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The Seven Rays

3.06 of 5 stars 3.06  ·  rating details  ·  701 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Beth Michaels isn’t sure when it all began, but she’s pretty sure that the pink dots came first. Pink dots everywhere in her vision, clouding the people who stood before her. And then little movie screens started to play, telling her more than she ever wanted to know about their lives. Now she can’t even eat a hamburger without seeing how the ...more
ebook, 336 pages
Published November 24th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published November 1st 2009)
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Morgan F
Jan 31, 2010 Morgan F rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who want their face perpetually frozen in a grimace
I stumbled across a free copy of this book online, and with the gorgeous cover and intriguing premise, I dove into it right away. Oh, how I wish I looked at the Goodreads ratings first.

I should give anyone reading this a warning. I will be ranting. A lot.

Firts off, this was the weirdest, most ridiculous, juvenile, annoying book I've read in a long time. And the most painful thing is that it could have been great. It really could have. Underneath the mess of a plot were some good, orginal ideas.
I was drawn to this book by its cover and book trailer and I was excited to read it. About ten pages in I got skeptical. The jacket said it is written for 14 years or older. Already within the first chapter we were talking about things that are not at all okay for 14 year olds. I kept reading because the plot was interesting, but it just got worse. By page 200 I had to put the book down and stop reading. It made me, a 34 year old married woman with children feel dirty. In my opinion the book has ...more
Feb 03, 2010 Emily rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People I hate
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This book is weird, as in: was I on something when I read this? An hallucinogen maybe. And a lot of WTF? moments riddled throughout the story. But I think...I kinda...sort of...liked it and all of it's strangeness.

What is the story about? Well, to be honest, I have no clue. Still, after I have read it, I'm confused and unclear of the story. But it was compelling (somehow). It got me to keep reading with this question repeating in my head of what the heck is going on? Unfortunately, the ending di
The first word that comes to mind is "Original". Whoever said this is the "next Twilight" was really reaching. I read this book because of the originality I sensed from it, not because it is a redux (which it isn't). It is far from being that kind of love story. This book is about self discovery. Realizing who you really are. Growing up.

This is one of those books that must be read a couple of times in order for you to grasp the "whole" concept. It was engrossing, and I read it in under 4 hours.
Beth Ray is beginning to realize she's not just your average teenage girl. She's seeing strange visions, and then there are the letters: shiny gold envelopes containing hints of a great destiny. Her mother tries to keep them from her, but the envelopes manage to find Beth wherever she goes.

And then a big hairy bloke shows up on a flying motorbike and takes her to a wizard school in Scotland... wait, wrong book.

What happens to Beth, instead, is that she undergoes laser eye surgery to try to corre
This book, to a person not open to a new readin experience, could be interpreted as confusin and not all, but to me, this book made perfect sense. Now, im not sayin my readin skills are any higher than anyone else on this page, im 16 and i know my brain isnt done developin and im also not as smart as some of the Adults who have read and reviewed, but since my brain isnt as fully developed, it is open to many ways of doin things, which is what this book needs. To read this book you ...more
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I almost put this book down, 80 pages from the ending. I was so put off by the developments in the plot, that it was almost unbearable to continue. I hardly ever fail to complete a novel, and thus I pushed forward hoping for the upswing that never came.

What kills me is that this could have been a great book. The premise is very interesting and original. I was intrigued to see where the plot could go and how the story would unfold. Unfortunately I was very disappointed. It almost seemed as if the
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I'm a fan of books where people learn to deal with their abilities, and for the most part The Seven Rays is just that. I like that the ability in this book is not just hearing thoughts or seeing into the future. The main character Beth see dots, tubes, knots, and other such things on people and thinks she is going crazy. She gets cryptic gold envelopes from some place she has never heard of and doesn't figure too much out about her powers until the end. It's a touching story and I feel bad about ...more
3.0 out of 5 stars Mystical, spiritual -- confusing..., December 15, 2009

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I am not quite sure how to review this book as it started out well but then got bogged down by some excess detail that didn't add anything to the story, poems that were enigmatic, and a character - Beth -- who really ended up being irritating rather than engaging.
Her fixation on her smell and her complete lack of atte
Beth Michaels might be going crazy. One day she’s perfectly normal, and the next, she starts seeing these strange pink dots everywhere. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even stop there. Ropes, chains, and disgusting black gunk show up on virtually every person she sees, as well as glimpses into a people’s minds, memories, secrets, and fears if she looks at someone for too long. But even though other people think Beth is crazy too, the thing is, she might not be. Because along with this strange new visi ...more
Okay, it's been about three years since I've read the book, but that honestly doesn't change a thing because I still know that, oh god this book is awful! So awful!

The synopsis sounded really compelling to me and I remember that I wanted to read this book so bad, but still had to wait for the release. Then my mom gave it to me for Christmas, but I already had bought it myself and long story short I still have two copies of it. Which sucks because i hate it. Back then (I was 16 I believe) I did n
[spoilers?] I'm not even sure...
This is my personal opinion and i don't truly mean to offend this book but i seriously don't even know...

What did i just read? The entire time i was reading this i just thought "it'll get better!" But nope that never happened! It could have been a good book, the concept and a few of the ideas were good. The language used and the fact you know NOTHING about what happens was what brought it down! The main character still has unfinished business with her "mom", Shirl
This is such a bizarre piece of work, I'm not sure what to make of it. It started out fun, got interesting, then got bizarre, then got really bizarre, and then became a full on crap-fest, theeeen it ended okay. Unfortunately the conclusion was really open-ended. No word on whether or not it will become a series.

