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THE MOST UNPOPULAR OPINION OF ALL – SNAP OUT OF THE TRANCE
Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2020
[Read on Kindle Unlimited]
This will be brutally real. Gushing praise again for a poorly written Shen book? How novel. These remarks are intended to make a point and shock reviewers awake to the fact that we have been slowly Pied Pipered to death in an overly- hyped reviewing culture that does not accurately reflect the true quality of books. Does the frog slowly dying in boiling water analogy ring a bell? …
I’m starting to wonder … will LJ Shen be retired on Social Security and still writing about high schoolers, barely out of high school tw*ts, and defectively immature adults that ALL need the jack slapped out of them? Boys with Peter Pan complexes, and girls too unworthy of their gender. Will they ever grow up? Who are these effing alpha holes that have such a stranglehold on her badly written, poorly executed, “Gawd I need an editor, ANY editor”, “can someone PLEASE throw me a proofreader clutching a dictionary?”, and “why is everyone telling me that each book is better than the last?” … one book after another?
Don’t get me wrong, I fan girl over plenty of authors that others don’t love or love to hate. And, I’ve been known to flourish a bit on a review of a good author by offering some unwarranted slack. But this gushing praise is beyond ridiculous. Are there no standards now, other than “let me bend over and show you how loyal how I am to you?”. Every book gets worse and worse. I guess it pays off to basically entice fans and review votes with giveaways, freebies, promotions and hawking certain reviewers on all platforms and social media sites. Don't you want legit reviews? Does anyone seriously believe that this author, for one, deserves the astronomical number of reviews for her books (stratospherically more than other authors), or that the number keeps increasing? Or that despite the books being less and less enjoyable that rabid fans keep hanging by their fingernails with tongues wagging for more? Just sayin’ like it is. Don't hate the messenger. We’re all guilty in one way or another of this behavior, and the silly gravy train of hyping bad books needs to stop.
I actually got lulled into the first few pages of this book which were shockingly well-written, and momentarily reminded me of the Shen I used to know. But then Hunter and his a-holio buds opened their pie holes and spoiled the whole thing. I wanted to a stuff a rag in it. Just another carbon copy in a long list of carbon copies …. HOW CAN I LIKE CHARACTERS LIKE THIS? HMMM? Dear God, please throw me a line … throw me a bone … throw me SOMETHING. I’m on the hunt for authors worthy of the hype. My final prayer is for this author to dig deep and restore the author she used to be. For that reason, I'm giving this book 2 stars, not zero stars. There are still plenty of good authors and dynamite books out there for us to praise that are overlooked, without drinking the Kool-aid on this drivel. I trust critical reviews much more often than positive reviews. At least they’re honest …