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Girls of Paper and Fire Hardcover – 6 November 2018

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Hodder & Stoughton (6 November 2018)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 400 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1529337208
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1529337204
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 16.3 x 4.3 x 24 cm
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An elegant and heart-rending ode to human endurance, and to love. Lei is an unforgettable protagonist - her story will have you reading all night, then calling for the next one (Samantha Shannon, NYT bestselling author of The Bone Season)

A compelling narrative of personal rebellion, and a timely reminder that, in the right hands, the fantasy genre has things to say about injustice and abuse of power in the real world (Guardian)

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)

An explosively tense and immensely deft novel . . . Ngan has written a very accomplished work, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel. (Tor.com)

Ngan's story is rich, is beautiful, is devastating and magical, and one of the best novels that I've picked up so far in 2018 (Hypable)

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)

Beautiful and heart-breaking and meaningful . . . Ngan's writing is stunning (Young Adult Reads)

This book spoke to me on a very personal level, with its messages of surviving and thriving after trauma. One of the *the* best YA books I've read for years. The world building was impeccable and lavish. The love story felt earned and true. It was escapist but also handled real world issues brilliantly. (Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars)

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. She champions self-empowerment while condemning classism, homophobia, and the commod­i­fication of women. What most distinguishes this book, though, is how incisively and intoxicatingly Ngan writes about love (Publisher's Weekly)

A vital and energetic novel . . . that mounts with increasing tension towards an explosive conclusion . . . . I enjoyed it tremendously (Locus Magazine)

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)

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, NYT bestselling author of And I Darken)

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)

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

A stereotype-smashing, female, LGBTQ, Asian, fantasy protagonist that is based in the author's own experiences? Serious question: Was Natasha Ngan's Girls of Paper and Fire birthed from our collective dreams? (Bustle.com)

One of the most original worlds I have come across in a long time . . . there is an absolute lyricism to the some parts of the book that show Ngan's mastery of language (The Nerd Daily)

This book is important . . . a well-crafted, lovely story with characters that tugged at my heartstrings (Fictionist Magazine)

'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)

A stunning work of fantasy fiction . . . Girls of Paper and Fire is ambitious in scale - but Natasha Ngan's imagination is extraordinary . . . guaranteed to get your pulse racing (After Ellen)

A story of magic, mayhem, rebellion and young love . . . a must read for anyone who enjoys a well told fantasy tale featuring a diverse cast of characters (All About Romance)

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Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Selection in this stunning YA fantasy novel. Perfect for fans of Renée Ahdieh, Laini Taylor and Sabaa Tahir.

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Amazing book, came in great condition. Would definitely recommend!
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Gingerb0oks
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
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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
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 January 2021
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