Negative Book Reviews // Discussion

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Let’s talk about negative book reviews, shall we?

Both writing and reading them.

So I finished the Glittering Court by Richelle Mead a few days ago and was debating whether or not to post a review. I really didn’t like it and gave it like 1 or 2 stars. So I asked myself, do I really want to write a review where all I do is rant at what I disliked about a book?

Someone else may have loved it, and my review would make them feel bad and perhaps angry.

Yes I know it’s good to post honest thoughts but do I have the energy to be so negative?

And it’s not like I even post a review on every book I read, like though I didn’t end up posting a review about the glittering court, I definitely mentioned it in my June wrap up because when I don’t review a book I mini review it in my wrap ups. (You can check out my June Wrap Up here)

And also I know what it’s like to click on a review of a book that I loved only to see all negative things about it in the review.

I once was scrolling through my reader and I saw a review for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson, and since I love that book I clicked on it and the entire review basically bashed the book. I was really upset because I absolutely did not agree with the things being said.

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Book bashing is not okay. 

There’s obviously a clear difference between a negative review and plain bashing a book though. The point is, don’t bash books but rather when doing negative reviews, be respectful of the writer and the other lovers of the book.

And yes, of of course I’ve posted 3 star reviews where there are both negative and positive things said, those are fine because then the blogger can chat with the readers about the good and bad things.

But when I really just dislike a book overall, do I have the energy to post a review?

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Also hype plays a huge role. The Rose and the Dagger is a hugely hyped book and I loved the first one, the Wrath and the Dawn. For me, I thought the Rose and the Dagger was meh, so should I post a review when I know people will really disagree with me? (The answer to that for me is yes, I will be posting a rose and the dagger review)

Also, negative reviews can tell a reader that they’re not alone in disliking a book in a sea of people who loved it.

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So basically there are both pros and cons to negative reviews, and while bashing a book is never good, being respectful and giving reasons why you didn’t like a book is sometimes helpful to readers. It probably depends on the type of person you are, and whether you have the energy to be so negative, as well as the response you know you’ll get from your readers.

Join the discussion! What do you think? Do you write negative reviews? Do you think they’re more helpful or hurtful? 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre // Book Review

Just a Few Inches

Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

Publication Date: May 31st, 2016

Publisher: Createspace

Page Number: 306

Format Read: E-book (Review Copy)

*I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Synopsis:

All Carrie Roberts wants is to be a little bit smaller.

To fit into the perfect dress for the Valentine’s Day Dance. To look beautiful for her boyfriend, the school’s star basketball player. To keep his jealous ex-girlfriend, a rival cheerleader, away from him. And to be noticed by her classmates.

Exercising and dieting don’t work, but an advertisement for weight loss pills promises a quicker solution to her problem. As time runs out, she takes more than the recommended dose until she’s just a few inches slimmer. Heads turn when she arrives at the dance, and the wonderful night with her boyfriend is beyond what she dreamed it would be.

Days later, Carrie discovers that her body is changing in ways that should be impossible. While her doctor searches for a cure, she desperately turns to her friends and family for support. Everyone is noticing her now whether she likes it or not, and even the media is intrigued by her incredible story. Getting everything she once wanted has created new problems—problems that are growing more terrifying every day.

Because Carrie Roberts is shrinking.

My Thoughts: 

I actually saw a review on this book from Ari at her blog the Daydreaming Bookworm and I had nothing to read then so I got it from live-brary. I think I made it about a few chapters in, and then never really finished it and it expired on me.

So when I was given the chance to read it again, I was wary. Turns out I had nothing to be wary of! The beginning of the book was hiding an amazing story actually.

I really loved how this book dealt with teenage issues about body image. As a teenager myself who sees the social media stars with their slim bodies, it sends a mixed message to the girls following these stars.

There are so many books that try to approach this topic of body image and fail; unlike Just a Few Inches which very much succeeded.

I obviously picked up on the whole Evan plotline and where that was going, and Janelle was the typical antagonist in the story, but that was okay.

