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Kerryl Shaw survives a deadly virus to find herself the only person left alive. She records her thoughts in a diary. As the lonely days pass she imagines a reader, and gives him the name Adam. But is he imagined? Or is he real, another survivor?
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Published by Opitus Books (first published January 28th 2017)
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Pouting Always
May 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A highly infectious disease pops up in Africa and slowly travels through out the world, with outbreaks first in Asia and then in Europe as Kerryl Shaw is appling to university. Before she knows it the schools have been closed and the infection has reached their town. Kerryl and her family live on a remote farm so the chances of the infection reaching them are low. Then Kerryl does something that causes the infection on to their land and soon her grandparents and her mother are all dead and her t ...more
Barry Cunningham
A gripping and addictive read, superbly crafted.

This book gripped my imagination from page one. A real page turner, that by halfway was very difficult to put down, when I did the story was running through my thoughts until I picked it up again, it's an addictive read. The main character is developed superbly and honestly and is portrayed in a very empathetic way. The two diary concept was an interesting construct that allows the book to be very 'unmessy' as it polarised the past and present. I h
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Jenny
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, young-adult
Paradise Girl is a psychological thriller by Phill Featherstone. Phill Featherstone wrote Paradise Girl for young adults. However, any age group will enjoy this book. Paradise Girl is about young girl call Kerryl Shaw who lives on a remote farm.

Kerryl life was changed forever when she made a mistake by allowing a young boy to stay at the family farm so his father can go and find work. Paradise Girl continues to take the readers on a rollercoaster ride from one tension pack situation to another.
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Iryna *Book and Sword*
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I had started reading this book in October, so I think it was about time I marked it as "DNF" because I haven't picked it up since.
Not because this is a bad book, but just because I had no urge to continue reading it.
To be honest this may something to do with the novel being in e-book format, because I've DNF'd every book I've ever read digitally - which isn't many, but still.

I liked the premise and enjoyed the writing, but it just didn't hold my attention and I like books to grab me s
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Bella James
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For me this novel achieved the perfect crossover from Dystopian YA, to Psychological Thriller.

The diary format works effortlessly through the voice of delightfully witty protagonist, Kerryl. I had a vague sense of unease from the moment I began to take tentative steps into a world besieged by a deadly virus. The stunning depictions of the Yorkshire moors gave further life to my trepidation, until I realised what Featherstone had accomplished with this intelligent YA novel. He took me right there
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Emily Schrader
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most people who know me know that I have a short attention span. If a book (or movie, or game) doesn't interest me, I never finish it. Woah! Such was NOT the case with Paradise Girl. I simply could not put it down. If I hadn't had to stop reading for that pesky thing called work, I would have read it straight through! Read it! You won't be sorry.
Tod Morden
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled onto this book by accident, but I'm really glad I did. It is gripping and a real page turner. I love the immediacy of the protagonist, and the ending caught me totally by surprise. I think the book is a real insight into issues of mental health, but using the notion of a plague as a clever foil. I think the author provides a thoughtful insight into a challenge a lot of people face - loneliness, and how technology can be a crutch...and how tenuous mankind place on the planet is, and ho ...more
Louise
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
YA dystopia isn't my usual reading, but this was recommended to me, so I gave it a go. It's well written, full of suspense, and it is a page turner. However, I felt the "voice" of the 17/18 year old female narrator slipped at times. Certain words and phrases sounded unlikely, to my ear. Yet the narrator, Kerryl, is engaging and sympathetic, I warmed to her very much, and was rooting for her throughout.

I found the ending a little confusing... I'm not sure what happened? I think it was left open t
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John Phillips
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A moving, touching and achingly sad story that could have been ripped from the headlines, that is chillingly believable. I agree with Louise, the ending is left to the readers interpretation which is something I really enjoy, and I too was still thinking about the ending several days after finishing the book!

