Here is an excerpt from the book:
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.This story has alot of deceptions in it including some of the teachers and the students are not all that they seem. There is a battle brewing to see who will win. I don't know what creature Phoebe will turn into on her 16th birthday in December just like the other 3 who are like her, half human and half shape shifter.
Because they are the only 4 who have been born in the same month on the same day and all 4 are half human and half shape shifter, the enemy is out to get them big time. There is an age old prophecy that tells of these 4 being the ones who can change the tide of the war between these two different creatures that us mere humans know nothing about.
One of these four will hold that secret weapon and I am sitting on pins and needles to know which of the 4 it will be, just as you will, when you read the book. Oh, and the shape shifter's have a Royalty also much like Britain does and they are protected at all costs by the Blackcoats who are kinda like our Navy Seals and Marines all put into one. They are fierce and they protect the 4 because they too, believe the prophecy must be coming true.
Oh, and I will tell you that Phoebe has two secrets she is not telling even the Blackcoat's and one is that she has the ability to make people believe things, like if she wants you to feel profoundly sad and cry, you will. The book explains it better than I can, so read it and see what the second secret is.
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.
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