Wednesday, April 01, 2009

starred Mischief review!!


Yet more bestest news ever! Cindy Pon's delicious YA fantasy, Silver Phoenix, just got a starred review in Booklist!!
If the cover image of a fearless Chinese heroine reminds readers of such films as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, that’s intentional; the story inside will, too. First-time novelist Pon has a screenwriter’s talent for producing a sweeping saga, and in this, the first of two books set in ancient China, 17-year-old Ai Ling faces demons, monsters, and gods as she tries to fulfill her destiny. Frightened after a local man tries to blackmail her into marriage, Ai Ling resolves to journey to the emperor’s palace where her missing father was last seen. Along the way, she meets the handsome Chen Yong, who is of mixed parentage and on a quest to find answers to questions about his family that have haunted him his whole life. (In the story’s prologue, readers get hints about his origins.) As in most martial-arts movies, the story sometimes takes a back seat to the action, but Pon doesn’t stint when it comes to her characters. Ai Ling is a clever and determined heroine, Chen’s younger brother is a witty teen whose girl-crazy ways transcend the centuries, and even the monsters have dimension. Pon’s writing, both fluid and exhilarating, shines whether she’s describing a dinner delicacy or what it feels like to stab an evil spirit in the gut. There’s a bit of sex here, including a near rape, but it’s all integral to a saga that spins and slashes as its heroine tries to find her way home.

Everyone should run off and reserve their copies on Amazon--these first editions are going to be worth a lot of money very soon!

21 comments:

Kaytie M. Lee said...

Congratulations, Cindy! This is awesome news. Can't wait for your first appearance here in San Diego... I'm invited, right? :P

WendyCinNYC said...

Congrats, Cindy! I can't wait to get my copy!

Miriam S.Forster said...

Congrats on the review! But I would have picked the book up anyway, that is a seriously cool cover!

PurpleClover said...

Wow the book looks amazing. The plot is really appealing. I think I'll have to add this to my "To Be Read" list.

Natalie said...

Wee! Go Cindy! /booty shake

dawtheminstrel said...

Go, Cindy! That's a terrific review. I'm looking forward to springing for a hard cover and reading this soon.

Dorothy Winsor

melissablue13 said...

Didn't read the post yet, just had to say I LOVE THAT COVER.

cindy said...

thanks for the moonie love!! <3

kaytie--of course you are invited! i'll be sure to send deets your way. am hoping to get it catered by extrao desserts. hee!

Anonymous said...

Stunning, lovely cover art: great story. Cindy, you're just the awesomest. How exciting to see here at Moon Rat's place! ~Tamilyn

word verification is crowe, which I'm happily doing!

Stuart Neville said...

Congrats to Cindy!

Jo said...

Looks fantastic- love that cover!- and sounds like a great read. Congrats!

Chumplet - Sandra Cormier said...

Gawd, I am drooling right now. I want that book! Hey, Cindy... Book Roast?

Kim Kasch said...

Way-to-go Cindy!!!

Whirlochre said...

Well done Cindy.

Chris Eldin said...

WOOOHOOOOO!!!!!!

Warmest congratulations!!! I loved watching Cindy's journey from the query stage. It's inspirational, especially during these times, to see one of us 'make it.'

Can't wait to read this!!!
:-)

Anissa said...

I LOVE that cover. Gorgeous. Can't wait to pick it up. Congrats, Cindy!

Charles Gramlich said...

Excellent!

Dara said...

It looks AMAZING.

I only wish the 28th wasn't so far away still...:P

Lafreya said...

Congratulations!!! What a Beautiful Cover

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Wow! Sounds like a great book - and huge congratulations to Cindy!

Ello said...

so awesome! You know I'm going to have a signed copy contest over on my blog at the end of the month. So excited!