Writing Bad Reviews – The Smoke Thieves and All of This is True

Let’s start this off by saying that I hate writing bad reviews because I feel like a terrible person and I know how much hard work goes into writing and publishing a book. I never intend to be cruel or mean, I just want to give my honest opinion and in life, you’re not going to like everything you read and watch. I always, however, will try to look for the positives in what I’ve read, even if its the worst book in the world. I like to soften my negative opinions with a couple of positives ones, so I don’t put people off the book entirely and it makes me feel less of a terrible person.

I recently read The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green and All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor and I wasn’t a fan of either of them, so rather than write two long negative reviews I thought I’d post them together!

The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green

Like many, I was so disappointed by this book especially after hearing that it was being sold as a Game of Thrones for younger readers. I’m always a fan of multiple POV when they are executed well but in Green’s case the storyline wasn’t strong enough and the constant switching meant that it was difficult to connect with any of the characters. It sounds horrible but I just found this book very boring and dull. However, this plot and these characters have potential to be something great and I think that it is a perfect book for younger readers.

All of This is True by Lygia Day Penaflor

The premise of this book sounded so unique and exciting but sadly this book failed to deliver and I’m gutted. The characters were bland and in a story heavily based on emotion, there was none. I didn’t feel anything for them. However despite this, I couldn’t put it down, I just needed to know what happened. In all, this storyline had so much potential and for me, it just misses the mark.


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