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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Review: Year One by Nora Roberts

Title: Year One
Author: Nora Roberts
Series: Chronicles of The One #1
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Release Date: December 5th, 2017
Length: Novel (419 pages/12.3 hours)
Genre: Paranormal/Dystopia
Source: Purchased
Buy: Audible, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4.0-stars

Melissa's Review:

Year One is book 1 in the Chronicles of The One series. I've loved Nora Roberts books in the past and after attending a book club back in December and they mentioned this novel a bunch so I knew I had to grab it. I tried the audiobook and loved it, so I'd highly recommend that format if you want to try this series out.

This novel is a bit different from Nora Roberts's usual romance books, being that it isn't really romance at all and full of Urban Fantasy with dystopian and paranormal vibes. We're set in a modern world but we're cycling through multiple POVs as one family comes back from vacation only to get sick. That sickness winds up spreading and eventually leads to half the world population catching the "doom" and dies. We follow several groups as they escape New York City to try to find a new place that is safer.

Some people are gaining abilities they thought were impossible as they become witches, fairies, elves, shifters, etc. Lana and Max gained powers (witches) and it aids them as they try to escape the city. Arlys, a news anchor/journalist stays in New York City as long as she can but keeps reporting the truth. She, Fred (female fairy intern) and Chuck hastily escape when things become too dangerous. Both groups pick up straglers along the way and I was excited to see them meet after growing attached to both groups. While the doom spreads, the survivors are trying their best to make due with what they have. Some people are power hungry and nothing is enough so they let their powers consume them as they turn to evil. This isn't a happily ever after, and I grabbed book 2 ASAP so I could see what would happen next.

Year One blew me away, it was so much more than I expected and I came into it with high expectations. The world building was excellent and I grew attached to all the characters as the novel progressed. I loved all the paranormal elements mixed in and overall can't really complain about anything. I grabbed book two so I could marathon the current installments, so expect to see that review in the near future. If you're looking for a book you won't be able to put down with paranormal and dystopian vibes try this out.

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