Reviewing a series. I think about this a lot. It is probably one of the hardest things to do as a reader/blogger.
It starts simple enough. You get book one and you happily read it. You take in the setting and the characters and everything that leads up to the, most likely, cliff hanger ending.
When you finish it is review time. Pen to paper, okay, more keyboard to computer screen, and you get all your thoughts and feelings out. You express what you liked in the book, what you wanted more of, character development, the plot. Everyone reading it together so it’s easy to not get yourself in trouble with spoilers.
And then you read book 2 and the struggle begins. The backstory in book one is leading up to everything that is happening in book 2. You can’t tell what happens in book 2 because you will spoiled the first book for anyone that hasn’t had the time to read it. This is definitely going to be stressful but you figure out a way to talk about things without giving anything away.
And then book 3 is out. You are basically screwed. There is no way to explain what happened in the book at all. You can’t talk about character growth, plot, things you loved, changes made, without giving away everything that happened in book 1 and 2. It is basically impossible to talk about because you don’t want to be the person that ruins it for someone else. You never want to be that person.
And then it is book 4’s turn.
The stress is now killing you and you roll into book 5. You know there is one more book left in the series and…
Reviewing a series is the bane to existence. It is one of the hardest things I do as a blogger because at times it feels impossible.
How do you go about reviewing series without spoiling things? Is it something that is possible to do? Talk to me about it.