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The Year of Four

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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.

340 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 28, 2012

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Nya Jade

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Nya Jade loves all things fantasy, action, romance and suspense! When she's not deep into her world building, you can find her spending time with family and friends or reading. Nya lives in Northern California with her family.

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1,633 reviews237 followers
September 4, 2020
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1,025 reviews91 followers
September 29, 2017
My initial thoughts after finishing The Year of Four?


Basically, I ADORED this book! It's been a long time since I've found a YA fantasy to be as unputdownable as The Year of Four was, and in some ways, it managed to fill the hole in my heart that formed when Richelle Mead's Vamprie Academy series ended (and trust me when I say that's a hard thing to accomplish!)

One of my favorite aspects about this book was the world building. Nya Jade did such an amazing job of setting up the Shaper world. Not only did she include an epic twist on history (hint: it involves Pompeii!) but she included a private school, a dramatic court system, cunning royals, AND a bone-chilling enemy. I loved the level of detail she put into creating Phoebe's world. It truly made the book come alive. Because of the amazing world building, the characters were more fleshed out, the plot lines were more developed, etc.

Moving on, I adored the main characters in this; however, I have to admit Phoebe was my absolute favorite! There was just so much to love about her. She was smart, brave, and resilient. She's faced horrible things, but instead of letting them bring her down, she only became wiser and stronger because of it. I especially liked the transformation Phoebe goes through over the course of the book. When we're first introduced to her, she's never really been close to anyone besides her dad and grandpa, but as the book progresses, she begins to come out of her shell, befriending some kick-a$$ characters AND starting up a slow-burning romance with a cute and charming boy. However, the characteristic I loved the most about Phoebe was that she could be kick-a$$ all on her own. Sure, sometimes she got help from her love interesting and/or friends, but most of the time, Phoebe was being daring and brave all on her own, which I admired greatly!

I don't want to say much about the plot, because I don't want to spoil anything. But I will say it's one that will keep you guessing the whole way through! Seriously, just when you think you have everything figured out Nya throws in a crazy twist and BAM you're right back to square one. Additionally, the plot had the perfect balance of action and romance - enough to appease fans of both of areas!

In all, I could go on and on but I'll end here: The Year of Four is spellbinding, fast paced, and romantic debut! If you're a fan of Vampire Academy and/or Hex Hall you simply must check this one out!

Grade: A
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355 reviews642 followers
February 11, 2013
*A copy was provided for review purposes*

I really enjoyed reading Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four because it was something new for me as I haven’t read books about shapeshifters who are really spies in..well...EVER. Also, another part of the book I really enjoyed was the “leading a double life” aspect. While Phoebe attends normal school in the human world, she attends another school for shapeshifters who are spies underground. In the real world, she has to face the death of her father, real homework, and a crush growing on the teen-hearthrob Colten Chase, who isn’t what he seems to be. In her “underground” world, she faces spy training, dangerous prophecies, and an unknown “menace” who lurks around the campus, with the target being Phoebe. So Phoebe doesn’t just have one already hectic life to deal with, but two, and she has to handle them both while trying to stay alive.

I really admire Phoebe because she had a lot of will-power and strength to deal with so much going on in her life. She was strong and brave, but sometimes weak when she could’ve used her powers. She was likable, but just don’t be expecting a whole lot of action from her just because she’s a “spy in training”. I think Phoebe’s character could’ve used a little more “oomph”. The other characters made up for her though, such as Hayley, Cyn, and Colten. Speaking of Colten, the romance in this book revolves around him and Phoebe. I felt like the romance was nicely done and it was enjoyable to read, but it kind of took away from the plot a little. I would’ve preferred more of an emphasis on the plot and not on the romance.

Overall, it was an entertaining read with moderate amount of action and a great deal of twists, suspense, and romance. What I commend the most is Nya’s writing style because it was smooth and flowing with almost no flaws which kept me reading. I will definitely pick up the next book if I ever come across it just because of that drastic ending. YES PEOPLE, TIS A CLIFFHANGER.
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883 reviews539 followers
February 27, 2019
This book was full of fantasy, action, romance, deception and suspense. It is geared to the young adult audience, but is an enjoyable read for older readers that need a change in genre. It has a decent storyline and likeable main characters. It is a relatively light, fun read that keeps you interested throughout the novel. I was drawn into the book quickly and it kept me going with the twists and turns.
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June 5, 2017
Although shape-shifters aren't usually my thing, this story swept me away.

Phoebe is a sixteen-year-old girl, who after the loss of her father, decides to enroll in a special school known as the school 'below'. Hidden beneath a normal school, the one 'above', the school below is for Shifters. But there's a war raging. A group wants to kidnap Phoebe and three other students thanks to a prophecy that claims one of the four harbors secret powers. Despite protection, the kidnappers get their fingers on two of them, and Phoebe knows it's only a matter of time before she will be next.

In some ways, this book reminded me of Vampire Academy. There's a school for those with special abilities - Shifters -, romance, outside danger and a heroine with a bit of an attitude. Phoebe is a very self-assured girl and doesn't let others push her around. Still, she's carrying a lot of baggage. As a half breed, she doesn't completely fit in and struggles with this outwardly as well as inwardly. She never comes across pitiful or naive, but uses her head and doesn't let things get her down. And this is what makes her easy to cheer for until the end.

The romance sprinkles nicely between the main plot, allowing the action and mystery to stay as the main focus. It's not quite a love at first sight, but it's clear from the beginning that Phoebe will end up with her prince. He does harbor a few secrets of his own, which add a nice twist not only to this book but several possible plot bunnies for the rest of the series.

The author has built a complex world of shifters and their politics. Although this seems like it might get confusing during the first chapters, it quickly smooths out as the adventure unfolds. As the layers of intriguing start to appear, the information behind this world slides neatly into place. Not only did this book provide many unexpected twists and turns, but the groundwork is laid for even more intrigue to come. And I'm looking forward to see what happens to Phoebe next.

