This month’s Owlcrate may have been my favorite one thus far (and that’s really saying something!) The theme for this box was Writer’s Block and everything that the team curated for this box was stellar. The items included were: a pair of adorable socks from Out of Print (featuring banned book titles), a set of three buttons/pins from BookWorm Boutique with fabulously bookish designs, a black quill shaped pen from Kikkerland (it has a super fine point and is really comfortable to write or draw with), a book of writing prompts, and the book of the month The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. Even though everything in the box was really great, the book is what took this box to the next level. Seriously, guys, I devoured that book in less than two days and I work full time. I’ll post the details about the book below but I highly recommend it to anyone that’s ever felt trapped or let down by life (which is probably most of us, am I right?) As always and until next time, happy reading! -Rebecca
“The Serpent King is a book you won’t be able to resist or forget. The Southern boy in me savored every syllable and the reader in me fell in love with every page.” —John Corey Whaley, National Book Award finalist and Printz Award winner
Synopsis: 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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