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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!)

Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

Release Day Review of The One by John Marrs and a US Giveaway!

Author: John Marrs
Published: Today, February 20, 2018
416 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: February 11-18, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Description from Amazon:

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner—the one you’re genetically made for.

That’s the promise made by Match Your DNA. A decade ago, the company announced that they had found the gene that pairs each of us with our soul mate. Since then, millions of people around the world have been matched. But the discovery has its downsides: test results have led to the breakup of countless relationships and upended the traditional ideas of dating, romance and love.

Now five very different people have received the notification that they’ve been “Matched.” They’re each about to meet their one true love. But “happily ever after” isn’t guaranteed for everyone. Because even soul mates have secrets. And some are more shocking than others…

A word-of-mouth hit in the United Kingdom, The One is a fascinating novel that shows how even the simplest discoveries can have complicated consequences.

Jessica’s Review:

Holy. Crap…. Words cannot begin to describe The One by John Marrs. This is Science Fiction that could possibly one day become science fact. (But, isn’t that what all Science Fiction is?: Fiction until the time comes where it is reality?????) John Marrs, where did you come up with this idea?  You are brilliant and I loved this novel!

This book has been released in the United Kingdom for some time and it is FINALLY released here in the States!  It seems like I have been anticipating this novel forever; So much so I began to worry that it would fail my high expectations, but Marrs exceeded them. The One had been previously titled as A Thousand Small Explosions and there are references to the former title in the novel.  I prefer the title of The One to the previous title.

The One makes you think and will cause debate… Could this become a reality and would you take the test?  What could be the results of taking the test?  We experience the stories of five extremely different individuals who take the test and the positive and negative consequences they all face.  These stories all have very different results in their relationships as the test only takes into account DNA, and not race, religion, gender, or even location in the world.

This is a very compelling and addictive novel and you just want to keep turning those pages! Marrs is brilliant with his short chapters that have you in disbelief as you reach each conclusion.  The stories go back and forth between each of the five persons and you don’t know what is going to happen next. (Or you think you know and you are wrong!)  I found myself saying, “I must keep reading!”  The short chapters make The One a quick and compulsive read.

The question still remains: Would YOU take the test?????

***Many thanks to the publisher for granting me an e-arc via NetGalley and also John Marrs as I won a signed copy via GoodReads. I really enjoyed this novel and will treasure my signed copy. Please note that I also purchased a copy via Book Depository that I will be giving away to one lucky US resident! 

Here is my signed copy! 

For some fun go to this website: http://matchyourdna.co.uk/ You can find out which character is your match.  Who did you get? I’ll share my results:

 


Purchase Links:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

GIVEAWAY!!!
It’s time for a giveaway! This one will be for US only and will run until Saturday 2/24 at midnight Eastern.  You are entering to win a new UK edition of The One. I bought it from Book Depository before you could get it in the US.  Once I won my signed copy from Goodreads I knew I would give this one away.  Good luck everyone!
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Two Children’s Bible Stories

Author: Paul Gully
Illustrator: Delores Gully
To be Published: March 6, 2018
32 pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Read: February 8, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 5 stars

Book Descriptions:

A Giant Headache is the biblical story of David and Goliath in a rhyming, fun format. The story teaches about the courage and strength we receive from God when we trust in him completely. Each page is beautifully illustrated and includes scripture references from 1 Samuel 17:1-49.

The Big Flood is the biblical story of Noah and the Ark in a rhyming, fun format. The story teaches about how much faith Noah had to build such a big boat to carry so many animals in a flood only God told him about. Each page is beautifully illustrated and includes scripture references from Genesis 6 – 9.

The books end with a Salvation page for your child to fill out with their name for a personal commitment to Christ.

Jessica’s Review:

I don’t read and review many children’s books as I have no children and feel I can’t give a proper review on them; but these two children books are from the Bible and you can’t go wrong with it.  This one review is for both A Giant Headache and The Big Flood.  They are both written by Paul Gulley and illustrated by Delores Gully, a husband/wife team.

The beginning of each story mentions the book and verses of the Bible the story is from.  The sentences are short and rhyme, which makes the books fun. The stories are written where young children can understand what is going on. The illustrations are bright and colorful with attention to detail. They will definitely appeal to children.

A Giant Headache also shows children how David stood up for what he believes and facing adversity. Headache can also be used as a lesson against bullying.

The Big Flood also shows children to listen to God despite the unknown (“What is rain?”)and to work together.  It also shows that God will take care of you, never leave you, and to trust in Him.

Both books end with a Salvation page where children can learn the ABC prayer and mention John 3:16 for accepting Christ to begin their walk with God.

These books will serve as a great outreach and introduction to some of the Bible stories for young children.

Special thanks to the publisher Broadstreet Publishing Group for granting me copies of both books via NetGalley.

Purchase Links:
Amazon US:
The Big Flood
A Giant Headache
Amazon UK:
The Big Flood
A Giant Headache

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