YA Paranormal Romance / Suspense
Released Jan. 23rd / Evernight Teen / 69.5k
Sixteen year old Mimi Alston has company. No less than three ghosts follow her around, and only she can see them. At her last school, she was known as the girl with imaginary friends. Now Mimi’s starting fresh in a new town, where she’s determined to make some real friends and fit in for once. She’s ready for a normal life...except Mimi never counted on her fascination with troubled goth-boy, Drew.
When she’s invited to join the elite Gifted Program, Mimi discovers she’s not the only one at the school with an unusual talent. Maybe being normal isn’t even an option anymore.
After years of believing she is having full blown hallucinations, Mimi is accepted into the gifted program at Etherall Valley Prep. She meets six other students with unusual abilities and realizes she is actually a Necromancer, someone who can summon and communicate with the dead.
Once she has settled into her new life, she feels re-born, in a sense. She is able to be a "normal" teenager with the other gifted students. One student, Drew, seems connected to her in a way she never thought possible.
The Seventh tells a story of coming of age with more than a few difficulties. Imagine the relief of living your life out from underneath a cloud of the mental illness you almost convinced yourself you had. Mimi feels as if she can breathe for the first time, she can live and love as the person she was always intended to be.
Knowing this is a book intended for teenage readers, I enjoyed a little of the teenage drama that befalls Mimi as her feelings for Drew begin to develop. Drew has his own problems coming to terms with the new feelings he has regarding Mimi. The story evolves in several stages once a little of the angst is out of the way. I really felt great compassion for all the gifted as the details of their individual troubled past were revealed.
I don't want to give any spoilers, but I will say I was very pleased with the way the story climax was written. I did shed a few tears, but Wasley gave me a version of an ending I was hoping for.
This could easily be the beginning of a great series. I would recommend it to fans of Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers series or Gena Showalter's Intertwined series.
Thank you to S.D. Wasley, Evernight Teen, and Bridging the Gap Promotions for gifting me with a copy of The Seventh in exchange for an honest review.
S.D. Wasley was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia.
She has been composing literary works since before she could write – at five years of age she announced her first poem in the kitchen, improv-style. Today, she lives in the Swan Valley wine region with her two daughters, surrounded by dogs, cats and chickens.
The Seventh is S.D. Wasley’s debut novel.