Have you ever read the description on the back of a book and, once you started reading the book, wondered where the hell the blurb writer got their description from? 

I have had quite a few books ruined for me because of the blurb on the back …. that’s not cool blurb writer. 

The two that upset me the most are below ….

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern….. The blurb on the back of this book made it sound so magical and beautiful and wonderful. However the blurb overlooks the first half of the book. It jumps into the story after you’ve read almost half of it! What the hell man?! I expected the whole book to be about the circus and it wasn’t. 

Now, I don’t want you guys to thinkni hated the book. I didn’t. I think I gave it 3 or 4 stars when I reviewed it. But I found it very hard to get into because I kept waiting for the circus and it wasn’t there yet. 

Deceptive blurbs are the worst. 

How to remedy this: Talk about the first half of the book! They should have talked about the characters and the development of the circus and its backstory. They should not have jumped right into talking about the circus. 

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie……

It would have been nice for them not to tell you who was murdered ….. I mean, it’s obvious while you’re reading the book but that’s not the point! Said character doesn’t die until you’re over halfway through the book! There would have been so much more suspense had they not ruined that for me! Because it’s totally possible that they could have killed another character! There were two I thought might die…. until I read the damn description. 

How to fix: Don’t say who dies unless they die in the first 20-50 pages! 

Is there a book that was ruined for you because of the description on the back of the book? 

4 thoughts on “Spoilers!

  1. For me the description of ‘a world without you’ by Beth Revis gave away too much. That’s also the reason why I didn’t start enjoying the book until I was about halfway through. It’s a real shame when something like this happens!

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    1. If I ever end up reading that book I’m making a mental note not to read the blurb! It really is a shame, I don’t think authors realize how damning the blurb can be for the success of their book!


  2. to be honest, i rarely read blurbs..

    one that did make me a little angry was the one on The Pirate’s Wish. it’s the first book in a duolgy, but everything mentioned on the back doesn’t happen until he second book.. so not only does it not really go with the actual book it’s on, it also spoils the ending for it.
    (that said, I still enjoyed the books)

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    1. I still enjoy most of the books with a bad blurb but it’s still really frustrating sometimes. And that’s the worst kind! How do you write a description on the back of a book if it doesn’t pertain to that book?
      I very rarely read blurbs either unless I’m book shopping and think a title sounds interesting.


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