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(The Heights #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  893 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Job security isn’t something Addison is all that concerned with.
Death, however? Yeah, death is a major concern.

After Addison finds a nearly-dusted vampire in the garbage outside her building, her ability to stay off the paranormal radar is deader than the vamp. Almost as dead as she’ll be if anyone thinks she put him there. Even though she’s basically shoving a stake into
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Published May 29th 2014 by Off the Hook Publishing
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Georgia ♥
4 Lauren Stewart* Stars

*Lauren Stewart book: Kickass, hilarious, fantasy book with a tremendous, shatter-your-heart-to-pieces cliffhanger *evil smirk*


It's a strange new world

Forget what you know about the world. It's a new reality out there where humans live happily unaware of the supernatural beings among them. Vampires, werewolf, fae, angels, demons and witches are among them and peace is fragile and the balance of power precarious. At the bottom of the food chain are seers, left to do the dir
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Coming home after work Addison finds a vampire lying near her garbage that has been staked but whoever had attacked him had missed his heart. In order to hide the fact there is an injured vampire from her human neighbor Addison brings the vamp into her home and chains him to her bed while she tries to figure out what to do with him.

Addison never expected when she brought a vamp into her life she was rescuing the vampire king and leader of the supernatural world, Rhyse. Rhyse had been attacked i

This book was really cool, it was so much more than a typical, vamp/human(ish) (Seer actually) romance. Really liked the plot and the world builder, made me want to read more of this series, see what happens next.

Even more, I admire the author's courageous ending.

It's definitely a book worth reading!
Lauren Stewart
Feb 16, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm really excited about this one. It was an adventure I never saw coming and that I now can't see ending any time soon. :)

After finishing the Hyde series, I decided to do something simpler. When that plan completely failed, I somehow found myself writing five, very complicated books simultaneously, with the potential for more! I had to do it that way because the world building is such a large part of the series and needed to be set from the very beginning. So my brain has been aching for months
I enjoyed the story enough to check out the next book, however, I found myself rather bored, sometimes confused by some of the actions and scenes but maybe they were not so confusing and I was just doing this

at the time.

Some scenes I felt were long and just drawn out, where others were just ho-hum, and I found my mind wondering off thinking about what I'd make for dinner or if I should paint the living room blue or slate grey. The idea of the book was good, I generally like this type of storyli
Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
I needed some fantasy read and it seemed one of my Goodreads friend enjoyed this one so, why not? I did not know Lauren Stewart but the book was cheap and I would not take a great risk.

Good move as I enjoyed it, a lot!

Addison is the kind of heroine I like: the sarcastic kind. Yes!

Addison is a Seer, the lowest race among supers. They don’t buy glamour and see the vampires, werewolves, demons, angels, witches, etc. for what they are, that’s their sole ability in this world of “higher” races.
As a S
Nadine ShelfLove
Can you relate, you only know a handful of authors that are always on your auto-click? That you can trust these authors that they deliver a great story that draws you in, no matter what the plot setting is? That these authors just don't disappoint you but leave you wanting more?

Yeah such author is Lauren Stewart to me; her books are on my auto-click since I've read and dearly loved her Hyde serial -which is btw aaahamazing!!

Even though I beta read Unseen and I know she made some changes afterwar
Dilushani Jayalath
Kindly received a free copy from the author

So the main reason I wanted to read this was because the last book I read of Lauren Stewart was just beyond amazing. Being a fan of the classical story of Hyde and Jekyll, when I saw a modern interpretation of it I was super excited and that book did not disappoint me.

But........ I'm not sure of this one. Yep it was good compared to other boring supernatural stuff out there and I did give it a four star review, my thoughts are still a mess. I mean I l
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just Released! Book 2 of The Heights Series by Lauren Stewart!
Here's YOUR chance to WIN an eCopies of the entire series so far!
Click on Banner to Enter! Ends September 7, 2015 - International

One Gorgeous Seer with Attitude, Snark, MORE Attitude, who would rather “dust” a vampire than “trust” a vampire– Check!

Elegantly regal and, well-snobbish, HOT Vampire King who just happens to be the Prime ( leader of ALL of the supernatural races )– Check! (Seriously, go BIG or go home, right?)

