January 16, 2020 by ceresbooksworld
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan
Book two in Girls of Paper and Fire
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson books
Publication date: November 5th, 2019
Source: FairyLoot hardcover & YALC Arc
Rating: Evil Love
In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.
Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cruel Demon King wasn’t the end of the plan—it’s just the beginning. Now Lei and her warrior love Wren must travel the kingdom to gain support from the far-flung rebel clans. The journey is made even more treacherous thanks to a heavy bounty on Lei’s head, as well as insidious doubts that threaten to tear Lei and Wren apart from within.
Meanwhile, an evil plot to eliminate the rebel uprising is taking shape, fueled by dark magic and vengeance. Will Lei succeed in her quest to overthrow the monarchy and protect her love for Wren, or will she fall victim to the sinister magic that seeks to destroy her?
Lei and Wren are on the run, Lei is convinced she killed the king but unfortunately this is not the case. They will have to find allies to fight him and avoid being captured.
This second book is even better than the previous one, it’s full of rhythm and we discover new characters, each one more interesting than the other.
Lei is faithful to herself, she is sweet, kind and a little naive. She will discover that Wren hides things from her and that war changes people. She will also have to learn how to become strong and especially how to protect her friends.
The king wants her back at all costs in order to get revenge and he will do everything in his power to achieve this.
We discover political dramas that change and evolve, we also discover Wren’s father who doesn’t particularly inspire me with confidence.
Wren on her side is a little less sympathetic to me than in the first volume even if I understand her decisions.
The story is sad but very interesting and as usual with Natasha, the end is a real cliffhanger. I can’t wait to read the next volume to find out what will happen to Lei, her friends and family. Are they going to make it? Will there be any deaths? How will the king behave?
Quick Word: A second book even more exciting than the first one.
Lei et Wren son t’en fuite, Lei est persuadée d’avoir tué le roi mais malheureusement ce n’est pas le cas. Elles vont devoir trouvés des alliés pour le combattre tout en évitant de se faire capturer.
Ce deuxième tome est encore mieux que le précédent, il est rythmé et nous découvrons de nouveaux personnages tous plus intéressants les uns que les autres.
Lei est fidèle à elle-même, elle est douce, gentille et un peu naïve. Elle va découvrir que Wren lui cache des choses et que la guerre change les personnes. Elle va aussi devoir apprendre à devenir forte et surtout à protéger ses amis.
Le roi veut à tout prix la récupérer afin de se venger et il fera tout ce qui est en son pouvoir pour y arriver.
On découvre des trames politiques qui changent et qui évoluent, on découvre aussi le père de Wren qui ne m’inspire pas particulièrement confiance.
Wren de son côté m’est un peu moins sympathique que dans le premier tome même si je comprends ses décisions.
L’histoire est triste mais très intéressante et comme d’habitude avec Natasha, la fin est pour le coup un vrai cliffangher. Je suis très impatiente de lire le prochain tome afin de découvrir ce qui va arriver à Lei, ses amis et sa famille. Vont-ils s’en sortir ? Va-t-il y avoir des morts ? Comment va se comporter le roi ?
En bref : Un deuxième tome encore plus palpitant que le premier.
About the author
Natasha Ngan is a NYT bestselling author and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.
She recently moved to Paris, where she likes to imagine she drifts stylishly from brasserie to brasserie, notepad in one hand, wineglass in the other. In reality, she spends most of her time getting lost on the metro and confusing locals with her French.
She is represented by Taylor Haggerty at Root Literary. Her YA novels THE ELITES, THE MEMORY KEEPERS, and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE are out now. GIRLS OF STORM AND SHADOW will be published in November 2019 by Hachette.
Follow Natasha at: http://natashangan.com or on Twitter: @girlinthelens