Serpentine Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Posted September 11, 2015 by sophie in Blog, Reviews, Uncategorized / 2 Comments


Author: Cindy Pon
Pub. Date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books
Pages: 303
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.
Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.
When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over–I highly recommend Serpentine.” ~ Cinda Williams Chima, best-selling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.” ~ Kristin Cashore, NYT Bestseller of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.” ~ Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

Books about friendships rank right up there as my very favorites. The story of the handmaiden, Starbright and her mistress, Zhen Ni is one of being as close as sisters except for that all important matter of class and privilege. And the even bigger matter of keeping secrets from one another. 
Cindy introduces us to a story that is steeped in Chinese mythology. For me, that was a refreshing break from the Greco-Roman and Egyptian mythologies I studied in school. Although, the world-building was something new to me, the story itself was very familiar. SERPENTINE is a journey of discovery — discovering who you are and how you fit into a destiny. That’s a plot I will never get tired of reading, especially since Cindy presents it so well. 
I’m such a fan of romance, too. And the one in SERPENTINE is so sweetly perfect that I don’t want to hint at it too much. From the moment you meet the couple, I promise you will know that their fates will be intertwined. 
Then there is the matter of what I’ve been complaining about on twitter lately — pacing. It seems like, recently, YA fantasy books have gotten longer and longer. With the length come chapters which unnecessarily lose the plot’s tension. Happily, this is not the case with SERPENTINE. This is a tightly plotted, finish-in-one-sitting kind of book.  The only problem with finishing it in a day was that I wanted more. Ah, but isn’t that’s the sign of a well told tale?
Thanks to Cindy and Month9Books, we have an awesome giveaway on this tour:

ONE winner will receive a signed hardcover
of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.

THREE winners will receive a signed paperback
of SERPENTINE and brush art painting card. US Only.

Click over to the other tour stops and read more about SERPENTINE and get another chance to enter this fantastic giveaway:

Week 1:
8/31/2015- Good Choice Reading– Guest Post
9/1/2015- Dark Faerie Tales Interview
9/2/2015- Fiktshun– Guest Post
9/3/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Guest Post
9/4/2015- Novel Novice– Interview
Week 2:
9/7/2015- Once Upon A Twilight– Guest Post
9/8/2015- Chapter by Chapter– Interview
9/9/2015- Magical Urban Fantasy Reads– Guest Post
9/10/2015- Mundie Moms– Review

9/11/2015- Page Turners Review

Cindy Pon is the author of Silver
Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and
Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist,
and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. The sequel
to Silver Phoenix, titled Fury of the Phoenix, was released in April 2011.
Serpentine, the first title in her next Xia duology, will be published by
Month9Books in September 2015. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with
Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a
Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Visit her website at

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