Today’s First Line Friday was a new release this past July. It is the debut of Riley Sager, which is a pseudonym of a previously published author. I recently received this as an add on with Book of the Month. I had been wanting to get this one and the additional book was $9.99 for a hardback, which is cheaper than getting it on Amazon. So I grabbed it!!!!
My hands are covered in frosting when Jeff calls.
FIRST THERE WERE THREE.
THEN THERE WERE TWO.
CAN THERE ONLY EVER BE ONE FINAL GIRL?
Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.
Year One: Chronicles of The One Book 1
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: December 5, 2017
Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: January 25- February 8, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars
Book Description from Amazon:
It began on New Year’s Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed—and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
Wait a minute. Nora Roberts writes more than just romance?!? What caught my attention to this novel was that another book blogger read and reviewed it. He doesn’t read romance, so why is he reading a Nora Roberts book? I read his review and it sparked my interest in Year One. Then the description also had me curious. I am not much of a Fantasy reader, so going into Year One I could have done without all that. My thoughts were: “Just kill nearly the whole world and let everyone start over!” Despite that, the story grew on me and I really enjoyed it! It took some adjusting to the fantasy elements (witches, fairies, elves) but then I just sat back and listened to the audiobook.
I became attached and invested in all the characters. There are three groups and you want them to all pull through at the end. There is of course goodness and darkness as we experience the end of the world. We see people come together while others fall apart. We also see people become prejudiced against others for their non-human differences. Yes, there is some romance in this novel.
There were a few things that seemed extreme to me, but I am sure Roberts has her reasons which will play out in the other two novels in this trilogy. (I’m sorry, but three infants were a bit much for me. But ok, I will suspend my belief in this. She HAS to have her reasons….)
The cover is simplistic but catches your attention. I had seen it in the store, but did not pick it up because I saw Roberts was the author. For that I must apologize to Roberts. Don’t let preconceived notions pull you away from looking at a book. If I did I never would have listened to this novel which I highly enjoyed. I look forward to the next in the series which is supposed to come out at the end of the year. I want to know what happens next in this world!
Year One is highly recommended.
**Special thanks to Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek for bringing Year One to my attention! If you have not looked at his blog check him out. He’s not for everyone as he speaks his mind in the sarcastic, fun way that only he can! (Yes, there is cursing involved fyi… You have been warned!)[Top]
Author: Lucy Keating
Published: April 11, 2017
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
So, it takes about 14ish hours to get from Jacksonville, NC to Honolulu, HI, and I read this book completely during that travel time. I’m a pretty bad flyer, I’ll admit it! I have to pee every 20 minutes, I get distracted, I’m too tall for the seats, I let my boredom overwhelm me . . . I’d really just rather not be flying! But this book did help a lot.
Literally is not my favorite of Keating’s books, but it was a unique story and kept my attention. There was some teenage drama that got really annoying and that’s why I’m giving it 3 stars. It ended up overwhelming the rest of the story. Annabelle acts like she knows enough to make all these important decisions and that she knows more than her parents, and it just got obnoxious real quick!
Other than that, I like what it brought out about Keating and some of the problems in the life of an author. It almost seems like this is a rant that Keating had to get off her chest, so she turned it into a story. Overall, I found it to be a fun and unusual book. As stereotypical as I’m going to sound, I would recommend this book to teenage girls. It’s not one to be taken too seriously so anyone wanting a light read would also like it.[Top]