I received a complimentary copy and was so surprised at how much I enjoyed this book that I wanted to leave my honest thoughts and opinions.
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3,131 reviews26 followers
June 8, 2017
great beginning to the series. Phoebe makes a good bumbling heroine main character. there are so many questions that arise as you get one answered another one comes. Lots of twists and turns as well. You never know what way things will go.

Phoebe is a shaper who is on the verge of her conversion. She has lost her dad and her mom was never around. this has you feel for her and want to see her overcome it all to succeed. She gets lost in her photography to cope with life. She is trying to take after her dad and be a spy but not one in the field but one who pieces it all together. She struggles with the use of her powers but isn’t discouraged. As she is figuring it all out things things begin to happen.

The prophecy of the year of four is revealed and they are in danger. People are hurt, threats come about and a romance brews.

Colton is the one to take Phoebe’s heart. He has his own secrets and in the end understand why he did but he had them none the less. I liked how protective he was of Phoebe. Also their interactions were forced but more cute meets. We see them slowly learn about each other and we also see them fall in love even if they don’t use the words. His premiere was a crazy one and that turned the tides both good and bad.

As Phoebe is learning to wield elements, try not to be kidnapped like others are and just stay alive she falls for a boy and learns so many things. Secrets are reveled, trust betrayed and trust gained. I have to say Colton isn’t all he seems but isn’t a bad guy. He was kind and protective. The twists and turns and reveals in this beginning tale were shocking and some have your jaw drop. As answers come more questions form. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat with the action, danger, intrigue, friendships, betrayals and love. The world building was unique in how it comes out as things are happening. Not built up all at once but slowly so that you learn more than you expect but it is a treat because it helps to understand what is going on.

A great beginning to the series that is already giving many surprises, reveals, and keeps changing and leaving you hanging in some subtle and not so subtle ways. A different look on shapers that is interesting, entertaining and keeps you on your toes.

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May 3, 2017
The year of four by Nya Jade.
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.
Good read with good characters. Loved how Phoebe and Colton were together. 4*. Netgalley and xpresso book tours.
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November 26, 2019
This book I feel is a mix of Harry Potter and Ally Carter. I thought really well written and very intriguing story. I hope she has plans on writing more in this series. Right now I see any 2 books in the series. :( I was very engrossed in this book. I can't wait to read the second one!
February 22, 2019
Let me start of by saying wow. After reading the blurb I wasn’t too sure what to make of it. I thought Nya was trying to go overboard by throwing in the magic scene as well as a movie star, and I felt like it would all be a little too much. But boy was I wrong. The idea of it definitely caught my attention, and i wanted to see just how it played out. I read the sample first, as i do with essentially every book i read, and before we talk spoilers (which will be highlighted down below) I’m going to try and convince you that this is WORTHY BUY. Now for fans of fantasy books, this has it all. It has a little bit of a Vampire Academy vibe with the school and the secret from the human world, but minus the vampires. Instead it focuses on Phoebe Pope, who, having suffered loss throughout her lifetime, never seems to complain all that much. Now one of my biggest pet peeves is a Heroin who does nothing but whine and wait for someone to come a long and rescue her (Elena Gilbert, Cough – only on the screen though, Book Elena is a WHOLE other thing). The thing about Phoebe, is that she is incredibly independent. And rightfully so, considering the warnings of her father and the unknown future of her gift. And that’s where Hayley comes in. Now i love a good book that features a genuine girl/girl friendship and surprisingly, not many books actually manage to get it right. The Year of Four however, DOES. And i am here for it. Then you have Phoebe’s relationship with the other three, which Nya again seems to just get right. Now if you’re looking for a book that features a strong heroine, some godly boys and a true friendship – then this is the one for you. Might i also add there is no love triangle!!! Shocking, I know. But it really adds depth to the book, and means that the brilliance of the story can be shown without being interrupted by some soppy love tale. And even though I do love a good book about romance, it is totally true that you can have. too. much…

Okay, now for readers who actually intend to read the book – this is where you must exit. For those who fans of the series, or who just want to spoil it to get the guilty pleasure rather than sacrifice the time, then pull up a seat and grab some popcorn.



Okay, so you have decided to continue reading. Good. Now, before I go any further I must say that as of right now, I have just finished reading both books in extremely quick concession. This may mean I might get a few things muddled up but fingers crossed not too much.

So, lets start with the beginning. Most of the time I find books difficult to get a grasp on at first when talking about supernatural ideas – this unfortunately, was one of them. Nevertheless, it didn’t stop me from persevering and as we delved a few chapters in, things started to make sense. For all my VA fans out there, you were probably also rejoicing the fact that you get to feel like you’re in that same environment. I know I was!! So we have the Above, and we have the Below. Above housed all things normal and was the human side of the lifestyle they lived – a private boarding school that masked the fact that Shapers lived below. Now Shapers are essentially shape shifters, all with their own second animal skin. This came from the idea of having two hearts – one for each of their identities. Very clever, I thought. Despite the complex explanation and the catching up i had to do on understanding, the ease Nya explained it was really good. Now this is Phoebe’s first year at the school, where she’ll have her above ground studies and below ground studies. Now girl I don’t know where she thinks she has the TIME, I can’t even stick to my one schedule let alone double the work load. For that, I give these guys some serious ball points. Phoebe and her bestie Hayley, possibly my fave but haven’t quite decided, get reacquainted after a summer apart (I think???) and start talking all the hot dish.

