Review: Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon

No one wanted Ai Ling. And deep down she is relieved—despite the dishonor she has brought upon her family—to be unbetrothed and free, not some stranger’s subservient bride banished to the inner quarters.

But now, something is after her. Something terrifying—a force she cannot comprehend. And as pieces of the puzzle start to fit together, Ai Ling begins to understand that her journey to the Palace of Fragrant Dreams isn’t only a quest to find her beloved father but a venture with stakes larger than she could have imagined.

Bravery, intelligence, the will to fight and fight hard . . . she will need all of these things. Just as she will need the new and mysterious power growing within her. She will also need help.

It is Chen Yong who finds her partly submerged and barely breathing at the edge of a deep lake. There is something of unspeakable evil trying to drag her under. On a quest of his own, Chen Yong offers that help . . . and perhaps more.

This is actually my second time writing a review for this book. I didn’t like the way my first review came out, so here I am again attempting to put my thoughts down for you all.

Ai Ling is like other heroines in some ways, but in other she is different. She is modest, intelligent and loves food as much as I do! A lot of girls don’t like eat in front of guys or other people, but Ai Ling isn’t like most girls. She eats her heart’s desire and I actually look up to that. We girls shouldn’t be insecure to do things in front of others-like eating. Every person is beautiful in their own way and that’s why I love Ai Ling. People think differently of her but she doesn’t let words get to her.

The description in this book is phenomenal. I could imagine every place they traveled and smell the meals they characters were eating. It’s one thing to read a novel; it’s another thing to be immersed in it. Cindy Pon uses intricate details to build a world so magical I’m not sure it can even exist in fiction. (Yeah, it’s that enchanting).

In almost every chapter, something happens. Whether it’s dealing with dragons, spirits, or guys I want to punch, the action is continuous. For me, it didn’t feel like the story was building up to that one huge explosion of a climax. With everything happening I didn’t know if the final scene would be as amazing. Honestly, that part still had me on the edge but it still felt a little less intense then it could have been. Still, all of the action (mostly) makes up for it.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is definitely a connection between Ail Ling and Chen Yong. And lemme tell you, Chen Yong is pretty crush-worth ^_^. But there are enough awkward moments between these two that you’ll wonder about them till the end (and after). The romance in Silver Phoenix is realistic, which is nice.

Overall, this book is a pretty nice read. It has great characters, delicious food and breathtaking moments. I’m thinking you might want to check this one out…

Rating: 4 / 5

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