Carpe Librum: Order of Seven by Beth Teliho

Here in the blogosphere, I have met some of the most incredible people. I read the words these people write and I learn. I laugh and I cry. I am left speechless, empowered, intrigued, and inspired…sometimes all at once. Some of these people have become very important to me and I consider them friends no matter where they are. When they celebrate moments of triumph I am lucky enough to be able to share in a small part of the exhilaration. It is, in a word, astounding.

Beth was one of the first bloggers I ever met. I was reading one of her blog posts and vividly remember thinking I loved her immediately. She was fun and feisty and there would come a day when I would realize she was nothing short of courageous. I don’t know exactly when I found out she was writing a book. She would be off the grid every once in a while when she was truly in the zone or in her own words, ‘editing like a mo-fo’. And then came the day. The day her book was done and ready to publish.


I jumped at the chance to read an advance copy. I went in knowing it would be good. What I didn’t know was how good.

Beth brought characters to life with a story that was nowhere near typical in the young adult genre. I found myself very involved in the journey with the characters especially Devi, the main character. She is real and believable, strong yet vulnerable. That isn’t always easy to do in paranormal fantasy. There is also a delicious heat between Devi and Baron, one of the secondary characters who, in true Beth style, is sexy as hell.

One of my most favorite facets of the book is how all of the characters have a part in the story and how beautifully Beth works through them to bring the adventure to its conclusion.

Beth managed to weave together a story with impeccable detail and then have it keep making sense at every twist and turn. Very often when I read a book that veers in a different direction the story becomes unbelievable and hard to follow. Not this time.

With the rich history and research so obviously put into the story, along with incredible imagination and writing, I was never disappointed and the ending tied up so wonderfully, BUT it seems to me it’s not quite over yet.

Thank goodness!

This, my friends, is a magnificent debut novel by Beth Teliho and I anxiously await book two.

In the meantime, here is a little gift from the author herself:

Allow me to set the stage: the curtain opens to reveal the main character, 18 year old Devi Bennett, who has the ability to channel energy from a specific tree. When she channels, she receives visions. Some replay moments from the past; other times the vision is a glimpse of something yet to come. Devi’s brother, Nodin, is an empath – he’s able to feel the emotions of others. In the following scene, Devi is channeling and describing the experience.

The massive oak tree towers above me from the far right corner of the yard. Thick branches dip nearly to the ground, like a giant’s hand awaiting a passenger. I reach up to my branch—the one I’ve used to climb it since I was five—and lift myself into its arms. The urgent energy transforms into soothing waves, twining through my fibers, entrancing me. My breath comes in short gasps, taking in what feels like clearer, sweeter air than before.

I’m lured higher and higher until I get to my chair, a forked branch that makes a perfect seat. I wilt into it, my cells merging with the tree’s essence. My arms and legs are the branches: weighted, powerful, rough with thick bark. Warm sap runs through my veins, and vibrations from the earth tremble in my bones. I reach up and feel my bark crackling, the warmth of the sun, and the undeniable, immense connection down deep in the earth. Anchored. Rooted. Part of something bigger.

The vision comes immediately.

I’m with Nodin. We’re young. He’s chasing me around the tree faster and faster. I’m squealing and laughing. He’s wearing long sleeves and a hat to protect his pale skin.

He almost reaches me, but I bolt toward the fence and lose him, sticking my tongue out and taunting him. His face gets red with frustration. He walks to the rock towers we built by the porch and kicks mine over. I start to cry.

Nodin doubles over, my sadness saturating him. He stumbles to my side to console me and I punch him in the shoulder. It starts to rain as he returns to the rock piles and begins to rebuild mine.

I calm into sniffles and give him a tiny smile when he shows me my tower is now taller than his. He hangs his head in relief, rain dripping from the brim of his hat.

Behind him a young boy and girl stand in tattered, filthy clothes. They are sad for Nodin, and although Nodin and I are soaked, they are bone dry.

My eyes flutter open and I bolt upright, shocked. I’ve never seen that boy and girl in a vision or otherwise, yet I’m almost certain who they are. I need to talk to Nodin. I start to climb down when thunder rumbles in the distance.

I cherish storms. I collapse back against the branches just as cold rain begins pelting my skin and nature’s symphony starts its slow march across the sky.

I will leave you with that little treat and highly recommend that you read Order of Seven by Beth Teliho.  It is available now for pre-order on Amazon and will be released on April 7, 2015.

You can also find Beth on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and her website, Writer B is Me.


36 thoughts on “Carpe Librum: Order of Seven by Beth Teliho”

  1. Yay! I finished my dreary book club book yesterday and will start this one soon. Too bad Tuesdays are our crazy busy days. Maybe at stop lights.

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  2. Sandy, thank you so much for this gorgeous showcase and review! When a reader connects to the characters and the story like you have, it’s the most humbling, gratifying, beautiful gift I could ever receive. I read it aloud to the hubs and we were both left just beaming. You started my day out with a bang, that’s for sure. MWA XOXO

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  3. I am still amazed at the premise of the story. The whole idea behind it is so original and I kept thinking “How did she THINK of this???” But her words were so enticing and sucked me in and left me feeling so at peace and tranquil after I closed the book. I felt like I needed to wander into a giant field and lay down in the grass and stare at the sky after reading it.

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    1. Gretchen! I love how the book made you feel! I’m literally glowing. I might send you a photo so you believe it. haha Thank you, and OMG if you only knew how great it feels to have that kind of validation with something I worked so hard on (she said hard on). I love you so damn much right now. ALL OF YOU. *dancing around room*


    2. That makes two of us! I am an avid reader (well, when I have time!) and the further I got into the book the more I kept saying to myself ‘This is BETH. Our friend, our Sisterwife, the woman who cracks me up at least once a day.’ I know she’s brilliant but the imagination and storytelling just took everything to a whole new level. I am still in awe and so very, very proud.

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  4. Awesome! Oh so many great books, I have to figure out a way to find/make time to read them. I know this time, when the kids are little, goes by really fast, but in that time it’s impossible to do ANYTHING else! I’m pinning, tweeting and sharing the crap out of this! Can’t wait to actually read it!

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    1. UGH, trust me, Joy, I get it! My novel will be around forever, so you read it when you have the extra time. Until then….thank you for sharing! It really means so much to me! xoxoxo


  5. Dear Sandy,
    Fantastic review and capture of the power and grace of blogger buddies. Your words always find a way to the feeler spots in my heart!
    I remember meeting Beth and feeling the urge to propose soon thereafter – she even called dibs on the floral china pattern!
    As for the book…well, it’s only just past the Ides of March – April can’t come soon enough!!!

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    1. Michelle! *jumps in your arms, kisses your cheek* My favorite composting buddy! Can we start a countdown yet? ummmm *does math in head* 21 days till publication!! oh shit. That does sound like a really long time……

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  6. I know a book is good when I’m immediately drawn in and captivated. I’m suddenly in that world and I don’t want to leave. Even with that little excerpt I felt that way. I cannot wait to read the whole thing (I may lock myself in my room and turn off the cell phones so that there is no chance of distraction!)

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  7. I preordered it and CANNOT wait to read it. So excited for and proud of Beth! Awesome review Sandy. I love the feeling of being one with the tree. April 7 is too far away.

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