I was inspired by blogger Jenny Trout who reviewed the 50 Shades Novels. She posted reviews of each individual chapter with loving snark that brought me to tears with laughter. It couldn’t have been easy. I’ve given myself migraines trying to read a really bad book, so I commend her for sticking to the project even when it was obviously painful to do. She took something utterly horrid, and made something beautiful with it! It’s because of her that I’m writing this now. Remember that book that gave me a migraine? Well I’m giving it to you. Not all of it, but a general feel for what happens and my personal two-cents on them. It’s somewhat in the same style as Jenny, with a few quotes and passages from the book itself. Anything in red italics is a direct quote from the book and is not my own wording. As a side note the book is only ever going to be referred to as WMHB, (link to a little synopsis of said book there) and the only names I’m going to use are the ones for the historical characters, as everyone else could be called anything under the sun and it wouldn’t change a damn thing.
Why am I doing this? I just can’t stop myself. The premise was so promising, and it got ruined so terribly by the author’s own vanity. If they had just edited, and proofread and edited some more then maybe it would have been enjoyable and I could gladly give them kudos for a job well done. But I can’t. I could say congrats on finishing a story, but then I’d feel like I was giving them a participation trophy. Honestly, there really should have been someone to point out that it needed quite a bit of polish before going out. Really, they should have.
But all that aside, I also wanted to do this to see if there was a way to salvage it. I wanted to see if, chapter by chapter, there was any saving it in the first place. I mean, I can say that with editing it could have been good, but just how much editing would have had to happen? Would the story even be recognizable in the end? I post the question to you as I sort of pick it apart here. What do you think? Will you join me on this journey into literary torture? If you’re still here, I have my answer. Onward!
Also, in an effort of full disclosure, I was given a free copy by a friend, for an honest review. Also, to show that I’m not just picking and choosing sentences that have problems, I provide the first paragraph of each chapter to you for free. You’re welcome. Read more of this post