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Announcing the Between the Pages book for July

Hi all, and welcome to the announcement post for Between the Pages’ Book of the Month for July of 2020.

This month, we shall be reading Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. It is the first novel in a YA fantasy series and it is an East-Asian inspired fantasy series with the author herself originally being from Malaysia. Can I also just note that the cover is absolutely gorgeous and that alone should make you want to pick up the book, but if it doesn’t, here is the synopsis.

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most demeaning. This year, there’s a ninth. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it’s Lei they’re after — the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king’s consort. There, she does the unthinkable — she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world’s entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge. 

And there you have it. As far as I am aware, the romance is LGBTQIA+ and is f/f, but as I haven’t read it yet, I can’t be certain. I have also seen that it does deal with some fairly serious issues that can translate directly to problems that currently face our world as well. 

I hope you will all enjoy this book and look forward to reading it, as I’m certainly feeling very excited to start this, and what better thing is there to do right now than to stay home and pick up an awesome sounding fantasy. Happy reading everyone!



I’ve had this on my tbr for ages!

12th Jul, 20

Ah awesome!

14th Jul, 20