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Secret of the Sevens

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Everyone at Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged kids, knows the urban legend of the Society of Seven. Decades ago, the original members of the secret guild for elite students murdered the school's founder and then perished in the fire they lit to hide the evidence. Or so the story goes. Talan Michaels doesn't care about Singer's past. He's too focused on his futu ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 2015 by Flux
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Paula M

Secret of the Sevens is really a surprising read for me. There were some things that I wished happened in a a different way but overall, my feelings after reading this book is contentment. I enjoyed the whole reading experience and I would not complain if there'll be more.

First thing that I surprisingly enjoyed is the main protagonist's voice. I rarely read YA books that is in a male's perspective. Not that I'm avoiding them (because I'm not) but because I rarely encounter them. And our m
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: I found this mystery to be a clean, gripping book with a suspenseful undertone that kept me hooked.

Opening Sentence: I can be such an ass.

The Review:

The Singer boarding school is for unfortunate children — those whom are removed from families where they are beaten, foster care, drunkards. Decades ago, when the Singer school was created, the founder collected seven trusted students and made a secret society. They were entrusted with his biggest s
Kim Friant
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars—This is easily one of my favorite books that I read at least once a year. I randomly saw it in Barnes and Noble and it intrigued me. I read it in one day. Although it deals with the fairly common idea of secret school societies and dangerous conspiracies, Lindquist adds such detail that I ended feeling like I was right beside Talan and Laney while they try to figure out each clue that they’re given. I learn something new every time I read it and I’m always surprised by the resolution. Sh ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Looking for an interesting mystery filled with suspense and conspiracy? Look no further than Secret of the Sevens. Lots of action, sweet romance, intrigue, and good old fashioned treasure hunting make this novel a winner.

Talan was an amazing character- I loved that the story was from his point of view. Cocky yet sweet, confident yet vulnerable, Ms. Lindquist did a fabulous job bringing this character to life. Just enough bac
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing books I've read, the book makes you feel as if you are living in the world of Sevens. Would recommend instantly to anyone and everyone. ...more
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: unhauled
DNF. I could not stand the sexist and misogynistic ways of the main character. The mystery element got me to page 100, but I could not put up with the character anymore.
Victoria (thepetitebookblogger)
Singer is a boarding school for the underprivileged children. The children come from abusive households, foster care, dangerous neighborhoods, troubled homes or were abandoned. They are given the chance to have a future that they could never dream of. Every student at Singer knows of the urban legend of the Society of Seven. An elite group of students who were hand picked by the headmaster and founder of the school William Singer. They were promised wealth and the fulfillment of their greatest d ...more
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Singer Academy is a boarding school for those underprivileged children who have no place to turn, and Talan Michaels is not an exception. For Talen, this is the only real place that he has called home, but new fears start to surface as he faces the reality that he will soon be homeless, with nowhere to turn after graduation. But everything changes the day a mysterious black velvet envelope shows up with an invitation to join the resurrected secret Society of Sevens. The Society of Sevens, is not ...more
books are love
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book with its suspense and secrets took my breath away. For me Talan made the book. He was so multi dimensional and more than I hoped for. The book was like playing clue and watching Sherlock. You get immersed by all the twist and turns, mystery and secrets in the story and wanting to unearth what is going on. With each clue that you want to solve more is revealed and more complexity to the story is added.

Talan is thought to be this non caring, smug kid who is just biding his time until he
C.J. Anaya
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 Lindqui ...more
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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So glad this one didn’t turn into one of those overly done mysteries that makes the reader wish for it to end. Some of this wasn’t too surprising, but it did hold my attention.

I loved the idea of this boarding school catering to the kids who come from not-so-good homes and such; giving them a chance to get a good education and be successful in life. Talan has been at Singer for years. Now that he’s about to graduate, he has no idea where his life is headed
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it
In Secret of the Sevens you have a lot of the elements that make up a great story. There's a boarding school, a mystery, and teen angst. The only thing I needed for this to be better is for some supernatural elements to be added!

Talan Michaels has grown up most of his life in a harsh way. His mom was more focused on getting her next fix than on making sure her kid was fed, and he had to deal with so many hardships. That all stopped when he came to Singer, a boarding school for underprivileged k
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Flux and NetGalley for an ARC!

Full review to come, but I have to say that I really enjoyed Secret of the Sevens. Usually when you hear about secret societies, you think about colleges - Skull & Bones, anyone? That this book surrounded a high school secret society was very interesting to me; Singer is a boarding school for underprivileged kids, where kids from rough neighborhoods, with drug addicted or absent parents, or from troubled backgrounds can come to live and get a better educat
Amy Shelton
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**I Received a copy of this book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review**
Talan is one of the popular guys. He is on the football teams, has no problems getting nearly any girl he wants, but also has a trouble maker streak. His life as a kid made him hard and tough and he has carried that with him to Singer School. Lane is the smart one. She is the sweet, caring, motherly one that gets teased relentlessly by Talan. She has been there for Talan since he arrived and conti
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
While reading this book, I liked it. The main character starts off obnoxious but grows on you, and he is so believably male that I was surprised the author was not. The love interest, similarly characterized as mildly naïve teenager, was also entirely likeable. So no complaints there.

