Queen of Volts by Amanda Foody
**We received an early copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. We’d like to thank Amanda and Inkyard Press for the opportunity. This book came out on Sept 1st and you can get it here or your local independent bookstore.**
Reviewed by Sam!
What I drank prior: It’s been a while since I’ve had a whole bottle of wine on my own. But I don’t hate it.
Return to the City of Sin, where the final game is about to begin…and winning will demand the ultimate sacrifice.
Only days after a corrupt election and brutal street war, one last bloodthirsty game has begun. The players? The twenty-two most powerful, notorious people in New Reynes.
After realizing they have no choice but to play, Enne Scordata and Levi Glaisyer are desperate to forge new alliances and bargain for their safety. But while Levi offers false smiles and an even falser peace to the city’s politicians, Enne must face a world where her true Mizer identity has been revealed…and any misstep could turn deadly.
Meanwhile, a far more dangerous opponent has appeared on the board, one plucked right from the most gruesome legends of New Reynes. As the game takes its final, vicious turn, Levi and Enne must decide once and for all whether to be partners or enemies.
Because in a game for survival, there are only losers…
Drunk Overview: This is the third book in this series, and in case you hadn’t noticed this was one of the only YA books I was willing to tolerate for a while. You’re gonna get literal MAJOR spoilers for book 2, so please, if you don’t want to know what happened please skip this. I’m literally about to jump into it, cause the last book left off with a bang…
…a LITERAL BANG cause Enne killed Jac right in front of Levi and how dare? V may be dead, but there’s this wild game that may have started that’s outside of the shadow game with gold cards and somehow the bargainer is involved and yah.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: I am so happy to say that this continues to be a joy. While it’s YA it doesn’t fall into too many of the YA tropes and when it does, it’s sort of twisted and I love it.
Characters: Ok so there are so many. We also get fake dating BITCHES!!!
- Enne: She’s still annoying, but also hella smart. I hate her trust issues, and it makes me so angry, but i definitely get it.
- Levi: IS MY SON. He’s got so much damage. But also he’s a little shit. I know a lot of times I see damage and I try and protect those kids from any harm and forgive them their tresspasses but this time he’s an actual shit.
- Levinne (aka Levi and Enne’s relationship): listen, you will always get me with fake dating. ALWAYS. There’s this scene at a ball and JESUS H CHRIST i read that several times.
- Lola: Friend, Lola’s decisions make so much sense, but also I feel so bad for her.
- Grace: is on my list of names, but I can’t remember why I loved her so much…
- Harvey: is SUCH a *female genitalia derogatory term* I want a word that means that, but isn’t that. Like, literally. Such a wet noodle.
- Harrison: I don’t hate him NEARLY as much as I wanted to. Which is real weird, but somehow Foody made it so.
Plot: There were some pacing issues here. There was so much planning and a lot of action but so much planning to get there. I do like the way this went. There were a ton of questions, like Lourdes and the shadow game and Enne’s powers, and literally how do volts work, that get answered and it was so great. Also, I loved how it ended because you usually get you all live happily ever after or everyone dies and this is somewhere in between (no i’m not spoiling death i’m talking between happy and sad) and that was great.
Writing Style: The atmosphere in this is… good. Less so than other books. The other books I’m like, damn, i’m in a casino. But this one is less so than that. I was sort of pulled out of it when we got to a hospital. Like, yes, I know at that “time” the hospital would have had relatively modern medicine, but for whatever reason it took me out of the story.
World Building: All my burning questions were answered. Loved it.
What to pair it with: Whiskey on the rocks. BURNING SMOKEYNESS but also cold.
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,