Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
A Shapers Novel #1
Published October 2012
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.
About the Author
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.
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book. From reading the blurb, I liked the premise of a secret spy school for paranormals under an ordinary one. I love spies and I love paranormal creatures, so I was just like, Gah! I have to read this! Jade was nice enough to send me a hard copy of her novel for review, so a BIG thank you to her - who doesn't love to get books? Anyways, on with the review.
I loved the characters. When Phoebe first got introduced in the novel, I was like, Why you have two hearts?! It both intrigued and befuddled me. However, Jade quickly and seamlessly explained things. This is one thing that I particularly liked about Jade's writing, her ability to explain her concepts and idea in a way that doesn't push the information on to you. It made for an all more enjoyable read. Phoebe, right. I was talking about Phoebe. She is a well written MC that doesn't have you pulling at your hair and yelling advice and criticism at the book.
Now, on to the bit that we all read books for: the inter-character relationships! Colten and Phoebe make the cutest of couples in my opinion, but there was always that bit of what's-wrong-with-him and what-is-he-going-to-do thoughts in the back of your mind from those nasty little seeds planted in the blurb. Then there are the oh-so-sweet moments that have you thinking, Surely he can't be that bad. I loved the feel of the relationship as it played on common and real life issues that couples face and added all the more to the character development.
I liked the plot, it is well thought out and took some twists that I didn't see coming - which is always a plus in my book (excuse the pun ^_^ ). It has its action-packed moments, sweet moments, and those oh-my-God-did-that-really-just-happen moments. I loved them all.
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is both a fun, and at times, intense read that has you turning the pages eager to see where it will take you next.
4 out of 5