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I have been receiving some review requests over the past few months. However, I have been quite busy with my personal and school life to continue actively reviewing novels. I do read every request that has been sent but I apologize in advance that I do not reply to them all. I have accumulated a pile I have yet to go through and I try to work with what I have instead rather than taking on more.

If I do take on a request, I will forewarn that it may take a couple of months before I get around to it.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

Title: Silver Phoenix
Author: Cindy Pon
Age Group: Older Teens
# of Pages: 338
My Rating: 5/5

Ai Ling may not be a suitable bride but she rather not marry a stranger. She enjoys embroidering and painting, the simple things in life. She has the strange ability to read minds but does not dwell on it so much. Her life, however, takes a drastic turn when she realizes evil mythical beings are trying to kill her as she embarks on a dangerous journey in search of her missing father.

Along the way, she encounters a handsome young man by the name of Chen Yong, who is of mixed ethnicities. He too is out on the search for his own father and identity.

When Ai Ling discovers that she is more than she seems, the world she once knew is far more terrifying than ever. In an oriental world of magic and adventure, Silver Phoenix will enrapture the reader with its spellbinding tale.

When Silver Phoenix's debut last year, I was dying to read it. Even without reading the reviews, I knew it had something special. And I was right!

Ai Ling is a fantastic female protagonist who is strong and someone you can count on. Facing her fears is difficult but she overcomes them to protect her and her friends. She does not think highly of herself because of her ability and who she is nor is she a weakling. Chen Yong is also a great char completely root for!

What kept my attention the most was the creatures that appeared in the novel. I find them absolutely fascinating and I kept wanting more of these mythical beasts to appear. Each and every one of them are captivating in their own way, from their abilities to their very existence.

Silver Phoenix had my eyes wide open and my fingers continuously flipping the pages, dying to read more. It made me want to go back and watch the Chinese dramas that I was so hooked onto when I was younger. I highly recommend Silver Phoenix to anyone who wants an amazing read!

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18 comments:

Emma Michaels said...

This books look great and what an amazing cover!

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Hope you enjoy and have a wonderful day!

the blogger said...

I am TOTALLY adding this to my now long reading list since I first found your awesome blog!!!

throuthehaze said...

This book sounds so good and I love the cover!

pepsivanilla said...

I've heard such great things about Silver Phoenix! Thanks for the review :)

deltay said...

Awesome review, it's great to hear it was such a page-turner! & hehe, I used to love Chinese dramas too, especially Legend of the Condor Heroes - man, that was a great one.

FredTownWard said...

I've been wanting to read this book for some time, but your review, which is the first I've read to give details of the plot, makes me want to read it even more!

Liviania said...

This one sounds so cool - and I'm always up for interesting beasties.

Lexie said...

I love the fact this is asian inspired and so heavily influenced. It really did remind me of a few wuxia films and dramas I've seen over the years too with the imagery and all.

Jenny N. said...

This book sounds really good and I like the fact that its asian inspired.

Krista/Tower of Books said...

Excellent review! Your review, along with many others, has made me want to read Silver Phoenix.

wdebo said...

I absolutely loved Silver Phoenix...So glad you enjoyed it :) Ooo what Chinese Dramas was it? I remember watching Huan Zhu Ge Ge when I was younger *Love!*

Kelly said...

This book looks great and I love the cover. +1 to my TBR pile :)

Wanda said...

Wow! This book looks amazing. I want to read this one!

Twinkle said...

I love the cover! And the story sounds quite good...

Wanda said...

This story sounds amazing and I love the book cover, too!

celi.a said...

This book was one of my favorites last year. The first thing that drew me to it was the cover - absolutely gorgeous, obviously. And then, like you mention in your review - I couldn't stop flipping the pages! It was a riveting story. I'm so glad you enjoyed it too!

skyla11377 said...

The Cover Looks Amazing And Your Review Of This Book Is Going To Have Me Put This Book On My To Be Read Pile.

CherylS22 said...

Thanks for the review - this book looks amazing & I'd love to read it.