Onto today's topic.
How I Made a Bookstore Lady Have a Panic-attack
Before I tell my story, we need a little bit of background knowledge. Have you guys read the book Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole? It looks like this:
So for those of you who haven't read the book yet. It was supposed to be the last book in the Aracana Chronicles series. I don't know if this was the author's original plan or if there just was never an update on Goodreads, but I believed this was the last book until this happened.
This book leaves off with a HUGE cliffhanger. Honestly, it's one of the biggest cliffhangers I've ever seen in my life.
So I started freaking out saying "No way this is the ending. At least not to a series." I went and checked Goodreads, still no news of a fourth book in the series. I decided to check the page numbers, and Goodreads said that the book should have 330 pages. Yet my copy only had 303 pages.
I was so angry with the book I stormed over to my local bookstore. I went up to the counter and told the sales lady that there was a problem with my book. This is how the conversation went.
Me: "Hi, I recently bought a book here, and theres a small problem with it. It's missing the last 27 pages."
Saleslady #1: "Oh no, I'm really sorry about that. What book is it?"
Me: "Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole."
Saleslady #1: "WHAT? DON'T TELL ME ANYTHING ABOUT IT, I STILL HAVEN'T READ IT. KAREN COME HELP THIS YOUNG LADY BECAUSE I CANT EVEN.. I JUST CANT!"
Saleslady #2: "What's the problem?"
Saleslady #1: "HER KRESLEY COLE BOOK IS MISSING PAGES! YOU HAVE TO DO IT, I DONT EVEN WANT TO TOUCH THAT BOOK UNTIL I FINISH IT!"
Saleslady #2: "Okay.."
So after looking online, and looking at my book, she sees that it is in fact missing pages. She goes to look at all the other books they have on display and they all contain exactly 303 pages.
Saleslady #1: "WAIT DOES THAT MEAN MY BOOK IS MISSING THE ENDING. I CANT DO THIS ANYMORE KAREN. THIS IS THE LAST BOOK AND I NEED TO READ THE ENDING. WHAT AM I GOING TO DO NOW! THIS IS MT FAVOURITE SERIES BY MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR. I THINK IM GOING TO CRY!" *breathing heavily*
Saleslady #2: "Hold on, let me just check the authors Facebook page to see if this happened to anyone else. Oh wait... Yeah the author plans on releasing a fourth book to finish off the series. And she cut out the last few pages and decided to elongate it for the fourth book."
Saleslady #1: "THANK YOU JESUS! I THINK I ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK! PLEASE DON'T EVER SCARE ME LIKE THAT AGAIN..... KAREN I'M TAKING MY BREAK.. I NEED SOME AIR BEFORE I FAINT!"
After getting my book back, and talking to Karen about terrible books. I went in search of new books in the store, let's be honest you can't walk into a bookstore and not buy a book. As I was checking out with my brand new purchase, the mall security guy walks up to Karen and tells her that Saleslady #1 is outside in her uniform (short-sleeve shirt, and it was like -30 Celsius outside) and she's refusing to come back in because she can't look at books right now.
So Karen asked me to stay and watch the store for a little bit as she went outside to get Saleslady #1. She ended up sending her home because she wasn't in a fit condition to work anymore.
I honestly feel so bad. I didn't realize that she would freak out so bad. I thought I was angry at the huge cliffhanger the book left off, but she was a million times worse.
I have my fingers crossed for her to get back to normal, and hopefully finish the book eventually.
So take this as a warning from me. Don't go barging into bookstores complaining about the ending of a book until you're certain its the last one.
Lets hear your craziest bookstore story. Let me know in the comments below.