Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts

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.

Entering her Junior year at high school, Sophie is excited to see her friends but the celebrity culture that is so highly over-rated isn't for her.  The cutest boy in school, Nate Werner, and Sophie keep finding themselves bumping into one another and it's making Nate angry.  

 Both of them keep getting visions of Egyptian mythology, unknown to one another.  This doesn't make any sense to the story line in the beginning.  Nate's actions toward Sophie, who has always had a crush on Nate, confuse her so she confronts him. 

When Nate finally explains his 'curse' to Sophie, at first she is empathetic.  But Sophie isn't the kind of person to take anything lying down.  She insists that they find a cure and this leads them on a new adventure, one that they won't ever forget.  

The mythology and history doesn't make sense at first, but as the story builds, it eventually all comes together.  Sophie and Nate are both strong protagonists and I really enjoyed how their story progressed.  The secondary characters were okay and added believability to many situations, but there was no one that really stood out from the others.  The writing is solid, the writing creative and clever, and the pages just flew by.  A must read this summer!

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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