This is quite possibly the most cantankerous book review you will read today.
There are several reasons why I should not review this book for you at all.
I do not read much contemporary fiction. It is not my first choice when I want to crack open a book. I am also not a big fan of the YA genre. I am no longer a young adult and the subject matter doesn’t grab me. I read a lot of non-fiction and often return to the “old dead white guys” canon of literature from my high school and college days.
I know, I know – you’re wondering which rock over there in the pile is the one I call home. Maybe I’m just an old soul with my head stuck in tradition.
But in my area of the blogosphere there was much scuttlebutt about the upcoming release of Beth Teliho’s Order of Seven. I needed to see what was causing all the noise.
Let me say this: it broke through a few boundaries for me.
I found myself sneaking in short bursts of reading when I had a few minutes. This was no easy task since I read the entire thing on my phone. Yes, my phone. I am one of those people who refuses to cave to the e-reader. I like a book. But if I wanted a sneak peek at Order of Seven, it was e-reader or bust. It was worth the effort and the drain on my phone charge.
I read many books at the same time. I switch from one to another depending on various circumstances. Beth’s book grabbed my attention right away and held it; the rest of my reading pile sat on hold. This book is edge-of-your-seat reading, even in the quiet moments.
Beth’s use of foreshadowing and symbolism is superb. Connections between characters, places, and events are subtle and magnificent. The story threads are woven one at a time in a precise manner until the reader finally beholds the completed tapestry. Readers who suspected what the final picture would be are happily rewarded; those who did not are delightfully surprised.
There is a particular feature of the book that I appreciate a great deal. Beth addresses the intimate attraction between two characters without adding gratuitous sex scenes. I respect that. It is easy to toss a steamy sex scene into a book or a film. It requires more skill and talent to suggest it and let the reader draw their own conclusion. Consider the films of the 1950s, for example. You knew what the characters were going to do after that kiss, but you didn’t need to watch it to understand. Beth acknowledges the sexuality of these two young adults without resorting immediately to sex.
If there is any one thing I felt was lacking, it would be more detail and development of some of the characters we meet later in the book. These minor characters are all identified, but I found myself wanting to know more about them. I wanted to know them as well as we know Devi and Baron and Nodin and Ben. My suspicion? Perhaps these details remain vague so there is room for greater exploration in a continuation of the story…
Beth Teliho’s Order of Seven was a fascinating and gripping read. It is thoughtful, intelligent, and classy. The story is about secrets and mysteries, discovery and imagination. Grab a copy today and enter the intriguing world revealed in Order of Seven.
BETH 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.
Order of Seven is available on Amazon for pre-order by clicking HERE.
Visit the author at her website: www.bethteliho.me