It’s time for another post in my “Try a Chapter” Challenge—where I’ll choose ONE book for next month’s TBR!
If you’re not familiar with the Try a Chapter tag, it’s a tag common on booktube (and sometimes blogs) where the participant reads the first chapter of five books and chooses one of those books to read, based on the results!
For this series, I do something a little different:
The five books I choose will be inspired by the following month’s “theme”—for example, since June is Pride Month, the 5 books I sample for June’s TBR will be own-voice queer books. You get the idea!
Since the only theme I’m participating in next month is Fantastic February, I’ll read the first chapter each of five fantasy books:
- Ink and Bone — Rachel Caine
- Rhapsodic — Laura Thalassa
- The Grey Bastards — Jonathan French
- The Navigator’s Touch — Julia Ember
- White Stag — Kara Barbieri
My thoughts on the first chapter of…
Ink and Bone:
This was interesting enough that I feel confident I’ll pick it up soon, but I can’t say it sucked me in or anything. I hear a lot of people say they really love this series, though, so it’s definitely not being taken off of my TBR!
Usually, if a book has a prologue, I’d read it and chapter 1, but honestly, the prologue by itself was 100% enough to completely and totally grab my attention. side note: does anyone else have those books that you leave on your TBR forever despite feeling confident you’ll love it, just because you’re savoring the anticipation? That’s been Laura Thalassa’s books for me. Y’all don’t judge me if I’m wrong, though. ?
I’ve heard fairly mixed reviews, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and was actually somewhat regretting accepting the request to review it, but wow, that first chapter was hilarious and SO fun.
The Navigator’s Touch:
It’s been so long since I read The Seafarer’s Kiss that I’ve been putting off this review copy because I feared I’d need to reread the first book beforehand, but I don’t feel lost at all! This was immediately really lovely and intriguing, and feels like a quick read.
While I didn’t LOVE the writing style (it feels a little under-edited/unrefined), the plot definitely caught me quickly, and I love the way the goblins are described. Even if this one doesn’t win, I plan to read it ASAP!
And the winner is…
I just was immediately sucked into this one, and honestly would continue it right now if I didn’t already have so many current reads. I also would love to make time for The Grey Bastards and White Stag in February if I can!