Waiting on Wednesday: Serpentine by Cindy Pon


Wednesday is here!!! That means it’s time for another book to share that we are waiting for! This wonderful feature is hosted by Jill on Breaking the Spine.

Our book pick is…


Publisher: Month9Books

Page Numbers: 300

Genre: YA Fantasy, Mythology

Publication Date: September 8th, 2015


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.




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 Suology, 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 here. 


Why We Are Waiting:

Lauren: When it comes to mythology, you can be sure I’m going to have an interest in the book. Greek mythology is my favorite, but I would love to get into other myths from other cultures, and what could be better than Chinese Myths? They have such a rich culture and history, I’m sure a story based on Chinese Mythology will be an interesting read.

Kelly: I’m really excited for this book because it’s something different than what I usually look for. I’ve been trying to somewhat branch out in my fantasy genre love and find other sub genres within it that I can explore. I’ve never read a Chinese mythology book, but I think I’d really like it, especially when it’s set as a high fantasy! I kind of have the same hesitation towards this book that I had with Daughter of Smoke and Bone; I was so hesitant because it was set in a part of our world that I rally didn’t know and in a different culture. Kara was so different than the heroines I knew and loved that I was worried I wouldn’t really feel attached to her or the series that much. I now LOVE DoSaB and recommend it to everyone, so I have a strong urge to try this book in the hopes that I will love it just as much.

Melissa: The cover has me intrigued! What is going on there?! I love learning about new mythologies and I know very little about Chinese Mythology which is ironic for me.  I’m super excited for a diverse YA character and getting to know Cindy Pon as a writer and storyteller.


Coming Soon!


Air Awakenings by Elise Kova -Coming Soon!

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson – Coming Soon!

A Little in Love by Susan Fletcher – Coming Soon!

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman – Coming Soon!

Lauren, Melissa, and Kelly

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