THE SEVENTH SUN BY LANI FORBES
Expected Publication: February 18th, 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Fiction
A copy was given to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I honestly don’t know how to start this review. In fact, I’m not even sure if my brain is working right now because guess what? I stayed until 5 AM to finish this book. I wanted to finish it so badly that I couldn’t even wait for another day.
To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for this. Sure, the premise sounded exciting. It’s not every day that you stumble upon a fantasy book based on the Aztec and Mayan legends. But the human sacrifice aspect of the plot reminded me of Gravemaidens and that was, unfortunately, a bit disappointing.
However, a few chapters in and I was hooked.
I’m not sure if it’s the plot, Ahkin (I have a weak spot for princes), or the writing but it was the type of book that I really wanted to finish fast. It was interesting and intriguing enough that I didn’t want to put it down. And when I got to the conflict, I wanted to finish it even faster. It was like removing band-aid on a wound. You know it’s painful but also inevitable so you just have to go through it as quickly as possible.
What I really liked about this book is the romance. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a huge shipper. When I like a couple, I don’t mind if they have too many sweet moments. In fact, the longer it is, the happier my heart will be. I really shipped Mayana and Ahkin so I was quite happy that they had so many moments together. Technically, it was a whirlwind romance that happened in a few days. But I know that there was a time constraint so I didn’t have a problem with it. Besides, it felt like they’ve known each other forever.
Another thing I liked about this book is how it was unpredictable. The reason the sun was fading was unexpected and not something I even considered. I also liked how Lani incorporated magical elements into the story and didn’t just base everything from Aztec and Mayan history and rituals. It made things a lot more interesting.
The only minor problem I had with this book is the names. I have no idea how to pronounce them. Atl, Yaotl, Ehecatl… Please, can someone enlighten me? 😂
The ending definitely hints at a second book but it is not the kind of cliffhanger that’s infuriating. It was satisfying but at the same time, it makes you want more. I am really excited about what’s in store for this series. Based on what happened in the last chapter, it will get even more interesting.
You always think that knowledge gives you power, but you will never learn enough to feel ready.
Beauty eventually fades for everyone. The spirit is what lasts forever
Your heart is yours. You control it, not the other way around.
I believe that if you ignore the heart for too long, when it finally does grab your attention, it often screams and demands that you listen.
Just because others may treat you poorly, it never gives you the right to treat them poorly in return.
You are so ready to believe you are not enough … No one can convince you that you are, aside from yourself.
Just because you wish something wasn’t true, doesn’t mean it isn’t.
About the Author
Lani Forbes is the daughter of a librarian and an ex-drug smuggling surfer, which explains her passionate love of the ocean and books. A California native whose parents live in Mexico, she now resides in the Pacific Northwest where she stubbornly wears flip flops no matter how cold it gets. She teaches middle school math and science and proudly calls herself a nerd and Gryffindor. She is also an award-winning member of Romance Writers of America and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
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