Author: Teresa Orts
Published by: CreateSpace
Publication date: 6th July 2013
Genres: Young Adult/Greek mythology/Romance
Source: Review copy from the author.
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Sophie is an average girl from LA. Constantly surrounded by her actress friends and a-list parties, all she cares about is achieving A grades and a scholarship to NYU. She leads a simple life...until she meets gorgeous but mysterious Nate Werner. Sophie's friends (Emma, Chase, Tyson and Megan) are creeped out by Nate and don't understand why there is such a deep connection between them. With spooky Egyptian prophecies, curses and Cleopatra's secrets, Sophie and Nate are brought together in a way that neither of them can understand until they are forced on a New York adventure in a race against time. It's a matter of life or death.
The main protagonists, Sophie and Nate are like a modern day Romeo and Juliet. Or Harry and Voldemort (worst comparison ever but there you go.) For one to live, the other must die. I fell in love with them and I would just like to say I am #TeamNate. :D
I didn't really like Sophie's friends - Emma, Megan, Tyler and Chase. They seemed a bit distant and I didn't know much about them. The only times they were in the book didn't give me a very good impression of them. Maybe if they had appeared more in the book, I would have liked them more?
Don't be fooled by the cover, showing an image of a movie premiere. That only happened once and that was at the start of the book. It makes me wonder if that particular image was chosen to glamourise the book and make it more appealing to readers, which makes me a bit sad. I am not a huge fan of the cover, but you know what they say - don't judge a book by its cover. Read it anyway!
'The Year of the Great Seventh' is refreshingly different and I can't believe it is the writer's debut novel! I was blown away with this original tale. It's really hard to pin it down to a specific genre as it includes romance, Egyptian history, horror and there is certainly a lot of mystery. Personally I am not a fan of historical novels but this was an exception, perhaps because it also includes two of my favourite genres (romance and contemporary.) Plus I usually love anything set in LA as anyone who knows me will know that I am desperate to go there.
Orts has created a delicate world, which weaves Hollywood glamour, the city that never sleeps and Egyptian history together. In fact, I'll go as far to say that Teresa Orts could be the next J.K Rowling - seriously!
Altogether, this is a truly remarkable read and I loved how Orts weaved Egyptian mythology into the story. Some parts really tugged at my heartstrings, especially the bit towards the end (people who have read this will definitely know what I'm talking about.) The realism and emotion in this novel was astounding. I have to say that when I first started reading this, it took me ages to get into it, but once I did....WOW. I was extremely impressed with this enriching novel and it was like the book suddenly turned into a magnet - I couldn't put it down!
Even now - the day after finishing the book - I am still thinking about it. It annoyed me that the book ended on a cliffhanger, but now I am desperate to read the next book in the series (yes, there is a next book, thank god.) With richly detailed chapters and multiple genres tied into the book, this novel will leave you in awe with Orts' beautiful writing and incredible story-telling ability.