Try a Chapter Tag | Ninth House vs. House of Earth and Blood

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo and House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas have a lot of the things in common – both are series starters, both have the word House in the title, and both authors have typically written YA. And NOW they have one more thing in common – both Birdie Bookworm and I have given them a go. We thought it would be a lot of fun to take these books and employ the ‘Try a Chapter’ tag. I, unfortunately don’t know who started this tag, or I would credit them. So we are basically going to read the first chapter, jot down our thoughts, and then decide which one we’re captivated by the most. That will be the book that we read. But here’s the catch; I won’t know which book Birdie picked until our posts go live and I rush over to check it out. I can’t wait to see which book she picked! Read on below to see what my thoughts were on the first chapter of each book, then what my pick was. Once you’re done here, don’t forget to go to Birdie’s post to see which book she decided to read!

I picked up House of Earth and Blood first, mostly because I think this cover is stunning. But also, I’ve never read Sarah J. Maas before, and since her books can be pretty polarizing, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

My Thoughts on Chapter 1 – This was in interesting beginning. I think the world is going to be complicated, and I think there’s going to be a lot going on that is going to capture the reader’s interest. There are already tensions between the Houses and you can see some familial tension on the horizon. It also seems like there might be a mystery starting here – and we all know how much I’m enjoying Mysteries right now. Having said that, I think this book could get really confusing really fast, and I can see myself constantly thumbing back through for clarification. But I think it would be worth it. Now onto the first chapter of Ninth House!

I’ve read The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and I really enjoyed it when I was reading it. But the longer I get away from it, the less I like it. I’m not sure why – maybe because I found it to be forgettable. I see all the rave reviews about the Six of Crows duology, but I just haven’t been inspired to pick it up. I’m hoping to love this book, and that it will make me want to read more from the author. I know Birdie would LOVE it if I read Six of Crows so we could discuss. Endlessly, I’m sure. 😉

My Thoughts on Chapter 1 – I wasn’t prepared for that first chapter. This book tosses you right into the middle of a story, origins unknown. You can tell immediately that things are going to be gritty and rough. The main character seems to have been pulled into a weird situation, and I can’t tell yet it if it was against her will or just very begrudgingly. The secondary characters have already peaked my interest, and while I couldn’t quite put my finger on what was going on with this one, it felt deliberate – like all would be revealed in good time.

Even discussing this feature with Birdie, I wasn’t sure much would come of it. But I have to say, I’m surprised. This was even more fun that I thought it would be, and I think it’s because my prediction was tossed on its head. I was absolutely certain I’d be picking a certain book…but it just didn’t peak my interest as much as the other. Out of the two, one was a clear standout for me with the pretty intense beginning and mystery not just within the story, but shrouding it. I’m desperate to know where the story goes and now that I’m thinking about it, I think I like that while we’re dropped into this world, it seems like the main character sort of was, too. I like discovering the world with the main character rather than being plopped into it. So, without further ado…the book I will be reading is…

I would love to know if you have read either of these books, and if you have, was there one you liked more than the other? Keep an eye out in the next few weeks for my review!

Don’t forget to head over to Birdie Bookworm’s blog see which book she picked!

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    1. I, on the other hand, did not! I don’t want to spoil it here for those who go to your post to see the outcome, but suffice it to say, you did NOT pick the one I thought you would. LOL

      This was fun!


  1. What a fun buddy tag! I have not read either so I can’t weigh in, but I love that your pick was a surprise to you.


  2. This is fun! And I’ve always been curious about Bardugo too. I actually have Six of crows on my shelf, just haven’t started yet (well technically I did start Crooked Kingdom but only got a few chapters in before getting sidetracked)… I need to try ’em again!


  3. What a fascinating and cool feature you have done here. I am not a fan of YA fantasy, I love fantasy but struggle with YA. I am looking forward to seeing your thoughts on Ninth House.


  4. What a fun post! I’ve never seen this tag before. I started Crescent City, because I liked the cover and so many people love this author, but like you, I thought it seemed confusing with so much going on, and wanted a book that was more of an easy read. I can’t wait to see what you end up thinking of Ninth House.


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