Hello everyone!! Welcome to my tour stop on the Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four Tour. I took part in the cover reveal for this book and it was just such an awesome cover and sounded really interesting, I couldn't pass up taking part on this tour! For the full tour schedule, click on the banner above to be taken to the tour page on Xpresso Book Tours. (By the way, it's Giselle's Birthday today so stop by Xpresso Reads to wish her a Happy Birthday. Or on twitter.)
- Publisher: Dreamwell Publishing
- Publication date: 10/30/2012
- Source: Book sent from the author for bog tour/review
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.
I am a sucker for books with academies for some reason. Add in the fact it's a secret spy school hidden underneath another one, and they have powers... I was totally sold!! Now, I will be honest, even though I am a sucker for books like this, they do tend to be underwhelming for me. That is not the case with this one. Even with some of it being extremely predictable, I still found myself totally sucked into it and enjoying the story very much. The best part was the characters. They were very well done and I felt like I got to know them. Well, the main characters anyways, I am hoping to get to know more about some of the secondary characters in the next book.
Phoebe was a great character to get to know. Instead of sulking about her mother being gone and her father's death, she is throwing herself into school. She came across as very real to me. She needed friends to confide in, but she was also scared to let anybody too close. She is very non confrontational, but it the situation called for it, she would stand up for herself. She is also very perceptive, and with the help of her secret gift, she is able to get closer to knowing what is really going on and who is the real traitor. I also really loved that she wasn't so quick to fall at Colten's feet like every other girl in the world. She is cautious and keeps him at arms length as much as she can, even while she knows that she is falling for him.
Colten is the love interest, and yes, he's famous and gorgeous. He can have any girl he wants, but is interested in Phoebe. That right there sent red flags up for me. Not saying that she didn't deserve his attention, but he zeroed in on her rather quickly. The more I got to know him, the less I felt like he was up to something though. I knew something was up with him, but I also felt that he truly was a good person. I really wanted for him a Phoebe to really work out because it's quite obvious that they both really do care about each other, but they are both hiding big secrets from the other.
There is so much depth to this story. There are prophecies, secret agents of sorts, a royal type government for the Shaper's, and of course the enemies and their rulers. We spend time in the underneath world where the Shaper's are training and schooling, but also spend time in the real world where the normal teenagers don't have a clue about any of that. We get quite a bit of the background on the Shaper's and the Vigos, but it's not confusing. I also loved the mystery aspect of it even if it was pretty easy to figure out. There were so many other little underlying things going on that I didn't care about the things I already knew. I just wanted to enjoy the journey while getting to the end. The characters, the story, and the descriptiveness were all really amazing. I will definitely be continuing on with this series!! I have to know what happens next!
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-
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.
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