Author: Teresa Orts
Publisher: Drayton Press
Part of a Series: The Year of the Great Seventh
Type of book: Curses, mysteries, ancient Egypt, New York, dreams, Hollywood, 2000s, genetics, hints, puzzles
Year it was published: 2013
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.
Sophie herself is an interesting character; she lives in Los Angeles, goes to a high school where a lot of her friends are actors in Hollywood movies, yet she is not interested in Hollywood and thinks of it as a nightmare. She enjoys history and wants to go to a New York University to get away from the superficial world. Nate is a bit of a bad boy who seemed to have been dealt a double-edged sword and in beginning they seem to have a sort of Edward-Bella relationship going on, although I promise its not boring. There are other characters such as Sophie's friends, her family members and Nate's family, and they do play roles in the story, although not as big as Sophie and Nate.
Love conquers all
This is written in first person narrative completely from Sophie's point of view. I felt that it took a little too long to get going, but once it does get going, in particular in New York, the scenes really shine. She does leave a lot of loose ends in the story, and the ending is amazing by the way, and personally for me, a lot of things seemed to happen a bit randomly, at least in relating to Nate's cousin. I would have liked to know more about the curse and what happened and why it happened the way it did. Also, I am curious about the links between Sophie and Nate and certain lovers in Egypt.
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I did enjoy reading this book, and it did have hallmarks of me enjoying it, but I have to admit that a few things did prevent me from giving it five stars: one is that the style its written in is reminiscent of Twilight, and unfortunately I wasn't a big fan of Twilight. The female character, although she was intelligent and a problem-solver and also a historian (I majored in history,) reminded me of Bella because both of them seemed to be giving up on their dreams for their loves. The good part is that the male hero shares very little with Edward Cullen; he doesn't watch over her while she sleeps nor does he sneak into her room. He is actually respectful of her and encourages her to pursue her dreams of attending a university of New York. The style its written in is more of young adult rather than adult, by the way, which is something that threw me off for a little bit.
Quick notes: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read and review the book.
4 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)