Release Date: July 6, 2013
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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 a YA tale with exciting Egyptian twists. It was absolutely nothing like I expected it to be and I think you should prepare yourself for a shock because this book uses the Egyptian myths wonderfully to make it stand out and excite you.
Sophie is an ordinary girl with a simple life living in L.A and attending a high school full of Hollywood-hopefuls. Until she gets tangled with Nate Werner. The two slowly fall for each other and Nate lets Sophie in on his secret. He is cursed. It's a curse that is passed down to the youngest in the bloodline when the eldest dies. Sophie is determined to help Nate and find a cure. Their search leads them to New York where they must rush against the clock before Nate runs out of time and his curse takes over completely.
I didn't know what to expect at first because the book started off completely normal and I didn't see how Orts could incorporate the Egyptian aspects into the story. But she did do so magnificently and I was kept interested and very intrigued on what could happen next at the end of every chapter. The romance and the mystery blended well and added to the excitement and entertainment aspects of the story.
Sophie is your typical down-to-earth girl with her own flaws and quirks. She was sometimes annoying and whiny, but I put up with it and focused on the story. Her relationship with Nate was a bit unsteady at first, but once both of them learn more about each other they establish a close friendship. I was cheering from the sidelines, "KISSKISSKISSKISS!" Nate is pretty cool. I liked his protective and complicated personality, it added a lot more mystery to the story. He had his moments, but overall I loved him.
The Year of the Great Seventh is a thoroughly interesting novel with plenty of Egyptian quirks and charm. If there is a chance for a sequel in the future I would happily read it!
A review copy was provided by the author