Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
5 STARS - LOVED IT!
I became engrossed in this book immediately and loved every single word and chapter. Phoebe is such a likeable young woman, and I felt such empathy for her as the story unfolded. The conversations were entertaining and seemed natural. The description of the Green Lane campus and the hidden spy academy below allowed me to paint vivid pictures of both schools in my imagination. This story seemed uncommonly well-balanced to me with enough description to keep my mind filled with pictures but also plenty of action and adventure to keep me reading quickly. The author displays an admirable ability as a story-teller, making her characters pop and sizzle. Fantastic characterizations, uniquely original situations and action sequences, along with especially appropriate descriptive details that set the mood for each new scene kept this novel flowing smoothly without any bogs or snags. The author has envisioned an alternate world populated by an assortment of characters that I have fallen in love with. I am certainly looking forward to further adventures as Phoebe and cast grow more into their unique abilities and their personalities continue to evolve!
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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.
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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.
To find out more, please visit http://www.nyajade.com
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