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Written by Paige Agnew

July 28, 2010 at 2:16 am

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  1. author Paige Agnew’s novel gripped me from start to finish. i had to suspend my disbelief as i got caught up in this riveting story of what could happen to strangers when things suddenly go wrong and their lives intersect one another.

    i was amazed at how each character was fully developed and given distinct personalities. i also commend the way the author contrived situations that would inevitably lead one person to the other. this weaving of scenarios and meeting of minds so to speak were masterful strokes!

    i was a bit concerned with a couple of things though. the first one was how little attention was given to the reasons behind the strange social experiment. the motive was explained by the psycho responsible but i still found it inadequate to satiate my curiosity. the second one was the not so smooth transition from one scene to the next in some instances… nevertheless, there is still so much to love about this book and i highly recommend it to everyone even to advance middle grade readers and young adults. Paige Agnew is an author to watch!

    aobibliophile™

    October 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

  2. When I was approached about reviewing this book for the blog tour, I jumped at the chance. Having read Starless Sky, the author’s debut novel, I knew I couldn’t turn down another one from her. She is a young author who shows superb talent and I am happy to support her with reviews!

    Seven is a wonderfully written, well thought out book. There are many characters that you have to keep up with, yes, but with Ms. Agnew’s skilled writing style, you are never lost or confused. Each character, Cecelia and Tommy all the way to Jonathan, has their own personality, yet are the same in some way or the other. Each different, yet a piece of them are the same.

    Reading through each of their lives and struggles was a wonderful way to get to know them. I felt as if I was the “eighth” person in the bunch. I could relate to each one of them in some way or the other, be it through a struggle or an emotion, or simply because I fell in love with each one as a whole. I loved every minute of getting to know them.

    Reading this was an adventure. Just when you think things are all figured out, Ms. Agnew throws a twist like no other, and the reader is once again the heart of the story, following the lives of these 7 characters, waiting to see what happens, waiting and anticipating, and hungry for the end result!

    With flying 4 Books rating, and two thumbs up, this is a must read! Ms. Agnew’s talent will blow you away and her plots will suck you in. What are you waiting for? Grab a copy now! Her YA adult books are PERFECT for any age!

    Molly

    October 11, 2011 at 1:56 am

  3. Meet the characters, Cecelia, Tommy, Greg, Kale, Hazel, Kariann, and Jonathan…

    Although they are strangers, each person affects another in some way. In the end, these strangers all have one thing in common, and they are forced to uncover what that is…

    I personally enjoyed trying to uncover what these characters had in common, and why they were each selected to be part of this ‘social experiment’. Seven kept me in suspense throughout the novel, slowly revealing details and pieces of the puzzle.

    I also appreciate how the secondary characters played important roles in shaping the main characters. The detailed background stories of the main characters are realistic that describe relatable situations and issues that are present in society. Some of the heavy issues Paige Agnew incorporates in Seven include, alcoholism, love, abuse, and sacrifice. I believe that readers can take away many lessons learned that are presented by the characters through the challenges they overcome.

    Being an author at such a young age is definitely a wonderful accomplishment and I believe Paige Agnew should be commended for taking the step to publishing her own novel. I cannot wait to read more of the author’s work!

    I recommend Seven to those who enjoy Young Adult Fiction and Thrillers.

    4/5 – An Enjoyable Read, Well Written, Recommended

    Lucy

    October 6, 2011 at 10:07 pm

  4. Frankly speaking, I love how the book was written… At first, I thought the book would be boring because it would be difficult to relate to seven strangers and make them the center of the story. But I was proven wrong. Seven may not be the best book ever written, I was impressed with the young author. I read her “Starless Sky’ last year and liked it very much. Like her previous book, Agnew has an intense storyline, a little mystery, and suspense. The best part of all are the twists and turns of the story. I think the book is also is a psychology thriller, which is a genre that I like. I have to admit that I lost my interest at some points because of too much elaborating, and without it, the story would be just great. Nonetheless, you should not give up and keep reading it.

