Question: Everyone LOVES that book! Why don't I? How do you handle being the one reviewer who doesn't like a book that's taking the blogosphere by storm? Do you write a review? Pretend you didn't read the book?
I always hate when people recommend a book to me, or I hear a lot of hype over a book, but it doesn't always work with me. Case and point: Twilight. My IRL friends know how much I dislike these books. No reviews are not on my blog because I read them before I started my blog, and I don't know if I actually put in the effort to read them again when I know I'm going to give them a negative review. It seems like a waste of time. I know these books are popular though and that's fine. I have friends who did very much enjoy these books. I didn't. Sorry. There are also books like Divergent and Shatter Me that got crazy good reviews. I've read both books. I've enjoyed both books. I didn't like them quite as much as everyone else though. I believe I gave them both 4 howls on my blog, so yes I did like them a lot. Yes I will read their sequels. I was a little disappointed (not sure if I was disappointed in the books or myself) because it didn't quite hit the mark I was looking for. Another book I've seen decent reviews for, but I didn't like was Dust City. I was confused through a lot of the book and the ending fell flat. Again, no review because I read it at a time when I was unable to put up posts. I let my friend borrow it because she thought it would be a good read. She couldn't finish it. I've seen a couple blogger reviews and they liked it. They thought it was unique (which it is). I just didn't get into it. Wings by Aprilynne Pike is another example. I like fey books. I'm always up for reading a new book about them. I even looked past the blurb from Stephanie Meyer because I was so sure I would like this book. No. I didn't like any of the characters except for Tamani (sp?), and the story was rather dull for me. I've seen negative reviews of Wings, but better reviews of the others so I might try this series again. I'm not sure. Final example: House of Night series. I've read Marked, and it was...okay? That's the best way I could describe it. It had a decent start. I guess what ruined it was I started to read the summaries of the later books to see where it was going and my first thought was, "Zoey becomes a bit of a slut." She had 3 different guys she was bouncing from? I'm alright with love triangles, but there gets to be a point when you get sick of them. And HoN was that series that made me gag because of it. This being said, I liked what the Cast women did adding Wiccan rituals with vampire lore, and I've been slowly collecting these books in case I want to read them again. So no I haven't completely written them off. Again, thank bloggers for that. I've seen better reviews of the later books than I did of the first couple so I was encouraged to give this series another look. I think that's all I've got to say on this topic.