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It Begins (The Unseen #1)

3.89 of 5 stars 3.89  ·  rating details  ·  714 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone--or something--is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose her stalker. Panicking in the darkness, she slips and stumbles into an open grave--only to discover she is not alone in there. . . . Lucy manages to escape, but she doesn't get away unscathed. She begins having terrifyin ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Speak (first published 2003)
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J. Lee
While I was searching the library for Afterlife by Claudia Gray (which totally hurt my feelings because they didn’t have it), I came across this series of books. I was totally skeptical by the appearance but I’m getting a little desperate for a well-written novel without a vampire/werewolf/faery centered plot. Don’t get me wrong, I completely love those characters but hey how many different versions can a girl take? I thought maybe I would find it in this novel. WRONG! To be perfectly honest, I ...more
Ashley Lynch
Well, that was odd. I'm not even sure what to think about it.
It Begins starts off really quickly. Right from the first page there is suspense and mystery. As soon as Lucy hits that grave on page 2, there is some other presence around her. Maybe a ghost. Maybe a vision. I'm not sure. It doesn't really say yet, but I'm looking forward to finding that out.
Exactly what is Katherine now? Is Lucy seeing a vision? Her ghost? Her memories?
And what is this killer guy? He keeps saying that he has eterni
Taylor Mamula
For a book that I grabbed at random of a library shelf because I just needed SOMETHING to read, I actually wasn't disappointed by what this book had to offer. The book wasn't anything amazing by any means, but it was a fun, quick read. The short chapters made it easy to get a chapter in here or their in between my classes instead of having to force myself to find a stopping point in the middle of the chapter's action and close it.
In terms of the character development, I understand when the other
Lauren Berry
I read this book in one sitting, it was very interesting and I couldn't stop reading it!
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Actually I've read one of these books, really liked the creepy factor (funny I was at an age where I really disliked anything horror/thriller like and yet...) and the story, only I can't remember which one of it is (and seeing at the time I just picked it up because it sounded good, I didn't realise til halfway through that it wasn't the first book--I think) so I think I'll actually read this series again, right from the start.

Not the world's best novel. Not bad, but could have been better. It's
Alex Renee
Seriously though...what in the hell did I just read?? There...nothing happened!!! I mean, very minimal things happened and it was character development. Literally every single character was unlikable and I just...was there even any plot? I just...what was this book even about, because I don't have a dam clue. The only reason I'm going to continue with this series is because I already bought the rest of the books. Ugh. This is going to be painful.
Main character Lucy has more problems than good times in this book (heavy on the angst, light on the friends and crushes), and the ending is super-abrupt and not very clear, but it was so fun reading Richie Tankersley Cusick again (I was a big fan in my teens.) But she can do better than this. Try classic Cusick, like The Mall, Vampire, or even her earlier foray into the supernatural, The Locker.
Violet Jackson
this was one of the first books I started reading in middle school that heloed my transition into the supernatural genre. it had alot of mystery and suspense that I liked becadue it wasnt obvious at all who the killer and staler if poor lucy. we didnt get a clue to who the mystery person is at all until LITERALLY the last few chapters other the LAST book. which was excellent. im quite oerceptive so I hate finding out who it is three chapters into the book even though it isn't revealled until lat ...more
Ok so this book is totally different than anything I have read before. I read it really quick- less than 3 hours! I was hooked right from the start. There is a lot of strangeness that can't be explained, but I am hoping that I will understand more as I read the rest of the series!
LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK...all the details and how the chapters were set up...everything about it...I enjoyed reading it a lot...and this was one of those books that kept me up at night because I just couldnt put it down...
a little slow in the begining but it picked up and thoroughly creeped me major cliff hanger. The story is told from two perspectives... the possible victim and the murderer.
I was skeptical about this series at first, but after truding on, I was hooked. Full of suspense.
Jun 14, 2011 Val added it
Original YA fiction yay!
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Katie Solorzano
The main character in this book series is Lucy. The book says that she was courageous ad outgoing until her mother died. After that she gets feelings of uneasy terror, as if being constantly watched. Angela (Lucy’s cousin) is the popular type with an attitude and very reveling clothes. She is mean to Lucy and uses her to get away with breaking her restrictions. Irene (Lucy’s aunt) is very hard working and is often gone. Se doesn’t care for Lucy or Angela’s problems and is very strict with many u ...more
It's a pretty good, kinda scary book. It's really for older teens, I think, since it's a little more mature. I read the version where books 1 and 2 are combined together, and I had no idea there are more books after this.

