Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publication Date: October 23, 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.
Presented by James Patterson, Natasha Ngan’s lyrical, searing, visceral fantasy, Girls of Paper and Fire, will remind us how precious freedom is–and the price we must pay to achieve it.
Why am I excited?
Doesn’t this sound AH-mazing? I can’t stop staring at the cover because it’s so mysterious and colourful and those eyes! This sounds like such an interesting story and I’m curious to see where it goes. I love a good forbidden romance and the whole caste system has me curious. Hoping for another great strong female YA character in Lei, and I’m excited to see how her revenge plays out. I also read that this is going to have a LGBTQ romance as well, which only adds to the list of things that make me want to read this Asian YA fantasy! It doesn’t come out until October, so I guess I got some waiting to do.