This edition is specially bound with an exclusive red hardcover with a foil stamp design, as well as handwritten, behind-the-scenes notes from the author on her favorite scene from the book!
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.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Edition description:||B&N Exclusive Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)|
|Age Range:||15 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Natasha Ngan is part young-adult author, part yoga-teacher, part habitual nap-taker. She grew up between Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant and freelance writer. Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other, but in reality she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
While I loved the setting and was intrigued by the world of the novel, it moved a bit too slowly for me. Though I don’t normally mind that when there is a large emphasis on character moments, I didn’t feel that way here. Though we spent a lot of time in Leo’s head reflecting on the world, there was a lot of repetition going on. That and her relationship didn’t come together for me as smoothly as it was supposed to. That all being said, I loved how badass and nuanced all of the women in this novel were and how the bonds of female friendship overcome some pretty difficult situations. And the representation here is just wonderful. This book has the opportunity and the potential to give the gift of representation to numerous readers and I can’t wait to see how everyone reacts to it. 3 1/2 stars.
Totally unexpected. The protagonist isn't overly powerful, which makes her relateable. It's a good read, I can't wait to see if there's more to come!