Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Blog Tour + Review + #Giveaway: Phoebe Pope #1 & 2 by Nya Jade @TheNyaJade @XpressoTours

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 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.

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My Review of The Year of Four:
After losing her father in a tragic accident Phoebe Pope decides that she would like to attend a boarding school Green Lane Academy. Green Lane Academy is a school where both shape-shifters and humans attend. Above is just a normal campus where Phoebe attends classes with humans. Below is where the shape-shifters attend classes and are in training to be a spy.

When Phoebe meets Hollywood heartthrob Colten Chase things start heating up pretty quick between the two. Colten only attends classes Above so she has a lot of secrets that she must keep from him as you can tell no one above what goes on below or even that it exist. But Colten is not the only on Phoebe keeps secrets from. Phoebe has secrets of her own that she must keep hidden even from her friends Below as well. Phoebe is not sure who she can trust or who she can’t.

Phoebe is part of a group of four that everyone consider as special and part of a prophecy. Strange things are happening on campus and people are turning up missing. Someone is after Phoebe and the other three. Who is after Phoebe? Do they want her dead? Do they want her power? What do they want with Phoebe and the other three? Is it someone she knows? To find out pick up your copy of The Year of Four.

I loved reading The Year of Four and can’t wait for more. I loved that it has a school for the shape-shifters to attend. It reminded me of the House of Night series by P.C. Cast. Phoebe was a very strong character who stood up for what she believed in and would fight until death to save someone she loved. She would do whatever it took to save her friends. I would like to have seen her use her powers more but she had made a promise to keep her powers secret so I understood why she didn’t use them. Besides if she had used her powers before she really had to what would have happened to her and her friends?

If you have not read The Year of Four then I would like to suggest that you do it is an amazing story one which I enjoyed tremendously. 


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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My Review of The Blood of Kings:

In the aftermath of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her friends are not only having to deal with being kidnapped but with using or not using their new powers as all four have secrets they are hiding not only from everyone else but each other as well. They are also being kept from Above and have to stay isolated to Below.

Someone very close and dear to Phoebe’s heart was kidnapped by the enemy not long after she first attended the Green Lane Academy. Now Phoebe has made a deal with the enemy to save this person. Phoebe will do whatever it takes to save the ones she loves.

Phoebe and her friends not only have to worry about being kidnapped again but now they have to worry about going to the Royal Court and their transformation. Which one of them will be the one to fulfill the prophecy? Who is after Phoebe and her friends?

At the Royal Court Phoebe learns a lot of disturbing things. Things about herself and her past that could have a big impact on her life as she knows it.

While I loved reading both books, The Year of Four and The Blood of Kings I think I would have to say that The Blood of Kings is my favorite although as I said I do love them both but maybe just differently. I love world that was created for both; the academy and the students each having their different powers. I also loved that they were in training to be spies and their world was filled with espionage and danger. The Phoebe Pope series is one to keep an eye open for. I can’t wait to read more in Phoebe Pope’s world of intrigue. 

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 of funky shoes. Nya lives with her family in California.



Giselle said...

This series sounds like a lot of fun and action-packed! Great reviews, Nancy! :)