Thursday, June 15, 2017

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Phoebe Pope Series 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 withher 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, whatbegan 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.


My Review:

4 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Another-World, Mystery, Romance, Scary, Supernatural, Teen, Werewolves--

Phoebe is beginning her first year at a magical boarding school after the death of her father. The school is for shape-shifters, training them to become spy's in the ongoing war against their enemy the Vigo. The school is underground, right below a human boarding school, where the students need to blend in to accomplish human courses as well as the magical kind. After an attack on the grounds, Phoebe learns that she may be part of a bigger plan involving a prophecy, putting her in the way of even more danger. Hopefully she can master the magic, handle a crush and survive her first year.

You're a Shape-Shifting Spy Phoebe! (said in an English accent)

Sorry, I could not resist the Harry Potter reference. I found this book to have quite a few similarities between the Harry Potter series. For example, there is a boarding school that humans have no idea exists right under them, an orphan (for all intensive purposes), there is a groundskeeper who was found of Phoebe's dad and comes to her aid whenever needed, there is a magical soccer like game the kids all love that involves flying, an instant best friend, magical classes, there are special magical police, and oh yeah a prophecy about one chosen student (who we all know who) but there are multiple students who it may be.

So yeah, I did find some correlations between this book and Harry Potter, but that did not stop me from enjoying this story. I liked pretty much everything about the book, including the plot, the world and the magic. The world building was great, so much detail and personality. Nya Jade did a fantastic job of mixing the teen high school elements of having a first crush, the awkwardness of life, the hierarchy of mean girls, and having the challenge of school meshing with this complicated magical universe, with different animals species, secret tunnels leading to a different kind of place, evil villains that attack unexpectedly, and a prophecy that could change the world. I was not sure how the story would work with Phoebe straddling the human and the supernatural world, but it went so smooth and it actually helped with the plot.

I am excited to see how the story will continue in the next book because every thing is just building up to something epic and fantastical. As a side note, there were some gorgeous images inserted into the story occasionally between the chapters that illustrated scenes from the story. They were probably my favorite part because they helped me to picture all the fantastical things that the author created, like the tiger Vigo, which is unlike anything I could have imagined. This series is perfect for fans of fantasy or anything supernatural.

I received this title in return for my honest review.


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.

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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 offunky shoes. Nya lives with her family in California.

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  1. Great review, Katherine! This sounds like a well written, creative read!

  2. Hi Katherine! Thank you so much for your awesome review! I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed The Year of Four. Thank you for taking part in my tour. I appreciate you! xo Nya