Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts

Title: The Year of the Great Seventh
Author: Teresa Orts

Publisher: Drayton Press

Published Date: July 6, 2013

Buy on Amazon: Paperback 

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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.
My Thoughts:

The Year of the Great Seventh, by Teresa Orts, is an exciting Young Adult novel with a bit of a paranormal theme thrown in.  The Year of the Great Seventh is the first book in the Tropic of Cancer series.  As a lover of all YAL, I can say that The Year of the Great Seventh has it all.  Romance, mystery, suspense, high school angst, witty dialouge, and touches of pop culture throughout.

The Year of the Great Seventh revolves around Sophie, a student at West Hollywood High who has dreams of moving to New York, going to college, and getting a job at the Metropolitan Museum.  Sophie is a lover of history, unlike her peers at school who eat, sleep, and dream about Hollywood.  Both of Sophie's best friends, Emma and Megan, are up and coming actresses.  In fact, in the beginning of the book Megan has landed a high profile role in a popular movie.  While she is happy for her friends, Sophie prefers to stay invisible at school.  That, however, all changes when Nate, one of West Hollywood High's rich and popular students, suddenly takes a notice in Sophie.  What happens next know one would have guessed.

The Year of the Great Seventh has an unexpected paranormal element to it when it comes to Nate.  Sophie realizes that something is off about Nate but he refuses to acknowledge her questions.  As the two grow closer, Nate admits that he has what doctors classify as a debilitating mental illness that has no cure.  However, as Sophie and Nate dig deeper into his illness in hopes of buying him time, they soon start to realize that something much more serious is going on.  They find themselves on an adventure researching ancient Egyptian history and a long ago prophecy.        

I definitely recommend Teresa Orts' The Year of the Great Seventh to all fiction, paranormal, romance, and YA lovers.  It has a great storyline that will keep your interest from the first page until the last.  I am very much looking forward to seeing what happens next for Sophie and Nate in Orts' second book in Topic of Cancer series.  If it is anything like The Year of the Great Seventh I know I will be on the edge of my seat the entire time! 

Teresa Orts
Teresa Orts has provided me with a complimentary copy of her book, The Year of the Great Seventh, for the purpose of review.

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