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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Book Review: The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts

Title: The Year of the Great Seventh

Author: Teresa Orts

Publisher: Drayton Press

Publication Date: June, 2013

Softcover: 310 Pages

Stand Alone or Series: Series–this is the first installment in a series.

How I got this book: Galley from the author.

Why I chose this book: I liked the idea of a survival/high school prophecy plot.  Though a plot like this has a lot of changes to be overdone, it has a lot of potential to be great.

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.


I almost put this book down and stopped when started reading it.  It had a very slow buildup, and I was worried the book would not actually get to any of the main plot that is supposed to encompass the entire story.  I trudged on, and suddenly action started occurring.  Though the beginning had me bored, it did give me a chance to get to know the protagonist, Sophie, well, as well as some other characters involved.

Once the action started happening, this book was hard to put down.  And sat and read to the end with few breaks so I could find out just what happens.  And my favorite parts of the books (besides the romance) were the Egyptian folklore that is weaved in with the story.  It’s all really fascinating to read about.

Overall, I would say this book was okay.  It’s serious downfall was it’s slow start.  Otherwise, this book had some great story-lines and enticing action.