Secret of the Sevens
by Lynn Lindquist
Release Date: 06/2015
Rating 5 stars (4.6)
Summary from Goodreads:
Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes.
Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past. He's too focused on his future and the fact that he'll be homeless after he graduates in May. To take his mind off it, he accepts a mysterious invitation to join a group calling itself the Sevens. He expects pranks, parties, and perks. Instead, he finds himself neck-deep in a conspiracy involving secret passages and cryptic riddles about the school's history. Even worse, he's now tangled in web of lies someone will kill to keep hidden.
Wow. This was a pleasant surprise of a story. From the summary you expect a kind of party book with a little revelations in it. The characters, oh my goodness, are so welll thought out. The story is complex and strong. There are twists and turns throughout.
Talan and Laney are invited to become Sevens. As the follow clues they learn who the other members are as well as the greater purpose behind the Seven being resurrected. Right from the beginning the Sevens are in danger of being expelled but as they get close to the end it turns to mortal danger.
This is a Y.A. murder mystery with a splash of romance. A story about righting wrongs, redemption, and understanding. From the characters to the plot, it was a joy to read. Talan has been label as a troublemaker mostly his pranks and the heartbreak of the ladies. He never wants to be close to anyone. Laney is the goodie-goody. She seems to have the perfect life but just like Talan there's more beneath the surface.
I like both characters. There were teenagers while not having the usually dumb ass immature personality some Y.A. books give there characters. You know, the whining female and the hard head alpha male.These characters are right one point. They are not childish but they don't act too grown either. They are broken kids who school and classmates have become their family.
There were some things that I knew ahead of time regarding Laney's family and two twist that I didn't get. One of those involves Laney family, the other involves Kane. You'll find out who Kane is early on in the novel. The clues in this novel are very clever, indeed. Are you? It's been awhile that a book has grabbed my attention like this. Well done Ms. Linquist! So you know what that means right ? This needs to go on the #1 spot of your tbr list.
About the Author
Lynn Lindquist lives in a suburb of Chicago with two overly-social sons and a mutt named Slugger who wisely hides under the bed most days. The hordes of teenagers that regularly frequent her house (think Panama City Beach during spring break) provide fodder for her young adult novels and growing anxiety disorder. Ever since her sons broke the Guinness Record for Largest-Rager-Thrown-While-a-Parent-Was-Out-for-the-Night, she enjoys spending her free time at home entertaining friends, cooking, reading, and writing. Thankfully, her favorite things in life are her sons, words, and kids, so she wouldn’t have it any other way.
She is represented by Katherine Boyle at Veritas Literary Agency.
*This is an ARC review
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