Serpentine // Book Review

Title: Serpentine

Author: Cindy Pon // website // twitter // tumblr

Pub: Sep 2015

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Inspired monstrous beauties and mythological folklore like Medusa, Serpentine follows Skybright, who on her sixteen birthday learns and experiences a life-changing event.

I was so excited to get Cindy Pon’s newest book. I determined it was going to be my birthday gift to myself, especially since it was released about two weeks before my actual birthdate.

I missed out on seeing her at the book signing, but I picked up my book that was paired with original art by Pon and some fanart.

Direct order from Mysterious Galaxy included the choice of getting a signed copy of the book and an art piece by Pon herself. I choose the panda one.

Direct order from Mysterious Galaxy included the choice of getting a signed copy of the book and an art piece by Pon herself. I choose the panda one.

I read the book in one day. I was engrossed by the relationship between Skybright and her childhood friend, the growing relationship between herself and a not-really-a-monk, the odd appearance of someone from her past, and the otherworldly phenomenons occurring during the storyline.

But that’s it. I felt that it fell short in the world-building aspects and it didn’t necessarily paint the world suitable enough for readers who have no experience with it (especially if one hasn’t read her other series).

I was interested to see where the relationships were going to go, but I felt a little disappointed for one of them, in that it felt too much like an “insta-love” situation.

But the ending hooked me in and I look forward to the second book with fingers crossed that it will be build up some more tension, action, and create some more developed and well-founded relationships.

Links/Affiliate Links: Goodreads // Book Depository // Barnes & Noble // Amazon

I ordered and visited Mysterious Galaxy to pick up my copy of Serpentine. It’s an indie bookstore in the heart of San Diego.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon is the first book in the Kingdom of Xia duology, her second series in this spell-binding world. Skybright is a young teen coming to terms with her growing 'otherness'.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon is the first book in the Kingdom of Xia duology, her second series in this spell-binding world. Skybright is a young teen coming to terms with her growing ‘otherness’.

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