Order of Seven by Beth Teliho
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Bonus for real magic!
I finished this book several days ago. I had a lot of other things on my plate, full-time work and full-time school and the Tominator and Dream Girl who require care and feeding, and it had been an enjoyable read, so I gave it three stars for being a good companion for a day or two, and moved on to other things.
It stuck with me a little, though. This is not a high-action, high-tension book, but it still pulled me in and kept me turning the pages. At one point I found myself thinking, wow, this is a little young, until I remembered that it’s a YA book and it’s supposed to be “young.” Nice little budding romance, and I must say, the descriptions of Baron had me feeling like a dirty old woman at times. I enjoyed that.
Mostly, I would like to thank Ms. Teliho for writing a YA book without all the supernatural crap that plagues bookshelves these days. Nary a vampire or a werewolf or a zombie in sight. What we have instead is the supranatural, genuine metaphysics, including energy channeling and shaping, a bit of Reiki, auras, visions, prophecy, ancient civilizations, cool gods, and a wee bit of saving the planet, all with a positive bent and no gore. I don’t mind gore where gore belongs, but this was refreshing.
So, for real magic and one of the best covers I’ve seen in a while, I’m revising upward to four stars.