T5W: Books to Read without the Synopsis

The Italian version of this post can be found on blogger.

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is “Books to Read without the Synopsis”:

We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater


The synopsis of this book made me think The Raven Cycle was mostly about a love triangle. As everyone who has read the series knows, this is far from true. It’s a difficult book to sum up, because it’s character-driven.
The synopsis also hints at the endgame relationship, in some way, but the triangle is truly resolved only in Blue Lily, Lily Blue.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow


The synopsis of this book makes it sound like every dystopian book ever written (it’s not), and it makes you think there is a m/f romance. That’s not entirely true – the main one is f/f, but there is kind of a love triangle. It’s an unusual situation in a really unusual book. Ignore the synopsis and try it: it could be for you. It wasn’t for me, but I recognise it was really well-written and original.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert


No, I haven’t read Little & Lion yet, but I know what the main relationship is, and it’s not the f/f one (as the synopsis makes you think). Publishers should stop marketing books that are m/f as f/f. There’s nothing wrong with a m/f relationship! Just tell your readers beforehand, or they may be disappointed – there’s so little f/f out there.

Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente


This is one of my favorite books of all times. The synopsis is a bit misleading – it makes you think you’ll follow only Severin’s story, and that’s not what happens. It’s a non-linear story told trough mixed media. This is the weirdest book I’ve ever read, and it’s better if you go into it without knowing anything but its genre – decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery.

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas


This is a mystery, and it’s always better to go into this kind of book without reading the synopsis. This one doesn’t spoil you – not exactly – but it helped me to guess the twist while I was reading the first chapter. (I was right).

Have you ever read a synopsis that spoiled the book?

4 thoughts on “T5W: Books to Read without the Synopsis

  1. Totally agree about Little & Lion and The Scorpion Rules!!

    [spoilers!!] I didn’t really guess the twist in Dangerous Girls – I think I got so convinced that it wasn’t that one thing that the ending genuinely screwed me up.

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    1. I made a mistake with Dangerous Girls – I read both synopsis and reviews (spoiler-free) before starting it. But as much as a review is spoiler-free, all the “what an amazing twist, I could have never seen it coming” made me think that it was exactly that one twist while I was reading the first chapter (It didn’t help that I had already seen it two times in other books).

      Next time I won’t read anything before starting a thriller/mystery.

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      1. I should do the same :/ even knowing a twist exists ruins me. the best is when you don’t know there even is a twist and then you feel SHOCKED.

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