The Year of Four and The Blood of Kings (Phoebe Pope #1 and #2) by Nya Jade

The Year of Four
Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #1)
Publication date: October 28th 2012
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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.

The Blood of Kings
Nya Jade
(Phoebe Pope, #2)
Publication date: April 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

According to the press, Phoebe Pope and teen movie star Colten Chase are no longer an item—which is just how the happy new couple like it. And yet there’s trouble in paradise . . .

Phoebe is haunted by dreams that show her things she can’t possibly know about—including a pact between Colten and a wanted assassin. In the daylight, she struggles to keep a newly emerging power hidden, even as her hands itch to wield it.

Meanwhile, in the wake of their escape from a Vigo crèche, Phoebe and her fellow Hyphas study under lock and key at the Campus Below. As the foursome wait to see who among them will fulfill the prophecy, someone dear to Phoebe is kidnapped by a powerful Vigo determined to use her to spy on the Shaper royalty. When the Hyphas are called to the Royal Court, Phoebe refuses to heed warnings of imminent danger for she will do whatever it takes to rescue her loved one.

But once at court, nothing is as it first appears. A sinister force controls some royals, while others whisper behind closed doors about forbidden alliances. And as Phoebe draws on her courage to complete the task set by her enemy, she makes a startling discovery—one that upends her father’s memory.

With dangerous conspiracies surfacing, Phoebe must uncover what the Royal Shapers really want from her, and decide whether there’s room for Colten in her unraveling life.

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Review:

OMG you are killing me here!!!!!!!!!!!!

I know there are a lot of exclamation points that is because I am dying after reading the cliffhanger at the end of book 2!  But let’s start from the beginning my darlings and talking about our new friend Phoebe.

We all know by now that I love my badass girls and Phoebe is wonderful but not entirely there yet!  She has just lost her dad, and she is a bit all over the place (I mean who wouldn’t) but you can see already that she has wonderful ass kicking potential in her future.

To give you more background Phoebe is a shifter, well what is referred to as a Hypha as she is half human and she will know what she shifts into on her 18th Bday which is actually not too far away.  We get to her bday in book 2.

Let’s not forget Colten!

He is a dreamboat, a movie star and he goes to the same school as Phoebe.  Those 2 meet and the rest is ….  so many fun things!

Now that I am writing this, I need to back to the top and ask when book 3 is coming out?  Cause you were not there listening to be scream at the end of book 2. That is cruel and unusual punishment I am telling you.

This goes to say that I got totally hooked into the series and I have enjoyed it very much.  We get a lot of action, so great secondary characters.  Should I mention the few twists that kept me on the edge of my bed and finally an interesting romance between our leading couple.

Another thing I should mention before digging in deeper, is to say that I am really loving the covers of both books, they are absolutely perfect!

Let’s see.. ohh I need to mention the bad guys, based on the lore in these books they are the Vigos. So this is based on the actions of a faction back in Pompei’s days and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius (brilliant draw to real history, LOVE IT!!!).  But, there is a twist there too!

So there you have it everyone, this is awesome and I loved every second of it!  I am going to ask again, when do we get book 3? I need STAT!!!!!

Enjoy and I hope you get to fall head over heels in love with this series as much as I did!

Author Bio:

Nya Jade has enjoyed a fun career as a singer-songwriter. Her music videos have aired on the Vh1, BET and MTV networks and she’s opened for some of the biggest names in music. Nya’s music has also received recognition in major publications, including USA Today and the LA Times. She took a break from writing and performing music to write The Year of Four, her first YA novel. When she isn’t writing, Nya can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading or bargain hunting for her next pair of funky shoes. Nya lives with her family in California.

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