November 5, 2018

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
This is definitely a read where the beauty of the writing inside is worthy of the beauty of the cover outside. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is a gorgeously written fantasy steeped in Malaysian influence. 

This story follows Lei, a member of the Paper caste, the lowest caste in the kingdom. When royal guards come to take her away from her small village to become a Paper Girl, she is completely distraught. Paper Girls are the carefully selected courtesans of the Demon King himself, a man Lei deems responsible for her mother being taken away 10 years ago. The plot is all about Lei refusing to simply accept what has happened to her and her family and rebelling against what is expected of her, and maybe even finding love along the way in the most unexpected of places. 

I absolutely adored this read! I didn't really get into it for a few chapters, but once I did I was completely hooked! Ngan's writing is beautiful and completely envelops you in the culture of Ikhara. I loved all the characters, especially Lei, as they all responded to their fate differently. I loved the LGBTQ+ and Asian representation in this story. I loved the female empowerment and overall theme of girls taking their fate in their own hands. I do want to put a trigger warning on it for sexual abuse and violence, as this can get pretty heavy at times. There is also a pretty disturbing pet death. 

I am so excited that this is going to be a trilogy and am already desperate for more after that ending. This read has action, romance, intrigue, and so much more. I can't go into too much more detail without spoiling things, but I will just say that you definitely need to give this one a read! 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

Thanks so much to Little Brown/Jimmy Patterson Books for an advanced copy of this beautiful read. Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan is out TOMORROW, November 6th, so be sure to pick up a copy!

15 comments:

Christina said...

Oooh love seeing all 5 stars! My first thought was how beautiful the cover is so it's lovely to see that the writing was just as beautiful. Great review!!

DJ Sakata said...

Not my usual genre but your review sounds interesting

jenn G said...

Hmmm very interesting. I am one that likes to go outside my usual.

Gemma Jackson said...

This one is definitely on my TBR. I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Gemma @ www.gemmasbooknook.blogspot.com

Aparna Prabhu said...

I haven't read anything of this sort before. Sounds like an interesting read.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

I may need to check this one out after reading your 5 star review!

Katelynne Lawson said...

This one looks so good. It’s been on my TBR and your review makes me want to move it up my list.

Robin Loves Reading said...

Sounds like a very good book.

Rachael | Pingel Sisters said...

Thanks for the review! I've been curious about this book, but you are the first person I've seen review it. I'll have to check it out.

Amanda McGill said...

Great review! Glad you loved it.

Heidi said...

That cover is so beautiful!

Shelleen said...

This sounds interesting. Thanks for the review.

Karla J. Strand said...

I am interested in this one but thanks for the content warnings. I'll have to watch out for those. Nice review!

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, I heard amazing things about this book and the trigger warnings especially I am so scared to read about disturbing pet death I don't think I can take it or I can't handle reading about a pet death so I might have to skip this one. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.

Melissa's Fandom World said...

Great review! I keep hearing only amazing things about this book!
It makes me so curious and excited but a bit skittish at the same time since it's already sooo hyped haha.
But I'll definitely be buying and reading this book, hopefully asap in 2019.