Title: Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four (Shapers #1) [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Nya Jade
Release Date: October 30, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A very fun and entertaining book about shape-shifters that had my sole attention from beginning to end.
About the Book: 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.
Phoebe Pope can easily be described as a fun and intriguing fantasy read that had me flipping the pages with excitement and joy. I loved every minute of it. The characters were delightful and I loved the creatures that Nya Jade created. There is quite a bit of mystery that plays throughout the story and I loved the way things unraveled, it always kept me guessing. Some things were pretty obvious, but there were also some surprises along the way.
Nya’s writing style is refreshing, upbeat, and vivid. She creates a very detailed and original world filled with interesting creatures and magical things that would fascinate just about anyone. Oh, and another bonus – there are some pictures! Not the cheesy kind either, but the really well-drawn ones that definitely add to the story. They’re few and far between, and I was really surprised when I saw them, but I really loved that they were there. I’m a pretty visual person, so seeing how the author wants you to visualize a scene is something I really appreciated.
I really enjoyed the Phoebe and Colten’s relationship. They were to cute together and Colten is such a sweetie and very charming. Even though you could easily figure out what he was hiding from Phoebe, I loved watching it all unfold and Phoebe’s reaction to it. Phoebe is pretty awesome herself. She’s a strong, determined heroine who isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She had tragic things happen to her in the past, but she still turned out great and learning about her fate just strengthened her character and made me like her more. Another favorite character of mine was Hayley. She had me laughing so many times and she was just the typical awesome best friend you can’t help but love. The villans were dastardly creatures and I loved all the action and excitement that kept me at the edge of my seat.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Phoebe Pope and would recommend this to any fantasy fans out there, or anyone in general as I think this would seriously appeal to all readers. I loved how there was always something going on, something to draw your attention and keep you engrossed in the story. It’s a light and fun read filled with whimsical characters, a unique setting, and fascinating creatures. I can’t wait to see what Nya has in store for us next.