Thursday, February 21, 2013

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


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
Purchase: Amazon | B&N

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.

My Thoughts

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-
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.

Author Links: Website ~ Goodreads ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


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29 comments:

  1. You know what...I might like this one. I remember the cover reveal and I wasn't sure I'd like it, but after your review, I just might try it sometime. :)

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    1. I hope that if you do, you enjoy it.

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  2. I really liked this book too, Amy. It actually took me by surprise that I liked it so much. I thought Phoebe was a great realistic character too. I liked that she was such a strong character.
    I agree that there was a lot going on in the book!
    Great review, Amy! :)

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    1. I expected to like it, but I was very surprised that I loved it. It was really great!!

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  3. Ha, him immediately being interested in her would throw up major red flags for me too. She sounds pretty laid back, not the type someone that flashy would notice immediately. Oddly enough, that never happens in real life. But whatever.

    Also, I didn't know the author was a singer, and a somewhat famous one!

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    1. Lol!! Seriously, it always seems like in books or movies, if the hot popular guy notices the girl that just kind of blends in, something isn't right. I really did enjoy this book though. It was great!!

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  4. Great review! This sounds really good.

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  5. This does sound good! I am so curious about it because the author is a musician and for some reason that makes me want to read it alone! LOL It sounds like there was some great character development and like the plot moved along nicely!

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    1. The writing was really great. I loved that we were told things, but it was never too much at once. We get to know the things we need to know gradually.

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  6. Wow. I didn't originally pay much attention to this b/c it looked like an epic fantasy for some reason. I like books set at academies, too. I'm glad you got more than what you'd expected from the story.
    Great review!

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    1. It was a very fun read. Once I started I didn't want to put it down. It was definitely more than I was expecting.

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  7. The cover is definitely very eye catching to me. And I would probably buy it just for that. I think I might want a paperback though. ;)
    I'm glad it was so great, hearing a great review like that from someone I trust definitely gets it on my To-Read and Wish list.

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    1. The paperback is very pretty. That's what I have. I really was a great book. I loved the take on shifters and then the whole spy thing and the prophecy. It really worked well together.

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  8. oooh im a sucker for academies as well!! AND SPY SCHOOLS! that sounds totally awesome!! and Phoebe sounds like an awesome character as well! Glad you liked this one, Amy! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

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    1. I really enjoyed Phoebe. She totally seems like the type of person I would hang out with. She's so normal even if she's not really lol!!

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  9. Great review! I love books about academies as well!! I'll keep my eye out for this one.

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    1. This was definitely a good one!

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  10. I passed on this too but I like the way you describe it. I may pick it up.

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    1. I almost didn't decide to do the tour, but I was just so intrigued by it that I had to. Lol!! I'm glad that I did.

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  11. Great review Amy! I really liked this book too and loved Phoebe. I liked how Nya's creatures were diff than the usual we read about. And plus for a spy school, lol.

    Vivian
    Confessions of a Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

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    1. Yes, this was done very well. It was unique, but not completely different. I think the best thing was how real the characters seemed to me. She really did a fantastic job with them.

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  12. Yup me too. A boarding school or academy never cease to fail me. LOL! Thanks for the lovely review and giveaway :)

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    1. Even if I don't totally like a boarding school or academy book, they are always entertaining to read. Luckily this one was really great too.

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  13. Omigosh I love books set at academies too, Amy! :D I am glad that the characters stood out and made the book even better. I also love the name Colten. ;) Very sexy. :P Haha I have a one track mind.

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    1. Colten is a very sexy name lol! He was a great character. Even when I didn't trust him or know what to think of him I still liked him.

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  14. YAY I'm glad you liked this one and it wasn't an underwhelming read! I'm sorry the plot was a bit too predictable BUT I'm super glad Phoebe was a realistic person! The romance also sounds pretty awesome :D

    Awesome review!

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  15. I wasn't sure if I would be into this one initially but I'm really starting to think I'm going to love it! I really enjoyed your review that's for sure! I love stories involving secret academies too ♥ but what really stuck with me was how you mentioned the characters being the best part - that's a BIG plus for me so I'll definitely be checking it out :D

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  16. Ha! Bitch!! No wonder so many people knew! You die!

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