Speaking of DISH, this is the name of a super popular magazine that essentially rivals Seventeen and what not. Now the main feature of this magazine (so special i see a religion forming) is the one and only COLTEN CHASE. And yes, i agree: pretty much every made up celebrity will feature the name Chase in it – first or last. Not that I’m complaining because it is saucy. Now, what I expected to have NO RELEVANCE AT ALL… was actually quite the opposite. The temptation to just rave about the second book is actually almost overwhelming but I am trying SO hard to keep it contained. Now, Colten, who took an immediate liking to Phoebe and knew her name even without giving it, was a mystery. And i think that’s what made him so sexy. But anyway, the role he plays in her own character development and the furthering of the plot is crucial, despite him hiding in the background. Now, although i could feel it coming and i even knew when it had arrived, NOTHING, i repeat, NOTHING, could’ve stopped me from practically falling out my chair at the discovery of him being Vigo. Colour me fucking shocked. But one thing I think Nya did incredibly well was show the necessity of Colten being a celeb. I mean, if he wasn’t where would we have got her little run away scene or the makeover or like any of the fancy stuff? Am i right or am i right. AND LET’S NOT EVEN GET INTO THE CINDERELLA ENDING. I’m serious. Let’s not. I don’t need to go sit in a corner and cry for the remainder of the day, sorry guyssssss.

But now that Colten Chase (insert heart eye emoji) is out the way with, let’s talk the prophecy of four. Mariko oh my goodness she is incredibly. I actually don’t know what i like about her so much to be honest, but there’s so much to her in her own character. Something a lot of authors often forget is to humanize the other characters outside of the current situation. Nya on the other hand, literally took this, ran away with it and rubbed it in everyone’s faces. I could literally write you a character profile on pretty much everyone. Now while Mariko is missing for half the book thanks to the work of you know who, it doesn’t stop her from being her sassy little self who doesn’t take anyone’s shit, especially the other two boys. Now Lewis. Lewis, Lewis, Lewis. What are we gonna do with you. You know, in another life time, one without the idea of Colten Chase (insert heart eye emoji) i think i could’ve seen myself with Lewis. There’s just something about the guitar and the kind words man. Like proper hipster I’m indie vibes, but he actually seems like her knows what he’s doing. Don’t wanna say too much about these two for fear i start spoiling the next one. And last but definitely not fucking least… Scott. I have never wanted to punch a character so violently in the face before. And this was one thing I definitely never saw coming. Looking back i think how the fuck did I miss the signs? I mean he literally couldn’t do magic at all. But yes, I was gobsmacked when he walked in the room with those keys. And oh boy did I wanna throttle him. The thing I’m most aggravated about, is that I could really see myself shipping the two of them. (Of course in a different life without Colten Chase heart eye emoji). I mean, what a bloody bitch. I sure convinced myself as well that he was just being forced to not unlock her just to torture her that little bit more but oh BOY when he turned that key. Shit kicked the fan I swear to god.

And then we come back to Colten – the savior who shE LEAVES BEHIND. I was actually sobbing. I was laughing so hard like yes girl I couldn’t even feel bad. But it’s Colten I knew he could handle himself. The best bit for me though was her facade – her he’s dead weight actually got me going. SEE? STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN RIGHT THERE. I swear to god any other character would be bawling by now. Not my Phoebe. And the way she practically dropped all the cubs? Too much even for me. I was so fidgety during this whole ordeal i was practically pacing my room and doing a little fist clench every time something badass happened.

Now let’s talk Blackcoats. Although I’m not entirely sure how old any of them are to be honest, I definitely have some feels for Afua and Yelena. They could literally be fifty and I’d still say it #noshame. I just need everyone to take a sec to appreciate the way they finessed Scott’s ass when he climbed up again. I was just sitting there with a smug look of my face and pride in my heart. Now I gotta be honest, I loved Scott. Even knowing he was a baddy. Honestly I think I loved him more BECAUSE of that. But still, I think he got what was coming for him and who am I to stand in the way of that? Now after that whole melodrama, real Scott comes home and boom the four are back together having survived the many kidnapping attempts and the torture. Props to them, aye. Now the ending had a few surprises. One being Afua and her admittance that the original threat was never a big deal because the world didn’t care about Hyphas. It actually warmed my heart to know that she was only ever really looking out for them, and again it’s the blackcoat thing. Gets to me. Another was the mention of the Crown wanting to meet the four hyphas. This really got me excited cos i knew we would finally be able to see the world outside of the school!!!! (Trust me, it’s worth it.) And last but not least, the Cinderella moment. I think we all know what happened their and the tears are brewing just thinking bout it so I’m gonna leave that one right there.

Okay so, although the shit sum up, I think I’ve covered some important parts in the first novel. But I’m also not saying the book is perfect. There are some times when too many things are going on at once, and some just feel underdeveloped and it can get confusing af. But if you’re reading this having just finished the book and are unsure on whether or not to continue, then just hear me out. The Year of Four was published back in 2012. Her next book, The Blood of Kings, came out in 2017. That’s a whole ass five years in which Nya has developed her writing and i can tell you IT SHOWS. The second book, i hesitate to say, I would consider to be better. Like it is SO INCREDIBLE IT HURTS AND SO MUCH STUFF HAPPENS AND MY EMOTIONS HAVE JUST BUILT UP SO MUCH I’M STILL IN DISTRESS. But i would definitely recommend giving it the chance. Although things do get weirder, it gets so much better.

I apologise for practically talking your head off, buuuuut if you liked what i had to say feel free to find me on my blog - it's a new process but i feel like i need to express these emotions without going crazy so i've decided to start writing about them. Book two i will be doing super soon, and if you're interested hit me up on:


until next time,
B x
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902 reviews56 followers
June 14, 2017
Not what I expected

I must say this is beyond what I expected. I do love a good paranormal, but sometimes its hard for me to get into them. Not the case with this book. From the start, Phoebe's characters caught my attention. This first book follows Phoebe as she develops her abilities, undergoes training as one of the Four in a prophecy, and has boy troubles, all while trying to keep up appearances when mingling with students from Above. Yikes.
The characters are developed and the story written well. I really liked reading this book and Nya Jade did a great job getting my attention.

