Top 5 Wednesday: Most Misleading Synopses

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This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Most Misleading Synopses. Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds dumb, but then you read the book years later and it’s actually amazing? Ever read a synopsis and think it sounds amazing, but it actually turns out to be nothing like the synopsis? Ever have a synopsis spoil something that happens 75% of the way into the book so you just spend most of your time waiting for that one element you already know? This is the topic for you.

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1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I thought this was a YA Paranormal Romance with action-packed magical dueling. Um, no. Not at all. It’s amazing, but the synopsis didn’t get me to read it, it was all the great reviews that did.

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2. Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig. I expected a lot of mystery and suspense with the main character’s big secret to play a major factor in it. Instead his secret had nothing to do with the mystery and took up a lot of focus of the plot (but it was much more well done than the mystery side of the plot, so…).

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3. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. It took about 200 pages to get to the part with Lila that’s mentioned in the synopsis.

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4. The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister. Book comparisons will always disappoint me. This was compared to The Night Circus and is not at all accurate. Also, I thought it was going to be really surprising and shocking based on the synopsis, but I found it predictable and kind of dull.

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5. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. The synopsis makes it sound like the romance in the book is way more prominent than it is. In reality it’s a much more interesting book than that.

What are some book synopses that you’ve found misleading?

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10 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Most Misleading Synopses

  1. Did you still like “Last Seen Leaving,” in spite of the misleading synopsis?

    I honestly had a hard time coming up with five books I’ve read that had misleading synospes. Some of the T5Ws are a bit beyond me!

  2. I admit, I was surprised to see your interpretation of The Night Circus from the blurb. Granted, it has been a few years since I read this, but I had an entirely different impression going from the synopsis. I guess that just proves again, how individualized reading is 🙂 Great post!

  3. I only read The Night Circus because of reviews/recommendations, too. Otherwise I never would’ve picked it up. This is a fun topic!!

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