These books don't have endings. The second book ends in conversation; The character asks her "who are you?" and then the book ends. Therefore, you MUST have the next book in your hands.

It does seem, however, that not a whole lot happens in the books, other than many repeated ki
Aminata Jaiteh
This book was amazing, it was scary and awesome I loved it. I couldn't stop reading it when I first got it. If you are a horror or mystery reader this is a really good book to read. The author make you understand every single line of it well except for some words I don't really know. But I loved it, it was an excellently brilliant book I would give it a 10/10 for a a rate if I have to
Sydney N.
The Unseen: It Begins" is a very good book for anyone who wants to read a scary book. The main character, Lucy, has weird events happen to her after she moved to a new town. There is only one person who knows who she is going through, and I think her friend is very cool. I think he is nice because he offered to help Lucy, but he is weird because he followed Lucy around at first when she didn't want him to help her. I gave this book four stars because it kept you interested the whole way through, ...more
Madisyn W.
"The Unseen: It Begins" is a very good book for anyone who wants to read a scary book. The main character, Lucy, has weird events happen to her after she moved to a new town. There is only one person who knows who she is going through, and I think her friend is very cool. I think he is nice because he offered to help Lucy, but he is weird because he followed Lucy around at first when she didn't want him to help her. I gave this book four stars because it kept you interested the whole way through ...more
This book is total crap. I felt like I was reading a sh***y version of dracula, moreover a teenage version. Way too sexually charged. Sorry, but I won't be reading anything by this author again.
All that I can say is WOW! And it is a good thing that I have book #2 already at home!

What I like most about this book (and the others that I have read by this author) is that you start from page one being a part of the story. You never feel left out or as if you don't know what is going on! I truly recommend this author!

Lucy (who recently lost her mother) has many adjustments to be made to her life. Moving in with her cousin and aunt and starting a new school are just a few. When she realizes t
Lindsey A
The Unseen is one of the best books i have read this year. There are four books in the series and i cant wait to read the second one. I like scary, horror, mystery books so if you like that kind of books i recommend reading this book. The book is never boring at any moment so you wont ever want to put it down! What i learned from this book is that the saying careful what you wish for is accualy true. Having supernatural powers isnt always such a joy. I gave this book five stars because it was ju ...more
Going into this book knowing it's not going to end helps. I made sure to have book 2 at the ready for when I finished this on. It's a pretty easy read and the typical Cusick. You can imagine everything and it's like watching a scary movie. You aren't given all the details so you stay at the edge of your seat wondering what will happen next. None of the chapters are very long so it helps for making an attempt at putting it down. Overall I think it's a great start and I'm looking forward to contin ...more
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Rachelle H
I dont like reading horror books because it is hard to actually see it in you mind then if u wacth it on the tv. Or like wacth it on a moive. I gave it a two star because if i gave it a one that be to low but the second star is like the horror was good so thats why i gve it two stars. The third star is for the good parts that made me keep on reading it and over but the it would die down then it would go right back to read that part over and over again
Nenia Campbell
Lucy is the stereotypical Good Girl with Sucky Life who is practically begging for a pity party . . . all she needs are silly hats and balloons. All of that changes when she falls into an open grave — that's got a dying girl in side of it. The girl grips her hand, charring her palm, and warns her not to tell anyone what she's seen. Or she'll DIE. How does that make her life suck any less? Well, OBVIOUSLY because it introduces the love interest into her life, of course. Nothing says romance like ...more
I liked this well enough for $3.50. It was VERY short so by the time I found out what was actually going on the book ended and the same story will obviously be continuing in book 2. Luckily I already have that so I'll be starting that next. I doubt my friends would really care for it. It's just a nice fluffy quick read =)! Perfect for Halloween week!
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