Review: FOX & PHOENIX by Beth Bernobich

Fox and Phoenix (Lóng City, #1) 
Beth Bernobich
360 pages
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: October 13th, 2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LOVED

The king of Long City is dying. For Kai Zu, the news means more than it does for most former street rats in the small mountain stronghold, because he and the king’s daughter are close friends. Then the majestic ruler of the ghost dragons orders Kai to travel across the country to the Phoenix Empire, where the princess is learning statecraft. In a court filled with intrigue, Kai and his best (female) friend Yan must work together to help the princess escape and return to Long City. A refreshing mixture of magic, wit, and action, Fox and Phoenix is an auspicious debut!

    Fox and Phoenix was just as I thought it would be. Awesome. From the first page to the last I was completely hooked. The book was a big mixture of fantasy, thriller and romance. Kai’s personality made me want to break out laughing at times, and others feel sorry for him. His personality played a big role in why I liked it so much, the way he handled his dilemma’s, and other situations, made me want to finish the book. There was absolutely nothing wrong with Fox and Phoenix and Beth Bernobich has an fantastic writing style.

    This is her first YA novel and I think she has done a great job. The book’s a good read for anyone but it’s mostly for ages 11 and up. It comes out in just a few days and I think everyone should at least give it a try. Since I loved it so much I’m going to give Fox and Phoenix five stars.

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This review was written by my 13 year old brother, Calidude!


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    DJ D.

    October 11, 2011

    This doesn't sound like something I would normally read, but the cover is great and the description is intriguing. Thanks! :-)

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    October 11, 2011

    That lovely cover art's done me in. I'm glad it turned out so good. =)

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    Lauren M

    October 11, 2011

    That cover is so cute! Fox and Phoenix sounds like it was a great read! Glad you enjoyed it, Calidude. :)

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    Juju at Tales of

    October 11, 2011

    O so glad to hear this is good. I adore the cover and have been wondering about it.

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    ashelynn hetland

    October 11, 2011

    i am so intrigued by this book now. great review, Calidude!

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    Mary @ BookSwarm

    October 11, 2011

    Ooh, I haven't heard of this one but it sounds really good! I love characters that have interesting personalities, like Kai.

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    Alyssa@Teens Read and Write

    October 11, 2011

    I love a book that makes me laugh. Awesome review Calidude!

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    October 12, 2011

    This does sound like a great book. =)

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    October 12, 2011

    I hadn't heard of this one before but I love the cover and it sounds amazing! I'll have to make sure I pick it up in the future!

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    A Canadian Girl

    October 13, 2011

    I didn't think this one would be for me based on the description but I think I'll add it to my wishlist now. Kai sounds like a character I could get behind and I'm always up for a good fantasy.

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    Carrie at In the Hammock Blog

    October 13, 2011

    what a pretty pretty cover!! sounds like the story was just as awesome too!

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    October 14, 2011

    I have been waiting for months for this one to come out! I'm so glad to hear that it is great because I still really want to read it. I will have to see if my library is going to be getting this book.
    Thanks for the great review. :)

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    January 3, 2013

    The cover is really fun!! I like it. This does sound like a really cute read. I'd probably like it ;)