Yesterday I posted a review of a book I couldn’t suggest picking up. This isn’t exactly new. If you’ve read Vampire Book Club for a bit, you know I’m not one to pull punches. I’ll always do my best to give you an honest explanation of what I think works and doesn’t work in each title. And character development is always a huge part of pass/fail for me in new novels.
So, in my review of Tessa Dawn’s Blood Destiny, I explained there were two things that made it hard for me to enjoy the book. First was the way rape was handled within the novel. Second, I was creeped out by the fact none of the characters in the book, human or vampire, was bothered by an element of an ancient curse that would require the sacrifice of an infant. A destined pair would give birth to twins and one was good, the other evil. The parents were to immediately sacrifice the evil one. The fact that no one had issue with this, and that it’s followed through in the actual novel, was too much for me. I’m not even a mom yet (unless you count my adorable dogs), and my maternal nature flared. To me that natural instinct to protect and bond with one’s child is universal and powerful.
I couldn’t get past it. The ick factor was too high.
Which brings me to my question: What’s your ick factor? Is there any element of a novel that you just can’t deal with or which will immediately turn you off an otherwise good book?
Take to the comments, and tell us — examples of awesome books that ended up on your ick list are certainly welcome.