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Girls of Storm and Shadow

(Girls of Paper and Fire #2)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  895 ratings  ·  359 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
Hardcover, FairyLoot exclusive, 397 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
Love is a sacred word reserved only for rebel girls and their warrior girlfriends, aka Lei and Wren
may ➹
...2.5 stars

hello I’m May but I go by “Eternally Crying Over This Rating” now
Natasha Ngan
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more

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

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 that Natasha said in her review that this book is full of "cute queer boy demons" and my gay heart is already palpitating
It's here and I am so glad I got the
✨    jamieson   ✨
remember when I read the entire first book in one day good fucking times I cannot wait for the sequel. and for my lesbian warrior mums to return
Elise (TheBookishActress)
love is real and it came up to me at a Starbucks and punched me in the face
Jan 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
***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.
petition to rename this book "gays of storm and shadow" because that's basically what it is
Ashleigh | Wild Heart Reads
This cover watered my gay crops and cleared my gay skin ...more
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 bright
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)
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
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
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
May 25, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, lgbt, audiobooks
alexa play heart eyes by coin because this cover just transcended all other covers
*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.
The Nerd Daily
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Kate (GirlReading)
From the characters and the world to the society and magic system, everything about these books is beautifully crafted and captivating.
Although I admittedly didn’t love this as much as book one (which is unsurprising, considering how much I loved book one. Although I do worry this somewhat fell to ‘middle book’ book syndrome, as I was a tad underwhelmed) I still thoroughly enjoyed it and am ridiculously excited to see how this trilogy is going to conclude. I’m just devastated I’m going have to
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 :))
4 stars | video review ~ 13 min

*single tear* Last year, Girls of Paper and Fire came out. This year, I was lucky enough to have my request for a Girls of Storm and Shadow ARC granted by the publisher! I was super excited to receive this in the mail, so thank you Little, Brown and Co. for sending GOSAS to me.

If I was lukewarm about GOPAF, I am pleasantly REELING from GOSAS. Natasha pretty much gave me everything I asked for at the end of GOPAF in GOSAS. Color me impressed!

Notes: I will have a
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rep-sapphic, arcs, rep-poc
i’m definitely going to be in the minority for this but this was so much better than gopaf ...more
Aaryn Flott
May 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Oh that cover is delicious!!!
milou  ☕️
y'all this cover is bringing tears to my eyes
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. an entire book of lei

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
Laura ☾
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review *

4.75 stars

Picking up Lei and Wren's adventures where Girls of Paper and Fire left off, Girls of Storm and Shadow is a bold piece of brilliant storytelling. It is a tale of political warring, with shifting alliances, intrigue, complex dynamics in an empire in turmoil and the heart-wrenching choices the characters are forced to make and paths they have to travel as a result. Set in agorgeous world,
Julie Zantopoulos
So here's the thing. Natasha has said that arc is a really early draft. That there are newer arcs that have been corrected more and that the final book won't be what I read. And maybe that's a good thing. I can absolutely, 100% respect what she did in terms of survivors of sexual assault, abuse, rape and the trauma they endure. She does beautiful things with the depiction of PTSD and the toll it takes on a person and their future relationships. It discusses incredibly important things in regards ...more
kav (xreadingsolacex)
Anyway I would like to formally announce that I now prescribe to the religion of "sapphic girlfriends of color revolting against corrupt people in power."

"At night, the heavenly rulers dreamed of colors, and into the day those colors bled onto the earth, raining down onto the paper people and blessing them with the gifts of the gods. But in their fear, some of the paper people hid from the rain and so were left untouched. And some basked in the storm, and so were blessed above all others with
Mar 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
So dang hyped for this. Come at me beloved pain


That cover tho oh my God
I would do anything to have an ARC of this!
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Natasha Ngan is a NYT bestselling author 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. Natasha studied Geography at the University of Cambridge before working as a social media consultant and fashion blogger.


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