Welcome to my review for The Genesis of Seven, on Tour with Prism Book Tours
Series: The Empyrean Trilogy, book 1
Author: Sara M Schaller
Publisher: Designs by Seraphim
Release Date: July 7th 2020
Print Length: 368 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy, paranormal
Reason for Reading – Requested from Prism Book Tours to review. I received a copy of this novel from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own, any review is voluntary.
Cover Image/Inside Illustrations – 5 / ★★★★★ The book cover is very pleasing to look at but my favorite is the naked cover! Its a gold color with a symbol and angelic script from the story.
Intellectual Depth – 4 / ★★★★★ I like the (alternative) history and heaven/hell hierarchy.
Awesomeness Factor: 4 / ★★★★★
- Jordan Conway- orphan on a mission from a nun
- Sister Helen- part of The Sacrarium, gave bag doused in Holy Water to Jordan
- Gabriel- archangel that took Jordan in
- The Sacrarium- a secret group that protects the holy bloodline: descendent of Jesus/Mary Magdalene
- Sofia- Jordan's best friend from the orphanage
Characters: 4 / ★★★★★
Plot and Themes: 4 / ★★★★★
- New York, present day, Holy Trinity for Disadvantaged Youth- orphanage
- Heaven, in the beginning
- Hell, past and present day
Setting: 5 / ★★★★★
What did I like about the book?
In the beginning he was one of us, a brother amongst us in our Empyrean Domain.
What did I not like about the book?
Date Started/Finished : August 29th -September 3rd 2020
Story – 4/ ★★★★★
Romance – 5 / ★★★★★
Angst – 5 / ★★★★★
Content Flow – 3 / ★★★★★
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Overall Rating:3.5 /★★★★★based off Goodreads' ratings
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PG = No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as "damn", "hell" and "Oh God!", some depictions of violence or brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking.
About the Author
SARA M SCHALLER is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor’s degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master’s degree in Publishing from Pace University. For five years, Sara worked as a graphic designer, and her creativity in design carries over into other areas of her life like writing. You can visit her online at www.saramschaller.com.
One winner will receive the following: a backpack to match the main character's, a necklace to match the main character's, a signed hardcover, a bookmark, a set of pins with a pen, and a passport with a sticker sheet featuring locations in the book.
Ends September 29, 2020