Discussion Post: Reviewing Books Long After Finishing Them

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So this is actually a topic I’ve been thinking a lot about recently and just wanted to do up a discussion post and see what the rest of you think about it as well! This is almost like a poll for me since I’m genuinely very curious as to what your opinions are on this topic so please join the discussion and let me know!

This will be a shorter discussion post than usual since it’s pretty straight forward.

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Do we always have to publish a review for a book?

As book bloggers we read quite a few books and also review them on our blogs but when it gets to be too much I don’t see anything wrong with reading a book JUST for fun and not publishing a review at all. There are also instances where a book may just be too hard to review because we loved or hated it so much we can’t find the right words to properly describe our experience. I know I have certainly run into both of these problems myself.

The only time I think a review is mandatory is when you receive an ARC (advanced reader copy) because publishers gave you a FREE copy in order to review it and get some hype/buzz going about the book.


So when you do decide to review a book, how long is too long to wait?

This here is the golden question in this discussion! I know when I finish a book I may not always jump into a review right away (for the reasons stated in the first question). Then as time goes on I realize “Hey! I never actually reviewed that one….” which brings me to thinking I can either post a review now or maybe just put it off infinitely. However, many of the books I have yet to review were ones I had full intentions of reviewing and just never got around to it.

I personally like to think you can post a review for a book WHENEVER you want to! Read the book a year ago? Fine, post a review! Read it a month ago? Fine, post a review! You should be able to post reviews for books at your own leisure, with the exception of ARCs as stated earlier.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean we are all comfortable doing it whenever. I know I personally get really self conscious about reviewing books I read last year and why? Because I worry that’s frowned upon by others. But why?! Why do I care? I don’t know, but I definitely think at the same time we should post what we want, when we want!


One Last Note…..

I’m VERY curious as to all of your thoughts on this topic since I have quite a few books I read and have yet to review! So the big reason behind making this into a post is to learn whether or not you guys are still interested in reading reviews for books I read a year ago even if their mini reviews and whatnot.

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Come Join The Discussion!

How long do you wait to post a review for a book you read?

Do you always review every book you read?

Are you still interested in reading book reviews even though the books were read a while ago?

Is it alright to read a book and NEVER post a review?

Do you think it’s alright to post a review even though you read the book a while ago? Even if it’s been a month, a few months, or even a year?

What do you think of others who take a long time to post their reviews?

The Sassy

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February Wrap-Up

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So February was one of my best months ever as far as stats go which is awesome it also wasn’t such a terrible month for reading either. The only thing that happened that I wasn’t happy with was I got sick last week and didn’t get ANYTHING done, no reading or anything. Fortunately I’m feeling better and am looking forward to getting some shit done this month!

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Books Read This Month: 5

Wintersong by S. Jae-JonesTraveler by L.E. DeLanoThe Dragon's Price by Bethany WigginsThe Bone Witch by Rin ChupecoThe Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

These were all ARCs that I read this month and unfortunately none of them were very good with the exception of “The Bone Witch” which I did enjoy even though it did have some problems.


Reviews Finished This Month:

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Traveler (Traveler #1) by L.E. DeLano

The Dragon’s Price (Transference #1) by Bethany Wiggins

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco


Tags & Memes Done This Month

The Sims Book Tag

The Valentine’s Day Book Tag

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite/Least Favorite Slow-Burn & Insta-Love Romances

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Loved Less Than Everyone Else


Other Posts Done This Month

January Wrap-Up

February TBR

Most Anticipated Releases: First Half of 2017 (Part 2)

Book Recommendations: Underrated Books


What I’m Currently Reading:

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So far this is a pretty decent book and I’m still expecting to love it in the end! Amy Lukavics has yet to disappoint me!

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How was your reading and blogging month this February?

What were your best or worst reads?

What are you currently reading?

What books are you excited for this coming month, March?

Let me know in the comments!

The Sassy

ARC Review: The Beast Is An Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale

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description

A girl with a secret talent must save her village from the encroaching darkness in this haunting and deeply satisfying tale.

Alys was seven when the soul eaters came to her village.

These soul eaters, twin sisters who were abandoned by their father and slowly morphed into something not quite human, devour human souls. Alys, and all the other children, were spared—and they were sent to live in a neighboring village. There the devout people created a strict world where good and evil are as fundamental as the nursery rhymes children sing. Fear of the soul eaters—and of the Beast they believe guides them—rule village life. But the Beast is not what they think it is. And neither is Alys.

Inside, Alys feels connected to the soul eaters, and maybe even to the Beast itself. As she grows from a child to a teenager, she longs for the freedom of the forest. And she has a gift she can tell no one, for fear they will call her a witch. When disaster strikes, Alys finds herself on a journey to heal herself and her world. A journey that will take her through the darkest parts of the forest, where danger threatens her from the outside—and from within her own heart and soul.

review

**** Big thank you to Margaret K. McElderry Books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review****

I was almost positive I would adore this book because the cover is so gorgeous and the synopsis sounds amazing, however, that really wasn’t the case and I couldn’t be more saddened by it. I can’t tell if I’m more disappointed with myself for not liking it as much, the book for not living up to my expectations, or just a bit of both which I’m sure it is.

PLOT

My biggest problem with this book was that it had pretty slow pacing and the overall storyline was very….vague. I spent a lot of time wondering what exactly the main plot was or what was even supposed to happen, there was also never any sort of climax in the story either. Nothing was ever really explained and I felt that I was supposed to already know what was going on before I started reading. I spent a lot of time confused and bored.

On top of that there was virtually no world building whatsoever and we are in some type of fantasy world with the Beast and soul eaters with some type of magic but none of it is ever fleshed out our further developed. Everything is just sort of …….there. Which is very unfortunate since this world had a lot of potential but it fell completely short. I would have at least liked to know more about the Beast and what it is or how the soul eaters become what they are….but no.

I can’t explain what kept me reading but some parts of the story were interesting and the atmosphere was eerie and mysterious (the only reasons this is getting 2.5 stars instead of 1), it’s just that overall I honestly couldn’t tell you what the story was even about.

characters

The characters were a little better than the plot, more developed and I cared more about them than the story but they STILL fell flat for me. When something tragic happened to a character I felt a little sad maybe but overall I didn’t much care either way.

Alys was an alright heroine she was curious, clever, and cared a lot about the well being of others. Other than that though she wasn’t a very memorable protagonist just as many of the characters weren’t memorable either.

romance

At first I thought for sure there would be no romance in this story and there did end up being some, just when I thought the plot couldn’t get more tedious. Alys meets a boy that travels with other characters she knows and ends up falling in insta-love with him and vice versa. Overall it was an extremely pointless romance and become a big focus at the end of the book and I felt nothing for it because it was so underdeveloped.

in conclusion

I was extremely disappointed with this book since I thought it had such wonderful potential but ultimately fell very short. Honestly though I found it to be quite a mess.

What I Liked:

  • Alys and a handful of characters
  • The story was interesting in certain bits
  • The atmosphere was mysterious and eerie at parts

What I Didn’t Like:

  • The plot was confusing and messy
  • No clue what was going on at all whatsoever
  • Lack of world building
  • Slow pacing
  • Pointless romance with insta-love

RECOMMEND

Sorry but I just can’t recommend this one especially if you’re thinking this will be a dark, action packed book. It’s slow and confusing and there’s no world building at all, just those things right there are enough for me not to recommend this book.

Links: Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

The Sassy