I was gifted a complimentary copy of this book in consideration for honest review.
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Author 1 book142 followers
March 4, 2017
The year of 4 is a good start to an action-packed fantasy shapeshifter series. It has a bit of everything romance, mystery, laughable moments and creativity. Plus the title makes sense which is always a bonus to me. I enjoyed reading this book.

Phoebe Pope is starting her studying at Green Lane Academy. The campus is split into two with the mundane being the place everybody sees but underneath is a whole different story. A place for shapeshifter's to train as spies. Phoebe has classes in both and leads a double life during her training. She has her own issues to deal with, but with danger brewing, Phoebe has to be alert with every step. Her love interest Colten seems too good to be true and maybe hiding secrets all of his own. I don't want to give too much away so I'll stop there but this book has so much more to offer.

It would be easier if you can sit down and read this in uninterrupted chunks as there is a lot to digest. This is the start of a series of books which I'd love to read more.

4.5 stars out of 5.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review thanks to Netgalley*
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714 reviews930 followers
February 13, 2013
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is a fun, entertaining and very well-written YA fantasy/paranormal novel that will keep you glued to its pages all the way through. A book full of secrets, magic, dangerous creatures, hidden doorways and interesting characters that you'll quickly connect with. This fantastically imagined and original story is sure to satisfy fans of fantasy, paranormal and adventure novels!

Phoebe Pope is a shaper and her "job" is to kill Vigos, shape-shifting blood-thirsty beasts. We first meet her on the day of the Conversion Ceremony, when the shapers' second Shapes are awakened and they pledge their loyalty to each other and service to the Royal Court. Haunted by nightmares caused by her father's violent death, Phoebe tries her best to balance her double life as a normal student Above and a Shaper Intelligence Service trainee Below. On top of all that, she finds herself in a middle of a very dangerous situation involving a prophecy, lies, long buried secrets, traitors and a handsome boy that may or may not be an enemy.

I liked everything about Phoebe, from her physical characteristics (I love tall, kick-ass chicks!) to her great, complex personality. She had her angsty moments, but they didn't happen often enough to bother me, nor were they uncalled for. She seemed naive at times, especially when it came to her relationship with Colten, but then again, what girl wouldn't be when dealing with a drop-dead gorgeous, mysterious guy like that? As the story unfolded and we learned more about her, her past, fears and dreams, I became more and more attached to her and found myself relating to her in many ways. She was sweet, kind, brave and determined, and I ended up liking her a lot. I think she might be one of my favorite heroins in YA literature.

I found Nya Jade's writing to be deliciously descriptive and sensual. She painted the settings with care, magically bringing them to life. I often felt as if I've stepped into the pages of the book, and it felt wonderful! The story - just like its gorgeous cover - is bursting with colorful visuals, scents and flavors. There's no denying the fact that Nya Jade is a very promising new talent with a skilled knack for worldbuilding. While detailed and vivid, her descriptions were never overdone or too lengthy, they were just.. perfect! Combined with the sparkly dialogues and action parts of the book, they created a fabulously entertaining and beautifully imagined story. And I couldn't get enough of it!

The third-person narrative proved to be a good choice for this book. It made the story flow more dynamic and action-oriented, without being too impersonal or emotionless. I enjoy books that are rich in character's inner thoughts and reflections, but I also appreciate ones that are more plot-driven. And Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four is an excellent example of a story that balances both these aspects. As I already mentioned above, the world development was very good, too. Nya Jade's original ideas and all the elements unique to the world she created (example: Utaviium, a pale blue crystal enchanted to capture and hold a lightning) added a lot of flavor to the story, resulting in a world that, although fantastically magical, remained believable.

Overall, I had so much fun reading this book, I can't imagine anyone not liking it! It was a tremendously enjoyable story, with fantastic characters, original and clever story line and a perfectly satisfying conclusion that left me pining for the next instalment in the series! I definitely recommend this one to fans of all things paranormal and fantasy, you will not be disappointed!
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566 reviews
February 18, 2013
WOW, this is such an awesome read. I loved it and couldn’t put it down. Being a debut novel for Nya Jade, this book was fantastic and a great introduction to the series. The writing style was fantastic and this book has such a fast pace you don’t realise the pages are turning so quickly. The characters are unique and with each page they evolve and create a world that is like no other.

Phoebe Pope is the protagonist and has been unique her whole life. Her mother skipped out on her when she was a child and after being chased by Vigo (shaper bad guys) her Father and Phoebe have a car accident where her Father is caught and killed. Phoebe has scars that run deeper than just her skin and has trouble dealing with leaving her father behind. Now living with her Grandfather, Phoebe is packed off and sent to a boarding school, Green Lane Academy. This school is special; there are two levels, Above and Below. Above is where normal school happens, where humans and shapers attend classes like Maths and English, but it is Below where the real schooling happens for Phoebe. Below is where Phoebe learns how to kill a Vigo and use her elemental powers. The humans don’t know the shapers even exist.

There seems to be a big increase in Vigo activity around the Boston area, where the Academy is located and precautions have been made to make sure Vigo are noticed if they come close. During an initiation event with the new students, an attack takes place and a girl is shot with an arrow, Phoebe is dragged away into the forest by a Vigo and is trying to fight back. All of a sudden another Vigo comes along and fights the Vigo for the prize. Phoebe is free and the Vigo’s leave. Phoebe is astounded, that doesn’t normally happen. Who is her saviour?

There is a prophecy, during the year of four, there will ONE that will be able to fight against Vigo and destroy them. This is such a year; there are four students enrolled that are half human and half shaper, called Hyphas. These four students will have special classes to help build their elemental powers and determine who will be the special one.

