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The Unseen

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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
Paperback, 322 pages
Published October 31st 2013 by Createspace (first published October 19th 2013)
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Rhiannon Frater
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: favorite-author
JL Bryan is one of my favorite authors. I loved his Jenny Pox series and adored his Fairy books. I'm a HUGE fan.

So it hurts just a little to give this three stars. I did like the book and encourage you to read it if you love horror. But I didn't love it.

What I Liked

The premise is awesome. It's chilling. It's scary. I loved how it felt like a horror film out of the 70's. It had an awesome gritty feel.

The characters weren't necessarily "good" even when they were on the side of "good." I rather lik
Oct 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2013
J.L. Bryan gives us another dark story about a girl with abilities that could land her in a heap of trouble. For all the problems these abilities bring into her life, if Cassidy doesn't bother to learn how to wield them, she'll probably just end up dead. Or possessed. Or a drunk, drugged out tattooist without a lot of prospects. So, there's that.

Frankly, there's an awesomely high creep factor in this book. Unseen critters that feed on everyone around her. Demons who have a PLAN for getting a toe
Amy Fournier
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Jan 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, horror
Original joint review posted at Book Soulmates

4 stars

Isalys: I never know where to begin when it comes to reviewing JL’s books but I can say that he does it again! Is it any wonder I call him the Master of Mindfuckery?! LOL. I’ve read his other work, but this one had a darkness that was completely new and perfect for Halloween.

Jen: Unlike you, this was my first foray into the mind of JL. I was both terrified and intrigued at the same time. I knew from the first paragraph that shit was going to
Paranormal Books R Us
The Unseen Review

This story was a different but interesting.
It was a little slow in the beginning and it crammed a whole lot in towards up the end. But I liked the authors twist on the monsters and religion and I enjoyed some of the characters. I just would have liked more info on the supernatural side of things but hopefully that will be covered in the next book. Overall though I think it was worth the read.
A Surprising Difference From The Ellie Jordan Series

While I was intrigued by the story, I didn't enjoy some of the gratuitous language and definitely did not enjoy the graphic sexual parts at the end. I personally do not recommend this book.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another page turning book which I thoroughly enjoyed reading. I hope that the author will continue to draw the reader into the story with the next book that is due out shortly. Keep writing to take our minds away from the disasters taking place in the real world at present.
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret that JL Bryan is one of my short list of insta-read authors. It could be a grocery list at this point and I'll take a stab at it, knowing that I'm in for one hell of a heart-pounding and spooky ride down the aisles with demons, witches, evil fairies, kick ass time travelers, or other supernatural beasties on my heals. And The Unseen kicks his previous horror novels up a serious notch, featuring a world full of invisible creepy crawlies that feed on your energy while a Satanic cult ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
The Unseen is an utterly titillating story that is impossible to forget. J.L. Bryan continues to impress me with his ability to completely shock and alarm me! This is a book that should definitely be read by those who like to experience the darkest elements of the supernatural.

JL has produced a plot enriched with the creepiest, freakiest, and most appalling entities you will ever come across: Demons. I'll admit that something about demons really scares the pants off of me, but they aren't the on
I have realized that J.L. Bryan has become one of my never fail authors. I have never been disappointed reading his books, and every time I finish one I cannot wait for his next! When he sent me a copy of The Unseen I was over the moon, I had just added it to Goodreads a few days before and I was excited to read it during Halloween!

Well… I attempted to read it before Halloween. I started The Unseen and immediately got terrified within the first chapter, and put it down. I admit, I am a chicken a
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
J.L. Bryan does creepy and dark well…really well! The Unseen is a creeptastically dark, gritty read full of the macabre and the unexpected. The Unseen’s heroine, Cassidy, is a young tattoo artist, drug enthusiast, and, as she discovers, surrounded by the supernatural. Cassidy finds herself and her loved ones caught up in the deadly doings of a demonic cult and its dangerous disciples. Cassidy must learn to trust and tap into her own supernatural powers to save the people she loves.

I’ve said it b
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
PJV Quickie: The Unseen is a quick, gritty, and terrifying novel. It's got a lot of dark parts of it. The writing is classic J.L. Bryan, gripping, scary, with a dark humor laced throughout.

The book starts with a teenage Cassidy and her friends having a little get together. Cassidy makes a Quija board for the girls to play on. Only it's not really a game. Something comes out of the board, and possesses Reese, one Cassidy's friends. From that night on, Cassidy spends her time trying to hide the th
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love reading J.L. Bryan’s work. I am always amazed at the different worlds he is able to create in his novels and The Unseen is no exception. I will say that The Unseen runs darker than his other novels that I’ve read, but it still drew me in from beginning to end.
The main character, Cassidy, is on big hot mess. She has the ability to see creatures that aren’t there, but she doesn’t realize that they are real. She ‘copes’ with her ‘hallucinations’ by getting as high and drunk as she can, all d
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received The Unseen in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Somewhere between a 4 1/2 and a 5...

