I'm not a "book bully". If I think I am going to hate a book, odds are I'm not going to read it. And I'm definitely not going to review it. But then again, the reason that I review books is that it can be tough to tell whether a book is for you. Even with previews, reviews, book trailers, first pages and everything else out there. A premise can sound fantastic. A book can start out strong. But then, suddenly, things can take a turn for the weird. Or something that seemed to have so much potential can utterly fail to connect with me.
I want to make it absolutely clear that just because I do not like a certain book, that does not mean the book is "awful", or that no one else will like it. Reading a book is a very personal experience. Having a book blog makes it a lot more social. But as a book blogger and reviewer, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that nothing gets lost in translation when I talk about books. Which means when I do a review I am telling you my personal opinion on that book.
So, why am I giving you all this pre-amble? Because of this week's TGIF topic. It's the kind of discussion that could upset someone, and I want to be clear that is not my intent. So, on to the main event:
Book Disappointments: Have you ever come across a book you were so stoked to read, but it failed miserably in your eyes?
I just know that somebody out there just went "What?!".
How could the person who created The Princess Diaries possibly write something that I felt "failed miserably"? Let's keep this short and sweet:
The heroine was too whiny.
The plot was bogged down with too many flashbacks.
The hero did not have enough of a presence.
The book just didn't grab my interest.
This was totally and utterly heartbreaking. Here was an opportunity to create a completely fresh spin on the Hades and Persephone myth ... One of my favorite pieces of mythology ever.
Now, to be clear and fair: I am not complaining that she screwed up the myth. I realize that her goal wasn't to create Hades and Persephone. My issue is that the story that she created and the characters she made to tie into what I felt was a fantastic concept (multi-sectioned underworld with different people in charge? Very unique.) just didn't hold up to the idea itself.
I wanted to like this book. I tried very hard to get into it. But in the end, it was a DNF for me. Truly a shame.