Review: “Girls of Paper and Fire” and “Girls of Storm and Shadow” by Natasha Ngan


Release Date: November 5, 2019
Series: Girls of Paper and Fire #2
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


“Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.

Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?”


My Thoughts

GirlsStormShadow-coverWhile much of Girls of Paper and Fire is about experiencing and surviving sexual assault, Girls of Storm and Shadow is about what comes next. For Lei, it’s processing and finding a way to feel empowered again. For Wren, it’s revenge at any cost. Being a Paper Girl united Lei and Wren under a common goal—getting out and destroying the system. Now as warriors and rebels, their goals diverge, weighed down by intense emotional and physical turmoil and pressure from family and friends. What matters more: the mission or the people? In the first book they sided with “mission,” but now after everything Lei has seen and learned, her answer has changed…

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Thanks to the publisher for sending me a review copy.

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