Let me just say that I have never picked up a J.L Bryan book that I didn’t like. He’s made me laugh out loud with his whimsical and light Songs of Magic series. His Paranormals series was intense, heartbreaking and brought with it a powerful message. Then there was Nomad that took readers on a scary and intense trip through time. I thought J.L. Bryan had pulled out all the stops with his previous
Holly Smith (Geek Glitter)
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This post is about The Unseen by J.L. Bryan and how wonderfully awesome it is! I have adored every one of Jeff's books that I have read so far & The Unseen is no different. He takes it back to the creepiness of his Jenny Pox series. The Unseen is a crazy mixture of good vs evil. Demons vs well, normal people. Throw in a few witches & you've got a great story!

The Unseen centers around Cassidy. After an incident in high school, she has been able to see all of the unseen things in the world. Monste
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a big fan on J.L. Bryan's books, and while I have a few waiting to be read on my kindle I have really enjoyed what I have read so far. When I received an email asking if I would like a review copy of The Unseen it was an easy answer, and a few weeks later I found myself in the possession of a copy of The Unseen.
Cassidy is the protagonist of The Unseen, when she was younger herself and a few friends had a disastrous event with ouja board, which resulted in the break up of this little group,
Jackie's Bookbytes
Oct 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-my-kindle
This book starts off when Cassidy was young and in school. Living in an apartment with her little brother and her mother. One night she had a party with some of her girlfriends , Barb, Tamila, and Reese and began playing with a Ouija board that the girls made themselves. But they never expected they'd conjure up a real demon, Nibhaz, with a message: that Cassidy die. When things go wrong, Reese gets seriously hurt and loses an eye and is left with 3rd degree burns.

If I wasn't familiar with J.L
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
The Unseen is a Super scary thriller that convinced me to NEVER make my own Ouija Board !

What a great read! I haven't read anything in the horror genre well, since.. goosebumps, and lets be honest, that was a LONG time ago! I usually just read in bed, in hind sight, this was probably the wrong time to start reading this book. In the first chapter, a small group of girls decide to make a home made ouija board, and oh-snap, it worked... way to well. One girl gets possessed by a demon and went cra
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 stor
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
I'm kind of ambivalent about this one. I generally like J.L. Bryan's books, especially his Ghost Trapper series, but... this one wasn't quite a hit for me. It's not bad, the world building and ideas behind the main story are very imaginative, and kept me interested.

Unfortunately, the whole storyline meandered. The opening chapter and the ending went by fast, and was very satisfying, but the middle just dragged. I think the multiple POVs didn't do this story any favors.

And Cassidy refusing to f
Oct 06, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 Really liked it starting off, but towards the end it felt a bit rushed (view spoiler) ...more
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant like all his over books I've read!

Wow where do I start with this one?..

it sucked me right into the story and made me feel all the emotions and feelings the characters portrayed, just like all the other books I've read by this author. But each book is unique and exciting and not in the slightest bit repetitive.
This story is fantastic and I can't wait to read the next book when it comes out about Cassidy and co.

I'm really starting to think perhaps this author is a bit magic himself to
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it

Mildly engaging book about a young woman plagued by visions from hell ever since a botched ouija board session goes very wrong. That night ended in a broken friendship, a maiming and too many nightmares to count.

How does Cassidy deal with constant visions of hellish parasites feeding on human weakness? She takes a lot of drugs. This works marginally well until she is sidelined by a broken leg and must finally deal with her issues. Perhaps in the process, she can learn to deal with those p
Apr 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great one

Another wonderful example of why I love to read Mr. Bryan's work. Loved this book from beginning to end. Though the ending didn't go as I had wished. Still, wonderful book. I do hope he plans to
Continue the series. This one was written two years ago and there was talk of another in the same year but one hasn't been released. Maybe we will see one... I hated Peyton so good riddance to him. But I do like Cassidy. She's a pretty cool chick. I don't really like the stylus use he see
Lori Mills
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book

I have read all of the ghost trapper series and liked them. This is different but just as good if not better. I liked that characters and their interactions with each other and the problems. It's good all the way through and leads to the ending that is action packed. Mr. Bryan says he is thinking about a second book and I am hoping he is going to follow through.
Donna King
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rate the book.

I really, really, really enjoyed this story. I love witch stories. I would recommend this book to everyone who likes witch, demon stories.
Nov 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nov 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
WOW, just.......WOW. Very excited for book 2. What an amazing writer.
Crystal Forsythe
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed it and am hoping for a series.
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic ...more

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