Friday, July 16, 2010

The Seven Rays be Jessica Bendinger

The Seven RaysTitle: The Seven Rays
Author: Jessica Bendinger
Published: November 2009 by Simon and Schuster
Pages: 330
ISBN: 9781416938392
Source: traded for ARC

Description: 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?

I Give This ...

I wanted so badly to like this book.  The idea sounds interesting, but the book fails on so many levels.  I don't think Beth dealt with her new visions in a believable manner.  And some of the events are just way to far off the charts.  Orgasmic ipod listening sessions and toilet humor are just two of the things you will be treated too.  And, I think the worst thing was learning that Beth would be required to have 7 children by 7 different fathers to fulfill her duty as the 7th Ray.  I'm not ok with that in a teen book no matter what she is.  So in the end, this book was just way too weird, which is a let down because I think think the idea of the seven rays would make an interesting story.  Just not like this....

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