A Book Review: Order of Seven by Beth Teliho

order of sevenI love Young Adult books. There is something about how quickly it gets in to the story, and how emotionally invested the characters are, that grabs me.

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is no exception.

I cracked this book open (ok turned on my Kindle) about 9pm on a Tuesday night. At 2am I was still wide awake, and still reading.

From the first word, I was sucked into the dream of Devi, she and her brother Nodin are the center of what became the story that sucked me in and haunted my days.

Beth wastes no time getting into the story, she weaves the history of this brother and sister into the present day story, seamlessly. By the time you reach Chapter 2 you feel like you know Devi and Nodin, but it is only the beginning, and you have no idea what’s coming!

It is so hard to tell you why this story is so gripping without giving it all away…what can I say….okay, you learn right away that Nodin has paranormal abilities and was sent to a special center to learn how to deal with his intuitive gift of empathy.

You also learn that he has two very good friends he met there that are coming to visit for a very special reason….

And then there’s the tree. Devi has a tree that she is so connected to, it calls her. But what happens when she goes to her tree is beyond understanding.

Can you just trust me and read this book? The story unfolds into an amazing tale that is so unpredictable it feels wrong to share anymore of it with you here.

 

Go buy it on Amazon, because you need to read this book. Calling it a page-turner is an understatement. It is a keep you up all night, make you think about it for days after you finish, gripping, completely unique, imaginative tale.
Order of Seven is available at Amazon in paperback or on Kindle, go get it.

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order of sevenBETH TELIHO is a writer, artist and tree hugger who lives in Texas with her husband and two

adventurous sons. Restless in the mundane, she writes about the abnormal, paranormal and otherwise

fantastical because that’s what quickens her heartbeat. She laughs at inappropriate jokes, and prefers

spicy food and margaritas to almost anything. One day, she hopes to live in a treehouse, where she can

be an eccentric introvert with at least seven cats.

 

Blog: www.bethteliho.me

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Twitterverse: @beth_teliho

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I just can’t read one more stinking page! Best Books of 2014

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Phew…. at least I got that off my chest.

Once upon a time – before kid – before marriage – before my eyes were opened to the reality of other people needing me. Ugh. I used to devour one “meaningful” book after another. My brain knew no bounds, I just sucked it all in, and even retained some of it.

Enter grownupedness.

I try to read something that will resuscitate my brain cells at least every other month…. maybe? Well. I try.

This week it occurred to me that I actually have a “meaningful” book threshold.

My favorite librarian recommended I read this new book called The Martian by Andy Weir . I treasure her recommendations, so she stuck me on the list to get the book when she was done.

Meanwhile, I had to wait. I had just started reading The Blood of Olympus, because I am hooked on the whole Heroes of Olympus saga.

I thought that would hold me over, unfortunately, I finished that one in 3 days. So I waited….then I looked at some things I had sampled on my Kindle and decided to try reading Isaac Asimov Foundation, it was really good. I always notice that when I read a book that is truly written well, my vocabulary and general intelligence gets a boost. Thanks Isaac.

And then I got the call that The Martian: A Novel
was in.  I was all ready for it. My brain was prepped to think, and I dove in.

It was definitely better than I expected. I mean it was about a guy who gets stranded on Mars during a manned mission. How exciting can that be? There are no actual Martians in it. I was definitely interested when a character with my general likes (disco and 70’s television) was introduced, and I found the main characters dry humor engaging.

And then it happened.

One day, I didn’t care anymore. More than 3/4 of the way through the book I got tired. So tired. I was tired of reading about his MacGyver type science, his annoyances with the people on Earth, the dirt…. So I closed the book. I closed it and decided that I didn’t care anymore.

I don’t care if he makes it, if he dies, if he fixes the oxygenator so that he can make the 3200km trek across Mars’ surface to Schiaperrelli. (read it if you care because I don’t)

I just…don’t….care.  So, apparently my intelligent book threshold, is one and a three-quarters. There you have it. But give me some good old chick-lit or young adult fiction and I will rip through it and say “thank you sir, may I have another?”

Now I haven’t had a lot of time to read this year, what with learning to code and blogging and mommying and blah blah blah….And so, without further ado, here is my list:

 

The Best Books of 2014 (disclaimer: I read these in 2014 or late 2013, that’s not when they were published necessarily)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)
and OMG it’s on sale for Kindle, so RUN AND GET IT! Loved it so much I read the whole series one after another.
Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles)
Cress (The Lunar Chronicles)

Another new Young Adult series that hooked me and SUCKED ME IN
Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy Book 1)
Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy Book 2)
Emerald Green (Ruby Red Trilogy Book 3)

If you haven’t read any of the Percy Jackson or Heroes of Olympus series, WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU??? Go now, you can thank me later!
The Blood of Olympus (The Heros of Olympus, Book 5)

Technically this is juvenile fiction. I don’t think so. This story is an amazingly inventive retelling of a mixture of Grimm stories that will keep you up all night reading!
A Tale Dark and Grimm (A Tale Dark & Grimm Book 1)

I did read one grown-up book that everyone must read!! It was intelligent, funny and super suspenseful. Really unlike anything I have ever read before.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

Another really unique mix of Young Adult and Sci-Fi, it was recommended to me by the adult librarian when I thought I should start reading grown-up books. I got a laugh out of that!
A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy Book 1)

 

What was your favorite book of 2014?

 

Take a break between Christmas and New Years and grab one of these books and snuggle down by the fire!!! And if you don’t have a fireplace, try this.