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Girls of Storm and Shadow

(Girls of Paper and Fire #2)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  11,211 ratings  ·  1,931 reviews
In this mesmerizing sequel to the New York Times bestselling Girls of Paper and Fire, Lei and Wren have escaped their oppressive lives in the Hidden Palace, but soon learn that freedom comes with a terrible cost.

Lei, the naive country girl who became a royal courtesan, is now known as the Moonchosen, the commoner who managed to do what no one else could. But slaying the cr
Hardcover, 403 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Jimmy Patterson Books
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Natasha Ngan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book contains: an epic journey, dark magic, stormy seas and blistering deserts, cute queer boy demons, fancy parties, politics, betrayal, badass girls with swords, declarations of love that come too late, secrets and fears, hope and devastation, battles at midnight, stolen kisses, glorious feasts, shattered lives, and scenes that will both make and break your heart. Prepare yourselves 😈
may ➹
...2.5 stars

hello I’m May but I go by “Eternally Crying Over This Rating” now
genuinely can’t stop imagining the animal characters looking like they’re from kung fu panda
petition to rename this book "gays of storm and shadow" because that's basically what it is ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Julie at jimmy Paterson for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

This book was sent to me by the publisher! If you would like to know how to get ARCs and review copies, feel free to watch my video, Advanced Reader Copies 101!


setting this aside because... 1) i'm bored 2) i had to return the audiobook to the library


Here we go! Fingers crossed that the cute demons come quickly


happy book birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I just noticed
Apr 30, 2021 rated it liked it
“There is nothing stronger than people who endure the worst hardships in the world and still raise their fists at the start of a new day to fight all over again.”

Note: This will contain spoilers from Girls of Paper and Fire. Read at your own risk.

So...this book was okay I guess. I did not like this one as much as the first one. Why? Because Wren became more annoying, and the plot kind of staggered.

Let's begin with the characters:

So, there were some things I liked about the characters, an
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks, fantasy, lgbt
and that’s on lesbianism!
Ash | Wild Heart Reads
May 28, 2019 marked it as to-read
This cover watered my gay crops and cleared my gay skin 😍
April (Aprilius Maximus)
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
1.) Girls of Paper and Fire ★★★★.5
2.) Girls of Storm and Shadow ★★★★


“Fear is good. It means you care. And caring is its own kind of magic. One just as powerful as any dao I can weave.”

representation: own voices all asian cast (author is Malaysian), f/f relationship, m/m relationships.

[trigger warnings are listed at the bottom of this review and may contain spoilers]


yooooo i don't know what book y'all were reading, but this was so good. i th
Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨

Like with the first book I had a feeling that this was somewhat unoriginal. It had some clear The Hunger Games vibes - girl becomes figurehead for resistance, girl gets a (strange) 'codename', girl doubts whether resistance is actually better than established ruling faction. Also, it had some world-building problems. Still, I enjoyed the characters, the overall direction of the story and the LGBT representation.


Bo!: Bo was such a brigh
h o l l i s
There was a quote I immediately thought of when I finished this book. It comes from Pitch Perfect 3 courtesy of Anna Kendrick who says :

"Oh, honey, that was.. we didn't like that at all."

I'm not as disappointed about this as I might have been had I actually liked book one to begin with. But I did hope the story, or plot, would transition into interesting avenues, or at least properly process trauma and/or grief. And it didn't. I feel like little to nothing actually even happened in this instalme
girls of paper and fire - 1 star
girls of storm and shadow - 1.5 stars


this series is so tiring and boring and stupid and pointless...this book had NO PLOT. I just read 400 pages...and I'm like "that's it? that's the book?" because it was so STUPID.

literally, point out ONE thing they accomplished in this novel and i will be surprised. they did little things, like finding allies, but the entire book was people just keeping secrets, and action scenes that lasted way too
Jan 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
***Pre-review #2***

OH. MY. GOD. This cover is absolutely stunning and I am 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

I don't love it *quite* as much as the first cover, but at the same time it is GORGEOUS and I CANNOT STOP STARING AT IT.

Productivity? What is that? Why bother doing anything responsible when I can just stare at this cover all day long instead?

***Pre-review #1***

This book may not have a release date, cover, or title yet, but it's sure as hell one of my most anticipated releases regardless! I. NEED. IT.
julianna ➹
Siri, please translate [a thousand dying screams] into english for me because that's it. That's the review

(Also, May is lowkey disowned)

buddy read with the scourge of all human creation

anyways :) the heavens looked down favorably upon me and the publicist decided to give me a physical arc of this (after I wrote a five body paragraph essay in my review request)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

I see the curse of the sequel is alive and well
Lucy Tonks
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-reads
Girls of Paper and Fire: ☆☆☆☆☆
Girls of Storm and Shadow: ☆☆.5

TW: self-harm, referances to sexual abuse, PTSD

I am so utterly disappointed. I was so sure that I was going to like this book since I loved the first book, but this was not what I expected. This book had 400 hundred pages and it could have been so much shorter than that!

