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Project Try a Chapter: 2019 Releases Part One: Fantasy

Project Try a Chapter is my latest attempt at getting my physical TBR under control.  I have some lofty book buying goals in 2020 and before the new year, I’m doing a major cleanout of my bookshelves so I can start the year off on a good note.  I made a large pile of books I’ve been on the fence about and I’ve grouped them into categories for the purpose of these posts. I’ll be trying (at least) the first chapter of each of these and determining whether I’ll be keeping them and adding them to my TBR or letting them go in an unhaul.
 

2019 Releases Part One: Fantasy

1) Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith – Bloodleaf starts like the scene out of Aladdin where Jasmine has left the palace unsupervised, except that she was unable to evade her guard.  While I thought it was an entertaining introduction, it just wasn’t that different from so many other things I’ve read.  If I suddenly do get the urge to read it, I can always borrow it from the library but it felt very middle of the road to me.  UNHAUL

2) The Beholder by Anna Bright – I like that this started with a quote from Cinderella and I thought the writing style is easily digestible.  However, I haven’t heard the best things about this book.  I didn’t feel compelled enough to read more after the first chapter, and having those negative reviews in my mind swayed me to move this one to the unhaul pile. Verdict: UNHAUL

3) The Kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I couldn’t make a decision about The Kingdom after only one chapter since it was roughly a page long.  I ended up reading up to chapter 5, which is a good sign! I like the idea of there being a mystery to find out whatever happened in the past and I do enjoy stories told through case files and flashbacks.  I know there have been mixed reviews, but I am on board to continue this one! KEEP

4) We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizel – I wasn’t immediately drawn in by the language in this book.  It could partially be my mood, but my brain wasn’t on board for figuring out a new world at the moment.  The first chapter ends on an interesting note, but I didn’t feel compelled to read more so I’m letting it go. UNHAUL

5) The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen – I’m going to be honest here… I struggled even getting through the first chapter.  I feel bad giving up on it so quickly since fantasy can take a longer time to develop and hook readers, but I wasn’t the least bit interested in what was going on.  I just don’t foresee myself pushing through and hoping to get invested later.  UNHAUL

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6 Responses to “Project Try a Chapter: 2019 Releases Part One: Fantasy”

  1. Heather says:

    I actually just finished The Merciful Crow and I totally get how you felt. It was alright and had some interesting parts, but a bit clunky at times.
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  2. Mariah says:

    I think this is a great idea! I think it’s a great way to cut down on all the books you have to read.

  3. Angela says:

    The Kingdom was a really good read – kind of surprising! I hope you enjoy it as you continue reading!

  4. Alexa S. says:

    It was so interesting to see how this set of books fared for this project! I’m going to be really curious to hear your final thoughts on The Kingdom. And I’d still recommend checking out Bloodleaf and We Hunt the Flame at some point!
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  5. This is a GREAT idea! We just moved and I am getting more shelves and for the first time really seeing my entire collection and realizing there are just so many books I own that need to go! It’s so hard to part with them though (the guilt!) so I like your idea of giving each of them at least a 1 chapter shot!
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  6. I love this idea — I can definitely imagine it gives you enough of a feel for the book to figure out whether or not it would be worth the read. Most of my books are all in storage and I really need to track them all down and get them sorted.
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