ARC REVIEW: Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist
Published June 2015 by Flux
YA > Contemporary | Mystery
arc via publisher
3 ★★★ 1/2
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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.
Secret of the Sevens is really a surprising read for me. There were some things that I wished happened in a a different way but overall, my feelings after reading this book is contentment. I enjoyed the whole reading experience and I would not complain if there’ll be more.
First thing that I surprisingly enjoyed is the main protagonist’s voice. I rarely read YA books that is in a male’s perspective. Not that I’m avoiding them (because I’m not) but because I rarely encounter them. And our main lead here, Talan, was kind of an ass (and he knows it!!) But he is also very funny and likeable and he can be so sweet and adorable. You can really see him growing through out the book that’s why you can’t help but root for him and his friends. Speaking of, did you ever read someone from a book and wished they can be real so that they can be your friend? I totally felt that towards Talan.
The romance was really not in the focus here but when it’s being highlighted, I actually found myself liking it very much. It was a bit unexpected and Talan and her love interest is not your usual match made in heaven kind of couple. But as I mentioned above, this book has a lot of surprises and it turns out, the romance is one of the best element in this book.
And of course, the mystery. The secret societies, puzzles, cryptic messages and sketchy people. It kept me invested and guessing most of the time. I’m such a sucker for old and haunting history so this book really caught my attention the whole time. Would I recommend Secret of the Sevens? Yes, I definitely do. A fun main protagonist, secrets and puzzles plus old and haunting set up. Secret of the Sevens is absolutely deserving of your time.
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.