Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan: Book Review

This next review has some serious heavy topics. Warning for animal violence and sexual assault. Girls of Paper and Fire is a YA Asian inspired fantasy. This is the first time I read a book that was Asian inspired and I’m glad I have another one to read soon called Shadow of the Fox.

Girls of Paper and Fire is in a world with demons, half demons, and humans. The book starts with a human 16 year old girl, Lei helping in her family’s tea shop. Suddenly, three half demon soldiers storm in and tries to take Lei. Out of fear she runs, but she doesn’t get very far from the half demons. They take her into a carriage on their way to the palace where the demon king keep human girls as concubines (Goodreads).


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My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I was uncomfortable throughout this whole book. I’m sure for the most part that was intended because the book does have a major focus on sexual assault/rape. But I was also uncomfortable because of the animal abuse that I didn’t know was in here at all. Although, I’m glad it’s at the very beginning and that’s it. I was also uncomfortable with the gender roles the kingdom was enforcing, again I believe done on purpose. The stark contrast and breath of fresh air the kingdom needed was through the main character, Lei. Sometimes, I thought she didn’t make the best choices, but she still proved herself as a force to be reckon with. I really enjoyed the female and female relationship. The love interest just might be my favourite character. She was fearless, strong, smart, but also soft and loving. I can’t wait to see them together again in the next book.

Ngan left the book on quite a cliff hanger and I look forward to finding out what happens next.

As always, thanks for reading!


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