Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – ARC Review #6

Paper dolls are crafted by children to be enjoyed, and then discarded.

Snipped into a perfect shape and then crumpled beyond repair.

Paper girls are made by men to be enjoyed, and then discarded.

Snipped into a perfect shape, and then broken beyond repair.

Girls of Paper and Fire is honestly stunning. It set my heart alight, my mind alight – and gave me the perfect fantasy kick I’ve been needing.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll be aware my previous read was Damsel. Whilst I loved it, Damsel was very heavily centred around the characters – and the plot and story building was barely there.

But this book?

The world is vivid and fantastical, mashing inspiration from Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone with a idea that is so unique, so wonderfully built.

Every world is defined by labels.

This world is defined by castes.

The Moon Caste are the Royals and the Loyals. The ones who were in the right place at the right time, born fully Demon.

The Steel Caste are the hybrids. The half bloods. The human’s with horns, the children with cat eyes.

The Paper Caste are the humans. Made to be torn apart. Built up to be fragile, ready to be torn by the wind.

Lei, a girl made to be broken, was born with golden eyes.

A curse, and a blessing.

Though her blood runs completely human, she is brought before the Demon King as an exotic creature.

A delightful treat to be feasted on and then spat out.

But she chooses to make her own label in life.

If you love girls defying royalty, and following their own heart – you’ll love Natasha Ngan’s asian-culture inspired debut novel.

If you love girls who love girls: then you’ve found the book for you.

Girls of Paper and Fire show that every person is made of an assortment of different materials. Bones break, but spirits do not.

For a girl made of paper has a fire burning inside of her.

One that’s never going out.

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