Christian Fiction · historical fiction · Mystery · Romance · Sci-Fi · Thriller · YA

Try A Chapter. Book Tag.

Thanks Book Princess Reviews…again! For this awesome tag! I picked a few books off my TBR and tried to vary up the genres. Here is what happened. Dun, dun, DUNNNNNNNNN!!!!

Here are the Rules:

  • Pick Five (or more) books from your TBR.
  • Read the first chapter of all of them (including Prologue if there is one).
  • Tell your readers if you are sold on the book and what you thought of the first chapter.
  • Are you going to finish the book this month?
  • Give your readers a snap shot of the book you chose (I added this one).


The books I chose:

A Place In The Sun by R.S. Grey (Romance/Comedy)


“A full-length STANDALONE romance from USA TODAY bestselling author R.S. Grey. When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country. Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away…that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.” From Goodreads. Find it here.

Chapter one was brilliant. I laughed so hard at the main character Georgie. I enjoyed the first chapter so much, I kept on reading and finished the book in three days *GASP*. This book was a lot of fun in the beginning. Sort of lost the fun somewhere in the middle. I’ll do a full review in a separate post.

Maestra: Book 1 by L.S. Hilton (Thriller/Fiction)


“A shockingly original thriller – the launch title of Zaffre, the new fiction imprint of Bonnier Publishing Fiction

Judith Rashleigh works as an assistant in a prestigious London auction house, but her dreams of breaking into the art world have been gradually dulled by the blunt forces of snobbery and corruption. To make ends meet she moonlights as a hostess in one of the West End’s less salubrious bars – although her work there pales against her activities on nights off.” From Goodreads. Find it here.

I first saw this book in the Atlanta Airport a year ago. I fell in love with the cover and I read the prologue and I had to have it. I put the book down though. It stuck in my head until I bought it on my way back home. Thriller is not my normal go-to genre so I am not sure why this book had its hooks in me. Any way…

After reading the prologue (it was super sexy) and thinking it was supposed to be a proper thriller book I was very intrigued to say the least! Chapter one left me really confused. So naturally I want to read more to find out how we go from talking with an old friend in a bar to the sexy prologue scene and how the thriller aspect makes it all come together. I think this book just got moved up on my TBR shelf!

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova (Historical/Fiction/Mystery)


“Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life–solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.” From Goodreads. Find it here.

This book was a Christmas gift a year ago. I have not picked it up since then. If I’m being honest. It’s the length of the book that intimidates me. I can read 700+ pages (hello, The Goldfinch, AKA really awesome book) with the best of them but for some reason, this book looks like it wants to knock me out.

Man, the prologue was only two pages but there was definitely some depth to them. I hope the rest of the book is a little easier to read.

Chapter one started off talking about the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado. I grew up in Colorado, my whole family is there. This shooting happened just 30 minutes from my home city. Although I was only 10 when the shooting happened, it scared the pants off me and it rocked my whole household. Our state has never quite been the same since that day 1999. The mention of this shooting almost turned me off from this book but I kept reading. “Try a chapter,” that’s what this is about right now. I am glad I did because it actually ended up sounding pretty interesting. Not quite sure where the book is going but I am willing to find out. I don’t see this book moving up on my TBR but I will get to it (eventually).

The Diabolic: Book One by S.J. Kincaid (YA/Sci-Fi/Fantasy)


“Nemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.” From Goodreads. Find it here.

Oooooooooooooo I super want to continue this book. So far it is like nothing like anything I have read (yay for sci-fi!). This book just moved up the TBR list too. I cannot wait to continue this book!! I am super intrigued by the absolute devotion to a person and how it would affect someone and the choices they have to make in order to maintain that devotion. I also cannot wait to read more about these Diabolic’s. They sound super intense and I think I may want one….know anyone who can hook a sister up? So glad I picked up this book for $4.00. I think it will be well worth the 16 quarters.

Unspoken by Dee Henderson (Christian Fiction/Mystery)


“Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.
The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.
She’s never said a word–to the cops, to her doctors, to family–about those four years.” From Goodreads. Find it here.

My wonderful Bonus Grandma (husband’s dad’s new wife’s (bonus mom’s) mom. Got that?) gifted me this book. Bonus Mom and Bonus Grandma are big readers and they read all books that I don’t so I am constantly getting recommendations from them. I love it. I’m not the outsider on the Kuehler side anymore! BOOK NERDS UNITE!

The prologue (every book I picked for this had a prologue!) started off promising. I liked the characters right off the bat. Chapter one, however, was super cryptic. Not really sure what is going on. We have a FBI director, an antique coin deal/collector/business man, and three people who I think are conning the antique guy….but also, not really….SEE! I am so confused! I’ll probably read this book because my bonus mom and bonus g-ma highly recommend Dee Henderson and I am all about opening my horizon to new books and genres.


This was fun! I have moved a few books up on my TBR, a few stayed where they are, and one was moved entirely over to the “read” shelf!

Thank you for reading!

Live long and prosper!

Chelsea K. 

4 thoughts on “Try A Chapter. Book Tag.

  1. Oh, sigh, I think my comment went to the spam folder. D: But I’m super excited that this worked out for you for the TBR!! I SUPER agree about The Diabolic. Its first chapter was SO good. Can’t wait to continue, too, and yay for feeling the same. Interested to see the rest of these books as well. Wonderful post! 😀

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