Oh my word, this book. So incredible. I can't get over how strong the author's voice is. From the very first page of this book you can't help but fall in love with Talan, a young man who uses inappropriate humor and levity to mask a very deep hurt and longstanding fear of abandonment. I think what I loved so much about this character is his depth even though it would appear there isn't much to Talan at first. This multi-dimensional character alone makes the story worth the read, but then Lindquist throws in a plot that is both compelling and original in nature.
I'm a huge fan of the movie Skulls, and The Sevens reminded me of the excitement and intrigue of these secret societies, but what makes this situation different are the clues leading to an unsolved murder that must be uncovered by Talan and Laney. The stakes for not revealing these secrets of the past are just too horrific to contemplate, which is why the dang book is so engrossing.
Laney has cared about Talan for years, and their budding relationship and obvious chemistry add an extra element of suspense, tension and dimension to their characters and the plot as a whole. Talan's vulnerability and protectiveness where Laney is concerned is simply yummy, and Laney's fierce attitude and razor sharp wit adds to the wonderful give and take of their relationship. Do I love the characters? Absolutely. Do I love the story? Yeah. Pretty much. Should this be made into a movie? I will cry if the movie gods above do not pick up on my very loud, very obnoxious pleas on this books behalf.
I have to stop now otherwise the rest of this review will be filled with nothing but spoilers.
This fast-paced mystery is unputdownable. Fabulous romance, suspenseful subject matter, and danger lurking around every turn of the page. I highly recommend it to every single person I know and then some.
I gave it five cherry blossoms!