Thursday, June 15, 2017

Phoebe Pope: The First Year, The Blood of Kings by Nya Jade | Review & Giveaway

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.

The Year of Four (Phoebe Pope, #1)The Year of Four by Nya Jade
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not what I expected

I must say this is beyond what I expected. I do love a good paranormal, but sometimes its hard for me to get into them. Not the case with this book. From the start, Phoebe's characters caught my attention. This first book follows Phoebe as she develops her abilities, undergoes training as one of the Four in a prophecy, and has boy troubles, all while trying to keep up appearances when mingling with students from Above. Yikes.
The characters are developed and the story written well. I really liked reading this book and Nya Jade did a great job getting my attention.

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.

The Blood of Kings: A Phoebe Pope Novel (Book 2)The Blood of Kings: A Phoebe Pope Novel by Nya Jade
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It got better!!

Leaping lizards! This series just took a turn for the better. Literally, story go got better as it went on. Phoebe's character has grown and I definitely see her more developed. I'm more in love with her relationship with Colton. Her skills and training are even more necessary. The illustrations were really cool. Loved it.

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About the Author
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.



  1. Hi Hadassah! Thank you so much for your wonderful reviews! I appreciate your taking time to read both books in my Phoebe Pope series. Glad to know you loved them. Thank you for being a part of my Xpresso Book Tour. xo Nya