The plot was horrible. It was so dull and for most of the book I didn't even know what the plot was or what our characters were aiming to do. It was a complete mess.
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
CW: sexual trauma, PTSD-like symptoms, public execution, arsony, violence, blood, explosion, self-harm for blood magic, death

Ooof. Okay. I went into this with very low expectations because of the reviews I read and opinions I heard and I'm glad I did. Because although I can't say I was disappointed because of my lowered expectations, this was objectively a weak(er) sequel. The first two thirds (if not more) of the story had more of ajourney "getting from point A to point B" type of plot which is
Trina (Between Chapters)
This had the typical sequel slump. They're was a lot of travel and small battles just building to what will happen next. I felt like not much of importance happened for the length, was mostly bored, and often considered DNFing. I did appreciate how it portrayed coping with trauma.

AUDIOBOOK: the narrator had a pleasant voice, but the reading was pretty flat. Inflection was often in the wrong place, there was a lack of emotion and urgency, and chapter transitions were confusing because she did not
Feb 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
A binge-able follow-up to the entrancing and vivid Girls of Paper and Fire, I found this sequel not quite at the level of its predecessor. Where the first book in this series had a heavier tone (MASSIVE trigger warnings for sexual violence here), Girls of Storm and Shadow takes place mostly outside of the palace that previously held Lei and the other paper girls, in essentially a gilded cage. The shift in setting and pacing ended up leaving a lot of the grittiness and human-connections we got to ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan is the second book of the young adult fantasy Girls of Paper and Fire series. This fantasy series is one that continues the story onward that was started in the first book so it is highly recommended to begin the series with the first books, Girls of Paper and Fire.

While this is a young adult fantasy series again I must stress these should be for the more mature audience. There are several things included in the series that deserve a bit of warning befor
Not long ago, I was a girl of paper and fire. And I’ll be damned if I’m going to let a little bit of snow smother those flames.

Thank you so much to Natasha Ngan for an autographed ARC at BookCon!

Also, a shoutout to Raena, the librarian who runs the monthly YA book club at my local library who gave me her ARC of GoPaF when she heard I had an ARC of this one so I'd have a matching set, Angel bless her.



This book. THIS BOOK! GoPaF was excellent, but I enjoyed this one even more
*screams into the void* I'm fine, I swear I am. I'm fine I'm fine I'm fine I'm fine I'M FINE. but maybe I'm fucking lying. ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
This was a decent sequel...I loved it!!!! Usually I hate sequels in a trilogy as they as always so bleh and full of filler to stretch the storyline..but this I devoured.

Here we pick up more or less right where we left off with our band of characters hiding for their lives as they try and forge a path away from the demon king.

We hear a lot more about the geo-political landscape which was so interesting and the various castes as lei and her crew fight to found a better world..but nothing’s ever t
Laura (thebookcorps)
Thank you very much to Hachette Australia for providing a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Girls of Storm and Shadow is one of 2019’s most highly anticipated YA sequels and one I was desperate to get my hands on. Reading this book felt like I was going on this journey with the characters: following in their footsteps, laughing at their jokes, and experiencing their hardships and trauma. Ngan has crafted a beautiful, haunting sequel that has made me even more excited (and terri
The Nerd Daily
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by AB Endacott

Note: This review contains spoilers for Girls of Paper and Fire. You can find The Nerd Daily’s review for it here.

When I finished Girls of Paper and Fire, I thought it a beautifully written book set in a fabulously intricate fantasy world whose plot had a few things that bothered me. My consensus: a good book that I’d definitely recommend but not necessarily rave about.

Then it kept intruding into my thoughts.

I found myself eagerly ant
Lea | That_Bookdragon
Feb 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
3/5 ⭐️

"Being vulnerable isn't a flaw. It is the most beautiful thing in the world. If you were invincible, being brave would be easy."

I am so torn about this book! I absolutely loved Girls of Paper and Fire, it was a fantastic story which I devoured in I believe two days during finals season because I just couldn't put it down. As such, I had very high expectations for this and unfortunately I was left a little bit underwhelmed. 3 stars is still a high rating for me, that's for sure
Why does it have to end like that?!

I can’t believe I’ve got an Arc for this! I know what my first book of October is going to be :))
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ugh, dnf, lgbtq
1.5 stars & DNF @ 15-20% before skimming.

What the fuck dude. I realized I should probably DNF this when I had to physically force myself to keep reading and kept rolling my eyes and just going SIGH every other sentence.
What the fuck happened?
Girls of paper and fire is one of my favorites so this was a highly anticipated read for me.
Straight away on the first fucking page I realized something was wrong; this book feels like it was written by someone else?? It's completely differently written? It
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Natasha Ngan is a writer and yoga teacher. She grew up between Malaysia, where the Chinese side of her family is from, and the UK. This multicultural upbringing continues to influence her writing, and she is passionate about bringing diverse stories to teens. Ngan studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.

She lives in France w

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