[Review] The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

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Title: The Serpent King
Author: Jeff Zentner
Publication: March 8th 2016 by Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 384
Format: e-ARC

Dill has had to wrestle with vipers his whole life—at home, as the only son of a Pentecostal minister who urges him to handle poisonous rattlesnakes, and at school, where he faces down bullies who target him for his father’s extreme faith and very public fall from grace.

He and his fellow outcast friends must try to make it through their senior year of high school without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self. Graduation will lead to new beginnings for Lydia, whose edgy fashion blog is her ticket out of their rural Tennessee town. And Travis is content where he is thanks to his obsession with an epic book series and the fangirl turning his reality into real-life fantasy.

Their diverging paths could mean the end of their friendship. But not before Dill confronts his dark legacy to attempt to find a way into the light of a future worth living.

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My thoughts:

I received this e-ARC from Jeff Zentner himself in exchange for an honest review.

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Okay, I thought this book was going to be something fantasy-like because of the title, but I was very, very wrong. It’s an amazing book, I tell you and you should put this on your radar/TBR because it will come out next year March 8th 2016.

There are a lot of contemporary books that I like but this one I really love. There is something unique in this book that will make you love the characters, and really, really hate the antagonists. I rarely get these feelings that every time this antagonist appears, I just want to rip off their throat and kill them instantly. Most writers fail to create villains that are annoying and irritating.

“And then you hate yourself for being a coward and not saying what you really think. You hate yourself for not being good at sports like your dead brother. You hate yourself for not being as brave as the people you love to read about. And you just want to be somewhere where no one makes you feel that way.”

This story revolves around three friends who have their own miserable problems. I seriously don’t know how to give a gist of this book because you honestly need to read this to be enlightened with its words. It is just pure fantastic and deserves to be read all over the world. I have no doubt this book will be popular.

What I like about this book is that it is easy to read and it’s very easy to relate to the characters. For a contemporary book, this is way different from the usual ones because there’s really few romantic scenes, but the author focused on the intimacy between these three friends.

My most favorite character would be Travis because he is just a simple guy who is a big fan of Bloodfall, a fantasy series in this book, and who also wants to be a writer. What makes him my favorite is not only those, but he’s just like me. He likes making two friends get back together which I sometimes do. (lol)

“And if you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.”

I tell you, this book is so good; you don’t want to live the lives of these characters except Lydia’s because her life is just average which is probably fine. Dill suffers from being marginalized every day because of the work his grandfather did by killing all the serpents, avenging his wife’s death (therefore the title of this book). This is widely known to his town and now, people think that Dill is a offspring of evil. Also, Travis suffers from child abuse because of his father’s drunkenness.

I also love how REAL this book is. It contains real-life situations. Child abuse. Bullying. These are evident in the main characters’ lives. Also, I love how the author incorporated his passion for music in this book. He is a guitarist and Dill is a musician too. I really love when authors put a piece of their life to the book, making the book one of their most treasured creations.

I will tell this again, you should read this book because it’s A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I never expected to like this book, and this is a book for everyone. This is also a tearjerker, so don’t forget to bring your tissues and wipe all those ugly tears that will come (soon). I have no words for this book, just read it.

5 swords5 swords for a pure tearjerker!

About the author:

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Jeff Zentner 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.

Now he writes novels for young adults. 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.

Do you like tear-jerking books? Comment below and let’s talk about it!




[Twitter Chat] One World, One Book (Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan)

Just a few days ago, Penguin Random House sent me an e-mail asking if I would like to join a Twitter chat about this good-looking book that is based on Taiwan which is a country I’ve been to when I was a kid.

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The plot itself sounds amazing, and I hope you can check it out on Goodreads and maybe add it to your TBR? Sounds great!


The hashtag is #GreenIsland, Twitter handle @Shawnayangryan and @prhglobal.

I hope to see you there!

Are you all joining? Comment below and let me know!



Blog on HIATUS?!

It’s been a long time, well for me. I have never touched my blog for a long time and I’m so ashamed. I’m so busy these past few days that I couldn’t even write a post nor check out other blogs, but hopefully by next month I’ll be able to do so. Since next month is the start of my summer break, a lot of time for my reading sessions, yeah?

Despite the fact that I have a hectic schedule, I’m also at a loss of inspiration. I could not think of something to write. Nothing at all. Let’s just hope that something will come out of my head for the next few days.

For now, have a great day! I hope to be active again.

What are you up to today? Comment below and let’s talk about it.




[Book Tag] The Book Pastry Tag

I was tagged by Carrianne from Cuppa in Critiques. Thank you so much! I actually did this tag on purpose because I’m running out of ideas and the best thing to have something to post is to do a tag. Well, at least for me.

Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) loves.

