[Review] The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Advanced Merry Christmas to all!

Few days to go and yeah, Christmas already. How y’all gonna spend it. Well, I’m with my family during the occasion so that will be good enough, right. Also, I will be catching up with my reading radar just to minimize a little bit of my TBR. Ugh! I will definitely put this on my new year resolution (but, I’m sure that will not gonna happen since every book lover’s TBR grows LARGER, not LESSER).

Anyway, here’s my review of The Serpent King that I honestly read from the last few days of November and only writing my thoughts about it today (damn, way too long, you think). I can’t help it when life happens. Though there are more review stacks I still need to write up before this year ends. I hope I can make it.

The Serpent King--



A dark, southern gothic novel about small-town dreams, love and grief.

Dill’s father is in jail for an unspeakable crime. Shunned by the neighbours in their small religious Tennessee town, Dill and his mother try to make ends meet. 

Dill’s only respite from poverty and prejudice are his two friends: Lydia and Travis. Travis is an oddball, finding sanctuary from his violent father in his obsession with an epic fantasy saga. Lydia is fast-talking and fiercely creative, pinning her hopes on her achingly cool fashion blog. Dill fears his heart will break when she escapes to a better life in New York.

Dill wants to get through his final year of high school in one piece. But there’s a dark secret at the heart of his family, a serpent poisoning his blood, filling him with despair. Dill must confront this legacy of madness and desperation before it tears him apart.

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The Serpent King is a work of such beautiful experiences from the different perspective of three characters that bring out their own challenges they will face head-on, the strong bond of their friendship, their family’s drawback, and the dreams they will reach no matter what even there are elements of doubt, regret, and undeciding feeling. How’s own path will change just to make things better. How’s own path will end so young. And how’s own path will be the right decision for the chosen career.

Mixed feelings about this book. How I encounter another grieving situation that really tears apart every piece of my soul. Heart-achingly painful. That part of this book will have a great place in my heart. Everything has already been. I know I give away some hints of how this book goes but still, you should read this interesting book and discover Dill’s legacy of madness and desperation that will tear him apart if he doesn’t confront it, Lydia’s blogging world as her mark of future for her fashion calling, and Travis’ obsession for an epic fantasy saga as his solace from his father’s ferocity.

Trio. Dollywould. Bloodfall. Forrestville. Guitar. Dearly.

It was a stroke of luck and timing that I got this book in a thrift store and immediately bought it since it was only the copy they had. Thankfully, no one ended place their eyes on this. If I were you, I recommend you to start this before the end of the year and you’ll not regret it actually (that you believe on me and really did read this). This is a mix of sad and happy days of life, knowing the truth, knowing your passion, and knowing how things will be in unexpected ways.



About the Author

Jeff ZentnerJeff Zentner

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Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Book The Serpent King as well as Goodbye DaysHis third book, Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee is forthcoming in February 2019. He is the winner of the William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and the Westchester Fiction Award. His books have been nominated and longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and he has been a finalist for the Indies Choice Award and the Southern Book Prize, and been named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start.

He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.

Thank you for reading!


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