Monday, June 5, 2017

Tour + Reviews and Giveaway: Phoebe Pope by Nya Jade


The Year of Four
Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #1)
Publication date: October 28th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
The students of Green Lane Academy roam their halls unaware that below their manicured campus exists a prestigious school of an entirely different kind . . .
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope has enrolled at the Campus Below: a spy academy for shape-shifters hidden deep beneath the grounds of a boarding school whose humans unknowingly protect it. There, thanks to a carefully planned schedule, she leads a double life: spy trainee Below and normal teenager Above.
As if two course loads, concealing a secret power she alone wields, and coping with her father’s recent death weren’t enough, Phoebe finds herself developing major feelings for actor and teen heartthrob Colten Chase, who attends the Campus Above and appears to be majoring in winning Phoebe’s heart. But when officials learn that Phoebe may be at the center of a startling prophecy, she becomes the target of shape-shifting assassins who will stop at nothing to suppress the truth.
Now Phoebe’s lessons about Shaper’s enemies and spycraft take on great importance as a menace stalks the campus, with Phoebe as its target. Meanwhile, what began as an unlikely relationship with Colten, quickly morphs into heartache when she suspects that something sinister lurks beneath this movie star’s glitter and fame. Suddenly, Phoebe’s caught in a mesh of lies, betrayals, and danger where she doesn’t know who to trust, and needs to rely on herself—and her secret power—to get to the truth and to stay alive.


The Blood of Kings
Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #2)
Publication date: April 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
According to the press, Phoebe Pope and teen movie star Colten Chase are no longer an item—which is just how the happy new couple like it. And yet there’s trouble in paradise . . .
Phoebe is haunted by dreams that show her things she can’t possibly know about—including a pact between Colten and a wanted assassin. In the daylight, she struggles to keep a newly emerging power hidden, even as her hands itch to wield it.
Meanwhile, in the wake of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her fellow Hyphas study under lock and key at the Campus Below. As the foursome wait to see who among them will fulfill the prophecy, someone dear to Phoebe is kidnapped by a powerful Vigo determined to use her to spy on the Shaper royalty. When the Hyphas are called to the Royal Court, Phoebe refuses to heed warnings of imminent danger for she will do whatever it takes to rescue her loved one.
But once at court, nothing is as it first appears. A sinister force controls some royals, while others whisper behind closed doors about forbidden alliances. And as Phoebe draws on her courage to complete the task set by her enemy, she makes a startling discovery—one that upends her father’s memory.
With dangerous conspiracies surfacing, Phoebe must uncover what the Royal Shapers really want from her, and decide whether there’s room for Colten in her unraveling life.

Review of Year of Four, Phoebe Pope #1:
3 stars

I really enjoyed reading Year of Four by Nya Jade. The concept of the book/series was a unique one for me - I had never read anything like shapeshifters who train to be spies. I really enjoy books that feature leading a double life, and that's exactly what this book entails. Phoebe has to live two different lives and learn how to survive in both of them.

I loved getting to know Phoebe in this book, and the other characters like Colton, Hayley, Cyn. I thought the romance was a nice touch to the story, but at times felt like it was taking away from the plot because so much was already happening in the plot that a romance subplot sometimes felt like too much.

I would definitely recommend this book though if you are a fan of YA paranormal.

Review of Blood of Kings, Phoebe Pope #2:
3 stars

This was a great continuation from Year of Four, and even though I felt there was some improvement since the first book, I didn't like it anymore. I feel like the characters matured between the first and second book, which showed growth and shows improvement for the author's writing.

I felt that this one was a little slow in my opinion to the first book, because of the detail throughout the book. There is so much detail, and at times, I felt like it was unnecessary. I felt like all the detail distracted and took away from the plot, at times.

One thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was darker than the first book, and I really enjoyed that new aspect.

All in all, I would recommend this book and this series in general. I cannot wait to read the third book in the series.

Author Bio:
Nya Jade has enjoyed a fun career as a singer-songwriter. Her music videos have aired on the Vh1, BET and MTV networks and she’s opened for some of the biggest names in music. Nya’s music has also received recognition in major publications, including USA Today and the LA Times. She took a break from writing and performing music to write The Year of Four, her first YA novel. When she isn’t writing, Nya can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading or bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes. Nya lives with her family in California. 


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