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girls of paper and fire by natasha ngan; a review

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title: Girls of Paper & Fire
author: Natasha Ngan
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Jimmy Paterson
release date:
 Nov 6th, 2018
source: NetGalley
goodreads summary:

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.❞

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greetings gals and gays, welcome to one of the best reads i’ve had this year.

girls of paper and fire has been a highly anticipated book of mine for months. i was over the moon when i got approved for an early copy of it and immediately dived in, and despite having little to no time to read because of uni, i managed to finish it within two weeks (a perfectly reasonable time, imo, and indeed quite fast for a student in a reading slump during term time!) quite honestly, i surprised myself with exactly how much i enjoyed it, it was that good. Continue reading “girls of paper and fire by natasha ngan; a review”

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dance of thieves by mary e. pearson, a review

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title: Dance Of Thieves
author: Mary E. Pearson
genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
release date:
 Aug 7th, 2018
Goodreads Summary:

❝A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations.

A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power.

Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen’s premier guard.

A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself.

A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent.

When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.❞

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it’s been a hot minute since i last posted a review, i know. it’s also been a hot minute since i actually read something that wasn’t a tesco receipt, but that’s a whole other story. i could make an excuse and say how hard it is to get my bearings every time i go back to uni after a break, but the truth is that i am now in a constant reading slump and no, there’s no known medical procedure that can cure it (except, you know, reading, but who has time for that, amirite?). moving on, here are my thoughts on dance of thieves:

let’s start off by saying how much i did not like this book’s predecessor, which might seem off topic, but trust me, you’ll understand why this needs to be mentioned. dance of thieves is a spin-off to mary e. pearson’s trilogy “the remnant chronicles” which i read a few years back and was thoroughly not amused. i did enjoy some aspects of it, but, overall, i found the trilogy to be too slow-paced and (e)motionless, to put it shortly. the world was rich though and had so much potential that was not explored, which is why i’m thankful that pearson has decided to revisit it. the reason why i’m going off about remnant is to show the contrast in my opinions of the two – i really liked dance of thieves. that’s it, that’s the review. (obviously it’s not.) Continue reading “dance of thieves by mary e. pearson, a review”