reacting to 1 star reviews of some of my favourite books

Hello! Okay this may seem like a very odd idea, but I saw it going around booktube, and I really wanted to try it myself. So today I’m reacting to some 1 star reviews of my favourite books.

Just to quickly say, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this post is just a little bit of fun! All these reviews will be off of Amazon for anyone who wants to read the full thing since I won’t be including the whole full reviews (some of them are really really long πŸ˜…)

Book 1: We Hunt The Flame

We all know by now, I swear by this book, it’s one of my absolute favourites, mainly because it’s set in Arabia, and also because I am in love with Nasir the writing is absolutely beautiful.

Ok the first bit, fair enough. I get that some books may not be for some people. But the “given the author I expected to have some principles of faith” bit confuses me. Guys repeat after me; just because an author is Muslim does not mean she has to write religious books. Noone said it had anything to do with Islam, and assuming it would because the author is Muslim isn’t what I’m going for. Honestly though, to each their own, I get that some books may not be for some people.

Haha I agree, I don’t know why its categorized as Islamic Fiction, I don’t know what Amazon is up to πŸ˜… And yes, definitely don’t give this book to children πŸ˜‚

Eh. Right I’ve talked about this. Sarah J Mass and Suzanne Collins don’t own specific tropes, lets stop comparing. Lmao for the record, it really isn’t trash πŸ’€ I mean, I disagree but its fine πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

For everyone that hasn’t read this book, I promise its not that inappropriate. There are some jokes that may come off as lewd and obviously there is some romance, but genuinely its no Fifty Shades. I don’t want to spoil anything, but seriously there is hardly any romance at all in the first book. Also, Hafsah Faizal talked about this on Twitter, but unless you’re part of MENA (Middle East, North Africa, basically if you’re Arab) you can’t really say if the Arab representation is good or not. Like unless you’re actually Arab yourself, you don’t really have a place to say it was bad rep. Also this whole book has absolutely nothing to do with religion, we aren’t told if the characters are Muslim so I don’t really see why religion is important πŸ€” And also, this book is set in a fantasy world, its a figment of imagination, not Arabia reincarnate.

I really hope I’ve managed to voice what I’m trying to say well, it’s a little hard to explain πŸ˜… Like I said earlier though, I totally get it if having lewd jokes and cursing isn’t for you, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, don’t get me wrong.

Hehe now that I have defended We Hunt The Flame with my dying breath let’s see some for We Free The Stars:

And actually never mind that. I went to check, and the only 1 star reviews are because of Amazon damaging the book. Hehe that made me smile πŸ™‚

Book 2: Six of Crows / Crooked Kingdom

The Crows are the best. That’s all I have to say.

Um. Who’s gonna tell em? Its a duology? We’re meant to want to get that next book and read it? Thats the point? Personally I loved the cliff hanger, I couldn’t stop thinking of that book for ages.

Hehe. Ok πŸ‘Œ

Honestly fair enough. What can I say? I thought Kaz was written the best of the characters, but like I said, to each their own.

Okay you know what? I see a good point. If it had been completely non-grisha, I think a lot of people would have liked it better. But also I love Nina with my whole heart and I would never want her to not be in the book.

Book 3: A Thousand Splendid Suns

This book killed me. I am now deceased because this book is beautiful.

😢

I will actually read Lolita, I’ve had it on my tbr for a while now πŸ˜…

The author says things like “bulbul bird” instead of nightingale because they’re not the same thing. The bulbul is native to Persia, the nightingale is a Western bird. He says “namaz prayer” because to say only “namaz” would confuse people who don’t understand it and to say only “prayer” would lost the authenticity of the culture the book is representing. “Tasbeh” and “rosary” are not the same thing: tasbeh is an act of worship, rosary is the beads some people use, therefore “tasbeh rosary” is the rosary beads used for tasbeh. La ilaha illallah can be written in different ways in English, there’s no set way of writing it since its not English to begin with. I don’t remember the author writing that the call to prayer was only once a day, correct me if I’m wrong of course, but then again he wouldn’t write out every single time the prayer is called; the book would get dull. Anyhow, its a little odd seeing someone with what they admit is a superfical knowledge of the Middle East and Islam refuting an author who is actually Afghan.

