Monday, February 18, 2013

Blog Tour/Review/Giveaway: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four by Nya Jade

Title: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
Author: Nya Jade
Series: A Shapers Novel #1
Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
Release Date: October 30, 2012
ISBN13: 9780615693743
Format: Paperback, 335 pages
Genre: YA, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance
Source: blog tour

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.

Nya Jade
Nya Jade is a singer-songwriter and author based in San Francisco. Her music videos have aired on the VH1, BET, and MTV networks. USA Today hailed Nya as a “young female troubadour worth keeping your eyes and ears on,” in an entertainment feature on up-and-coming singer-songwriters. “Her cool singing voice recalls Sade,” said the LA Times.

Between writing and performing new music, Nya took a musical sabbatical to focus on writing a novel—an endeavor she found quite daunting, until she began looking at each chapter as a verse in a very long song. Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is her first novel.

In her free time, Nya enjoys hanging out with family and friends, searching for amazing gluten-free desserts, and bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes.

Nya holds a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Sociology, both from Stanford University.

Find Nya Jade: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

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Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four was a surprising and pleasant read. I went into the story not really expecting anything extraordinary to burst out, and while it didn't cross the threshold into mindblowing, I truly did enjoy it very much.

To be honest, a lot of the story reminded me of the Hex Hall trilogy by Rachel Hawkins, but after the painful withdrawal caused by the release of its final installment last year, Phoebe Pope was the perfect fix for me. Basically, Phoebe is one of the many Shapers, a supernatural race that lives among humans, who have the task of hunting down Vigos. Why? Vigos, who were once part of the Shapers community, had turned to mito-hungry beasts, taking energy from the source of energy for humans, the mitochondria. But Phoebe's special: she's a Hypha, one of the rare Shaper x Human offspring, and also the only one with a certain set of special powers . . . Intriguing, is it not?
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