It’s about to get a bit rambly up in here. Don’t believe me? Read my previous Thinking Too Hard post, Review Books vs. What I Want to Read. It’s ramble-central. Because that’s what I do.
So for this Thinking Too Hard post, I’m going to talk about something I’ve recently had happen to me that made me so upset. There’s this book that you might have MAYBE heard of. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski? Anyone? Yeah, I thought so. Let me tell you how head over heels I was for this book BEFORE I HAD EVEN READ IT. I mean, everyone and their mother was saying how amazing it was. 5 star reviews were floating all over Twitter, my Feedly, Goodreads, all of it. And I was all “man! I need to read this!!!” So I joined an ARC tour and then….!!!
I read 91 pages. NINETY ONE. I didn’t even make it to 100.
Okay, let me clarify some things. I actually really liked the writing. I thought it was descriptive and beautiful. BUT I was expecting this book to be WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM from the get-go. I mean….all these people – people who I usually agree with – wrote such lovely things! It had to be perfect, it just had to be!!! But it wasn’t (at least for me).
I couldn’t exactly think of why this was. Was it the genre? I’m not a HUGE high-fantasy fan – I enjoy it, but it isn’t my absolute favorite. Was it the setting? What could it be? I finally narrowed it down to two things. The first being that it dragged a bit, and I’m a reader that needs to be sucked in from the very beginning. Dragging is not my friend.
The second thing, and I think ultimately, this is what it was….
The hype. I had heard such AMAZING things about this book! Seriously, amazing!!! I was expecting fireworks! A parade! A monkey on a flying trapeze!!! Just big, giant things. And I didn’t get it from the beginning, which is what I wanted.
To be fair to The Winner’s Curse, this is NOT the first (or I’m sure, the last) time this has happened. Daughter of Smoke and Bone? Didn’t even make it to fifty pages. AND THAT WAS A BOOK THAT WAS A SURE THING. Such a great idea! I can’t even explain how much I loved the whole drawing-the-monsters-in-her-sketchbook thing. From one creepy girl to another, you feel me? And for some reason, I just wanted more, more, more! And then, when I didn’t get any, I put it down.
Please tell me I’m not alone in this. Have there been any books that you thought you’d love, based on everyone else’s reactions, and then you DNF-ed them? Or maybe finished them, but were just kind of ‘meh’? Let me know in the comments below!!