Book 4: If We Were Villains

This book is absolutely brilliant, the ending still has me reeling, and I am just in love with it, so I’m really curious what there reviews will say.

I’m going to talk about this whole Secret History thing in a second, but I disagree that the characters weren’t believable but then again, it’s a personal preference.

You know what? This review I can get behind, because I can understand it not being everyone’s thing.

This one however. Lets not even get started on The Secret History. I will never say that Donna Tartt can’t write, because she can, but thats not the issue. The issue is the racist comments that the characters have no problem with, its the slurs that are in the book by an author who should not be saying them, it’s the fact that the only female main character is there for the men to argue over, in fact the whole ending is caused by the men fighting over the woman, its the problem that noone has actually talked about it. Someone explain to me why there are slurs in that book that are just brushed by? I would vouch for If We Were Villains any day over The Secret Histoty because at least the author hasn’t put slurs that she should not be saying.

Book 5 : A Woman Is No Man

If I could only own 5 books, this would be one of them, because I LOVE it! It’s beautifully written, and I lived for every moment of it.

Odd? Ok I guess. What do I say?

I think that’s the impact it’s meant to have, the rise and fall of hope and despair. It’s representation that the author as a Palestinian wanted to put out, and she has the right to do that since she is Palestinian.

There was definitely something towards the end that was rather shocking. The representation isn’t an author putting out stereotypes, its a Palestinian author writing a book about Palestinian characters.

Yes please, I still don’t understand what the matter is? “The culture it represents does not interest me” The synopsis mentions that its Palestinian Arab culture. To be fair, it was incredibly sad, but thats the reason I like it; its realistic.

I’m assuming that was meant to be “despair”. It was pretty sad, not gonna lie.

That’s all for today folks, that was rather long, but it was really fun! I wanted to say it again, of course everyone is entitled to their own opinion, this was just a bit of fun. Thank you for reading, and have a brilliant day. Or afternoon. Or evening 😁

20 thoughts on “reacting to 1 star reviews of some of my favourite books

  1. This was really interesting! Personally, I feel like a lot of fantasy books are similar, so to say that We Hunt the Flame is a copy of the hunger games is valid, but in my opinion, doesn’t equate to a 1 star read if that’s the only thing you disliked about the the book. I mean, the Hunger Games itself is very similar to a japanese manga and novel that came out in the 90s called Battle Royale. Great post! Loved the discussion! (Sorry if what I said didn’t make sense though haha)

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  2. We Hunt The Flame has become a recent favourite of mine (I am currently reading the sequel hehe) so I totally agree with you here!
    *GASP* there are people who actually don’t like Six Of Crows?!! How dare they commit this felony?
    Loved the post Cherry!!

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      1. Yes umm so I finished We Free the Stars like a day back, and man, SO MANY EMOTIONS!! I want to laugh and sob and scream at the same time! (Also was it absolutely necessary to kill off so many characters??)

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  3. Low reviews are not too common as most readers, if they don’t like a book, won’t take up more of their time to write a review. Readers want to share books that they like more than warn others of books that they don’t.
    I received my first 1-star rating for my short story science fiction collection. At first I was disappointed, but I checked out the reviews other books and there was no sci-fi reviewed before, so I didn’t feel so bad. Probably not their genre of choice.
    What did it say? “Boring stories…Nothing interesting happens.” But that’s just one opinion, right?

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  4. this was so much fun to read! honestly why the heck are half the people giving we hunt the flame 1 star expecting it to be focused around Muslim themes just because of who the author is😭 like seriously??? LOL @ the person who just said six of crows was rubbish. also the person who got so mad at the cliffhanger. lol i loved this post cherry!πŸ’œ

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  5. This is such a fun post idea!! Would I be able to do a similar one? (with credit of course!) Six of Crows is one of my all-time favourite books and it’s absolutely incredible – just reading those 1 star reviews was so irritating haha.

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