Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Seven Rays

The Seven Rays
by Jessica Bendinger

Beth has never been popular, but as long as she's got her brains, her best friend, and her mom, she's ok.  However, she suddenly goes from being an unpopular geek to complete freak when she starts seeing dots around people and those dots become insights into people's secrets if Beth touches the person.

Now she sees images of past and current events, feelings, and relationships.  She can tell when people are lying, who they are lying to, and how it makes both people feel.  She also sees the evil shadows that surround people, as well as their personal demons.

As things start happening to her, cards start arriving that seem to understand more about her powers than she does.  The first to arrive is "You are more than you think you are."  And the rest explain all that she sees.

Unfortunately, the cards come after she sees things attacking her; things no one else can see.  And now the whole world thinks she's insane.

Luckily, she's found a boy who seems to be bonded with her and gets that she's not crazy.

Can they find the truth before it's too late?

Final thoughts: I'm torn about this one.  It was a clean read.  I got through it quickly.  However, it was filled with plot holes that didn't bother me at first, but are bugging me hours later.  There are just too many confusing things and plot devices that are dropped in and then never fully explained.  The author has an interesting idea, but she can't quite get it right in the execution of it.  It also appears to be the first in a series, if the last couple of chapters mean anything, so I hope the author gets better (and maybe a better editor to help her out) and explains the many things that confused in the first.

Rating: 2/5

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