by Sarah M. Cradit

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BN ID: 2940161703939
Publisher: Sarah M. Cradit
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Series: The Seven , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 236,928
File size: 396 KB

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1970 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Xkoqueen 6 months ago
In 1970: The Seven (Book One), author Sarah Cradit portrays te excesses and clichés of the decade; this very creative prequel/backstory is replete with peace signs bell bottoms, sizzlers, Trans Ams, drugs and “free love”. Ms. Cradit deftly includes much of the political and social turmoil, and for readers born after the era, it is a good starting point for some research on recent history! While Ms. Cradit provides some interesting historical fiction, her book is really about Colleen Deschanel who is the matriarch and leader of the Deschanel Magi Collective Council featured in the author’s House of Crimson and Clover saga. Ardent fans of the series will love the Deschanel’s backstory! You get a sense of why the 1970’s Deschanel kids become wrecks of adults in the saga. They are raised by a “non-magical”, single mom who doesn’t understand or appreciate the gifts her children inherited from their late father. Raging teenage hormones and unchecked paranormal gifts make for a highly dysfunctional family and high drama in Irish Colleen Deschanel’s household and in 1970: The Seven. Ms. Cradit’s character study and saga backstory can be read as a standalone, but will be best appreciated by her ardent fans who have already read her excellent House of Crimson and Clover saga.
makeup-your-mind 6 months ago
I feel like I've been waiting forever for this book. It was odd, reading about the previous generation from the Crimson & Clover series. At first, I found it a bit disorienting, reading about the people I'd read about in previous books, only now they were young and prone to the mistakes the young are apt to make. It took a little while to get myself into the right frame of mind. Even then, I found myself comparing a young Colleen or Evangeline to the ones with grown children in the books I'd already read. The fascinating thing about these kids growing up was something which I'd never given much thought. They grew up during the seventies, not more than 10 years older than me, and it was a tumultuous time to navigate the teen years — particularly difficult for those who felt misunderstood by their parents, or in this case, their mother. There was something inevitable about the ending, and though I kept hoping I'd be wrong, I knew I wouldn't be. There were lots of drugs and lots of sex, but not much intimacy or understanding, though there was never truly any doubt this family loved one another. That's what made the ending so much more heartbreaking — the things we say in anger that we may never have the opportunity to retract, the things we fail to say, the love we put off showing to those who mean the most to us. Nearing the end, tears streaming down my face, I remembered why I love Sarah Cradit's books. Her writing is real, it's clear and honest, and lasting. She effortlessly creates characters who come alive and remain a part of you. She tells stories that are engaging and often allegorical, never heavy-handed or didactic, and always emotionally gut-wrenching. She is one of those authors who had perfected the art of storytelling, birthing characters and plots that are interconnected in unimaginable ways, while telling the saga of generations. In a word — wow!
tpolen 6 months ago
Having read The Crimson and Clover series that features these characters as adults with children of their own, then reading this book portraying most of them as teenagers is a treat - but also kind of a shock. This family is a mess.  After losing their husband and father, Irish Colleen is struggling to keep her family together.  With each of the seven having their own unique problems and situations, this isn't an easy task.  The family is floundering and barely functioning. Comparing these characters as their teen selves to the adult characters I'm more familiar with, it's easy to see how they've grown and matured.  But also evident how choices they made early in their lives affected them later.  With some of the names so similar, I have to admit I confused the characters and their stories a few times. This is a quick read, and it moves at a brisk pace.  If you're not familiar with The Crimson and Clover series, I'd recommend starting with that. I was provided a pre-publication copy of this book by the author/publisher with no obligation for a review.
pamela984 6 months ago
I have read every book by Cradit, and this one is my favorite. It kept me glued in my chair and I read it in one sitting. Her writing has matured with time. The way the story unravels and weaves through the lives of the family was remarkable. We learned much about each of the siblings and watched their lives unfold like a beautiful rose - a rose with layers of emotion and troubles. But also layers of familial love. I can’t wait for the next one in the series.