I’m so excited to have an opportunity to join in on something like Top 5 Wednesday. I’ve seen other blogs and booktubers do it and now it’s my turn! See the T5W Goodreads group here.
So this week it’s the top 5 most misleading synopses, so that’s synopses that make a you think a book is about something when it’s really more about something else, synopses that sound bad when actually it’s fantastic, or a synopsis that spoils something that happens later in the book so you spend the whole story waiting for it.
This was quite a hard post to write as if I think a synopsis sounds dumb, I’m not going to waste my time reading that book, and I just could not think of a lot of books that fitted the other criteria. But I think this is a good effort for my first Top 5 Wednesday post. Here goes!
Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
I loved this book but the synopsis distinctly describes it as being about the three sisters fighting for their crown. It is not. It’s all about the build-up to the fighting, which I guess will start in the next book? It’s a fantastic story nonetheless, but I felt like it could have had less build-up so you actually saw at least some of the fight.
Shadow of Night & The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Based on the first book in this series, A Discovery of Witches, you expect the second two books to be steeped in fantastical history. While the second book does mostly take place in Shakespearean England (living up to its synopsis there), there is still a huge focus on science – in the third book especially. You expect a rich fantasy novel and end up with pages and pages of hard science and DNA analyses.
Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I saw this marketed as an Alice in Wonderland retelling with zombies. It is not. There are no parallels to Lewis Carroll’s works at all except that the protagonist is called Alice.
The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristen Cast
I’m including this whole series because of how far it diverts in the
later books from the original synopsis. It starts off simple: in a world where you get chosen to become a vampyre by their Goddess, Zoey is chosen and moves in to the local House of Night boarding school, where she will either become a full-fledged vampyre, or die. I was expecting a cute coming-of-age style fantasy series, where the only thing Zoey and her new pals had to worry about was that someone might not complete the change and die before breakfast. Instead it has some pretty deep themes of religion, morals, and good vs evil, all served with a side of a super-hot fallen angel man.
Summer Days and Summer Nights
From the synopsis of this collection, you expect a dozen sickly-sweet, fluffy summer romances. And that is not what you get at all. There is darkness in some of these tales. Overall the collection is SO MUCH BETTER than just “twelve summer romances”. It’s twelve summer romances, with a twist.
Do you disagree with any of these? What would you have put on your list? Let me know in the comments!