Book Blogger Hop

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!

6 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop

  1. I struggled with that a bit–separating hype from books that seem well liked. The two over lap a lot, I think, and so I stopped worrying about it. LOL I don’t read a lot of indie authors although I have read some over the years, good and bad. I haven’t read anything by K Webster, but I am familiar with the name at least. Honestly though, there are so many books indie and traditionally published I will probably never hear of . . . There are just so many!

    I’m not familiar with any of the titles you list. Sometimes books sound so good and we hear good things about them and it’s so disappointing when they don’t live up to our expectations. I think that’s one of the reasons I like hearing/reading varying viewpoints, even the negative. It helps keep my expectations more realistic. Too much praise or only praise makes me suspicious.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I hope you have a great weekend. Stay safe and well.

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    • Thank you – stay safe yourself. In terms of reviews I read 3 star first and rarely read 5 star ones (though do take note how many it has). If a book has no low ratings I wonder if the good ones are reliable. The negative can even help me decide to read a book, since we all love different things.

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