many, there is magick in our world. However, the strongest magic is hoarded by seven magickal families. Every generation they come together for a bloody tournament to decide who will wield the most power.

This year it is time for another Blood Moon, which means there are seven new contestants on the line. Traditionally this has always been a battle to the death, with the sole victor deciding the win for their family. However, these contestants don’t seem content to follow the rules.

“But that was what this alliance led up to. Not a kiss stolen in the dark, or a priceless gift given without being asked.
A duel.”

Wow. All of Us Villains really did manage to pack a punch, didn’t it? I can’t say I’m surprised, given that we have The Shadow Game and The Devouring Gray authors working together. I honestly think I loved everything about this novel.

Picture the Hunger Games with magic, family politics, and more personal grudges between the contestants. Now you have a solid idea of what is in store in All of Us Villains. I didn’t realize until now that I needed a magical version of The Hunger Games, but now I can’t live without it.

All of Us Villains is split into several perspectives, giving us a chance to know most contestants before the Tournament begins. Naturally, it also follows these perspectives as the battle wages, giving us a chance to see the blood and desperation they face.

“You want to know something funny?’ he asked. “In a choice between staying here or going home, I’d still choose here. With you.”

As with any split perspective novel, there are some characters that I immediately took to, while others I found myself stepping back and pondering. Together they make a complete whole, and I really enjoyed figuring out how the pieces were going to fall together.

The magical system in this world is brutal and dark, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I kind of love it. I also enjoyed the more modern twists, such as having paparazzi and the like. It was a bit surprising, but I think it made the story stronger on the whole.

However, that ending was straight-up mean. Am I really expected to wait a year (at least!) before finding out what happens next? Obviously, the answer is yes. But I’m going to be counting down the days for the release (and the book doesn’t even have a name yet, so it’s going to be a hot minute).

Thanks to Tor Teen and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About Liz (AKA Cat)

I am an avid animal lover, photographer, reader, and much more. While my photography blog is feeling a bit neglected at the moment, the other sites I'm involved in are going strong. ✧I review books, comics, and basically anything else in the literary world over at Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks (of Books). ✧I review comics and books, as well as write content for Word of the Nerd. ✧I review comics for Monkeys Fighting Robots. ✧I write content for Screen Rant and CBR. ✧I write book reviews for The Review Crew.
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