The Legend trilogy is legit pure awesomeness. It’s my all-time favorite series, and I’m glad everyone loves this series too. It deserves all the hype and attention!

Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

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Okay, to be honest, I didn’t really much like Glass Sword  because it’s a slow-paced book. I can’t even bear reading this one because it was really hard to get through, but the ending was so good!

Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

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Lauren Oliver’s books, including Vanishing Girls, are what I look forward to because of the hype, especially the Delirium trilogy. However, after reading Panic and Vanishing Girls, I have fully decided that I will never read anything written by Lauren Oliver again.

Pain au chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

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I thought Rebel Belle was going to be a contemporary book and the character would be a kickass or something, but I didn’t know it involved magic. And it was really cool!

Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

It’s time to tell you again that Winger and Stand-Off are both great which I mean is PURE-AWESOME-AND-AMAZING  Aside from the Legend trilogy, this duology which I didn’t know that will have a third book, so it’s a trilogy now (?). I can’t wait for that. You should read this funny and heartbreaking book!

Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

I’ll go with the Grisha trilogy with this one. Grisha-verse is a world filled with complexities. Even I couldn’t catch up on some parts, and this made me hate the series, kind-of.

Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

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I must admit that Catching Fire is a movie that I enjoyed more than the Hunger Games. The movie is definitely better than the book because it seems like the movie has a more heart-pumping feel to it.

Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.


Okay, Winger is bittersweet. That’s it. I don’t want to spoil anything.

Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

Seriously, anything. I live in the Philippines and I haven’t read a book that’s set here. So, any book that you can think of is a Kolompeh. (lol)

Pate a Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

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The Harry Potter series is filled with not only magic but also tons of amazing food, and this is also one of the reasons why I want to live in Hogwarts. ‘Nuff said.

I tag these awesome people:
Liam from @ Liam’s Library
Joey from @ Thoughts and Afterthoughts
Jasmine from @ Jasmine Pearl Reads
Josiah from @ The Bookish Fanboy
Aldii from @ Perfection in Books
Nthato from @ A-scribe to Describe

And of course, I tag you!

What’s your favorite pastry? Comment below and let’s talk about it.



Celebrating 900 Followers

I am appalled and FLABBERGASTED! I never thought that I would reach 900 followers, and I want to thank everyone of you. As can be seen, I do not post much anymore because of school and my lack of inspiration maybe. Summer is fast approaching, and the works the school give gets bigger and bigger by the minute.

I am so busy that I can’t even read nor finish a book, and there are a lot of review copies that I need to fondle (kidding). But seriously, I badly need to finish all these stuff. I want summer to come now for me.

School aside, thank you again for following me. I’m also happy with the fact that I’m very very close to reaching 1000 followers and it’s just a few steps to reaching that. Keep being awesome!


Full-Time Book-Modeling

So recently, I have been encouraged to incorporate some of my clothes to the pictures I post on my Instagram/Bookstagram. It turns out that a lot of people like them and hopefully, they like what I post. In this post, I will show you the pictures my siblings took while I am modeling with some random books.

(long-sleeves polo from Basic House)

Will I consider book-modeling? Maybe? I don’t know. It’s not like I get paid for this. I don’t even know why I started to book-model anyway. Maybe it’s because I saw a lot of people showing their fashion style while being taken with pictures. I am scared that I may or may not run out of clothes to wear. Any fashion retailer there that will consider giving me clothes to wear? Maybe not.

(sweater and pants from Uniqlo)

Did I pass as an effective book model? I probably suck. Maybe I should make this one a tag? Because I like doing tags that are a combination of photography and books. I will be posting a second part soon or you can check out my Instagram here to see what I’ve already posted.

Have you ever tried to book-model? Would you consider it? Comment below and let’s talk about it.



Book Signing Events I’m Excited To Go To

Okay, I am so excited for March to come. So many things are going to happen on that very, very special month. My birth month, of course. Hopefully, a lot of books for me. Can we already fast forward to next month already? Please?

victoria aveyard.jpgSo first off, I will be going to Victoria Aveyard’s book signing event because I love Red Queen, and who just doesn’t love signing events? Thank you so much National Book Store for hosting this event!






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The month doesn’t just end there, but there are more book signings, actually one more book signing. And this book signing is Sarah J. Maas’s. I love her series so much, both Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I can’t even WAIT. JUST GIVE ME MARCH ALREADY. MARCH IS THE BEST MONTH EVER. MARCH. MARCH. *faints*

GUYS! Victoria Aveyard and Sarah J. Maas in one month. How can you even calm down? I’m hyperventilating. Stop me.

Also March would be the start of summer break, such perfection, right?


Do you have plans to go to a book signing this March? Which author would you go to? Comment below and let’s talk about it.