Title: The Year of Four
Series: Phoebe Pope #1
Author: Nya Jade
Publication Date: October 28, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, 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.
Title: The Blood of Kings
Series: Phoebe Pope #2
Author: Nya Jade
Publication Date: April 2017
Genres: Fantasy, 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.
An Excerpt from The Year of Four
THE YEAR OF FOUR
A PHOEBE POPE NOVEL (Book 1)
by NYA JADE
Phoebe was too far away to sense whether the boy had one heart or two. Through the maze of trees with clattering leaves, she could see him moving with purposeful speed. He was headed toward her destination—a brownstone chapel perched at the top of a small hill. Not knowing the boy’s nature made Phoebe hesitate. Then came the sound of tower bells. Eight o’clock. There was no time to think of an alternate route. She was officially late for the Conversion.
A loud, echoing crack quickened Phoebe’s pace as lightning slashed the indigo sky above her. She had barely reached the base of the hill when rain began pounding down. Clutching the camera that hung from the strap around her neck, she sprinted the final stretch, arriving breathless.
Phoebe wiped the rain from her face, and then entered the chapel. Inside, light from moon-facing windows cast a misty glow across the sanctuary, the air redolent with the smoke of a blazing fireplace. She glanced around the heart of the nondenominational Green Lane Academy. It seemed so ordinary, so quiet, even peaceful. Rows of pews with velvet cushions ran the width of the room. She moved between them, taking care to remain in the shadows. An irregular shape in a dark corner caught her eye and Phoebe could just barely make out the outline of the boy. He knelt with his head between his hands, his body huddled against a pew. Praying.
Phoebe paused several feet away and waited. After a moment she felt energy seeping from the boy’s skin, raising the hairs on hers. Cold and electric, it meant one thing: the boy had only one heart. She couldn’t risk him seeing what she had come there to do. That meant waiting. Just then, something stirred behind her.
(1) Tell us about your family.
My mom’s human and my father was a Shaper – a race of shape-shifter. That’s what makes me a Hypha (half human, half shape-shifter). I’m an only child and I live with my maternal grandfather when I’m not at boarding school.
(2) What was the scariest moment of your life?
The night I was tortured. . . I really don’t want to talk about it right now. I hope that’s okay. . . .
(3) What is your favorite meal?
A hot bowl of soup – lentil or tomato – with a big salad and a scone on the side.
(4) Do you play any sports?
I’m allergic to sports – well, at least the ones that involve moving balls.
(5) What do you do to unwind and relax?
I take early morning photographs. I enjoy watching the rest of the world wake up.
(6) Who should play you in a film?
I’m tall so I’m not sure. But if my story got turned into a major film, I’d love a newbie to play me. It would be awesome to have my movie be someone’s big break!
(7) Do you have a favorite quote?
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
Books in the Phoebe Pope Series:
The Year of Four (Book 1) | The Blood of Kings (Book 2)
About the Author
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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