Book Review: The Seven Rays

The Seven Rays by Jessica Bendinger

You are more than you think you are.

THAT IS THE ANONYMOUS MESSAGE that Beth Michaels receives right before she starts seeing things. Not just a slept-through my-alarm-clock, late-for-homeroom, haven’t had-my-caffeine-fix kind of seeing things. It all starts with some dots, annoying pink dots that pop up on and over her mom and her best friend’s face. But then things get out of control and Beth is seeing people’s pasts, their fears, their secrets, their desires. The images are coming at Beth in hi-def streaming video and she can’t stop it. Everyone thinks she’s crazy and she’s pretty sure she agrees with them. But crazy doesn’t explain the gold envelopes that have started arriving, containing seeing keys and mysterious tarot cards. To Beth, it all seems too weird to be true. You are more than you think you are? But here’s the thing: What if she is?

The creator of Bring it On, Jessica Bendiner, brings her teen savvy writing to this paranormal romance, The Seven Rays. 

*May contain some spoilers*

This book was a random find at the library. When I read the summary, I thought this book was gonna be great. Boy was I wrong. When I got home from the library, I did what I normally do with a new book and I looked it up on Goodreads. It had gotten a lot of bad reviews. That should have been my first clue. But I decided to give it a go because a lot of times I don’t trust other people’s reviews. Plus, I found out that the author also wrote the movie Bring it On. That was a hilarious movie, so I thought ” How bad could it be?”

It actually started out really good. If I don’t think a book is interesting, I have no shame with abandoning it and moving on. I really liked the main character though so I kept pressing on. She was hilarious and didn’t put up with anyone’s crap.

The first thing I didn’t like was the romance. It was a Disney-love-at-first-sight romance. She fell in love with this guy on the first day of meeting him. That’s also when they shared their first kiss. I hate when books portray these unrealistic relationships.

Another thing I didn’t like were the supporting characters. Beth’s “best friend” was a douche. Her love interest was very non-descript, and her mother was very secretive. I thought they would eventually explain the mother’s actions, but they never did.

This book was very weird. I didn’t mind it because I thought they’d eventually explain everything in the end, but again, they didn’t. This is what upset me the most. The ending. With all the build up, it was very anti-climatic. There were a lot of things left unexplained. There were a lot of loose ends. I thought that maybe the writer maybe left it this way to make room for a second book. I looked on Goodreads, but there was no mention of a second book. I tried to go to the book’s website but it was out of order. This book was published in 2009 and if there hasn’t been mention of a sequel by now, I highly doubt there is one.

Another thing I’d like to point out is the lewd humor. I didn’t have a problem with it, but others might. With all the sex talk in this book I don’t think that it should have been in the YA fiction section. Definitely should have been in adult fiction. There was minimal swearing though.

In summation, I give this book 2 stars. The only reason it gets 2 stars and not one is because I really liked it until the end. The ending best ruined the whole thing. I was very disappointed in this book. It could have been executed a lot better. I would NOT recommend this book to anyone. Unless of course you like disappointment, then by all means, go ahead and read it.


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