Monday, May 28, 2018

Hype Train™

What do you do when the Hype Train misses its destination? Image result for my little pony train gif

Maybe you've squeed to the author or perhaps the publicist—then you finally get a chance to read the book and expectations were NOT met.
Now what? 

Assuming you've read allif not most of, the book do you: 

Rate the book on Goodreads? Yes! I personally would.  
Do you review or not review? If it was sent for review—yes. If I picked it up at the library or purchased it, I may choose not to review.  
If it's a series do you pick up the second book? Most likely not. 
Do you kill the hype (whether it's self-hype or social hype) for your friends? YES. I'm awful. 
The Hype Train can be such a dangerous thing. Here are a few books that were hyped on social media and just in my own mind that fell flat for me 

Social Media Hype: Rebel of the Sands  
Social Media & Self Hype: Sea Witch 

Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1)Sea WitchThe Hearts We Sold

Then there are books that either aren't hyped at all or you simply missed the hype parade—yet they deserve ALL THE HYPE! Here are a few for me: 

Exceeded Expectations to Infinity: Alex, Approximately 
Zero Expectations but OMG: Lies You Never Told Me 
Why did I let you sit on myself for 8 months!? : The Disappearances 

Alex, ApproximatelyLies You Never Told MeThe Disappearances

I think it's unavoidable to catch a ride on the Hype Train from time to time. Yet, the feeling of disappointment never fades when it steamrolls off the track.  

What's a book that doesn't match the hype it got? 
What's a book you found yourself surprised by?    


  1. So many recent releases make me want to kill the hype--Furyborn, Everless, LIFEL1K3. A recent underhyped read for me is Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi! I'm so sorry you didn't like Rebel of the Sands, though. :(

    Super cute blog, BTW! I'm a new Bloglovin' follower. :)

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Yes! Furyborn was so hyped i kind of pushed it to the back-burner for now =/

      I'm about to go look up Not The Girls You're Looking for right now (that title has me intrigued!) I was so bummed about Rebel because i squeed so hard to the author and she sent me Character Portraits before the release and *gulp* i did not enjoy her book. Yikes lol

      Thank you so much for stopping by and following!! :D

  2. I definitely still review if it doesn't live up to the hype. My biggest one was The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. I read about 20% and jut couldn't get into it at all which bummed me out hardcore since there was so much hype for it. :/ But I do read quite a few books that completely surprise me with how no one is talking about it. We Are All That's Left by Carrie Arcos is the first one that comes to mind since I read it a few weeks ago. So well done and touching yet not much talk about it at all. I do have a copy of Lies You Never Told Me tor ead and now I'm excited to check it out!

    1. Yes! Gentleman's Guide was HUGELY hyped- i did enjoyed it though! I'm sorry it didn't work for you--GAH! Always a bummer :(
      I love when books surprise me! I hadn't heard of We Are All That's Left--i looked it up and it sounds super intense!

      Let me know what you think of Lies once you read!!

  3. I've learned over the years not to include authors in my hype train (meaning tagging on SM) because so many times I end up not liking the book and AWKWARD.

    If it's for review - then I review it.
    If I bought or borrowed from the library then it's a toss up. If I have something to say then I will review it on the blog. If not, then I will probably just do a 1-2 sentence review on Goodreads.

    I've stopped reading hyped books the month they come out. The hype usually dies down and there are more varied reviews. Plus, I have usually forgotten what everyone has said by then lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

    1. Lesson definitely learned about not squeeing to the author before I've read D:

      THAT'S A GREAT IDEA! I need to let the hype die down more and then check the book out. Karen, you're a genius!

  4. They hypetrain is soooo fickle! I had extremely high expectations for Hearts We Sold and it wasn't like anything I was expecting. And I agree about The Disappearances! That book needs more love!

    1. Yes! The hearts we sold was way different than i was imaging! Such a bummer.

      Right!? The Disappearances was everything!

  5. It's always painful when a book doesn't live up to the hype. Glad you've found some that met or exceeded expectations, though.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction