ARC Review: The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner


Release date: March 8, 2016

I been dying to read this book for a long time. This is one of the most anticipated YA contemporary books of the year and it’s not one to miss. Most reviews I’ve read states that this book will make you cry. Instead of crying I was jaw-dropped shocked. This book brings a lot of emotions and a powerful message of following your dreams when the world around is against you.

When I first started reading, the chemistry between the main characters felt awkward. Dill, Lydia and Travis are school misfits who found in each other loyal friendship. It was hard seeing them together as friends at first. As the story develops, and we know more about their haunted past and present, we understand that they are perfect for each other. Each character is confronting a problem. Dill is haunted by his father, a snake-handling preacher in jail for child pornography, Travis gets beaten by his drunk father and finds comfort in fantasy books. Lydia is a fashion blogger, she has the best parents in the world and she seems to have a perfect life, but she doesn’t seem very happy with what life as given her and she wants more. For personal reasons and experiences I could relate more to Lydia and Dill. This book is not about snakes, don’t panic. It’s A LOT more than that.

The Serpent King is settled in Tennessee and now I want to visit it again. If you haven’t been to Tennessee after this book, you’ll want to go. The descriptions of places are so well done, to the point that I’m still wishing I was there.

In this book you’ll be facing different scenery, characters, topics and stories from what we are used to read in YA. There were scenes in this book that were very shocking and painful and I had to put it aside for moments. The ending is one of hope and powerful message of faith, hope and believing in your dreams against the odds. The Serpent King perfect for young adults and adults as well. If you love coming of age books, this one is not one to miss.

If there’s a contemporary book you should read this year is this one.

Oh and the author Jeff Zentner is AMAZING. You should follow him on Twitter.

If you pre-order this book, make sure you send your proof for special swag.



  1. “This book is not about snakes, don’t panic.” lol!

    Jeff Zenter seems to be a great new voice, from what I’ve heard. We have too few guys writing down-to-earth YA. I think that the genre suffers for not having more masculine voices bringing their memories and perspectives of adolescence to the page. Definitely looking forward to this one!

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