If you enjoy a well crafted 'it could happen tomorrow' love story and thriller, Paradise Girl is for you! The fact it is set in the rolling Yorkshire hills I so love is just a bonus. I look
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-RadioactiveBookworm-
Goodreads Synopsis:
Kerryl Shaw has always kept a diary, but this one is different because she knows she's going to die.
A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl lives with her family on a remote farm. They think they will be safe, but the danger advances. Despite deaths around them, the Shaws survive. However, this changes when a stranger arrives, and it soon becomes apparent he has brought the plague to their door. One by one they succumb, leaving Kerr
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Anne
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
The first thing I’d say is don’t be put off by the “young adult” tag – although the clear voice is of a young girl on the cusp of adulthood, there’s absolutely no simplification or dumbing down here, this is a book full of fine writing that would appeal to any adult, even those of advanced years like me. The format is clever – two diaries, one telling the background to the spread of the infection, the other chronicling Kerry’s day-to-day existence when she finds herself alone. The fluidity of he ...more
J.B (Debbie)
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
17 year old Kerryl doesn't imagine for one moment that the deadly virus which seems to be killing everyone will affect her and her family in their farm, high above the town. Surely they will be protected from the outside world by their remote location. However, when Kerryl finds herself alone, the only member of her family left on the farm, she realises that she faces a daily challenge. The challenge of survival. Kerryl decides to tell her story through two diaries. One diary charts the run up ...more
Regina Cattus
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
Wow, this book is a psychological spine-tingler and a half! I won this in a giveaway, and I've always quite liked post-apocalyptic fiction, so I was quite looking forward to seeing how this one would go. Most ones I've read might keep to a loner character, but never one quite so alone as Kerryl here. Every single person she's ever known is dead, as far as Kerryl can tell, except for perhaps her brother but since he's been missing for weeks she's basically alone now. The authorities might not hav ...more
Susan Angela Wallace
Paradise Girl by Phil Featherstone.
A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl Shaw and her family live on a remote farm and think they will be safe, but the plague advances. Despite deaths around them, the Shaws survive. However, this changes when a stranger arrives, and it soon becomes apparent he has brought the infection to their door. One by one the family succumbs, leaving Kerryl alone. Kerryl is sure it’s only a matter of time before she, too, die
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Dorothy
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks, Phill Featherstone and Troubadour Publishing!

"With everyone else dead, I must be the most beautiful girl in the world!"
Well, okay then, Kerryl. I'm not sure we're gonna get along.

Kerryl is, as far as she knows, the only survivor of a deadly plague. We learn a little bit about her life before the plague, and then jump right in to her being the only survivor. Her priorities become:
-Milking the cows, collecting the eggs,
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Yasemin Kolsuz
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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We are proud to announce that PARADISE GIRL by Phill Featherstone is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Ashley P
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Mackenzie
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-arcs, 2017
First line: "Introductions are boring, but unless I take time to explain things it will be confusing for you."

I would like to start off by saying that I got to read this novel courtesy of Netgalley in exchange for a review.

Wow! This was an interesting read which started off slow and steady....and became really complex and interesting quite rapidly! I have to say that the Infection originally made me think about Ebola...not entirely the same thing, but quite scary just the same!

The plot was belie
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Gilly
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was approached by Phill Featherstone via Twitter (after posting one of my book review blog posts). He contacted me asking if I would take it upon myself to read his book in exchange for an honest review. When looking into Phill and his book more I realised one, he is originally from Yorkshire (I too am from Yorkshire) and two it was a YA Dystopian book (one of my favourite categories). Both facts swung me and I agreed to read the book.

Kerryl is a 17 year old girl living on a farm in the Yorksh
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Steph Warren
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this ebook, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

RECIPIENT OF THE B.R.A.G. MEDALLION

Paradise Girl is an apocalyptic survival tale about a lone teenaged girl in the aftermath of a devastatingly fatal infection.

We get the majority of the tale in Kerryl’s own words, via two journals; one telling the tale of life before and during the onset of the infection, and the other charting – diary-style – her daily life since the world ended
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Hannah
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out my review on my blog https://hannahreads132.wordpress.com

“A highly infectious and incurable virus spreads worldwide. Seventeen-year-old Kerryl Shaw and her family live on a remote farm and think they will be safe, but the plague advances...a stranger arrives and it soon becomes apparent he has brought the infection to their door.”

