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.

Half Bad – Sally Green

My thoughts on this book. Meh. The killer of all books is high expectations. I read the blurb of this book and I was like, YES I’M GOING TO LOVE THIS, IT’S RIGHT UP MY STREET AND IT’S GOING TO BE THE BEST BOOK EVER… yep I was definitely disappointed… I feel as though this wasn’t the book’s fault (as if books have feelings, don’t crush my dreams, they have feelings alright) it was a good story line with an interesting plot but, I don’t know. Meh. I just didn’t like it all that much…

This book is about witches. But there is not only one type of witch… there’s two… oooooo. Gosh I should really stop with the sarcasm. Anyway there are light and dark witches, light witches are ‘good’ and dark witches are ‘bad’ and are extensively hunted but the light witches. Nathan, the main protagonist is half light and half dark witch and has been victimised all his life, without having done anything wrong. Nathan, along with the government are worried that when Nathan turns seventeen he will become a full dark witch. Because of this the government decided to take drastic measures and cage Nathan so that he doesn’t cause any harm. Nathan decides he has to escape before his seventeenth birthday.

This book does have an interesting story and I know that there are people that love this book and think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. But, um it just didn’t cut the mustard for me I’m afraid.

Although just because I didn’t like it doesn’t mean you won’t, again I’ll repeat, some people really do love this book, I might just be a bit odd. So give it a go if you like, it’s an interesting plot, but I just wasn’t much of a fan, and because of that I’m going to award it 2 out of 5 stars * *, harsh I know but it’s only my opinion.