One Minute Book Review (Audiobook Edition): Year One by Nora Roberts

Year One (Chronicles of The One, #1)

The Summary:

The end has come, and it’s more devastating than anyone could imagine. It started with an illness. An illness that soon took over the world, and took so many. As people started dying, others started discovering. . . gifts. And of course, then came the fear. The fear that collapsed the world, and left it a wrecked, savage place. A group of survivors found themselves in a world of unimaginable beauty, and unimaginable evil. And find themselves heading towards a new hope. Towards what they hope will be their salvation in what has become a dark, scary new world.

What I Liked:

I really liked the way she wrote the beginning of the illness that decimates a lot of the world’s population, and how she brought a lot of the fantastical into it. She does a great job of world-building, which was necessary because the world in the book quickly goes from a world we know to a world we don’t know. I also liked how I really cared about the characters, which tells me that she created rounded and complete people.

I also really enjoyed the narrator, Julia Whelan. I’m the kind of person who can quickly get very annoyed by a poor narrator, so this was good. But there was also nothing that really stuck out about her, either. Not a bad thing though, as the point of a book, whether an audiobook or not, is to get immersed in the world. And Ms. Whelan’s voice definitely allowed for that immersion.

What I Didn’t Like:

So about three quarters of the way into the book I realized that this was very much a chronicling of some kind of alternate history. Yes, it was full of characters I could care about, and yes, it was compelling. But about a quarter out from the last portion of the book I realized that the resolution wasn’t really going to be a resolution, but a set up for the next book. It also didn’t hurt that I had read the blurb for the next book in the series, so I could kind of see what this book was trying to accomplish. And while I appreciated the fact that Ms. Roberts is trying to lay this amazing groundwork for the next book, I’m not sure that it was required for the story she might be trying to tell. The thing about it is –and here’s my disclaimer, folks– without reading or listening to the next one I don’t really know. Only the resolution of the series will tell whether this installment was really necessary. But I don’t always enjoy those books that end with a resolution whose entire purpose is to set up for the next book.


I definitely enjoyed the story, and I will be looking forward to listening to the next one.

One Minute Book Review: Do You Want To Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Do You Want to Start a Scandal (Spindle Cove, #5; Castles Ever After, #4)

The Summary:

Charlotte Highwood’s mother is determined to marry her off to a gentleman of the highest rank. Charlotte Highwood is in no way the Desperate Debutante the press has made her out to be, which is what she wants to assure Lord Granville of. Which is why she was in the room with him to begin with when the mystery lovers entered and did their dirty deed. But, of course, no one believes her! So she must discover the identity of the mystery lovers before she is forced to marry the cool, proper, and annoyingly handsome Lord Granville. Can she find the mystery lovers? Or will she be relegated to fate she can’t stand?

What I Liked:

I’m gonna be honest: I love me some Tessa Dare. Ever since I read Romancing the Duke earlier this year, I have been a fan. She has a good sense of humor, and her books are so light and lovely. You feel good after reading one, and you don’t feel all angsty during it. It’s just a feel good romance, which is what I come to her for.

What I Didn’t Like:

So, there’s not much I don’t like about Tessa Dare’s books. However, if you’re coming for a hard and fast historical… appropriateness, you may be annoyed to find that she definitely writes with modern sensibilities. I think it’s funny and charming, but someone who insists on historical correctness may not.


I like it, but then again, I don’t think you can go wrong with Tessa Dare. If you want a light, funny historical that’s going to leave you feeling good, then read her.

Like A Zombie, I Rise From The Dead. . .

Well, I’m trying to anyway. If by some chance you’re seeing this then. . . well, wow! First off, color me impressed! You’ve been waiting around since 2018, if I had a prize to give you, I would! Also you’re going to (hopefully) notice new content quietly being posted. I want to be sure I have a set schedule (and plenty of backup book reviews), before I begin trying to reel people back in.

Just because I’m quietly trying to revive this blog, doesn’t mean that I don’t still love the interaction that blogging brings. As always, please feel free to contact me regarding books you’d like me to review, or leave me a note on my reviews.

The format of my book reviews will remain the same: I loved the idea of a shorter, more succinct book review style, and quite honestly, the one minute book review is definitely my style.

If you’ve been waiting, I appreciate your hanging around. And that YouTube channel. . . that’s in the works too.

See you soon!