The Serpent King
by Jeff ZentnerGenre: Contemporary Release Date:
8th March 2016 Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers Source: Publisher Add it: Goodreads Rating:
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.
I don’t know how to review this book because quite honestly I have mixed feelings about the book and these types of reviews are always the hardest to write. I didn’t love the book, but I didn’t hate it either. My feelings and opinions are somewhat neutral.
Even When You Lie To Me
by Jessica AlcottGenre: Contemporary Release Date:
June 9, 2015 Publisher: Crown Books For Young Readers Source: Bought Add it: Goodreads Rating:
Charlie, a senior, isn't looking forward to her last year of high school. Another year of living in the shadow of her best friend, Lila. Another year of hiding behind the covers of her favorite novels. Another year of navigating her tense relationship with her perfectionist mom.
But everything changes when she meets her new English teacher. Mr. Drummond is smart. Irreverent. Funny. Hot. Everyone loves him. And Charlie thinks he's the only one who gets her.
She also thinks she might not be the only one with a crush.
I don’t really have much to say about this book. Partly because I read it a couple of months ago, and partly because it was uneventful and the ending was anti-climactic. Even When You Lie to Me was a quick read. It was easy to fly through. But I didn’t feel any connection to the book or the characters at all. I honestly couldn’t tell you anything about Charlie, and the forbidden relationship between her and her teacher wasn’t told in an original way at all. I remember liking the ending because of what happened to Charlie and her development. But I didn’t love it.