Rating **** (4 stars) As much as I enjoy reading about Kate, it is nice to have a different perspective into their world. Andrea is one of my favorite side characters. She is loyal, complex, and has a dark history. I love that she is the petite blond that can kick butt and shoot better than anyone else. I wasn't as much of a fan of Raphael until I saw him from Andrea's perspective. I think the two work well together.
The story itself has action, magic, and mythological creatures. It is a good edition the the story line, but would not stand on its own well.
I really have enjoyed a lot of Nora Roberts books. Although, she has written a lot more then I have read. I am not a huge fan of romance, but she tends to have solid characters and plot. I was excited to see a fantasy novel written by Roberts. I had good expectations. Unfortunately, Year One is not one of her better books.
The concept is amazing. A virus, started by killing a bird, takes out a huge percentage of the world's population. What is left are both human and those who have taken on paranormal attributes. There are elves, witches, fairies, and more. Contention starts between humans and the others. There is also contention between those that are helping everyone to survive and those that want to destroy and hurt. It seems that the best and the worst came out in everyone.
The first part of the book follows different groups of survivors. I enjoyed most of the story lines. Although I did not really connect with Max and Lana. They seemed artificial and a little annoying. As expected, the story lines converge. Then unexpectedly all the characters, except Lana, disappear. She then becomes the primary focus of the novel for about the last third of the book. What the heck. Why did I just read about all these other characters to have them fall away? Also, why stick with Lana? I mean I know why, but she is so annoying and the least likable of any of the characters.
This book could have been the start of a really good new series. I doubt that I will be continuing with it.
Rating *** (3 stars) I really do not like how unthought out Mayer is with this series. I think really great series authors know what will be happening a few books ahead, even if it is not specifically plotted they know their characters well enough to know. However, as I have already mentioned this is not a great series. If it is a good series is still up for debate. This is a bit sad considering this is the fourth book.
If you have made it through the first three books then you should continue on with the fourth. It is the best so far. It clears up a lot of screw ups in the previous books and has some good character development. Do not buy it though, just borrow it, unless you like urban fantasy no matter how poorly written it is.
I suppose I should not be so hard on the book. . . except I like a story that I can escape into. I like the writing to be so smooth that it does not make me think about it - unless it is to repeat it in my head and marvel at the quality of a sentence. I like characters that I can believe actually exist, and a world that makes since even if it plays by a different set of rules. This series has none of that. I think I am going to officially stop reading the series here.
Maybe I will try again later when I am despite for something to read. Then again, maybe not.
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