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Girls of Paper and Fire

Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
4 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time, it's Lei they're after - the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest. 

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable - she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge. 

©2018 Natasha Ngan (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"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 and cofounder of We Need Diverse Books)

"This glittering commercial romance has real stakes, and the lavish, intriguingly conceptualized world will capture readers. Love stories between women are still disappointingly few in fantasy, and romance and action fans alike will find much to savor here." (Booklist)

"With deliciously deep world-building and a cast of fierce young women fighting to take charge of their own story, Girls of Paper and Fire cuts you deep and leaves you breathless for more." (Ashley Poston, author of Heart of Iron and Geekerella)

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Great story, Sub par narrator

I was excited when I read the synopsis of this book. A F/F romance set in a fantasy kingdom is right up my alley. I really tried to get into this audio book but the narrator is no good. Her tone doesn't carry the emotion that the characters are feeling across effectively. I would recommend that if you're interested in this story to read the physical book instead.

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Great Listen!

5 stars for a great story performed beautifully! I found myself sucked into a whole different world mixing Asian culture and magic with a beautiful love story.

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wow!

OMG what a excellent book! I'm not normally a fan of fantasy books but James Patterson is my all-time favorite author so when he came out with this book I knew I had to give it a try and boy was I surprised! It's got everything.... romance, fantasy, action and comedy. The characters were so well written and with just enough detail. it's a rather long book but I wouldn't have known it because I was hooked from the very start and could not put it down until it was finished. I'm so impressed with everything about this book. I can't speak highly enough about the narrator either she did a wonderful job. I really hope there's a sequel!!! I give this book 5 stars all the way around, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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  • Seapony
  • Orange County, NY
  • 02-18-19

Engaging

Vivid and engaging storyline ....appropriate for today’s time.
Would like to have a sequel or prequel

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Girls of Paper and Fire Book Review

Before anything, I would like to admit that this book was not for me. I did not find myself getting too invested in the story. Now, let me first clarify that I am not saying this is a bad book. It just simply did not fit what I typically like to read. I will explain that in detail how I came about my high rating of the book.

Now, I do not let my taste for books weigh too much in my rating. I already admitted that I did not fall in love with this book, yet I still have it a really good rating. I did that because this is a beautifully written novel. I absolutely loved Ngan's writing and the way she presents her characters and their world. I praise her writing and her novel for doing such a magnificent job in drawing readers into her world and taking them on a very distinct and unique journey.

Though this book is not one I picked up as soon as it came out, I was very impressed with Ngan. The way she colors her story is amazing and it kept me invested enough to read more. I do admit that I picked this book out after seeing it floating around multiple bookstagram accounts. I found it to look interested and decided to buy it. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves the telling of a rebellious love story.

Audible Review:

Hiroto does an amazing work narrating this story! I had no problem getting into this story, and her narration made the novel all that much more enjoyable. I will say that I recommend listening to the narration at least at a 1.5 speed. The speeds slower than that are too slowed down for me. For those of us who like to multitask and listen on the go, I recommend listening at a 2.0 speed, so one does not miss anything. Normally, I listen to audiobooks at a 1.5 speed while multitasking, but I found that listening to this one at a 2.0 speed was just as good. For those who are listening while reading the book, I found 2.5 and 3.0 speed to be the best speeds. 3.0 was too fast for me, and I was missing a lot of what the narrator was saying and had to eventually slow down the narrator's reading speed. 

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Very interesting story line and great creativity.

this was a tough topic within the story. This gave a very regal expression to sex trafficking and rape by the king but embedded a sweet love story amongst though times.

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  • vixie
  • SAN DIEGO, CA, United States
  • 01-15-19

narrator detracts from gravity

while I really enjoyed the story, the narrator read everything in too careless of a tone and made even the most deadly of moments lack gravity. she read too much like she was reading a children's bedtime story... the plot was a little predictable though...

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not at all what I expected

I was looking forward to reading this novel. My sister read it and gave it 4 stars unfortunately this is a 2.5 star for me

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So bad...

1 star. Why?

- There are no subplots in this book. It’s a one plot wonder. Get ready for a very predictable ride.
- Cheesy metaphors and boring explanations
- Horrible and slow reader, who is also cheesy
- The story and author had so much potential, but is inexperienced in her craft

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Ashlyn

I loved everything aboit this book. I would definitely recommend to anyone. it is LGBT based.