Note: In this post I discuss around a spoiler for Queen of Song and Souls (CL Wilson). I don't specify the spoiler per say, but...you may infer from the post something of its nature...
Remember my post on peeking? When y'all admonished me for...ummm...peeking *grin* Well, I picked up Queen of Song and Souls (CL Wilson) from the library the other week, and as is my want when doing so I was flitting through it. And flitting is fine, right? Ah, but the temptation to peek is there...you can see where this is going, can't you? I succumbed, and got my heart smashed to pieces by an event right at the end of the book. Yes, I know, I was peeking at the end of the book, so I got my just desserts, right?
The problem is, I can't forget what I learnt. And...now I'm not sure if I still want to read the book. I'm angry. I wanted...that particular issue to have a resolution. I should qualify that statement by saying I wanted a happy resolution (which is not what happened at all), although I think that should be a given considering I'm reading a romance. Or am I? Would you classify this series as romance or romantic fantasy? And if the latter, should I perhaps not have any expectations as far as happy resolutions go? (In all honesty I wouldn't if it were a straight fantasy novel.) Because in a romance, shouldn't I be expecting happiness? For everyone? (And now I feel like I'm channeling Carrie from Sex & The City with all the questions :)
So, how do you feel about a book when you expect one thing and get something entirely different (and not in a good way)? Should we, as reader, be expecting certain things from a book that has been classified in a certain way? (Yes, this is that age old question - is a romance a romance when there is no HEA - rephrased :) And in spite of this....lack of resolution should I read this book?