Ace of Shades Blog Tour : Guest Post with Amanda Foody + Giveaway


Hey, lovelies! Today I have a guest post for you written by the lovely Amanda Foody, the author of Ace of Shades, on the subject of writing feminine strong female characters.


I was a teenager during the height of the dystopian and paranormal romance fads in young adult literature, and the types of heroines centered in these stories left an impression on me. Although this is a wide generalization and purely from my own adolescent perspective, I became frustrated that a large amount of these female leads were praised for traditionally “masculine” traits, while side characters painted as more traditionally “feminine” were scorned or diminished. Don’t get me wrong—I absolutely adore heroines who save the empire wielding swords and leading armies. I saw myself in many of their stories. But I also identified with the same women who were deemed vain, frivolous, or selfish, and it became important to me to write the sort of heroine I had been trying to find, and to do so without the harshness of society’s lens.

In our culture, women are frequently described as being “too much” of something. They are too bossy, too loud, too promiscuous, too selfish, too immature. Or even worse, they are not enough—not smart enough, not pure enough, not pretty enough. Like many teenagers, I was insecure about a lot of aspects of myself growing up. A big reason for that was that I cared what people thought about me. I love stories about women who can’t care less about others’ perceptions, and I respect them, but I was never that person. But if I can’t feel that way about myself, I want to feel that way about my female characters. I’ve always sought to write about women who cared too much, who were too selfish, too bratty, too feminine. And that doesn’t make them any stronger or weaker as a female character—it just means they fill a gap I have always been trying to fill for my teenage self. My ultimate dream is not to write a heroine every female reader will identify with and love, but to write a heroine readers will accept, rather than judge, for being too much.


book cover

Ace of Shades (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Release Date: April 10, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Welcome to the City of Sin, where casino families reign, gangs infest the streets…

and secrets hide in every shadow.

Enne Salta was raised as a proper young lady, and no lady would willingly visit New Reynes, the so-called City of Sin. But when her mother goes missing, Enne must leave her finishing school—and her reputation—behind to follow her mother’s trail to the city where no one survives uncorrupted.

Frightened and alone, her only lead is a name: Levi Glaisyer. Unfortunately, Levi is not the gentleman she expected—he’s a street lord and a con man. Levi is also only one payment away from cleaning up a rapidly unraveling investment scam, so he doesn’t have time to investigate a woman leading a dangerous double life. Enne’s offer of compensation, however, could be the solution to all his problems.

Their search for clues leads them through glamorous casinos, illicit cabarets and into the clutches of a ruthless mafia donna. As Enne unearths an impossible secret about her past, Levi’s enemies catch up to them, ensnaring him in a vicious execution game where the players always lose. To save him, Enne will need to surrender herself to the city…

And she’ll need to play.






Amanda Foody has always considered imagination to be our best attempt at magic. After spending her childhood longing to attend Hogwarts, she now loves to write about immersive settings and characters grappling with insurmountable destinies. She holds a Masters in Accountancy from Villanova University, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she works as a tax accountant in Philadelphia, PA, surrounded by her many siblings and many books.

DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY is her first novel. Her second, ACE OF SHADES, will follow in April 2018.

GIVEAWAY (US/Canada Only)

  • Prize:5 copies of ACE OF SHADES (The Shadow Game #1) by Amanda Foody (US/Canda Only)
  • Starts: 3/26
  • Ends: 4/19
  • Enter here.


Have you read Ace of Shades yet? What did you think of it? If you haven’t, are you excited for its release?

Do you think we need more feminine characters? Tell me your opinion in the comments!


16 thoughts on “Ace of Shades Blog Tour : Guest Post with Amanda Foody + Giveaway

  1. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    I was going to read this book anyway (I HAVE BEEN BOTH BRIBED AND THREATENED!! WITH KNIVES AND COOKIES!! NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER!! Bookish peeps in the community are viciously amazing) but the author seems like such a nice person too!! So I’m super happy now to go buy all her books of ever.

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    • Marta says:

      NOOOO, who threatened you with knives? who do i have to fight??? Though bribing with cookies doesn’t sound bad, to be honest.
      I really can’t wait to read all her books either, they sound amazing and she’s sooo cool.


  2. Marie says:

    I think this book is one of the most hyped books of the year, seriously ahah, everyone is screaming about it. I really liked this guest post, I’m all for female characters that care too much and are bold, selfish, themselves, bold, just, human. I love that 🙂 Lovely post! 🙂 x

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    • Marta says:

      I know right? Everybody is totally screaming about it, I’m so curious about it, I have to read it soon. Indeed, Amanda Foody’s post was amazing, complex heroines for the win!! ❤

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  3. Norrie says:

    I really liked guest post! So right… unfortunately i guess, for women. I only recently learnt to give less fucks about other people’s opinions, and my life is so much better. And i know it can still improve.

    Ace of Shades sounds super cool!

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  4. The Nerd Sponge says:

    I didn’t realise Ace of Shades was by the same author as Daughter of the Burning City. I adored that book! It is everything I want when I pick up a YA fantasy. I am now very excited about Ace of Shades, so thank you for this lovely post!
    In regards to the discussion, I want more female characters who are emotionally strong and are not afraid to feel. Just characters who are flawed but relatable and loveable is what I’m after.

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    • Marta says:

      Daughter of the Burning City has been on my radar for so long, I can’t wait to read that one because it sounds absolutely amazing! So happy to hear you loved it! ❤
      I so agree to that! ❤ I feel like we have so many expectations for heroines, we want them to be strong, beautiful, super intelligent, know 5000 languages and also be able to cook, while our expectations for men aren't the same :-/
      I know that I've lowered my expectations a lot in time when I realised how unjust that is. I just want female characters with flaws, that feel real to me.

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