Tag: Fantasy

Year One

Year One: Chronicles of The One Book 1
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: December 5, 2017
419 pages

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.

Jessica’s Review:

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!)

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Author: Lucy Keating
Published: April 11, 2017
256 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

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?

Kim’s Review:

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.

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Author: Sara Holland
Published: January 2, 2018
368 pages

Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries. No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever. But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself.

Kim’s Review:

This was another book that caught me with the cover alone. I had seen it on some of the book sites, and the description sounded cool, but it was the cover that caused me to grab it up and put it in my cart! And I think there may be something wrong with me . . . I was so attracted to the “villain” in this book! Liam was my favorite character from the beginning. The whole time that Jules pines over Roan, I’m sitting here yelling, “why?? Liam is right there and he’s sooo much better!!” But of course, Jules didn’t listen to me. Jules is one of those girls that doesn’t listen to anyone, who does her own thing, and sometimes that turns out well, other times it doesn’t. That’s why I gave Everless 4 stars, because Jules ends up making some dumb decisions that really screwed her up when they really shouldn’t have.

But I loved the setting, the story was interesting, the mystery kept me turning the pages, and most of the characters were intriguing. And look, it’s another series! Why do I keep doing this to myself?? And there isn’t even a publication date on Goodreads for the next book . . . I’m never gonna make it. Aside from that, this is a great book and a good one for teens to help get them into reading. I would recommend this book to anybody.

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