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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Year of the Great Seventh

The Year of the Great SeventhThe Year of the Great Seventh
by Teresa Orts

Published July 6, 2013

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Sophie has always felt out of step — an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.

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Okay, first of all, I have to admit that I love just about everything to do with Ancient Egypt, so I had to read this book when I read that it dealt with an ancient Egyptian prophecy.

The whole plot idea felt really great, and had tons of potential. However, I have to admit, the beginning of the book was a bit rough for me. It didn't grab my attention the way I wished it would, and there were a number of cliche characters, and insta-love (which I DO see as stemming from a vision she has, but I'm not really a fan of insta-love in general). However, once we got past that, and things started to pick up, I was quite interested.

I liked the fact that while Sophie had an "in" with the Hollywood scene, that she didn't want it (don't be fooled by the cover, it's just one little part of the book).

Also in the plus category, Sophie had parents who were a big part of her life. They had high expectations, and paid attention to what she was up to. Nate's parents -- not so much.

Just be aware that this book doesn't cover the whole story. There's definitely more to come.

4/5 stars

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