Title: The Year of the Great Seventh
Author: Teresa Orts
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 23, 2013)
Length: 308 pages
*received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review
Description from 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.
The year of the Great Seventh is the debut novel for author Teresa Orts. This is a story of good girl and popular boy falling for each other, supernatural activities ensue, and the two must fight to not only stay together, but stay alive. Many young adult books follow this pattern, but They Year of the Great Seventh has a little something extra. Supernatural has been done, but Teresa Orts taps into the much ignored and overlooked world of Egyptian "prophecy". It was nice to read about something other than your typical werewolf, witch, or Greek myth. Another thing is the instant attraction between Sophie and Nate. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Luckily this is one of the times it does. Add in the unique quality, the mystery, the romance, and strategically placed one liners and you have a good debut from a promising new author. That said, the book is a little hard to get into at first. The way the characters talk and interact with each in the beginning is a little static and cliché. However, as the book continues a better "writing groove" is developed and it is quite enjoyable. In the end the good far outweighs the bad. I look forward to reading the next book in this series and anything else Ms. Orts might put out. I give this book a 3 STAR rating!