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• Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
• Did you think you’d love and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right?
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Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Published: November 6, 2018
Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.
But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.
In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have 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. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.
TW: violence and sexual abuse.
As of this writing, I am on page 119 on this book. When I first saw the cover reveal for this book I knew I would have to buy it. The cover itself is worth owning this book. So, when I brought a copy home for myself, I lovingly stroked the cover before cracking it open.
Sadly, I have to admit that so far I’m pretty bored. The main character has all the personality of a stale cracker. Granted, she has plenty of time to develop into something more by the end of the book but as of right now it is a big yawn fest. Clumsy girl from less than privileged circumstances gets plunked down somewhere high class, now lets watch her fumble her way through things and be wishy washy and dull while she does it. Yawn.
I’m still going to finish this book because I have hope that it improves, I truly do. I WANT it to be good. However, if it continues as is I’d give it 3/5 and a half point of that is for the cover art alone. Do with that what you will.