Sunday, November 10, 2013

Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

The Unseen
By: J.L. Bryan
Pub. Date: October 31, 2013
Publisher: Self
Source: Author

Cassidy is a young tattoo artist living in the Little Five Points neighborhood of Atlanta. She’s always suffered terrible nightmares, and sometimes the hideous creatures seem to follow her out of her dreams and into her waking life, though she’s the only one who can see them. Drugs and alcohol can blot them out, but never entirely chase them away.

When a demonic cult begins to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.
I received this galley in exchange for an honest review.

J.L. Bryan has done it again with his fantastic, out of the box stories, and this time, he brought the creepy! I read it a few days before Halloween and I was completely freaked out. It’s definitely one of those stories that you have to read with the lights on. With a genre that has been done over and over again, Bryan has been able to weave different supernatural creates together including demons and angels and turn it in a believable story.

The story begins with Cassidy and her friends at a sleepover. They decide to play with the ouja board to see if they can contact any ghosts. Let’s face it, we've all been there, and we never expect anything to happen. But this time, something does happen, and it screws the girls up for a very long time. Now a few years later, Cassidy is a tattoo artist and drug user. She uses drugs to stop the nightmares where she is plagued with seeing the most gruesome and creepy creatures.

I really liked Cassidy as a heroine. She definitely has to deal with out a lot, and doesn’t deal with her issues in the most appropriate ways, but she cares about her loved ones and will do anything to make sure nothing bad happens to them. I’m a sucker for a kick ass female character. The supporting characters were written nicely and brought a lot to the story. All in all it was a nice rounded group of people.

Overall, I really enjoyed The Unseen and would definitely recommend it. As always, I can’t wait to read what Bryan comes up with next!

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