Serpentine
Young Adult / February 5, 2017

Author: Cindy Pon. Summary: Skybright has been a handmaiden her entire life, and as far as she can see she’ll stay right there for the rest of it. But as she and her mistress come of age, things begin to change. Her mistress is acting strangely, hiding things from Skybright and excluding her from her new friendship. For Skybright, this is only the tip of her problems as she begins to undergo strange nocturnal changes. Something’s happening to her, and she doesn’t like it. As things begin to escalate, tying into the growing problems of the monster-infested world outside, the real question is – how far will it go? Is Skybright really who she thinks she is? My Thoughts: First, you should know that the content numbers may be a tiny bit off – I skimmed large parts of the book, including the end. It just kept getting worse. Skybright is the perfect devoted handmaiden. Which means she’s quiet, fairly lackluster, and thinks her mistress’s opinion is all-important. Unhappily, these qualities aren’t quite as good in a protagonist. She’s reactive instead of proactive for most of the book, and even when she does something of her own accord it’s in…