In the Above campus, there is a celebrity attending school. Colten Chase is causing all sorts of drama with his awesome good looks and popularity with the girls. Phoebe is instantly attracted, but so is every other girl in school. Colten seems to notice Phoebe straight away and pursues her. They get closer each time they spend time together, but Colten seems too perfect, something seems off.

When two of her special classmates are kidnapped, all hell breaks loose and security is upped. Phoebe and the last Hypha are under close security. Phoebe is determined to find out who is behind the kidnappings and why. She follows a lead and sneaks off campus, but of course gets captured.

Can Phoebe escape from the baddies? Will she be able to find out who is behind the kidnappings? What about Colten the hottie, can they be together even though they are from different worlds? Can Phoebe find the other teenagers before they are killed? Who will be the ONE?

This book has it all, betrayals, romance, action, adventure, mystery and magic, oh and don’t forget the hot celebrity, Colten. This is such a creative read and I couldn’t help but fall in love with the story and the characters. I really need book two now! I highly recommend this to all readers, it is such a fun and addictive read.
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June 12, 2017
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The Year of Four is the first book in the Phoebe Pope series by Nya Jade. The Phoebe Pope series is a young adult paranormal romance featuring a magical boarding school for shifters. You all know I am a sucker for a magical school setting, and this one was particularly cool for two reasons. One, it sits below a normal boarding school, and the students attend classes both "above" and "below". I loved the mixing of the students from the two schools, and I really loved the idea that the regular school "hid" the shifter school. And the second reason I loved this setting was that this was no ordinary school for shifters...no this was a secret spy school. Where they are training animal shifters of all kinds to be spies! How awesome is that? I have never seen this spin the boarding school idea and I couldn't wait to dive into the series.

I also really, really love the cover changes the series got. I think the new covers are perfect for the story. And I'm not sure if this is unique the to new cover editions or not, but I absolutely loved the illustrations in the book as well. The Year of Four follows Phoebe Pope and a group of other students and shifters in their school year. Like I mentioned before, I loved the mixing of the normal and the paranormal. I thought it added so many layers of excitement to the story. Honestly, this book really surprised me. When I first started reading, I thought the story was going to be one thing- where we trained Phoebe and the other new shifters to fight and ultimately kill Vigos- these horribly scary shifter monsters that are plaguing the earth. But then the story soon morphed into something much more, with lots of mysterious characters ans secrets. I really enjoyed myself with this book, and I am so so happy that I have the second one because I can't wait to dive in and continue the story.

I loved the whole cast of characters but I loved Phoebe the most. I feel like Nya Jade did a fantastic job of fleshing out her character. I felt like she was a real life friend that was telling me about her adventures. She felt so real to me. She is going to be a character that I know I am going to continue to love in upcoming books because I felt like we really got to know the way she thinks and learn what makes her, her. That is my favorite part of a book. When an author can make you think the main character is a real person, then I know they have totally won me over.

Bottom line: The Year of Four was a pretty great start to the phoebe pope series. I might have missed this series when it first released in 2012, but I am super happy that I found it now. It kind of reminded me of The Shapeshifter's Secret series by Heather Oslter, which I really enjoyed. Except Pheobe Pope has a big twist in the story that makes it totally unique and a lot of fun. This series will be great for people who really enjoy a magical school setting, love adventure and love paranormal books featuring shifters. Bring on book 2!

This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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855 reviews92 followers
August 15, 2013
This one was ok. I thought it would be so much better, but sadly that was not the case. There were HUGE infodumps disguised as class info, too much slang that I barely understood, and it just was not that interesting. Plus some awfully predictable plot twists. XD Ok there was one twist I was shocked at but that is it. Shame too.
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471 reviews52 followers
June 10, 2017
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.

Rating: 4.25/5 Penguins
Quick Reasons: stellar, fast-paced action; one easy plot twist and one HUGE surprise; believable, slow-building, totally awkward romance; LOVELOVELOVE the paranormal/fantasy aspects; shape shifting for the total win!; awesome, entertaining read

Huge thanks to Nya Jade, Dreamwell Publishing, and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me a free digital galley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.

Phoebe held back a smile. Then, she said mockingly, “‘I’m a fan of your body—?”’

“Not another word about that,” Hayley said aghast, cutting her off. “Not one of my finest moments. I’ll admit that. But damn that boy for making my brain go all mush.”

So, uh.... is my beak on straight, penguins?! Because I feel like it's backward and upside down and maybe just a whole lot out of place after this wild, awesome read! The action is fast-paced and super intense; I was biting my nails and holding my breath through the majority of this read. Nya Jade breathed life into this world, and immersed me fully into it. For the hours I spent reading, I left reality and stood right beside these characters--basically experiencing the same things they did. It. Was. AWESOME, okay?! Pure reader ecstasy, promise.

These characters are well-rounded and complex, handling a bunch of different stuff that both individualizes them and brings them together. I had a ton of fun following each of them on their journeys--and was so caught up in the one plot twist I saw coming, I didn't think there'd be a second, BIGGER one to come! So kudos to Nya Jade for catching me by surprise on that one; I definitely love when those unexpected roller coaster moments happen.

“We’re done?” Phoebe asked, confused. “What about our last session?”

“We just had it,” Afua said. “One of the toughest fights you can find yourself in is the one that goes on in your head. And that can be detrimental to the one on the field.” When Phoebe stared at her uncomprehending, she added, “You need a clear mind for what you’re about to do tonight and that means understanding that the enemy isn’t you."

I was a teensy bit disappointed to see the old "monster turned good" trope being played out in one of my favorite characters. I totally blame Twilight for this--that whole "survives on blood but doesn't kill because special snowflake not a monster" trope. I wish that hadn't been used in this read--it would have made things even MORE entertaining, and much less predictable, for me as a reader. I mean tell me, penguins--isn't there a way that characters can remain monstrous while not being MONSTERS, per se?! Or is that asking for too much? Either way, it bothered me.

