Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Every now and then (ok, more than every now and then) people create major buzz around books that they expect everyone to be wowed by.
Often, when this happens, I find myself:
a) Avoiding the book because I want to read it on my own terms and in my own time
b) Reading the book, only to end up being disappointed because the book failed to live up to its expectations; and
c) Following point b, I am then left feeling incredibly guilty because most people who love the book have this remarkable ability to make you feel bad with just a raise of their eyebrows (Because we all know that we're just not allowed to dislike books that other people love).
Of course, there are many times when the expectations and buzz created around the book are justified - and in most cases - I'd have to be completely honest and say that the number of books that I've been wowed by (based on the hype), has by far outweighed the number of books that have disappointed me.
What many people seem to forget though is that reading is such a personal experience and that each and everyone experiences a book very differently. While there are common threads that tie many readers together, everyone looks for something different in a book. That is, after all, the reason why we have book genres.
Because of this, I'm often amused when people become offended because I didn't like the book that they loved. It's nothing against you as a person, but it's simply a matter of me just looking for something which, I felt, the book obviously lacked.
I also have to add that when I read a book, I never start out with the intention of outright hating the book. It's the way in which the book develops throughout the novel and the actual ending that affects my opinion of the book, nothing more, nothing less.
Some of the books that I've been disappointed by include the following 3:
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
This is one of those books that I desperately wanted to like. As a lover of all things fairy (yes, there's a reason my book blog is called The Book Fairy's Haven), I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when I first heard about this book.
The title, the book cover and the synopsis all just pulled me in, and when I heard that this going to be a series, I was officially sold. And then, I started reading and found that although I was intrigued by the grungy, phantasmagorical world of wickedly beautiful fae, I generally had a problem with the characters.
Sure Seth is sexy and Keenan is wickedly beautiful, but there was nothing but beyond that, there was nothing that made them memorable to me. And Aislin? I thought there was certain hollowness about her character that just kept me from connecting with her.
Honestly, I don't really know if I want to continue reading this series. I read Ink Exchange and didn't find it any better. Maybe one day when I have nothing else to read, but for now… will be giving this series a skip!
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
Actually, I’m not going to say much about this one. I'll just let you read my review shall I? I'll only be repeating everything I've written anyway.
Sister's Red by Jackson Pearce (review coming up soon)
This one I definitely have mixed feelings about. It's not that I didn't like it (actually, like with Wicked Lovely, I really wanted to love this book), but rather a case of a good book being brought down by a character I considered rather one-dimensional, even though there are good reasons for the character being the way she is.
I'm hoping to get my review out later this week, but I can tell you that the character I have a problem with, is Scarlett. I'm not sure if wanting to strangle a character throughout most of the novel is a testimony to how well the character's personality is portrayed or a reflection of just how irksome I found her, but whatever it is, it certainly caused me to like this book a little less than I really wanted to.
Anyway, I'm curious to hear about the books that didn't live up to your expectation? I'd love to hear them (and also so that I can avoid some of those I haven't read in the future. *grins*