In my quest to continually better my writing skills, I devour books. Picking up bestsellers I’m searching for their magical ingredients – what makes this book a New York Times bestseller? Is it the characters, plot or writing style?
The book I have just turned the last page of is Year One by Nora Roberts.
A deadly pandemic with the name of ‘The Doom’ starts in the outback of wild Scotland. Within 72 hours people are dying. Sounds like fun, right!
What I really appreciate about his book is that the price is only £2.99 in the UK for the ebook, and the paperback is also reasonable at £7.25. So many bestselling authors charge huge prices for their books simply because they can, so respect to Nora Roberts for not being greedy.
I couldn’t put this book down, and now that I’ve finished it I am still thinking of the characters and what they will be doing, which is in my mind a true indicator the book was well done. It also means I will definitely be buying book 2. Nora Roberts writes in such a way that reading is a pure joy, very easy and relaxing, no having to go back and re-read something to make sense of it.
Talk about opening lines that are complete winners, instantly drawing the reader in… check this out… When Ross McLeod pulled the trigger and brought down the pheasant, he had no way of knowing he’d killed himself. And billions of others. I mean, wow, what an opener. I just knew straight away I was in for a good read.
I love the people Nora has brought to life. In the beginning we are introduced to quite a few people and I wondered if we were going to have one or multiple main characters. In the end it is one person that carries the majority of the story. Meet Lana Bingham, dabbling witch who is dating an author-come-magician Max Fallon. Blimey, how my heartbeat quickened as they run for their lives.
This book has an awesome plot. With the descent of The Doom people are affected in four different ways: (1) they die, (2) they’re immune with no effect, (3) they live, but they’re now full of good magic, and lastly, (4) they live, but they’re now full of magical evil. If you like Elves, Fairies, Magicians etc you’ll really love this book. On top of a great plot is fabulous character building. It is full of people you want to root for, and those you want to boo from the side-lines. Complete with great settings and scenery descriptions and you can understand why this is such a bestseller.
With 5,818 Amazon US reviews with the average rating of 4.5 you can see you’re in for good read.
Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not. Happy reading everyone!