Perish the tho
May 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Holy shit. Yeah, you heard me right. This book totally blew my mind. I enjoy reading creative paranormal stories that create a whole world on its own. And this one here is one of the best. Forget anything you knew about the world of supernaturals. Forget what you read about vampires or demons. "Unseen" paints a new picture of the supernatural world, making it so much more interesting and mind-blowing.

Lauren Stewart created a world so detailed, so intense, that you will feel like you are living i
Oct 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-stars
Well...where do I start?...Overall, the storyline is quite good. I'm not a big fan of the 'one couple per novel' series, but I'm intrigued with the author's idea of multiple POV's in the series. I just hope that the next books will have more of Addison's and Rhyse's POV than "Unseen" had of the other characters who aren't the primary focus in this novel. (view spoiler) ...more
Roxy the Fury
Rhyse made the story

Addison was likable but as the story moved on and she blundered through things she quickly grew unlike able. She stumbled through the story like she had a blind fold on. She kept putting people in danger and then crying to save them. As a heroine, she was terrible. As a comic relief she did well. Rhyse was better. He lost his character quite a few times but when you realize that it was because the love he felt for Addison ran mondo deep, it helped to understand his sudden cha
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I don't know what to make of this book...I couldn't put it down but it was so weird lol. I kept picturing Eric and sookie from true blood when reading it. I don't know why but I can just see these two acting like them lol. Stuffy and kinda uptight vamp and a smart ass girl. I will totally admit though she had me LOLing at a ton if parts!! He did too!! It was funny! The part where she "moved, bent and wiggled" when she got into the clothes he picked out and she said "hear that? That's th ...more
Stefanie Pristavu
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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This one is pretty awesome. And I'm sure the final version will be even better!

Edit: Yep, finished this the second time, and enjoyed it just as much. The add-on's were spot on and the little nits satisfying. Lauren does have a thing for roller-coasters, though, so prepare for quite a ride.

The world building is excellent, the plot fun and easy to follow and the characters are very well rounded. Looking forward to the next installment (and actually anything Lauren will chuck at me)
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was so fortunate to win an ARC of Unseen. It's different than the Hyde series, yet similar in many ways...interesting paranormal story arc, lots of great characters, an absolute to-die-for hero, loads of sexual tension, and just the best banter between the hero and heroine. I can't wait for the next book in the series. ...more
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
I'm putting this on hold for now.

The start was great but now at 31% I'm bored. I'd rather stop now and try again another time, rather than struggle through and hate it all.
**I would like to thank Netgalley, Patchwork Press and the author Lauren Stewart for a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion**

Unseen is the first in The Heights series. It's a Paranormal Romance, that is Kick ass, funny and entertaining, with a hidden Paranormal world, called the The Highworld aka The Heights. In this world there's humans, seers and supernaturals called supers by the seers. Addison is a seer, seers were humans who died and came back as seers, now being
First of all, let me start this review by saying: I don't like vampires.

At least, I don't like all that snobby, aristocratic, excessively beautiful, über erotic demeanor vampires come with nowadays, usually when they are the love interests. For me, those kinds of vampires are the losers within the world of monsters, always pained and suffering, troubled by all the deaths they've caused, haunted by the anguish they've imposed upon humanity, while still being those perfectly seductive, gifted crea
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Feb 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book from the author for an honest review.

HOLY HELLS BELLS!! Where do I even begin? Well let’s start with the obvious, I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK. I mean I was thinking about it non-stop when I wasn’t reading it. I was scheming and plotting and trying to make everyone happy but let’s face it, Lauren doesn’t give you happy in book one now does she?? NOPE annnnd this is why I am an addict!!

So t
First, I would like to thank Lauren Stewart for gifting me this to review.

4.75 "The Heights" Stars

I did not read the synopsis for Unseen so I had no idea what it was about when I first got into reading it. Which for me, worked out fine. I already knew Lauren's writing from her Hyde Trilogy.

So if you would like to know a little about Unseen before you dive in, is set in a fictional city named The Heights and Addison who is a seer that can see paranormal creatures; vampires, shifters, angels, demo
Waffle Monarch
The book is competently written. Some other reviewers have stated that the writing is awkward in the beginning but I don't see it. In fact the beginning is probably my favorite part of the whole book.

I have a lot of criticisms, but they all essentially boil down to one thing: the female protagonist considers the male protagonist an annoyance. She considers the love between them to be a burden, and frankly that just doesn't ever do it for me.

