Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four (Shapers, #1)
by Nya Jade
Publication date: October 30th 2012
Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
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.
This book really surprised me. Of course I expected it to be good, but for a debut novel it was really amazing. From the start, I was engrossed in this book. I read it in one sitting, so that alone says how much I enjoyed it.
Phoebe Pope has enrolled in Green Lane Academy, a school for shapers. The school is divided on Campus Above and Campus Below. In Campus Above normal students are taking normal classes, and so is Phoebe, but in addition to that she is also taking classes in Campus Below. She is trainig to become a spy and learning how to kill Vigos, Shaper's enemies. But soon she learnes about the prophecy and that she and three other students are in danger. On top of all that she has to deal with a lost of her father and her crush on a famous actor Colten Chase.
I loved Phoebe! She was strong and brave, everything I ask for in a heroine. Even tough she could have used her powers more in some situations, I can understand why she didn't. She was still a Shaper in training. I loved how her character developed through the book. Even though she had a lot on her sholders, she stayed strong and delt with everything the best way she could.
I saw a lot of similarities to Harry Potter and as you know, for me that is a good thing, but yet it was completely different. I love how Nya created a completly unique and interesting world. She hold my interest to the very end. Her writing is exceptional. There are descriptions when needed, I almost felt like being there. I also loved the little ilustrations as it helped me to picture how things like Vigos looked like.
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four was an outstanding read and I'm eagerly waiting for the next book in the series, more so because of that ending. I would reccomend this book to everyone who likes a good paranormal/fantasy book, and I'm sure you'd enjoy this one.
About the Author:
Nya Jade is a singer-songwriter and author based in San Francisco. Her music videos have aired on the VH1, BET, and MTV networks. USA Today hailed Nya as a “young female troubadour worth keeping your eyes and ears on,” in an entertainment feature on up-and-coming singer-songwriters. “Her cool singing voice recalls Sade,” said the LA Times.
Between writing and performing new music, Nya took a musical sabbatical to focus on writing a novel—an endeavor she found quite daunting, until she began looking at each chapter as a verse in a very long song. Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is her first novel.
In her free time, Nya enjoys hanging out with family and friends, searching for amazing gluten-free desserts, and bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes.
Nya holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Stanford University.
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