Am I still interested in this storyline? Enough to pick up a sequel? The answer to both those questions is no.

Started really really good and just got really weird!
Reread 6 May 2014

The first time I read this I had the sense that it was underwhelming and confusing. So let's see how the second time does. My 2011 ranting was 4 stars even though I did not enjoy it that much. My opinion was not so harsh then. I was more on the positive side. Now in 2014, my rating is 2 stars.

Besides feeling underwhelmed and confused for 3/4 of the book. I have to say I read some reviews and was shocked when one reviewer dubbed this book as "soft porn". When I went back, I under
I enjoyed reading this book but I was kind of disappointed with it too. The explanation for what's going on (and it's never crystal clear just what IS going on) seemed to change on an as needed basis.

This isn't a self contained book. Bendinger seems to be planning a series which is fine, but that should have been made clear on the cover. There are too many unanswered questions at the end.

Where is Beth going? Just what is she supposed to do with her power? Who is the nun? Who was her adopted moth
(Review originally posted on Alexa Loves Books)

I picked this book up for two reasons - the intriguing yet simple title and the shiny, eye-catching cover. It looked interesting enough and when I read the synopsis, I was pretty much sold on the book.

Tarot cards play a large role in this novel; as someone who doesn't really know much about them, I did appreciate getting to see the illustrations and trying to understand/distinguish between one card and the next. However, the connection between the c
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The Seven Rays is Original, unique, and put's a great twist in a simple message about growing up and finding yourself.

I couldn't put this book down. All i know is that I WANT A SEQUEL!! please... lol. the Story was very interesting and weird(in a good way), I liked Jessica's style of writing, great sense of fantasy, mystery and of course L-O-V-E.

There wasn't a lot of romance in The Seven Rays but the connection between Beth and Richie is pretty cute, well developed, and well I loved them togethe
THE SEVEN RAYS is about a 17 year old, honor student, Beth Michaels who has an unusual problem.
For some strange reason she's been seeing pink dots, ropes, knots even bees that surround people that she knows, and doesn't know for that matter.
Not only does she see weird things but the very fiber of any thing she touches. Food will make her see where it came from and who handled it first. With one simple touch she can see someone's entire life flash before her eyes while objects, music, movies, an
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I can honestly say that this is the weirdest book I've ever a really good way. I mean, I really didn't know what t expect. I've always been a real fan of Stick It and Bring It On, and when I saw that Jessica Bendinger had written a novel I was psyched. When I started reading, I liked the book. As I kept on reading, I became addicted to the book. And when it was over, I had already fallen in love with the book. It was truly original, I know I say this about most of the books I've read, ...more
Some books suck you in from the very first sentence you read. This was one of them. Beth Michaels is an average teenager (apart from being abnormally smart but that's neither here nor there) and when her vision is enhanced by ropey knots and helices, her average life gets strange fast. Bendinger's wit takes a regular narrative about some not so regular happenings and turns it into a wildly entertaining joy ride. I like Beth Michaels, in fact, I wouldn't mind if she was one of my friends - that's ...more
Ok. I had high hopes for this book. Even after the first 50 pages of chatter-y, superficial girl-speak that no one uses except on TV (which is semi-excusable, given the author is a screenwriter), I was holding out hope. However, after the initial plot idea, the plot steadily took a nosedive. Everything that wasn't totally predictable was ridiculously random and/or confusing, certain characters randomly had complete personality changes, even multiple times, and the whole "quest/test" feel toward ...more
Feb 12, 2010 Alexia561 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
Have been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first saw it featured in a post by Kristi at The Story Siren. Love the cover! There's just something about it that's really appealing, and it actually has something to do with the story! How often does that happen? :-)

Have read mixed reviews about this one, but I enjoyed it. Beth is a good girl who can be a little mouthy at times. What my grandmother used to call 'fresh'. I loved her attitude, and liked that she wasn't the stereotypical
I wish they had 1/2 stars on here. I started out giving it a 4 star, but when I hit the 1/2 way point, I couldnt put the book down and that bumped it up to 5 stars. But then the ending was vague and confusing and that would have knocked it back down 1/2 a notch.

I have read YA books that read like adult books to me - I forget that the "hero" is an adolescent, but the language in this book screams Teenager. At first, I thought I would need a translator, but actually the language throughout the boo
I wanted a unique romantic fantasy and I chose this book because it seemed mysterious and original. It only took about 50-75 pages for me to realize this wasn't the book for me.

The book started out great. I loved Beth's voice and the writing style but that quickly deteriorated. First, the repetition. Believe me, I know Beth and her friend Shirl are virgins. I got it the first time. Maybe this is a super important fact as the book progresses so Bendinger wanted to make sure the reader was aware,
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Jessica Bendinger is an acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter who launched onto the scene with her original script for the hit hip hop cheerleading comedy, Bring it On. Never shying away from challenges and new opportunities, Bendinger has also added the title of producer, director, and most recently, novelist to her repertoire. A self described “creative seeker,” Bendinger relies on her enthusiasm and ...more
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“It's okay to be scared, and it's okay to fail. But you have to try. Not trying isn't an option.” 13 likes
“Everyone carries this thick prism of gunk that they see the world through. Each person has layers of stuff, making it hard to see anyone clearly. So until someone invents soul glasses that will remove all distortions from their perceptions? Worrying about what people think? Is a complete waste of time.” 5 likes
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