Some weeks ago, on a peaceful Thursday afternoon, I had some free time and was in a great reading mood – but had no idea what to read. To solve this problem, I decided to do the Try a Chapter book tag. So in case you don’t know this tag, it’s a tag where I pick 5 books that I want to read and read the first chapter of each book (prologue included). Then, after that, I pick one book and continue on with that book. This tag was created by Malia at the Book Paradise on Booktube.
My picks for this tag were the new eBook edition, which were:
- Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – This is the third and final book of the Illuminae Files trilogy. I’m sure everyone knows about this series and loves it, so there’s no need to explain. I just finished an audiobook binge reread of the first two books, and am excited to finish the series.Say, does anyone know a place to get this audiobook for free? TIA, but I digress.
- The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton – I adore and love Walton’s debut novel, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I love it to the point where I consider it one of my favorite books of all-time. This is a multigenerational story about witches, a family curse about love, set in the Pacific Northwest. It sounds classic Walton. Suffice to say, I was hyped for this book, but my anticipation was quite dampened by the generally negative and mixed reviews that came through. Nevertheless, I love Walton’s writing.
- In Search of Us by Ava Dellaira – confession: never read Dellaira’s well-known debut, Love Letters to the Dead. But I’m a sucker for good multi-generational stories, so I heard the concept, then saw the cover, and fell in love. And it’s so so pretty it physically hurts. ICYMI, if you didn’t know, this is a book about a mother and daughter, and it’s told from dual perspective when they’re 17 years old. The mother’s is about her falling in love and finding herself, and the daughter’s is about finding her father, and along the way, herself.
- I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman – Heartbreaking queen Gayle Forman is out with another book again, I suppose. This is about three teens, Freya, Harun, and Nathaniel, who are in really bad places in their lives and find each other by coincidence in New York City. This is told in one day. Forman is a hit or miss for me. I love love love If I Stay, but I despised Just One Day.
- The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed – This is a feminist YA (yay!) about three misfit girls who come together to get justice for a girl who was run out of town for being raped and having no one believe her. This has been compared to Moxie, which I really enjoyed, and a lot of trusted reviewers have said it’s Moxie, but better and more inclusive, so I’m intrigued.
Now, here are my thoughts having read the first chapter of each novel:
Obsidio | Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
It was really hard to separate this book into chapters. Man, the hype for this one has been unreal. It’s blown off the roof. I didn’t find this really interesting and didn’t care. I felt really disconnected from the book, but that’s probably because I just finished an audio reread of Illuminae and Gemina, so I’m probably burned out from sci-fi. Fair enough, since it’s not my genre anyway. I think I need to take a break from sci-fi for a while and come back when I have the time and when I feel like it. So, I’m probably not going to pick it up unless the other book’s first chapters are really bad, and for the sake of binge reading, which is probably not going to happen. Anyway, I think I need the audio and the hardcopy with me, and I don’t have either.
The Price Guide to the Occult | Leslye Walton
The prologue was so so good. I have to say, I’m genuinely intrigued. Walton spins a dark, fascinating prologue that made me keep clicking ‘next page’. Again, I am trash for Walton’s writing style and I feel like I’m in the mood for this. At the same time, I might save it for October, for that Halloween creepy vibe, and as a birthday treat. But I have to say, that Ava Lavender reread is overdue …
In Search Of Us | Ava Dellaira
This is also really interesting! I’m a sucker for multigenerational stories, and the writing is great. I loved the prologue, and I wanted to read more, but for me, the first chapter was a bit boring. I didn’t like the perspective of the mother as much as the daughter’s, but I may pick this up.
I Have Lost My Way | Gayle Forman
I have to say, I forgot how easy Forman’s writing is to digest. It was so heart wrenching, beautifully crafted and the characters felt developed, especially since the first chapter was quite long. I felt like I kind of knew the characters, and I was so interested and I’m so invested already. It was just … so good. This is definitely going to be a contender.
The Nowhere Girls | Amy Reed
This first chapter was actually pretty dull. I was probably a little bit carried away by the hype, but it was just not grabbing my attention at all. It seemed pretty monotonous, slow-going. It was ambitious, honestly. Like, it packed in three perspectives, and a “Us” perspective. The Us perspective I found really interesting and unique, but as a whole, I’m not interested in this right now.
After some thought and deliberation, (mainly between The Price Guide to the Occult, In Search of Us and I Have Lost My Way), I chose I Have Lost My Way in the end. I was really fascinated by the characters and the writing, and I think it’s what I need after reading an overload of big, heavy tomes – I mean, this is heavy feels-wise but I just couldn’t put it down. It’s around 300 pages, so I think I’m going to fly through this.