I HELD OUT FOR THIS LONG!!!
BUT IT FINALLY GOT ME!!!!
I was never afraid of hype.
So people love a book and they want to share about it all the freakin’ time. The more the merrier! Big deal, right?
There was a book so hyped that it just had to be out of this world to live up to it. There was a book I could not wait for. I was on the edge of my seat, pee myself excited. There was…
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.
Yes, ladies and gents. The book we’ve all been waiting for for over half a year. The book everyone in the book blogosphere has been nonstop incessant talking about. The book that has never before received lower than a 4/5 star rating (okay that’s going a little far, but seriously, I’ve, like, never seen a bad review for it???).
It got me. Pierced my heart. Spoke to my soul. Deceived my mind.
I thought I would love it.
After all, everyone loved it. How could I not?
Oh, boy, was I in for a shock.
I’m only halfway through the book but I’m practically dragging myself through it. It’s put me in a serious slump.
That’s right folks: After all that build up, I’ve been let down.
Now you may think I’m being a tad bit melodramatic here, but consider this: this is the book that for over half a year, I was told I was gonna love. For over half a year, I was told it was second only to Throne of Glass, which is my favorite high fantasy series. That’s a lot to live up to.
And you know what?
I’m beginning to think all of the build up to Truthwitch did it a disservice. It took that certain air of mystery out of the release. It made to book so big that there was no way it could live up to expectations.
Hype can be a great marketing tool, but I think after a point it goes back to that (very wise) saying, “Everything in moderation.” Too much hype and a book loses its mystique. Too much hype and people get sick of hearing about the book. Too much hype and people are let down when they finally read the book and aren’t going to want to continue on with the book or the series.