Girls of Paper and Fire Review
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Title: Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Date Published: November 6, 2018
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after--the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king's interest.
Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king's consort. But Lei isn't content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable--she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.
TW: violence and sexual abuse.
Girls of Paper and Fire is a book that is really hard to write a review about. On one hand, I really enjoyed this book. It was a really interesting concept and it read really well. However, on the other hand, it was really hard to read. This is because of the sexual abuse that was very prevalent throughout the story.
Without the sexual abuse, Girls of Paper and Fire is a really interesting book, with an intriguing concept. Admittedly, it was very similar to a lot of other YA novels, but it had a lot of differences. This mainly included the air of mystery throughout the novel. Especially at the end.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and recommend picking it up, just be mindful of the trigger warning.
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