Being sassy, authoritative, self-possessed, whatever yo
Jennie Wurtz
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I am already a HUGE fan of Lauren Stewart's work. All of it. So when I came across Unseen I was absolutely thrilled to read it and I am so glad I did. I loved it! This paranormal romance is so much fun! Rhyse and Addison are hilarious in their banter and attitudes! In typical Lauren Stewart fashion, she absolutely nailed it with the dialogue! Addison cracked me up constantly, and the way she stands up to Rhyse and talks back to him? Brilliant! And Rhyse, in all his vampy hotness, m ...more
'Unseen' features a world where the supernatural surrounds the everyday human, who walk amongst the creatures of the night, completely unsuspecting. Interestingly the book spends quite a bit of time on the politics of the different races and the struggle of the seers (those almost-humans who can see through their glamours) who are essentially their minions. This was the aspect of the book that captured my imagination the most. Although paranormal power struggles are prevalent in a fair few urban ...more
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Where to begin...

I absolutely loved this book. I loved the character development, the story line, the mystery and last but not least the romance.

I haven't written a review in quite some time either, so I am more than a little rusty, but Unseen deserves one. This is the first book I've read from this author and feel I will soon become a fan and read just about anything she writes, along with (just to name a few) Jeannine Frost, JR ward, Lauren Oliver, Patricia Briggs and many other Greats.

If a
I have mixed emotions about this book. I suspect this is one of those series that gets off to rough start but finds its own in subsequent installments.
First, I loved the character of Addison. I liked that the author commits to a strong female protagonist that knows her own mind and acts accordingly.
The supporting cast was assertive enough that I found myself wondering about their futures, at times, more than the leading male character. I felt like they were easier to relate to.
I can’t say that I
Pippa DaCosta
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not since the Fever series have I been so caught up in a book. I devoured this, head down, eyes glued, from start to finish. The lead protagonist is smart, and funny, with just the right amount of snark. The male lead, Rhyse (vampire-hotness) probably goes through one of the most monumental character changes I've read in a while. The relationship between Rhyse and Addison is at times hilarious, extremely sexy, and develops into such a wonderful 'partnership' that by the end, I honestly couldn't ...more
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow. A funny, deep, thought provoking book. Highly recommended.

Rhyse and Addison are incredible! I LOVE Rhyse! He is the hottest, sexiest, sweetest, vampire! Addison is feisty, stubborn, and impulsive. Together they are undeniable.

The ending is phenomenal. It's, strangely, as thought provoking as the ending in Blocked. I'm so torn by what happens with Rhyse and Addison.

Really looking forward to reading every book in this series!
Ah man. That did not just happen. I feel like stomping my feet and then throwing myself on the floor. I didn't like this one. There was just too much going on. But so little at the same time. I grew bored with Rhyse and Addison. They kept going back and forth with their emotions. (view spoiler)

This one sort of felt like childs play compared to Stewart's Hyde series. I still love this Author and look forward to whateve
Ms. Cyn
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful story but I hate being stuck at the end with a beginning. Hopefully the next book will help with that. This book is the beginning of a war between the races and it all started with Addison. Addison is a seer, which is a human that can see paranormal creatures. She is part of the clean up crew that disposes of paranormal bodies. After work one night she finds a vampire with a hole in his chest and an ugly personality. Instead if killing him, she saves his life and changes him ...more
Christina McKnight
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Stewart does it again! Holy F Word!

Great start to an amazing new series. World building is well thought out, characters are amazing and sooo different than other books. Unique concepts.
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Lauren Stewart lives in Northern California with two teenagers, a cat named Luna Lovegood, and a very hairy, drooly old man who loves belly rubs. Lauren reads almost every genre so naturally, her writing reflects that. In all her novels, you'll find elements of other genres--fantasy, mystery, romance, paranormal, suspense, all with a touch of humor.

Because what doesn't kill us should make us laugh

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“You are not going to do it?” His voice was calm but gravelly. A rich, deep baritone that held no fear. “I cannot say I am disappointed.”
“I… I…” In the history of great comebacks, that had to rank in the top three. Idiot.
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“I… I…” Oh, come on, Addison. At least get out a verb. “I found you. All I want is for you to be well enough to leave.”
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