Sunday, 14 July 2013

Year of the Great Seventh - Teresa Orts


Year of the Great Seventh - Teresa Orts @ Twitter
ISBN - 9780988968400
Publisher - Drayton Press
Release date - July 6th 2013
Find - Book Depository/Goodreads

'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.' - Goodreads

When Teresa contacted me asking if I would like to review Year of the Great Seventh I jumped at the chance as having read the synopsis it sounded like the (almost) perfect book for me. I wasn't disappointed! I love mythology, especially Egyptian mythology - along with Norse myths it's my favorite - and a YA novel that was paranormal/supernatural in genre but didn't have vampires, werewolves or fairies intrigued me.

Sophie is your average high school student, with a casting agent for a mother and a history professor for a father, who rather than get caught up in the celebrity lifestyle wants to follow in her father's footsteps and loves history. Nate is the good looking popular boy, the one who Sophie thinks would never be interested in a girl like her, the one who would be more interested in her girlfriends who both work as actresses when not at school. One day though, the impossible happens and Sophie catches Nate staring at her but before she can turn away something strange happens and she sees what can only be described as a vision, of a row of stone coffins engraved with strange symbols. Little do they know but life is about to become a roller coaster for both of them.

Strangely drawn to each other but at first without knowing why, Sophie and Nate battle to be together, especially after Nate inexplicably beats a boy so badly he needs hospital treatment when he mistreats Sophie. You begin to wonder why Sophie would want to be with someone who has anger problems and whether this is going to be a severe case of insta-love. Thankfully it's not, it's all part of this Egyptian prophecy and Nate reveals he is the latest member of his family to be afflicted by a curse meaning that he will gradually go insane, becoming more and more violent, maybe even ending up in an institution before killing himself - or someone else. Pursued across the country from Los Angeles to New York this story is about the race to save Nate's life and stop him destroying Sophie's. At first Nate pushes her away, especially after the violent incidents that occur but Sophie is persistent and doesn't give up easily, because of this Nate accepts that Sophie might be his only chance at survival.

I have to say the 'bad guy' of the story surprised me, when this character first popped up I though they couldn't possibly be an important part of the story given his connection to Nate (which I shan't divulge here, you'll need to find that out for yourself) and given the extremely casual way in which he was introduced. It was only later in the book that I was metaphorically smacking myself and thinking it should have been obvious! I was unsure about both of our main characters at the start, they both seemed quite stilted in their dialogue and I was worried that Sophie was going to be one of those YA heroines - insipid, characterless and a pushover - but she surprised me with her strength, persistence and determination not to give up on Nate. She also stayed grounded and focused on school & her future, even when going against her mother's wishes she still went to visit the school of her dreams and meet with an old friend of her father's, a fellow history professor. I did find it strange that neither of her parents checked in with her considering that her father sent her off across the US on her own without her mother knowing, you would have thought that at least he would have been phoning her regularly to make sure she was alright. This seems to be a common problem with parents in YA novels though so possibly just me being picky, pretty sure if that was my parents I would have been receiving phone calls every five minutes!

Overall a near perfect blend of mystery, mythology and romance, Year of the Great Seventh kept me turning the pages and unable to put the book down until it was finished. It was such a refreshing change and I loved the clues interspersed throughout the book, I even found myself googling bits of mythology to refresh my memory! My only complaint is that I now have a long wait until the next instalment of the series is available, especially as Year of the Great Seventh finished on a humdinger of a cliffhanger...

Huge thanks to Teresa for providing me with a copy of the book!

Don't forget to check back on July 29th when it's my stop on the blog tour for YotGS where you can solve clues yourself to win your own copy of the book!

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July 18, 2013               Reading Away the Days
July 19, 2013               Book Mark Belles
July 20, 2013               Le Vanity Victorienne
July 21, 2013               The Maniacal Bookworm
July 22, 2013               Book - Marks the Spot
July 23, 2013               Digesting the Words
July 24, 2013               Butterfly Feet Walking on Books
July 25, 2013               Book Divas
July 26, 2013               Nawanda Files
July 27, 2013               Coffee, Books and Me
July 28, 2013               The Dust Jacket
July 29, 2013               The Bookish Outsider
July 30, 2013               Just a Book Lover
August 1, 2013            So Many Books, So Little Time
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