    The book has something promising and I was overwhelmed by it. Like I said earlier, the book maybe not the best ever written, but when a 17 years old teenager can write with great intensity and make a complicated story with a simple twist, there must be something cool about the author, and the book. Two thumbs up!

    Darlyn (Malaysia)

    October 5, 2011 at 11:12 pm

  5. I first met Paige Agnew as a writer when I read her first book, Starless Sky, which was a somewhat sweet but emotional book about dealing with loss and life as a teenager. In her second book, Seven, she explodes away from sweetness with a ferocity that is almost startling. Seven is definitely a completely different entity and a much more psychological read.

    As I stated before, Seven is a suspenseful thriller that creates a world where seven strangers all need each other to survive. It spends the first third of the book setting the scene – each of the seven characters in their worlds, living their lives, which is interesting in itself but by the end of this section my attention started to wane, but am I glad that I persevered!

    Once all seven people are kidnapped and Seven becomes entwined in their lives and the story becomes a true thriller and I’m so glad I held on because the buildup created a roller coaster effect that takes you right through to the final words of the book!

    If you are looking for a great psychological thriller to get you into the Halloween mood and scare you just enough, you should definitely check out Seven by Paige Agnew.

    heather

    September 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm

  6. This is one of the most intriguing books I have read. Paige Agnew’s imagination is unreal. Seven is a book I didn’t want to put down but also found a bit creepy (in a good way). I don’t honestly know what to say without giving away too much information and ruining the novel for you. Read the book and then e-mail me so we can chat about it.

    What I liked: Loved the crazy plot twists. Very impressed with the way the author developed seven different characters so well. Dislike: Typos

    Cami Checketts

    September 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

  7. Several things about this book were firsts for me. #1 – I don’t usually stay with a story that has a long ‘set-up’ with multiple characters. The main reasons is because by the time I’ve gotten to the point in the book where the story really begins, I’m exhausted and just don’t care anymore. BUT, in this case, author Paige Agnew cleverly introduced a few weird events early on that kept me reading. When I’d reach the half-way point in the book, I was exhausted, and my resolve began to weaken. Then it happened! The plot exploded onto the scene…and what followed was well worth the wait. Paige Agnew has a unique story perspective that won me over completely. SO DON’T GIVE UP ON THIS BOOK!
    The seven characters, whose lives are violated by a well-written villain, will intrigue you.

    Will they choose to meld their talents for the good of all, or not?
    Will they all survive their unique crucible?
    How do they change?
    Who finds the greatest will to survive?
    Who finds the strength and character to lead?
    The answers are not easily predetermined. If you’re looking for something different, try Paige Agnew’s book, SEVEN.

    4 stars – Great Read, A Keeper

    Lynda Coker

    September 14, 2011 at 6:10 am

  8. Seven was an on the edge of your seat book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. Its amazing how those seven strangers all had a connection with each other. It made me think that in a way we all are connected to each other. And I love the way the author[Paige]captured every characters’ personality and feelings the way she did. Seven is an amazimg book, it definitely lived up to Starless reputation. And I can’t wait for another book by Paige.

    Mikeala F.

    September 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm

  9. Seven by Paige Agnew is a story that one can get involved in quite easily. Written in three parts, dealing with seven strangers who all live in the same area but really do not know each other. However, in one way or another they have had some kind of contact with each other. Each have their own story to tell as we meet them: Kariann, a single mother, Greg, a lawyer, Tommy and Cecilia, two runaways and Hazel, Kale and Jonathan are three high school students. One thing they will all have in common though is they are all about to be kidnapped.

    Seven strangers who find themselves at the whim of a psycho who calls himself Seven. They soon discover that each of them has a special gift. Now they have to learn to work together to survive.

    I found this book very hard to put down once I got involved in the lives of these seven individuals. Trying to figure out just who Seven is and how he can have such a hold over thousands of different individuals without being seen is mind boggling. This book is suspenseful at the beginning and then turns more thrilling. The stories in the first part of the book do bounce back and forth between each individual, but I did not find myself getting lost. The book is cleanly written and can be enjoyed by any age from teens on up.


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