Title: The Year of the Great Seventh
Author: Teresa Orts
Publisher: Drayton Press
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 0 cubes of sugar (DNF)
Release Date: July 6, 2013
Purchase: Amazon | Indiebound
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.
I had really hoped I could get into this one, but in the end I just couldn’t do it. I literally had to put the book down several times and think “What did I just read??” and I only managed to read less than half the book.
Characters are obviously a huge part of books and I just couldn’t relate these characters. From the beginning they just rubbed me the wrong way. The main character, Sophie, is supposed to be the “brainy” one of her group of actress friends. I say brainy because she talks about being a history buff, but I never saw that come into play. She’s supposed to be worrying about her future and applying to colleges, instead she gets embroiled in this awkward “relationship” with a guy she’s only ever admired from afar.
It was so rushed, she goes from “oh, he’s really cute” to “omgwhydoesn’thelikeme??!?” In a very short amount of time. When she gets groped at a party Nate, aforementioned GQ model-esque love interest, flies off the handle (why??) and beats the living snot out of the guy. This is apparently grounds for getting all moony and worried over him and Sophie repeatedly tries to talk to him about it. When she does finally get him to talk he essentially tells her she’s weird and they shouldn’t be seen together. Ever. Que downward spiral into depression. There’s even a point here where she waxes poetic about how she didn’t realize how motivational seeing him at school was for getting up in the morning. Girl! Geez Louise! You’ve talked to him for maybe a total of 20 minutes, this reaction is rather dramatic. They have one of run-in with each other at the movies that ends with him smashing a car window with his arm. So the obvious thing to do is to give the guy with anger issues and elbows of steel a ride home, right? Right. I felt like Sophie spent a lot of time trying to fabricate a relationship with Nate, grasping at air for any way to be around him. Way too desperate.
I can’t say much abut the settings as, appart from Nate’s house, there was little description that my mind could create from.
I’m still tring to figure out why this book has such high ratings on Goodreads. I’m truly baffled. I’m usually pretty forgiving when it comes to errors and quick fixes in books, but this one had my fingers itching for my red pen. Maybe I’ll trying picking it up again later, apparently the second half of the book is where it picks up, but I’m so unsatisfied with the beginning that it may be a hard sell.