I received this book for free from Fairyloot, Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #1
Published by Hodder & Stoughton on November 6, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Format: E-Arc, Hardback
Source: Fairyloot, Netgalley
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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king.It's the highest honour they could hope for...And the most demeaning.
This year, there's a ninth girl.And instead of paper,She’s made of fire.
Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class in Ikhara. Ten years ago, her mother was snatched by the royal guards, and her fate remains unknown. Now, the guards are back, and this time it's Lei they're after — the girl whose golden eyes, whose rumoured beauty has 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. There, Lei 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 and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.
Please be aware that this contains scenes of violence and sexual assault.
I could sing the praises of Girls of Paper and Fire, the world building, forbidden romances, secret trysts, secret assassins, and empowering friendships. This is a book that honestly covers everything and one that won’t release you once your in its grasp.
Okay, so it does need to be noted that the premise of this book is very dark. After all its about a demon king who takes girls as concubines. And it is meant to be considered a privilege and an honour.
There are moments of rape, sexual abuse and violence. While it cannot be avoided, it is well handled and does not go into too much detail. But be prepared for it to be thoroughly talked about.
This was a bright, packed story that let the characters shine. It does shy aware from the path that its on but rather enhances the reading and makes it more compelling than you realise.
I adored Girls of Paper and Fire, it held my attention through every turn, through every moment and pulled me on. I honestly cannot wait for the next book. There is sure to be so much more powerful moments. This was a book that packed a punch, that I am still reeling from what I read.