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Girls of Paper and Fire Hardcover – 23 October 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Jimmy Patterson (23 October 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0316561363
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0316561365
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 15 - 17 years
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.26 x 4.06 x 23.88 cm
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Gorgeously written, gripping, brutal--a sapphic love story I couldn't stop reading.--Samantha Shannon, NYT bestselling author of The Bone Season

Lush...a novel you need to read.--Heidi Heilig, Shondaland.com

Praise for Girls of Paper and Fire:
A New York Times BestsellerA Barnes & Noble Most Anticipated YA Fantasy of 2018

Girls of Paper and Fire is as lush--and brutal--as the Demon King's own court. Ngan is a stunning new talent.--Kiersten White, New York Times bestselling author of And I Darken

*Ngan's plot is tense and tight, her action sequences are elegant and adrenaline-soaked, and her story's stakes increase exponentially through the pulse-pounding conclusion. What most distinguishes this book, though, is how incisively and intoxicatingly Ngan writes about love.--Publisher's Weekly, starred review

A beautifully written, powerful story unique against all the current YA fantasy out there. You must read this.--Joshua Khan, author of Shadow Magic

Against a back-drop of impressive world-building, remi-niscent of Imperial China, this is a riveting, thought-provoking, diverse novel of female subjugation and empowerment that should appeal to mature teens--VOYA

Damn... Good read, highly recommend.--Olympic-gold-winning snowboarder Chloe Kim

Get ready to be pulled into a lush, magical world, where two concubines must hide their forbidden love if they want to survive the Demon King's treacherous court. A fiery, spellbinding read.--Julie C. Dao, author of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Lei and Wren's romance unfolds tenderly... and their wonder at finding love in such a terrible place rings true... [All] lead[s] to a terrifically nail-biting cliffhanger, setting all the pieces in play for a combustible sequel.--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Lei's story is gorgeously woven in Ngan's emotionally nuanced, crystalline prose. This book broke my heart, made me cry, and had me completely spellbound from the first page.--Lana Popovic, author of Wicked Like a Wildfire

Ngan's demonic world is sharp and compelling, and her Lei is my sort of heroine, attacking her (steep!) learning curve teeth-first.--E.K. Johnston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Story of Owen and Star Wars: Ahsoka

Ngan's story is rich, is beautiful, is devastating and magical, and one of the best novels in 2018.--Hypable.com

Queer girls falling in love while kicking ass and resisting oppression in a rich, magical, and Asian-inspired world. What more could you ask for?--R. F. Kuang, author of The Poppy War

This glittering commercial romance has real stakes, and the lavish, intriguingly conceptualized world will capture readers. Love stories between women are still disappointingly few in fantasy, and romance and action fans alike will find much to savor here.--Booklist

This gorgeous book is everything I want in a fantasy. Beautiful, lush, lyrical with fantastic world building and an epic forbidden romance, I devoured every word and was left desperately wanting more.--Ellen Oh, author of the Prophecy series and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books

Thrust into the beauty and horror of the Hidden Palace, will this Paper Girl survive? Ideal for those seeking diverse LGBTQ fantasy stories.--Kirkus Reviews

With deliciously deep world-building and a cast of fierce young women fighting to take charge of their own story, Girls of Paper and Fire cuts you deep and leaves you breathless for more. --Ashley Poston, author of Heart of Iron and Geekerella

About the Author

Natasha Ngan is part young-adult author, part yoga teacher, and part habitual nap-taker. She grew up in both Malaysia and the UK, speaking Chinese with her mother mainly as a way to talk about people without them understanding. She studied Geography at the University of Cambridge and later worked as a fashion blogger, social media consultant and freelance writer.

Natasha recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand and wineglass in the other, but in reality she mostly spends her time lost on the metro and offending locals with her French.

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Amazing book, came in great condition. Would definitely recommend!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Slight spoilers..
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 November 2018
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3.0 out of 5 stars Potential spoilers ahead and trigger warning for rape and foul language within the book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 January 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not amazing but certainly not bad!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 May 2019
I read this book in a day, usually that means that I loved it so much I couldn’t put it down. I tried to love and I really wanted to but I just kinda don’t. The cover was so amazing and became a big part of why It caught my interest. I loved the world and this book definitely had one of the stronger beginnings I’ve come across.
However, it lacks a certain something. The pairing was cute not omg yes these guys have to be together, The plot was a little bland it was a little interesting not OMG I need to know what’s happening now but I don’t want to teach the end, and I felt like there were so many other ways for it to have been developed despite the length not a lot actually happened and the pace wasn’t always satisfying. Where I wanted more information I got less and where basically nothing was happening the same thing was repeated. The characters were just a little meh, perfectly likeable yet I found their descriptions lacking beyond Wren and Lei and the King and even they could use more development.
Thats’s not to say I hated the book because I still made it to the end. For me I think the sequel will decide a lot. If the sequel is amazing then the positives that I can see hints of this this book will shine more clearly. So I’m eagerly awaiting the sequel and hoping it meets my expectations!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunately loses its focus
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 July 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good YA
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