This book has one of those stories in which there are clues that lead to a final prize. The problem with those sorts of plots is that if the reader can solve the puzzle before the characters, it is excruciating to
Feb 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
Surprisingly enjoyable! After reading through so many YA novels with female heroines, it was a good change of pace to read a well-written male main character. Lyndquist gives us a guy who is likable in spite of being a jerk, with a heart-wrenching backstory.

The only place where this book falls short is the series of riddles that the Sevens need to solvem which is unfortunately a major part of the book. While riddle and clue games are fun if you solve them yourself, it's usually dull to read abou
Paula  Phillips
Mar 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite book themes to read is boarding school novels and secret societies. In The Secret of the Sevens by Lynn Lindquist , we are presented with a boarding school for orphan boys and boys who have nowhere else to go. Each year seven students are chosen to be the Pillars of the school - they are the good kids , this year though there is a new chairman and the Pillars have been chosen are the Losers and Bad Kids of the school. Something is up and now it is up to the new Sevens to help ...more
Talan Michaels is a student at Singer Academy, a boarding school created for underprivileged kids. Everyone believes that the founder of Singer Academy was murdered by seven trusted students who then died in a fire. When the new director of Singer Enterprises chooses the least capable students for an advanced program, Talan is asked to remake the Sevens with his house sister. Together they have to find out the truth of what happened all those years ago and save the school.

I loved this book, it's
Mary Kyle
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Talan Michaels might be a star football player but he is just barely and average student. But when he is invited to join the Society of Sevens he fears it is a prank set up by a group of bullies. All he wants is to figure out how to not be homeless when he graduates in the spring. Talan discovers the Sevens just might be the schools only hope and he discovers his dyslexia might prove to be an asset in figuring out the clues left by Mr Singer, the school founder.

Talan's dyslexia is better portra
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Secret of the Sevens is about foster kids who live in an academy where many years ago something strange happened to their founder. Rumor has it that he was murdered by a secret society that he created, The Sevens. After the murder the Sevens disappeared and no one knew anything about them until years later a boy, Talan, and a girl, Delaney, where randomly invited to get into the Sevens. Throughout the book they have challenges and clues that they have to figure out to show that they are wort ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Eighteen-year-old Talan Michaels is about to graduate from the Singer School for poor, unwanted and troubled children. Having been there since he was 7 years old, his housemates, house parents and friends are the only family he’s ever known. Upon graduation he will face a future of homelessness and uncertainty, which fills him with fear. Thus when an invitation comes to join the Sevens, a secret society at the school, Talan is ecstatic. He is sure the Sevens’ promise of riches will be his ticket ...more
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic debut read by a talented new author!

I was fortunate enough to get to read an ARC of this exciting new novel by debut author, Lynn Lindquist. And let me tell you...if you're in to dark, mysterious and thrilling...this is one you don't want to miss!

From the moment I met Talan Michaels, and became immersed in his world of boarding schools, troubled kids, and messages from beyond the grave, I couldn't put SECRET OF THE SEVENS down.

I highly recommend you put this one on your to-be-read or
Tabby Shiflett
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fast-paced YA mystery that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The setting is a boarding school for underprivileged kids. The characters are developed well and the plot is intriguing. Think Skulls meet Dan Brown for teens. It's smart, suspenseful, and the young adult dialogue and behavior is realistic. For readers of YA, especially fans of secret societies and teen mysteries.

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Devera Chandler
4 stars, male protagonist, clean read
A refreshingly clean mystery book for YA. Situated in boarding school for the underprivileged, Talan Michaels must fight until the bitter end to triumph, but at what cost to his friends and family? This book has the feeling of a Potter-esque book with the students joining together overcome bad with great risk and even greater rewards.
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**This review was originally posted on Book Briefs ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rationg 3.5

This book was surprisingly a enjoyable read. It was a bit slow at first but it was interseting the mysteries were abit predictable but there were some that i didn't see coming. Some parts of the book were confusing like, ok that just happened. But over all it was a good book to read. Something to read on a rainy morning or at night.
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! This is the first book that I read from cover to cover and loved every twist and turn. The story line had a great rhythm and didn't have an uninteresting or dull moment. It was exciting, touching, appropriately hot (young adult), smart and witty too. I found the characters and the story to be very well thought out. I have already recommended it to friends. ...more
Carol Eshaghy
Sep 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Singer is a school for orphans. Years ago the Founder and his secret society the Sevens were murdered. Now there is a new society being formed with riddles and puzzlers to be solved. Can the new Secret Seven solve them in time and save the school? This is a YA book but I really enjoyed it.
Sara Houser
Nov 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I understand it took me a long time to read this book but life has a way of happening but I did finish it and was super super pleased with. It was spooky, mysterious and a slight love story on the side. All in all I give this book five stars nothing I didn't like about it! ...more
Samantha Bell
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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