Top 5 Wednesday: Most Misleading Synopses

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group created by gingerreadslainey. This week’s topic is most misleading synopses. I often find book synopses fairly accurate, they do a good job at representing what the book is about. However, there are a few that I remember being misleading…



1.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

I’ve mentioned before that this book confused me. This might have been kind of my fault, but the copy I have of this book puts a bigger focus on the court case and the adults in this book. Although, they are important to the story, a lot of things hinted to in the blurb didn’t appear until a lot later in the novel.

134557822.) Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

The summary of this book does a good job at portraying the dystopian nature of this novel but it completely skips over the fact that there is romance in this book. I think the romance is a key aspect of the story and I find it strange that it wasn’t mentioned in the summary.

173318283.) Talon by Julie Kagawa

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission from the Order of St. George to destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey – and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question what the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Ok, when I picked this book up I thought it was going to be about awesome dragons and have interesting characters, with maybe a bit of romance thrown in. But this book didn’t really live up to those expectations; it was boring and full of typical YA tropes.

tumblr_lj5pt2p5er1qizjado1_4004.) Fallen by Lauren Kate

What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross . . . only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart.

I feel like this synopsis makes the book sound dark and romantic, even though it’s not. This is another book that was kind of uninteresting and I dislike how over-dramatic the summary is.

the-raven-boys-maggie-stiefvater5.) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue has spent the majority of her life being told that if she kisses her true love, he will die. When Blue meets Gansey’s spirit on the corpse road she knows there is only one reason why – either he is her true love or she has killed him. Determined to find out the truth, Blue becomes involved with the Raven Boys, four boys from a private school (lead by Gansey) who are on a quest to discover Glendower – a lost ancient Welsh King who is buried somewhere along the Virginia ley line. Whoever finds him will be granted a supernatural favour. Is Gansey her true love? She can’t imagine a time she would feel like that, and she is adamant not to be the reason for his death. 

I don’t think this synopsis is particularly misleading but I don’t think it fully encompasses what this story is about. This summary focuses more on Blue and Gansey’s relationship which is important, but I don’t think it’s the defining aspect of this story.


Do you agree with any of my choices?


6 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Most Misleading Synopses

  1. The blurb to Shatter Me is exactly why I disliked it so much – I was expecting a strong dystopian setting, rather than something that quickly descends into romance and leaves behind the premise. Don’t get me wrong, romance is great, but not when it undermines the entire concept of a novel.

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  2. I loved Shatter Me…I agree the blurb sucks.
    Talon is a series I have been reading, just to see what happens…I really like Kagawa and have high hopes for it, still. I’m hanging in there, planning to read Solider in my library haul.
    But I agree that blurbs are so misleading! Vassa in the Night was sooo different than what I expected! Who writes these things?

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    1. Talon was a disappointment and I don’t really plan on continuing the series.
      I’ve not read Vassa in the Night but I’m sure lots of blurb-writers (whoever they are) try to make books sound over-dramatic and appealing to the public – even if it means exaggerating what’s actually going on in the book. Which then leads to inaccurate synopses.


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