December 30, 2019

#BookReview: Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1) by Natasha Ngan @girlinthelens @JP_Books

Synopsis: Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after -- the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable -- she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.


Rating: ★★★★★
My Review: The first time I read this it was as an ARC.  It was such a magical world with amazing characters.  This time around I finished this one as finished copy that I had gotten from Owlcrate and I have to say that the magic is still there.  This story is such an empowering world to read about.  The story starts out with a bang as we are disked away with Lei along with her being kidnapped and taken to the king.  The mystery surrounding her mother's abduction and her golden eyes was one that I am still reeling about.  And I am very happy that I get to read book two right now.  I can not wait for book three!! 

The romance in this book was introduced about half way through and I am happy to say that it was a revelation that I loved.  When Wren and Lei finally showed their love for each other I about screamed yes out loud and I loved every second they are together.   

The world building in this one was amazing however, the look of each demon in the moon and steel chase I would have loved to have some kind of artwork to get a better idea on what they look like.  That was pretty much the only confusing thing for me.  

The ending of this one was amazing it was so stressful and I was on the edge of my seat on what was going to happen. This LGBT Fantasy novel is one that is a must read!!  

This was such an empower story about girls tossed into a situation of being rapped to only rise up and burn the place to the ground.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Violence, Sexual Abuse, Animal Murder, LGBT

Praise for Girls of Paper and Fire:

New York Times Bestseller
A Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated YA Fantasy of 2018

*"Ngan's plot is tense and tight, her action sequences are elegant and adrenaline-soaked, and her story's stakes increase exponentially through the pulse-poundingconclusion. What most distinguishes this book, though, is how incisively and intoxicatingly Ngan writes about love."―Publisher's Weeklystarred review

"This glittering commercial romance has real stakes, and the lavish, intriguingly conceptualized world will capture readers. Love stories between women are still disappointingly few in fantasy, and romance and action fans alike will find much to savor here."―Booklist

"Thrust into the beauty and horror of the Hidden Palace, will this Paper Girl survive? Ideal for those seeking diverse LGBTQ fantasy stories."―Kirkus Reviews

"Girls of Paper and Fire is as lush--and brutal--as the Demon King's own court. Ngan is a stunning new talent."
Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

"This gorgeous book is everything I want in a fantasy. Beautiful, lush, lyrical with fantastic world building and an epic forbidden romance, I devoured every word and was left desperately wanting more."―Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books

"Lei and Wren's romance unfolds tenderly... and their wonder at finding love in such a terrible place rings true... [All] lead[s] to a terrifically nail-biting cliffhanger, setting all the pieces in play for a combustible sequel."―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Lush...a novel you need to read."―Heidi Heilig,

"Ngan's story is rich, is beautiful, is devastating and magical, and one of the best novels in 2018."―

"Get ready to be pulled into a lush, magical world, where two concubines must hide their forbidden love if they want to survive the Demon King's treacherous court. A fiery, spellbinding read."―Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

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