During the past year of buying and reading ebooks (wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long) I’ve been surprised on a number of occasions when a story has exceeded my expectations.
This has generally happened after I’ve read a blurb, been vaguely interested about the story but not convinced, and only purchased the book as an afterthought (eek, sorry that sounds so dismissive).
Perhaps I’ve noticed this more in relation to ebooks because this is a relatively new format to me? I’m not sure. Is it because some blurbs are too brief or conversely too complex, which can be off putting to readers? *ponders*
Whatever the reason, I thought I’d share/pimp three books where I don’t believe the blurb has done the story justice – and on the off chance someone may have had similar thoughts about them; about both the blurb and/or the book.
The characters and the world in this recent release really intrigued me. I think I would have liked more back story and a little more information about the main characters, but overall I enjoyed it and was very pleased (ie I WANT more) to find out this is the first book in a series about the Utopia-X world. If you like m/m urban fantasy/futuristic/paranormal, definitely try this. I have a feeling the series will just get better and better.
Tere Michaels’ Faith & Fidelity
I know there has been quite a lot of criticism by authors and readers of m/m romance about the ‘gay for you’ theme; however, unlike others I’ve read, I found this particular story believable. The two main characters are wonderfully developed and their relationship – with each other and others – is very moving. All in all, I thought this was a great read.
T A Chase’s Here Be Dragons (a bit of a ramble so bear with me)
I ADORE the work of T A Chase and am addicted to reading his blog every Tuesday and Thursday when he posts the next installment of whatever story he is sharing with his readers/ fans/ stalkers. His stories just do it for me and I’m drawn into the world of his characters every time.
Given my gushiness, it might come as a surprise to know it took me forever to purchase T A’s Here Be Dragons.
The grab/mini-blurb for the book interested me (what’s not to like about two guys falling in love and dragons returning to the world!), but there was something about the detailed blurb which put me off time and time again. I think the description didn’t entice me enough to want to find out more about Kael’s and Hugh’s story.
Still, this was just such an odd, stand-out thing for me; to not buy the only book I didn’t own from an author whose writing I obviously enjoyed.
It was when I was re-reading the blurb for what seemed like the gazillionth time it suddenly hit me how ridiculous I was being and that I should just buy the book already! Needless to say, I thought Here Be Dragons was bloody t’rific (T A writes about Kael’s development from a victim of abuse to finding the strength in himself beautifully) and I can’t wait for the sequel, Dreaming of Dragons, to come out next year.
The above examples highlighted to me how it can sometimes be the littlest things which can influence a reader when it comes to purchasing a book. Like a cover, a blurb, the size, the font, a review, the PRICE, etc, etc. Has anyone else had similar experiences, particularly re: blurbs?
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