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undercoverdork1a day ago
Considering how vibrant Girls of Paper and Fire is, I would really appreciate someone creating artwork of all the characters. It would be so cool to see how everyone visualizes them in their own minds
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homeworkforpigeons5 days ago
istg every single queer booklist is like. simon vs the homo sapiens agenda. the song of achilles. red white and royal blue. carry on. the song of achilles. i have never met a woman in my life. trans people do not exist.
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reading-writing-redhead10 days ago
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Girls of Paper and Fire
Natasha Ngan
4/5 Stars
Trigger Warning: Rape
Favorite Quote: 鈥淭hey can take and break and steal all they want, but there is one thing they have no control over. Our emotions. Our feelings. Our thoughts. None of them will ever be able to control the way we feel. Our minds and hearts are our own. That is our power, Nine. Never forget it.鈥
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.
My Review (Without Spoilers):
I did really, really enjoy this book. First off, I loved the whole premise of the novel. I didn鈥檛 even realize how fantasy it was until I started reading it, but it was incredible! I loved the world the author created and the time she obviously put into all the details. I think she created something very unique. As I was reading, I kept getting really suspicious... is she going to fall in love with a woman? I reread the summary several times to make sure I didn鈥檛 already know this. So it is unexpectedly gay! (Not a bad thing at all. It was very natural and flowed nicely.) It is also very dark, which again, based on the summary, I wasn鈥檛 necessarily expecting. Trigger warning: Rape.
My Review ***With Spoilers***:
The couple problems I had were minor. I had a feeling that something was missing, but I couldn鈥檛 quite put my finger on what it is.
The main character did a lot of back and forth, which although realistic with her in a very difficult position, but it could get somewhat annoying at times. She went from weak to strong, brave to scared, and vice versa a lot.
Lastly, I thought the romance was a bit rushed. I understand the book is supposed to take place over 6 months but I feel like the relationship goes literally 0-100 in like a chapter. Although there was obviously an underlying attraction between the two, it just went so quick from one kiss to hot and heavy to being in love. Maybe that鈥檚 just me, I am very partial to a good, long slow burn.
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gaurill12 days ago
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I introduced you to Vesta Mora
a corrupt devil with a fondness for fire and for the sumo band
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a-duck-with-a-book17 days ago
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REVIEW // Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
// Girls of Paper and Fire //
I kept going with this series because I saw a lot of potential in the first book, but wasn't in love with the execution. This sequel, however, simply let me down even more.
Much like the first book, Lei doesn鈥檛 really DO anything. Her role in this story is reactive rather than proactive. She is constantly just reacting to the things happening to her while everyone else makes the decisions. It鈥檚 hard to believe she is the 鈥渃hosen one鈥 when she does nothing for the entirety of the mission except for judge her allies and compromise the group.
// image: official cover art //
Lei expects everyone to be kind and peaceful but that鈥檚 not how war works??? I can鈥檛 stand the idea that an oppressed group has to be morally superior to their oppressors in order to be worthy of freedom. The 鈥渋f you kill you鈥檙e just like Them鈥 trope is so harmful. Lei blames people from ALL sides for doing things that sure, are objectively awful or questionable, but the reason that everyone is doing them is because they are in the midst of a brutal civil war.
Again, the concept is really interesting. Lei and Wren, alongside the other Paper girls, are forced to face their trauma while attempting to bring down a violent regime. Yet this is all weighed down by unlikable characters-Lei with her constant higher-than-thou judging, Aoki literally sleeping with the man who raped her friends and is currently trying to kill them and everyone who supports them, Bo and his constant immature jokes-and constant tonal changes. As I already mentioned, Bo makes a lot of "FART penis penis" jokes that are so jarring when paired with the PTSD that Lei and Wren have to deal with. We'll be exploring sexual trauma in one sentence and then get a childish one-liner in the next.
Overall, I was really disappointed with this novel. Ngan introduces such an interesting premise in the first book, but doesn't deliver anything of note here. It really just feels like a filler novel. I'll still pick up the next one because I am hoping beyond hope that it will deliver what the first two could not!
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mcrololo19 days ago
Why do I keep buying/asking for books with sequels instead of asking for the sequels of books that I already have 馃様 this is torture
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literary-lion19 days ago
Best OwlCrate Books Since 2018 | Top Ten Tuesday
Best OwlCrate Books Since 2018 | Top Ten聽Tuesday
The topic this week is Freebie! I鈥檝e just been WAITING for a freebie so I could do this topic. I鈥檝e been getting OwlCrate for a solid three years now and I鈥檝e wanted an excuse to talk about my favourite books they鈥檝e done! Going into the fourth year I feel like the quality of OwlCrate鈥檚 offerings has dropped, but the books are still always top quality. If not for OwlCrate I never would have found鈥
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nora-mf-holleran19 days ago
i realized my bar is extremely low when it comes to buying books
i mean, is it gay?
*adds to cart without thinking twice*
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rat-with-coffee25 days ago
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my uncle spelling girls of fate and fury ;-;
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annareads-amillion26 days ago
Girls of Paper and Fire Book Review
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By Natasha Ngan
Chinese- Malaysian
Non US-Centric: England
TW: rape, sexual assault, physical and emotional violence.
From the book:
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It鈥檚 the highest honor they could hope for鈥nd the most cruel.
But this year, there鈥檚 a ninth girl. 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鈥檚 Lei they鈥檙e after鈥搕he girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king鈥檚 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鈥檚 consort. But Lei isn鈥檛 content to watch her fate consume her. She must decide just how far she鈥檚 willing to go for justice and revenge.
My thoughts:
This books was...harsh. I associated my feelings with those I had while reading Ember in the Ashes, it's cruel and raw, it made me cry because of the situation these girls were facing, it made me angry at the injustice and audacity, of The King specifically, that I actually screamed at the book. And I was saddened by the fact that this things do happen in our reality. The author's note said something that stuck with me: "These are hard discussions, especially for teens, it is of vital importance we have them. Books can be safe places to explore difficult topics." That's exactly why I read and it's also how I felt about this book, it was hard to read it but it was also impactful and inspiring to read about this fearful girl who falls in love and finds her strength. I cannot wait to know what happens to these characters I now care so deeply for.
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pipermcleanstana month ago
Lei: if I have to clean up one more bloodstain I will kill someone
Wren: That seems a bit counterproductive, love, but you do you
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owl127a month ago
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Me, the all-knowing reader: *whales noises of frustration*
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lespressobean0415a month ago
Reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan out here on this lovely sunny day. 鉂
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