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Paradise Girl

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  82 reviews
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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Always Pouting
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
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.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
no rating

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
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
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.
Enakshi J.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it
We often come across problems that seem endless and in that whirlpool of negativity, we succumb to our accidental fate. It is true that every action has an equal and opposite reaction and thus, choosing our actions wisely is all we can do to prevent the problems from getting an upper hand on us. ‘Paradise Girl’ is a psychological thriller that exposes the protagonist to one such problem. Even though the solution or rather the prevention is simple, certain actions leave the protagonist, Kerryl, a ...more
Dana Cristiana
3.75 stars.

I'd love to thank BookSirens and the author for this free book in exchange for an honest review.

Paradise Girl by Phill Featherstone is a dystopia book about an Infection that spreads throughout the entire world, killing almost everyone in its way. Cherryl "Kerryl" Shaw is the only person who doesn't have the simptomes of the Infection, so after her family dies and her twin brother leaves them, she is caught alone in the house. She, her dog Buster, the cows, hens and horse.

The book is
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
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
Ashley P
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Mackenzie RM
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
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
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
Jennifer Bourque
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I received a copy of "Paradise Girl" from Book Sirens in exchange for an honest review. This book tells the story of Kerryl (Cheryl) who is living through a worldwide virus. She lives in England with her twin brother, mother, and grandparents on their family farm. This book especially hit home for me as we are currently living through the Coronavirus worldwide pandemic. I really enjoy reading books that focus around dystopian societies and viruses and it was
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
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
Sue Wallace
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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,
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: like-it, read-in-2019

This is a psychological thriller with a dystopian setting. It definitely surpassed my expectations.

The diary format is pretty smart as I was able to empathise with Kerryl better. It also makes the book less messy as the book is divided into 2 sections- the green and purple diary. But it also causes the pacing to be quite slow, especially at the beginning.

The plot has the perfect amount of action. It kept me hooked to the story and most of the time I was wondering what was going to happen nex
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Paradise Girl was an unexpected roller coaster of feelings for me. Dystopian books are usually right up my alley, and I often become invested in the characters rather quickly, but I wasn't expecting all of the emotions that played out while reading the journals of Kerryl.

An infection takes over the world and kills people horribly and rapidly. It's easily spread and no one seems immune. Eventually, Kerryl is the only one left in the farm house where her family lived. Loneliness is a very big fact
Julie Witt
I will admit to feeling a bit of trepidation when I read the synopsis of this book because I wasn't sure if a book told in diary form, from the viewpoint of a completely isolated teenage girl (who may or may not be the only survivor from her neck of the woods (Yorkshire, England) following the outbreak of a devastating and deadly virus), would be able to hold my interest, but boy was I wrong to worry!! I enjoyed the story so much it took me by surprise. "A gripping psychological drama" is the pe ...more
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Paradise Girl" is a really great read, it stole my attention from page one until the very last page. I liked the writing style, the development of the main character and events throughout the whole book.
Phill Featherstone has succeeded at gripping my soul with his perfect style, the end was sad but it was entertaining nevertheless.
Highly recommended!!

*I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.*
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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!
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
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you think this book is just for YA readers you would be wrong. I finished this book last week & have been mulling it over ever since. A deadly virus has spread and authorities are trying to keep the virus from spreading further.
The book is made up of diaries written by Kerryl, who wants to leave a journal to tell the story of what has happened to her. I am amazed that the author was able to capture Kerryl’s voice so well. At first she seemed 17, but she soon took on a lot more depth. In the
Kacey Watson
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.


Kerryl is, as far as she knows, the only person on Earth to survive a devastating pandemic that swept the globe, killing people quickly, ruthlessly, and often painfully. To make sure that her story doesn’t die with her, she decides to keep a diary - or rather, two. A purple diary tells the reader what happened when the virus was first discovered, up until she becomes the last of her family left alive. A green
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.*


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 ende
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was the age of Kerryl, the narrator of Phill Featherstone's 'Paradise Girl', we worried about nuclear annihilation. We marched against the bomb and wondered whether it would be better to be hit directly and evaporated or to die slowly and painfully from the after-effects of radiation poisoning. Maybe we considered the civil breakdown that would ensure and how society might survive and rebuild. One thing I didn't worry about was getting wiped out by an Ebola-style virus rampaging around th ...more
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Phill lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. His novel, Paradise Girl, Book 1 of the REBOOT trilogy, is set in the northern hills where, amidst the majestic beauty of the rolling moors, a lone young woman faces a bleak future due to a world pandemic. In Book 2, Aftershocks, the twin brother of the heroine of Book 1 sets out to discover the truth behind the infection. REBOOT concludes with B ...more

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