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Most Misleading Synopses | Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds dumb, but then you read the book years later and it’s actually amazing? Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds amazing, but the book actually turns out to be nothing like the synopsis? Ever have a synopsis spoil something that happens 75% of the way into the book so you just spend most of your time waiting for that one element you already know? This is the topic for you.
The Call | Peadar O’Guilin
Book Cover Synopsis:
“3 Minutes: You wake up alone in a horrible land. A horn sounds. The Call has begun.”
2 Minutes: The Sídhe are close. They’re the most beautiful and terrible people you’ve ever seen. And they’ve seen you.
1 Minute: Nessa will be Called soon. No one thinks she has any chance to survive. But she’s determined to prove them wrong.
Could you survive the Call?”
I hate to say it, but this synopsis is so misleading. It made it seem as if we would read about Nessa fighting and bleeding her way through the Call for the majority of the book, but no. This book is about EVERYONE who undergoes the Call, and so Nessa becomes a side character in what, I think, is supposed to be her book. And the Sídhe are BARELY in the story. They’re only mentioned in speech and then they’re barely explained when they DO appear in the story. Not good. Not good at all. Review to come this Friday. Next up is:
The Wrath and the Dawn | Renee Ahdieh
One Life to One Dawn.
“In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.”
Well, just throw in the kitchen sink while you’re at it, why don’t you? This synopsis basically tells us 100% of the story. And after reading the book, I learned nothing new that wasn’t revealed in the synopsis. The element of surprise died with this long-ass synopsis that knows no bounds.
Across the Universe | Beth Revis
“A love out of time. A spaceship built of secrets and murder.
Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.
Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship —tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.
Now Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.”
Talk about building up the small things in life. I read this book a few years back and I thought the synopsis was purely fascinating. I love sci-fi and mystery/thrillers. Put them together and you’ve got me hooked. I was thrilled to pick up this book, but looking back now, I realize the murder-mystery was no mystery at all and the element of danger the synopsis puts forth is just a facade. Regardless, I still really like this book and hope to finish up the other two installments sometime.
Etiquette & Espionage | Gail Carriger
“It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine’s, young ladies learn to finish…everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage–in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year’s education.”
I wouldn’t necessarily say this synopsis is misleading, just that it builds up the art of death dealing more than it should. The girls slowly learn how to become assassins but rarely are their skills put to the test. And because of this, it was kind of a disappointing read.
The Outliers | Kimberly McCreight
It all starts with a text: Please, Wylie, I need your help.
Wylie hasn’t heard from Cassie in over a week, not since their last fight. But that doesn’t matter. Cassie’s in trouble, so Wylie decides to do what she has done so many times before: save her best friend from herself.
This time it’s different, though. Instead of telling Wylie where she is, Cassie sends cryptic clues. And instead of having Wylie come by herself, Jasper shows up saying Cassie sent him to help. Trusting the guy who sent Cassie off the rails doesn’t feel right, but Wylie has no choice: she has to ignore her gut instinct and go with him.
But figuring out where Cassie is goes from difficult to dangerous, fast. As Wylie and Jasper head farther and farther north into the dense woods of Maine, Wylie struggles to control her growing sense that something is really wrong. What isn’t Cassie telling them? And could finding her be only the beginning?
The synopsis gives away some major plot points. I honestly believe that if the synopsis hadn’t revealed Cassie’s choice to send cryptic clues or to call in the Jasper for additional help, the story would have been much better. The only surprises I had were toward the end, but they were not well done. Not well done at all…
And that’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed this post 😀 Do you have any misleading synopses to share? Well, please do. I’d love to hear from you!
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