What do you do when...

What do you do when you agree to read/review a book, but once you start reading it you find it is NOT suited to your taste at all? Yeah, that's the predicament I find myself in as we speak.

I started reading a Hollywood murder mystery that really seems good. The synopsis on the back cover sounds intriguing and suspenseful. However, there are so many F-bombs and other curse words littering the pages that I have a hard time reading the content. I feel like I'm reading the screen play for Pulp Fiction. Not to mention that some of the content is more risque than what I usually read. This is certainly a mature read, and I tend to stick with middle grades and YA. I mean, the whole point of my blog started because of a need within my classroom. This book could never see the fluorescent lights within my classroom walls. Granted, the kids would want to read it because it is mature and taboo, but I'm pretty sure the Boss Man would call me into his office on this one.

So what do you do in situations like this? Do you tell the author that you can't read the book like originally planned because of the language? Should I offer to pass the book on to another blogger for review (any takers?), or do I offer to send that book back to him?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Nicki J Markus said... .

Hmm. That's a tough one. I've had one before that wasn't my cup of tea, but I did finish and review as there were some good things I could say and it wasn't all negative.
I think, contact the author and explain. Offer that you will either look for another reviewer or return the copy as they wish.
That way you've been honest and the ball is in the author's court as to what happens next

June 5, 2011 at 11:33 PM
A Backwards Story said... .

I agree with Nicki. I haven't had it happen with a physical copy, but it's in my review policy that I won't review books that I can't give a positive review to. To me, that's a three and up. If I can say enough favorable things and overlook most of the others, I can review it. Sometimes I can point out small flaws. But I won't review something I don't like. When I accept a pitch from an author, I won't promise a review/interview/etc, but be back in touch upon reading.

June 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM
flashlight_reader said... .

Thanks ladies! I knew that's what I should do, but I guess I needed to hear it. I'm going to try and read a few more chapters today and see if the storyline develops enough to make me want to read it despite the language.

June 6, 2011 at 6:00 AM
flashlight_reader said... .
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A Backwards Story said... .

Good luck! Sometimes they DO get better. Sometimes...MEH. Always sad when that happens!

June 7, 2011 at 11:47 AM

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