So today I had an appointment scheduled and I arrived a little early. Luckily, there was a thrift store right next door. That’s a book lover’s dream; at least it should be! Everyone loves cheap books don’t they?
So I hit the store and I got some great books for .99 each! (list below) So a bit later, I posted in one of my FB bookclub groups and gushed about one of the books that I got. Inferno by Dan Brown.
Lo and behold…I was told that the ONE book that I was excited about the most….Is A PART OF A SERIES!!!! What!? Why didn’t the book tell me that?
I just don’t understand why it is so easy for some books to have “Book One of…..series” or simply a numbered order inside of the book, and then it’s so hard for other books to do it. I opened the book at the thrift store and read the inside, it sounded soooooo good so I immediately put it on the buy stack. Since I was getting several I bypassed on the other books by the same author that were on the shelf.
Turns out…a few of the ones I saw on the shelf WERE APART OF THE SERIES! But I didn’t even know. The book, Inferno, is actually number 4 and didn’t mention anything inside the flap or any of the pages.
Why!? Why!? Why!?
As a relief, I’ve been told that I can still read and enjoy the book without having read the others first. Well, GOOD!!! Because I was already 20 pages in when I posted.
Anyway, that’s one of my issues with publishers or book makers or book designers or cover editors or WHOEVER is responsible for this travesty!
Thrift Store Haul:
Inferno by Dan Brown
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dasher
You might be one to think that I am biased when it comes to this author…and I usually am. I have been reading novels by Lynsay Sands since I was in high school when I first fell in love with A Quick Bite. I took to her writing style almost immediately and couldn’t let go. Her descriptions, character analysis and plot twists really had me transfixed. Every time a new story came out I was immediately taken away. I’d say the hardest thing about being in love with a book series is waiting for the next one to come out. There was a period there when she wrote historical fiction instead of The Argeneau series and I was angry at her. Of course, with her being my favorite author, I read the historicals anyway (and loved them) but that was besides the point. So when the new story came out I was very happy.
I was waiting in line at Wal-Mart and it hit me, I hadn’t even glanced at the book section in a very long time, which if you know me is very unheard of, and I immediately ran over. I didn’t see anything and was thoroughly upset. I went to work that day and who but a coworker with the same novel interests held a new book by Lynsay Sands? I asked her where she got it and she said Wal-Mart! Ugh! I went back at 1am that night and searched every shelf. I just so happened to come across the last one, tucked behind a few other novels (someone was probably hiding it but I grabbed it…gotcha!). I read it in it’s entirety the next day. That is how dedicated I am to this author.
Now that you know how biased I am…on to the review. I must admit, I was very disappointed with this story. I’m not sure if it’s because this is like the…25th book in the series and she just ran out of things to come up with but…it wasn’t very good. I gobbled up the first few pages as the introduction of characters had me hooked, per us. I loved the opening scene. Closer to the middle of the book I had became irritated with the main female’s disposition. She just didn’t sit well with me. The main male definitely was on my good side. It wasn’t an issue of not being able to relate to the story, or that her usual prose was decommissioned. It was just that it seemed a little unrealistic; which is funny regarding a series about ‘good’ vampires searching for their life mates but nevertheless it was true.
By the end of the story I was so fed up with the book that it felt more like I was reading it just to finish. I have a (bad) habit of throwing books that I dislike and had I been at home or in a private place it definitely wouldn’t have been throw worthy. I was dissatisfied, intrigued and confused at the same time.
I saw that the author has another book in the series coming out soon and for the first time I’m a little apprehensive. Lynsay! Please come back to me! Come towards the light! If my writings aren’t good enough to be read you at least have to give me something to hope for the future!
Please…no more like About A Vampire. There, I think I got it out of my system. 🙂