by Nya Jade
Series: A Shapers Novel #1
Publication date: October 30th 2012
by Dreamwell Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
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.
Phoebe Pope and the Year of Four
(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
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.