Friday Book Blog Hop
So I’m joining in once again with Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and their weekly blog hop. This weeks prompt was supplied by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews and is –
What book/books got a lot of hype but were a disappointment for you?
That’s not all that easy a prompt for me, because I mainly read independently published books, so there isn’t always a lot of hype for those. However in our little corner of the book world, we do still see some books whipping up a social media frenzy. One of those was The Wild by K Webster which, in my opinion, fully deserved the praise heaped on it. I’m going to interpret this (as is my want) in my own way and go for books that everyone else seemed to like, but I didn’t.
Title – R.I.P.
Author – Charity B
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46141235-r-i-p
This was a Book of the Month read in a group I’m in and several reader friends raved about how good a book it was. I started reading this at the start of lockdown in the UK, so there is every chance my mindset wasn’t right for this but I just felt it was rather contrived. It seemed to have dark events solely for the shock factor and bragging rights, rather than being pivotal to the plot.
I do intend to give this a second try at some point – it wouldn’t be the first time I did that and totally changed my mind about a book.
Title – The Body Painter
Author – Pepper Winters
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36602208-the-body-painter
This was a much anticipated book. I remember doing the cover reveal for this over a year before it was eventually released. We heard so much about how dark this was going to be, until it wasn’t. I found it very slow and repetitive, yet the prose is so poetical and beautiful that it still entertained.
Title – Land of the Beautiful Dead
Author – R. Lee Smith
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27228341-land-of-the-beautiful-dead
The author who features next recommended this book in her Facebook group. Loads of people then jumped on the thread praising it and saying how it was a 5 star read.
It was probably three times longer than it needed to be. An hour in and very little had happened (I was maybe only 10 – 15% into the book too).
A book needs to hook me in quickly or I soon lose interest, which I did with this. It ended up being a DNF.
Title – Stolen (Alpha’s Claim #4)
Author – Addison Cain
Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35992776-stolen
My aim is not to sound entitled here. The purchase of a book does not make the author beholden to me in any way. I enjoyed what I paid for so the exchange was successful. This represents all those unfinished series, all those sudden radio silences on when the next book will be.
This isn’t the only author who has abandoned a series part way through, though the rest have stepped away from writing altogether, mainly due to mental or physical health reasons. I have been hearing more and more dissenting voices over the fact that the author has 3 (or 4 if you include The Golden Line) series that are unfinished. Until recently, when a book #5 was put on pre-order, there was no indication of when any of these series might be continued. I won’t say finished as that simply feels too much to hope for.
This isn’t a criticism of the author, who has every right to write and release what she wants, when she wants to. She owes me nothing. This is a personal note to myself to learn to step away sooner from a situation that isn’t doing me any good!