Stephanie Erickson - http://www.stephanieericksonbooks.com
Format: Kindle eBook (free) on amazon
July 7-9, 2015
Official Blurb: Mackenzie Day constantly struggles to silence the voices in her head. The inner thoughts of those around her intrude upon every aspect of her life, threatening to turn it into chaos.
All her life, she thought she was alone as a mind reader—a freak.
Then a member of a secret organization called The Unseen suddenly introduces himself, and she’s immersed in a world she never knew existed. They teach her to hone her skills as a reader, but to what end? Secrets surround her, humming just out of reach, filling her with questions.
Who are they? What do they do with their mind-reading abilities? In the end, just how far will Mackenzie go to be part of The Unseen?
The first chapter felt a little trite and not very original, but then it started slowly getting more involved as it progressed. The idea feels like redone YA stuff, but I still feel the use of it was very original and had enough surprises to make it enjoyable. Mac is a decent protagonist, but at times it felt that she was more in her late teens than mid 20s. She didn’t make horrible choices or anything like that, but sometimes she said/did stuff that made you question her age. Maddie is a cool friend, and I was very intrigued by Mitchell (that one line about his past the Owen says makes me DESPERATE to know more!). Mac and her boy had a believable start to romance I think, and it didn’t go over the top but is just kind of nicely there. Cute, but not sappy. The writing is quick to read and enjoy, but the story line doesn’t feel rushed at all. Perhaps a smidgen slow? But maybe that’s just because it’s the first of a trilogy, I’m not sure. I did enjoy how Mac was pretty strong despite being semi-introverted because of her ability. I rushed to get the second book because I want to see what else happens plus I’m hoping for Mitchell’s back story! Here’s hoping Erickson continues the fine writing!
Rating: 4 stars