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

The Year of the Great Seventh
Teresa Orts
Genre: YA Paranormal
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 confess I thought this was about a famous teenage actor who happened to go to school at the main character's high school and that he was a harboring some sort of paranormal secret that he and the MC would embark on a journey together.

But I was wrong. Here is where the phrase don't judge a book by its cover comes into play. Hollywood had little to do with this story.

I want to like you very much, The Year of the Great Seventh but your execution and development made me pause in my steps. In actuality, you get only 2.5 apples. 

I had Twilight alarm bells ringing during parts of this book, i.e. when Sophie mentioned about her addiction of Nate; always mentioning how beautiful Nate was; the bit when you were on tour and Sophie observed "No guy ever spoke to me at school, and all of a sudden I was the most interesting girl on the NYU campus",  and; the bit when the guy became central in Sophie's life.

The mystery, running around New York and the various references to Egyptian mythology gave me a sort of enjoyment that had me reading to the end even if I was snorting in disbelief in some parts. For example, when the girl realized that she could just use the internet to research. I guess she wasn't as smart she was supposed to be.

It wasn't until the last part when the action revved up and everything came to a head and the random cousin came to be a part of everything.

Curiouser and curiouser, that ending, blood symbol on the windshield, makes me eager to read the second book.
Ayanami Faerudo

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