Girls of Paper and FireBook - 2018
From Library Staff
This exciting, fast-paced novel will grip you from beginning to end and leave you waiting on the edge of your seat for a sequel. The story takes place in a unique fantasy world with Southeast Asian cultural influences that is ruled by a strict caste system based on how much demon blood runs in a ... Read More »
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AliceInWonderbread thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over
bezoarbezoarbezoar thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over
Frightening or Intense Scenes: Contains themes of sexual assault and violence. Scenes are not explicit in detail however the themes are central to the plot line.
Sexual Content: Contains themes of sexual assault and violence. Scenes are not explicit in detail however the themes are central to the plot line.
Violence: Contains themes of sexual assault and violence. Scenes are not explicit in detail however the themes are central to the plot line.
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We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title we're given suggests that we are blank, waiting to be filled. But what the Demon King and his court do not understand is that paper is flammable.
And there is a fire catching among us.
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"The citizens of Ikhara comprise three castes: the oppressed, fully human “Paper” class; “Steel,” a human-animal mash-up; and the reigning “Moon” caste, made up of anthropomorphic animals called demons. Every year, the Moon caste’s king claims eight “Paper Girls” as concubines. It’s an alleged honor, but when the military collects golden-eyed, 17-year-old Lei from her family’s herbal medicine shop, she’s devastated. Her father will suffer if she resists, however, and she wonders about finding her mother, also taken, so Lei relocates to the ruler’s Hidden Palace. Although she dreads being summoned to the brutal king’s bedroom, Lei finds comfort in the friendship of her fellow courtesans—particularly the secretive Wren, with whom she falls in love. Ngan’s plot is tense and tight, her action sequences are elegant and adrenaline-soaked, and her story’s stakes increase exponentially through the pulse-pounding conclusion. She champions self-empowerment while condemning classism, homophobia, and the commodification of women." - From Publishers Weekly