Three Chapter Test: Stormy Weather by Glen Ebisch

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

I’m not really a big fan of mysteries, but I joined a book tour and decided to review this book after reading an excerpt from it somewhere.

Title: Stormy Weather
Author: Glen Ebisch
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Mystery

Plus Points:

  1. The story began with some action, and already, we are drawn into the story and to Stormy’s plight–that of being awakened at an ungodly hour. Which brings me to…
  2. Relatable heroine. Her fear, her erupting due to being helpless, we all know how that feels and we sympathize with her. We want to know she’ll be okay!
  3. Chance Malone, the hero, is intriguing! I don’t know about Stormy, but I wouldn’t mind getting to know him better.
  4. The author’s prose is easy to read and his manner of writing is engaging. The writing of some male authors are rather dry, i.e. not much emotion, too much narrative on the action, etc, but that is not the case here!
  5. The POV is first person, which is not my favorite, but you know what, it didn’t bother me here. So definitely a plus point!
  6. Then of course, there’s the mystery of Travis’s murder. Who killed him? Why? Why did he/she frame Stormy? Did he/she have something against Stormy too?

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Three Chapter Test: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days by Harmony Williams

The Three Chapter Test was created due to the mountain of books I have in my Kindle, and because in contrast to that, there’s so little time. So, in order to get to the books that I want to read, or that intrigue me and capture my imagination and attention, I decided to do a Three Chapter Test on the books. Meaning, I must read at least the first 3 chapters or 17% of the book, whichever comes first, in order to make a more or less informed judgement on whether to continue or to abandon.

So, here goes:

Title: How to Ruin Your Reputation in 10 Days
Author: Harmony Williams
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Historical Romance

Plus Points:

  1. The author’s prose is refreshing with new ways of saying things.
  2. The story is in written from the 1st person POV, which is not my preferred style, but the heroine’s voice was engaging and delightful. See point #1.
  3. Julian, the hero, is mysterious and sounds dashing.
  4. It’s a friends-to-lovers story, my favorite trope!

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Three Chapter Test

I’ve just thought up a good idea!

You see, I’ve got lots of books in my kindle. (Yeah, I think ebooks are worse on my wallet than print books could ever be.) Plus there’s The Romance Reviews, and Net Galley, and etc etc. Anyway, the thing is, I’ve got a lot of books to read and so little time!! So, I’m now going to subject the books I read to the Three Chapter Test!

At the end of three chapters, I’m going to list down the pluses and minuses, and then decide whether I’m going to read onward or not. That way, I don’t need to waste my time if it’s not a book that didn’t capture me in the first three chapters. Good idea?

First post coming up soon!