Girls of Paper and Fire

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 cruel.

But this year, there's a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.


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.


My Review

I just love when a book turns out to be really good. This is the case with this book. I had seen it pop up a few times and wished listed it. So, when I got the chance to pick up a copy of this book to read, I did so.

First off; I loved the world that Ms. Ngan built for this book. Instantly, I was transported into this world. Although, I will say that this book is more for the mature reading audience. There is a scene that depicts rape but it is a brief scene. Yet, all the same, this might be a lot for the younger audience. Also, there is violence feature in this book as well.

Lei may start out as an innocent but by the end of the story, she is a leader. The rest of the girls become leaders as well. The king is heartless and evil. He is not someone that could be liked. Can I talk about the ending. What an ending. That is all I can say. If you want to know more you will have to pick up a copy of this book for yourself. Girls of Paper and Fire is not to be missed. Ms. Ngan builds a lush world of fantasy with great characters.

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