Still, this read was super entertaining! The action was fast-paced and intense, the characters are SO much fun to watch, and there was a wild roller coaster moment of a plot twist that caught even ME off guard. I definitely recommend this to lovers of paranormal/fantasy, shape shifters, and fantastic characters! The moonester has begun, Penguins; what are YOU studying?!
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420 reviews
May 11, 2021
3.75 stars.

This book surprised me in a good way, and I'm glad I decided to switch to this for my other TBR jar pick. I was expecting to be let down and my expectations were low, but it is pretty good. For most of the book I would have given it 4 stars, but there were a few decisions made at the end that I didn't really like so it gets 3.75. Still not bad, though.

There were a few similarities to Harry Potter, with maybe a bit of Percy Jackson thrown in, but at the same time the plot was very much its own. It is toward the younger end of YA which is fine, although initially I thought it might be middle grade (I went into it blind without looking at the synopsis, which is why I thought this). Maybe I'm just really bad at judging ages, but in the beginning Phoebe felt more like 13 to me than 16. I feel like this could have worked as a middle grade if a few elements were changed, but it's fine the way it is.

I do think at times the pace could have been a little faster and I think the stakes were raised a bit too high near the beginning so in the middle it kind of felt like less was happening. I also think some of the worldbuilding stuff might have been clear in the author's head but it didn't necessarily transfer to the page, and some information is given to us a bit late. It was still enjoyable, though.


I actually liked Colten which surprised me. I was expecting that since he's a celebrity he would be one of those jerk, bad boy characters (which I am completely over by the way) but he wasn't. I caught on to the fact he was a Vigo early on, but I also realized it couldn't be him trying to attack Phoebe because he had ample opportunities to do so when they were alone but he never did. One thing that did concern me a little was the potential age gap between him and Phoebe. Hayley mentioned that Colten was repeating his senior year, meaning that he would have to be at least 18 if not closer to 19, whereas Phoebe is 16. The age difference isn't that big, not like a 19 year-old dating someone who is 14, but it is kind of borderline since he is technically an adult and she is still a minor. I just want to be cautious about normalizing relationships between minors and adults. The relationship between Colten and Phoebe was really sweet though, and I really had no issues with it which was not what I was expecting. Personally I do find the idea of the celebrity coming to a random school a little cringe, because I've never imagined myself meeting and falling in love with my favorite celebrities, though I can see the appeal for the target audience of the book. I don't know if it's an overdone or cliché trope, but I've never really seen the appeal of it.

I also did like Scott, and I was disappointed he turned out to be a Vigo in disguise. I've kind of made my peace with that at this point and it isn't my main issue with the ending, but Scott seemed cool and then to yank that away with no warning did annoy me a little. My main issue was that this and the twist with Gabe and his daughter kind of seemed to come out of nowhere, whereas a good plot twist should be one readers can predict or at least look back on the story and see the clues laid out. Honestly, while I thought Professor Jones' disappearance would be important, I never made the connection that she was Gabe's daughter. Maybe it was just me or maybe it wasn't clear, but I was kind of blindsided by it. I liked Gabe, it sort of felt like he was the Hagrid of this story. He was nice and didn't deserve what he got. My issue with the ending of the story was it felt like it took characters I liked and for no reason went the complete opposite way with them. The ending wasn't what I was expecting nor was it what I wanted, hence my disappointment and giving it 3.75 stars.
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263 reviews17 followers
June 15, 2017
Shapers vs. Vigos! . . .

It's been a while that a book had engrossed me and this plot has obviously been well crafted. The introduction into a new world of shapeshifter hidden but living among humans while maintaining their hierarchy, social networks, history and secrets is fascinating fiction. The female lead is strangely relatable and had found herself in this shaper world, but not really part of it, until awful things happened and action was required.

Deciding to enroll in the prestigious Green Lane Academy, after the death of her father, Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Pope should be excited to begin a new phase over life. The school not only hosts a top notch academic environment, but is a cover for the Campus Below which is a shape-shifters spy academy. Having two schedules for classes above and below is hard to keep up with, especially when per. Admins instructions extra training is added to bring her and others up to date on shifter ways. However, circumstances at the school begin to change as the tutors lessons become less hypothetical and the enemy they all fear comes too near. Even covering up the issues from below campus becomes a balancing act for Phoebe, whose life is now more than a little scrutinized thanks to her new crush teen heartthrob actor Colten Chase. So as the pressure from a prophecy begins to build and the enemy comes closer and closer still, Phoebe faces the hard task of deciding who she can trust and who is the liars amongst allies.

Overall, great young adult shifter read. Honestly, I think this is my first YA shifter read that was purely all about shifters. As a first novel in a series this book definitely opened up the setting and world to me perfectly. I'm just sad I can't see one of the conversion take place. Though the author does sprinkle in an illustration after a chapter or two. Now my favorite characters are Phoebe (obviously) and Hayley, got love having a bff relationship. Phoebe is the lead girl the heroine, she's also all about photography so no matter what she awesome. Hayley is Phoebe opposite and all things girly so she helps Phoebe embrace everything, including opening herself to liking Colten. I'm excited for the next novel especially since the story was building and the Four are definitely special. So if you like animal shifters who are training to be spy's against their enemies who hunt humans as energy source, this book will peak your interest.
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87 reviews8 followers
March 21, 2018
Cadet Phoebe Pope (shaper, Dedham) had met Cadet Hayley (shaper).
The Great Hall doors swung open revealing a domed room with lots of different colored ornamental glass.
There was a Campus Above & a Campus Below.
Professor Yori (Headmaster) welcomed all the students back.

