Pub: Sep 2015
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.
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.