Why did I pick this book up?
Firstly, the cover. It’s gorgeous. (I know, I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover, blahblah),but the colours and the flowers ar
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Carole
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paradise Girl is one of those stories that stays with you for quite a while afterwards. I keep thinking about it even now and it's been several days since I finished reading it.
The voice of Kerryl comes through very strongly in the diaries she has written - one before the Infection came and one after, which she is writing now as she is the only one left all alone in her family's farm.
Her twin brother has run away, she doesn't know if he's dead or alive, she finds some clues on his computer as to
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Lora
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy from net galley in exchange for an honest review.
Where to start? It wasn't that great of a book, in fact the best part was the end. I found that there were far too many "newspaper clippings", one probably would have been fine, but there was several, which made my interest waver. I didn't like how the author wrote Kerryl so self deprecating about her weight. Like, constantly referencing how much she weighs, and that she's a "lard". Then it seemed like the author was trying
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Sally Chadwick
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know what to expect with this. The title made it sound a bit sexy and the blurb seemed fairly tame. Wow, was I wrong! I started it late one night and went on till the early hours, I just couldn't put it down. Kerryl, the main character is completely believable and as soon as you see what's happening to her you think of her like a friend in trouble and have to know how it all ends. The tension builds and when you get to the it's a real surprise. I don't know the district where it's set, ...more
Megan Luff
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received Paradise Girl from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I thought Paradise Girl was really good. It's about a teenage girl named Kerryl Shaw that lives in the UK with her family. She loves writing and she writes in her special diary about the infection, what she does each day, her thoughts and feelings. The infection is fatal and has taken a hold of the town and the rest of the world. Kerryl Shaw and her family lives on a farm on the top of the hill and they keep to themselves ...more
Tammy
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book revolves around Kerryl and how she gets through a plague epidemic. Did this book give me a book hangover? Yes! Did I see the twist coming? No! I've always wondered how I would get by if everyone I knew (and didn't know) died and I was on my own. Kerryl's journey with this was very engaging to me. She went about it almost systematically and as if she was expecting it all to go back to the way it was before the plague. Although some parts were ramblings I feel that being alone that long ...more
Allison Ivy
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this novel not knowing what to expect. I won't lie, it took me a while to get into. I'd say it took me halfway or more to get into (mostly due to the entire book being written in diary format). Why was I supposed to care about Kerryl (the MC)? What was the point of this story? The answer became clear at the very end.
(This is where the SPOILERS come in.)
I can't comment on if Kerryl's anorexia was handled in the best way because I do not have an eating disorder, and I do not know anyon
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Tara
May 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-copyright
Kerryl lives on an isolated farm in a small town in London. She is the sole survivor after a highly contagious infection wipes out everyone in the town. Kerryl works hard to survive and keep the farm running, while slowing succumbing to loneliness.

I love survival stories, especially those that involve a post-apocalyptic world. Paradise Girl, however, barely held my interest. Kerryl's obsession with her weight was a distraction to an already boring story. Definitely an interesting take on infecti
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Donna
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kerryl keeps a diary about her experiences after a deadly virus kills everyone she knows. Mostly, she keeps herself to herself in her house, and we follow her thoughts and feelings as time passes. The story is intense, and the twist that comes towards the end of the book takes you from the "this is a nice light read" feeling to "wow, there's a lot to think about here" all at once. The author's characterisation of Kerryl is fantastic; the writing economical and at all times understandable, fun an ...more
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Phill lives in West Yorkshire, England, a few miles from the village of Haworth, where his heroines, the Brontë sisters, lived and wrote. His first novel, Paradise Girl, is set in these same northern hills where, amidst the majestic beauty of the rolling moors, a lone young woman faces a bleak future. His second novel, The God Jar, is a tale of magic and mystery which straddles 16th century Europe ...more
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