Once I heard that this was an Asian inspired fantasy world where girls are abducted to be concubines for a demon king…and then two of them work together to overthrow him and end up falling in love in the process…..I WAS SOLD. And then the cover came out, and I was just…..wow. Girls of Paper and Fire has been on my radar since, and I’m so so glad it did not disappoint. At all. I own three editions of this book, and I have no regrets.
In Lei’s world, demons rule the caste system. Obviously at the top, are those aforementioned demons (Moon Caste), at the middle are those with both human and demon blood (Steel), and at the very bottom lies the humans (Paper). She ends up being chosen as one of the Demon King’s “Paper Girls”, and to save her family, she has no choice but to do what she’s told — until she meets the other girls he’s chosen, and a very particular one whose name I won’t mention, who gives her hope about what could be.
This book wonderfully tackles oppression. From the start, it’s evident that the system is wrong, but even then do we see the KING of the nation enjoy the glory and gold that he has. He feels entitled to the girls that he takes and takes and never once does he feel the need to apologize or repent for it because he has the power not to do so. Despite all of it, however, this book is also a story about overcoming that oppression, and it’s fucking amazing.
The worldbuilding was mindblowing. I could barely put the book down and I could vividly imagine everything written in the pages in my head. It’s also pretty easy to tell that the author put her love and passion into every single word in this book, and I’m so excited for the second book.
Title: Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls #1)
Author: Natasha Ngan
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
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