Another thing I loved was how Carrie dealt with her shrinking, she reacted in a way that I probably wouldn’t have been able to; and Evan was just so understanding and supportive and I loved that about him.

It was also great how at the end when Carrie was “average” height and weight, she refused to call herself that, rather using the word “incredible”.

Carrie’s friends were also so amazing and supportive! I did find it funny that her prom dress was made out of doll clothes though that’s actually a very practical solution.

I enjoyed the relationship Carrie had with her family and how the relationship Carrie had with her sisters grew.

The ending felt kind of rushed, and I don’t really know what I would have preferred, but I feel like it was just ended kind of fast.


Just a Few Inches sends a wonderful message about self esteem and body image in a quirky and entertaining way!

My Rating:

4.5 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think? Are you going to be picking it up any time soon? 

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson // Book Review


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Page Number: 528

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)

Goodreads Synopsis:

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan.

Future? A top-tier medical school.
Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around).
Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else?
Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks.

So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too.

Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all—working as a dog walker, doing an epic scavenger hunt with her dad, and maybe, just maybe, letting the super cute Clark get closer than she expected. Palmer, Bri, and Toby tell her to embrace all the chaos, but can she really let go of her control?

My Thoughts:

My initial thoughts of this book were like yesss Morgan Matson queen of contemporary. I was not disappointed, this book was just another demonstration that Morgan Matson is indeed queen.

At first it was a rocky start and I found myself needing to take a break because it was sooo predictable. Throughout the book I was able to anticipate everything that was going to happen, but nevertheless once I got past that, I found myself loving the cuteness.

Andie was a bit of a boring character for me, but the relationship she had with the other characters pulled through. Though to be honest, Andie reminds me a lot of myself…

And we met Frank and Emily from Since You’ve Been Gone! I have noticed that Morgan Matson likes to include a mention of her others characters in her books.

Can we also talk about this cover? Gorgeous! I didn’t think that anything could top since You’ve Been Gone in terms of summer feel and colors, but I think this one does. There’s so much going on in the cover that I feel like it should be overwhelming, but it somehow isn’t.

Another thing I loved was the relationship between Andie and her father, it was so sweet and genuine.


Adorable and totally summer/spring worthy!

My Rating:

4.5 stars

How about you!? Have you read this book? What did you think?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser




Golden Son by Pierce Brown // Book Review

Golden Son (Red Rising, #2)

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

Publication Date: January 6th, 2015

Publisher: Del Rey

Page Number: 464

Format Read: E-book (Live-brary Borrowed)

Goodreads Synopsis: 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation.

Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.

A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

My Thoughts: 

This is actually a re-read in anticipation for Morning Star, the last book in the trilogy. But I figured since I had a Red Rising review, which you can click here to see, and since I will have a Morning Star review up too, that I should just review this re read anyway.

Pierce Brown continues to amaze me and be the master of plot twists. Honestly, I’ve also learned that I cannot trust anything that happens because it’s never true. Like Darrow always has some kind of plan and don’t cry because he’s going to fix it somehow.

But seriously, that ending though was a brutal cliffhanger. I remember reading it a year ago and just dying, but since I knew what was coming, this time around it was a little more bearable.

One thing that I love about this trilogy is how much romance and love there is, like there’s a lot of shipping going on, but at the same time, there’s like zero romance too. I can honestly count on one hand the amount of times that Darrow and Mustang have kissed. And if you guys know me, I’m a major shipper, I ship a lot. Do I ship Darrow and Mustang? YES! But I can’t focus on that when reading because there are waaaaay too many other things going on. If that made sense…probably not to be honest.

My favorite characters so far have got to be Darrow, Mustang and Sevro obviously, though Victra is growing on me.

Also, what is this book classified as? Is is YA? Or Adult? Cause it’s a very violent trilogy…


Pierce Brown does it again and makes me love this trilogy even more! Amazing book full of twists that will have you throwing your book across the room.

My Rating: 

5 stars out of 5 stars!

Have you read this book!? What did you think!?

Stay awesome Sassenachs!-Calliope Fraser