79 AD, Mount Vesuvius was once the homeland of the Shapers.
Cadet Phoebe Elisabeth Pope (16) was in the Green Lane dorm. Cadet Cynthia “Cyn” was her roommate.
It seems all the girls had the hots for Cadet Colten Chase (1/2-Vigo/human, student).
Cadet Scott Roland, Cadet Lewis Baker, Cadet Pope, & Cadet Mariko Higashi (Asian girl) all classified Hyphas were headed for Professor Yori office.
Professor Elmore was lecturing in his communications class.
Professor Koon (f) taught music.
Class was over & they all were going outside to play soccer.
Katie Banks was in the Aviary Clinic.
A Vigo (silver-striped black fur tiger) had shot her.
Yelena (Russian, blond woman, intelligence), Afua (black woman, combat specialist, team leader), Deborah-Anna (mentor, technology) are all Blackcoats.
What’s going on with Cadet Colten & Tanya Brown (Colton’s co-star)?

5 students would go through Conversion Day, which is becoming a son/daughter of Osiah.
What did Alexori want?
Professor Jones (f, Vigos instructor) had been kidnapped.
What happened to Becka (Gabe’s daughter)?

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading & reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers & authors, I am under no obligation to write a positive review. Only an honest one.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written fantasy book. It was very easy for me to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. There were no grammar/typo errors, nor any repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with several twists/turns & a great set of unique characters to keep track of. This could also make another great fantasy movie, an animated cartoon, or better yet a mini TV series. It was just OK for me so I will only rate it at 4/5 stars.

Thank you for the free author; Goodreads; MakingConnections; Making Connections discussion group talk; Dreamwell Publishing; Amazon Digital Services LLC.; book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
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227 reviews35 followers
June 15, 2017
4.5 stars.

This is one of the most memorable Young Adult books I've read in a while! It's definitely my favorite book I've taken on for review all year! There was so much good going on in this book that I almost want to stay up even later than it is as I write this review (2am) to see what happens next! I love Phoebe and her ability to be both kick butt and vulnerable. The author also does a really great job introducing the reader to the world of the story: I felt like I had a clear picture of this world, but I also wasn't inundated with too much information at any one time with info-dumps.

And even though this book does make use of some YA tropes (fancy boarding school, super hunky love interest) "The Year of Four" manages to make them feel fresh - and, who am I kidding, I love those tropes so who cares! If they're used well, I don't think they should have to have a bad name. Part of what makes them feel so fresh is that even though some plot points I was able to predict, other developments kept me completely on my toes!

The long and short of it is: I highly recommend this book! Especially for YA fans, read this book! I think you might find it is the next binge-able series you have been looking for. I know it had a lot of things that I look for in YA that keeps me coming back to the genre even though I'm not in the targeted age range anymore. I'm so glad I already have book two queued up on my Kindle, I would have hated to have to wait.
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2,411 reviews105 followers
June 15, 2017
After losing her father in a tragic accident Phoebe Pope decides that she would like to attend a boarding school Green Lane Academy. Green Lane Academy is a school where both shape-shifters and humans attend. Above is just a normal campus where Phoebe attends classes with humans. Below is where the shape-shifters attend classes and are in training to be a spy.

When Phoebe meets Hollywood heartthrob Colten Chase things start heating up pretty quick between the two. Colten only attends classes Above so she has a lot of secrets that she must keep from him as you can tell no one above what goes on below or even that it exist. But Colten is not the only on Phoebe keeps secrets from. Phoebe has secrets of her own that she must keep hidden even from her friends Below as well. Phoebe is not sure who she can trust or who she can’t.

Phoebe is part of a group of four that everyone consider as special and part of a prophecy. Strange things are happening on campus and people are turning up missing. Someone is after Phoebe and the other three. Who is after Phoebe? Do they want her dead? Do they want her power? What do they want with Phoebe and the other three? Is it someone she knows? To find out pick up your copy of The Year of Four.

I loved reading The Year of Four and can’t wait for more. I loved that it has a school for the shape-shifters to attend. It reminded me of the House of Night series by P.C. Cast. Phoebe was a very strong character who stood up for what she believed in and would fight until death to save someone she loved. She would do whatever it took to save her friends. I would like to have seen her use her powers more but she had made a promise to keep her powers secret so I understood why she didn’t use them. Besides if she had used her powers before she really had to what would have happened to her and her friends?

If you have not read The Year of Four then I would like to suggest that you do it is an amazing story one which I enjoyed tremendously.
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97 reviews4 followers
August 8, 2018
The description of this series says, Fans of Harry Potter and Vampire Diaries will love it. I decided to give it a try. It did start off very much like Harry Potter. There’s a secret school underneath a normal school, they have their own equivalent to the sorting hat, even a professor I couldn’t help but keep pictures as Dumbledore, prophesies and magical classes, but that’s where the similarities end. The school isn’t teaching them to be witches and wizards but more like spy academy. The history is much more complex with the whole object being to fight their enemies (more like vampire academy) who are shapeshifters of a sort who turned like vampires. I found this book hard to put down with very likable characters and a very well put together world. I always did like young adult books being placed at a school or academy setting. I’m not sure why. Maybe because they seem to have more freedom without parental influences? This one was very good. I can’t wait to see what happens with Colton and Phoebe and the fallback if their secrets will ever be revealed.
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127 reviews6 followers
November 18, 2018
The Year of Four: A Phoebe Pope Novel (Book 1) by Nya Jade is a well written fantasy that fans of other popular series would find an interesting read, it may be a young adult read but any age would enjoy!

The reader meets Phoebe Pope who enrolled at a spy Academy situated below a normal boarding school for humans whose occupants don't realise they are protecting the supernatural residents below. Phoebe finds herself leading a double life as a normal teen attending the school above while training to be a spy below. A kill list is discovered with Phoebe's name on. With the passing years Phoebe kept her powers hidden but with the bad guys closing in on her time is running out.

Alongside the paranormal genre there is also a romance theme.

