Sunday, March 3, 2013

Book Review: Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon.

Fury of the Phoenix (Kingdom of Xia, #2) Fury of the Phoenix by Cindy Pon.
Book Summary: The Gods have abandoned Ai Ling.

Her mysterious power haunts her day and night, and she leaves home--with just the moon as her guide--overwhelmed by her memories and visions and an unbearable sense of dread. For Ai Ling knows that Chen Yong is vulnerable to corrupt enchantments from the under-world. How can she do nothing when she has the skill and power to fight at his side? A dream has told her where he is, the name of the ship he is traveling on, his destination. So she steals off and stows away on board.

The ocean voyage brings with it brutal danger, haunting revelations, and new friendships, but also the premonition of a very real and terrifying threat. Zhong Ye--the powerful sorcerer whom Ai Ling believed she had vanquished in the Palace of Fragrant Dreams--is trapped in Hell, neither alive nor dead. Can he reach from beyond the grave to reunite with Silver Phoenix and destroy Chen Yong? And destroy whatever chance Ai Ling has at happiness, at love?

In this sequel to the acclaimed novel Silver Phoenix, four lives are woven together and four destinies become one, now and forever.

Liana's Summary: Ai Ling is alone now. The Gods have left her, now that she's done her job and fulfilled her promise. Chen Yong is about to leave to find his biological father, and Ai Ling is about to let him go... After all, he will be back, won't he? But when Li Rong, an old friend that both Chen Yong and Ai Ling cared greatly about, enters Ai Ling's dream and tells her that Chen Yong is in danger, Ai Ling has to follow Chen Yong, and that means sneaking on the ship.. and being the only girl there. Only.. Chen Yong isn't so happy to see her, and he has some news of his own that won't please Ai Ling too greatly. However, the two still go on  the journey together, with no more than a vague idea of what they should expect. Meanwhile, Ai Ling still senses something inside of her- something that she thought she got rid of forever. It's still there, haunting her. And she's going to get rid of it.

Rate(1-10): 10

Hoo, boy. What a summary. You can tell I loved this book so much that I nearly wrote a book report essay in that summary section. 

Cindy Pon is way too good.

After reading SILVER PHOENIX, I knew I had to read this one.

The beginning of this book continues right after the first book's end. Well, not exactly right after, but close enough. And I love that.

My sister, while reading this, was complaining about how different the cover is from the first book's cover, meanwhile complaining about how it's so plain. However, I liked this cover well enough and I think it's pretty cool and symbolic-- although it could have been more colorful. But whatever-- don't judge a book by its cover, right?

I ship Ai Ling and Chen Yong with such a passion. They're perfect for each other and their relationship sounds so realistic. It's amazing and so adorbs and romantic. Chai.. Long. Or Ain.. Ying! omg I give up trying to merge a ship name.. anyways, just ship them because they are perf for each other! Keep calm and ship Chai Long!

Now, Zhong Ye. Y'all have no idea how much I hated that man in the first book. I WANTED TO KICK HIS NONEXISTENT PENIS UNTIL HE DIED. STUPID FUCKING EUNUCH. omg. Anyways, in this book, everything was explained and I was just like 'oh'. He's a very complex character and he's just like an onion. (Ogres have layers) This is so Severus Snape. If you know what I mean..

I like how Jiang and Xian culture were both in this book because that's pretty cool. Just saying. 
Also, the chapter decorations. Those little drawing thingies at each chapter. Cindy Pon, what a designer! Btw, just a note. Do not attempt to read this book on an empty stomach because all the fabulous food will make you freakin' hungry


"He gave her rump a shove for good measure."

"Ai Ling?"

And.. the moment of recognition!

"She's my... sister."

"I'm bored with my favorites. Find me a new girl."

"You're cockless."

It's probably rude to eunuchs how I laughed at this for about literally 5 minutes


"Silver Phoenix, master."

"..across the taut muscles of his shoulders and biceps."


"No. I've had no time for love."

Cos' ain't nobody gat time for love

"..wooden eating sticks."

Could you possibly mean chopsticks

"We can be friends to each other?"


"I've got you."

"But he would not look at her and simply shook his head."

"..made her more fetching."

"Ai Ling is my sister,"

"I don't know if I can ever forgive you."

"He had cut his hair short,.."

"I would fast for you, Li Chen Yong."

That is saying so much (SHE'S JUST LIKE ME BECAUSE SHE LOVES FOOD AND I LOVE FOOD AND I WILL GIVE NO ONE MY FOOD IF I LIKE IT) omg brb crying they're too cute
That's that! What did you think of this review? (;

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