I really loved this book, I was intrigued to see if it was like Harry Potter as described in the description. Maybe it was a little but not completely, however I just couldn't put it down. Roll on book 2, I can't wait to see how this series continues.
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490 reviews1 follower
February 5, 2019
The Year of Four is the first in a new series by Nya Jade. Sometimes on Instagram or Facebook I see ads for books and check them out. Once in a while you can download one for free or just $0.99. I think this one was free. It had caught my eye because it was a recommendation for Harry Potter fans. I was intrigued by the school premise.
Phoebe Pope enrolls into Campus Below, an underground school for spies for those born as shape shifters. Students have to lead a double life – go to the human school above while at the same time attending special classes below. While Phoebe learns to juggle both worlds. she finds out she has special powers along with others. She and them all become targets and become thrust into an environment where they don’t know who to trust.
At first I was a bit skeptical about whether this book was my cup of tea. The teenaged emotions and mannerisms were heavily present. But this young adult, fantasy read grew on me as I got deeper into the storyline. The history of this society came from an interesting point in time. I liked that these were shape shifters of different animals. Phoebe was a teenager who wasn’t perfect and who had insecurities. I LOL’d at the girly episodes and rolled my eyes at the mean girls. I liked learning about the opposing side and reading the action scenes. I definitely will continue this series. This first installment is two feet planted in their world. I’m curious to see how it develops as well as the characters.
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Author 2 books53 followers
February 12, 2020
Phoebe Pope is a Hypha, part human, part shape shifter. She’s enrolled at Green Lane Academy, which houses a traditional boarding school (Above), and a spy academy (Below). At the spy academy, Phoebe learns how to harness her power to kill the Vigo, a group of deadly shape shifters who murdered her father. At school, Phoebe balances her life between her training and her crush on Colton Chase, a boy who attends the Campus Above. These two worlds start to collide when the Vigo infiltrate Green Lane Academy in the hopes of capturing the one prophesied to hold a power so great it could tip the scales in the shape shifter war.

Nya Jade has written a fun and thrilling adventure for anyone who loves the Harry Potter, Twilight, or Vampire Academy series. Like the Green Lane Academy setting, she spends equal time showing the everyday anxieties of teen romance while keeping the reader hooked with an intriguing mystery of epic proportions. Phoebe is a realistic heroine, someone who is both strong and insecure, which makes the reader root for her to get the guy and kill the enemy.
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476 reviews10 followers
November 3, 2018
I want to share my impressions about "The year of four" by Nya Jade. A wonderful book, it is clear that the author wrote his story with love and great talent. An interesting idea that I liked from the first pages. I love the presence of magic and some extraordinary things. I can not fail to note the interesting, deep and believable characters of Phoebe and Vigo and how the author professionally reveals them in the course of the story.
Romantic story, many actions and events, as well as secrets that have unusual and unpredictable answers. It is very difficult to stop reading and put the book aside.
I think Harry Potter lovers will like it a lot because it’s something new, but a bit similar, and also about school, its students and magical adventures. If you want to plunge into the mystical world, get lost in reality and get on a journey with the heroes, then I recommend you to purchase "The year of four". You will have many emotions and impressions.
Highly recommended.
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902 reviews56 followers
May 31, 2017
Not what I expected

I must say this is beyond what I expected. I do love a good paranormal, but sometimes its hard for me to get into them. Not the case with this book. From the start, Phoebe's characters caught my attention. This first book follows Phoebe as she develops her abilities, undergoes training as one of the Four in a prophecy, and has boy troubles, all while trying to keep up appearances when mingling with students from Above. Yikes.
I was beginning to like Colten up until I began making connections. After that, I turned my attention to Scott. The characters are developed and the story written well. I really liked reading this book and Nya Jade did a great job getting my attention.

I was gifted a complimentary copy of this book in consideration for honest review.
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74 reviews1 follower
June 12, 2017
Phoebe Pope is a Hypha, half human and half shape shifter. Following her fathers death she enrolls in a school to become a shifter spy, and learns about the prophecy of the Four. While she is learning about and living in this incredible world of shape shifting humans and their enemies, the Vigo, she also goes to school with regular humans who have no knowledge of her world.

Nya Jade brought this world to life. The unique take on shape shifting and the politics in this hidden world was refreshing. The writing flowed nicely, and made me feel like I was there. I really liked the characters, and the relationships between them. The story was exciting and had a good amount of action.

I really enjoyed this story and will definitely be adding it to my list of favorite books.

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487 reviews6 followers
November 16, 2018
This novel by Nya Jade is the first in the Phoebe Pope Series. You’ll be taken to Green Lane Academy, a school that has a secret: Campus Below. Campus Below is a spy school that trains students in the art of espionage. One student, Phoebe Pope, must work together with her fellow students as she tries to find her way. However, Pope soon finds that the school isn’t everything that it seems to be and she needs to be on a constant lookout.
If you enjoy action-packed novels, this is a book you’ll definitely want to check out. It’s filled with twists and turns and will leave you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what happens next. While it’s a bit long, 340 pages, it’s certainly worth investing some time into thanks to Jade’s captivating writing style and well-developed plot. It even contains a thrilling preview of the next book in the series at the end.
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2,915 reviews10 followers
December 2, 2018
A fun fantastical adventure set in a boarding school for Shaper(bird or big cat shifter) kids learning to be enforcement/protectors and kill the 'bad' tiger shifters call Vigos who hunt shapers amd kill humans. The school is camouflaged in an actual boarding school with shapers attending both the Above with unsuspecting humans and the Below with shapers. The Below had an almost Hogwarts feel that I enjoyed and the story itself had plenty of action, mystery and teen angst as Phoebe deals with being a target for the Vigos as one of the prophesized 'Four' who are half shaper and half human and handle her growing feelings for teen movie star and Above student Colten and figure out if he is serious about her or just passing time.
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