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(The Unseen Trilogy #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  981 ratings  ·  135 reviews
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
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 19th 2014 by Pickles Press
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Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mackenzie is rarely seen without her headphones stuck in her ears, listening to music. They allow her to drown out the "noise" she hears from everyone's thought bombarding her. This solution to her "curse" has led her to pursue a path in Music Therapy. Right before she graduates, she is approached by a strange group called the "Unseen", who turn out to have gifts similar to hers. They offer her a job veiled in secrecy. She must decide if belonging to a group of people like her outweighs giving u ...more
~2.5 stars~

The blurb on this book sounded quite intriguing so I decided I would give it a try. Here is my breakdown:

The pros:
* It was generously offered as a freebie
* I loved the idea of a mind/thought reading heroine - this is something that hasn’t been overdone in the fantasy/paranormal genre
* the cover looks good

The cons:
* This book had a very vanilla/juvenile feel to it - the characters felt much younger than they were supposed to be - definitely YA (no sex, etc)
* I never, at any point cared
Completely Melanie
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I would give this a 4.25. I listened to the audio book of this with my husband. He doesn't have much time for him to actually read a physical book, so we listen to audio books together on his few days off. We both thoroughly enjoyed this book. An added plus is that my 12 year old son has listened to bits and pieces of this story while he is in the car with us and has now gotten into the story as well and wants to read it too! It's about this girl who is a mind reader and has just gotten her mast ...more
Feb 18, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

First, I really, thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters felt very authentic and real. Heroes, by nature, are different than everyone else and are marked as such. Mac is no different in that aspect. She is different, however, in the fact that her difference doesn’t create a “broken” character. She is a fully functional adult who is educated and independent. I love this about her.

Mac’s love interest was also refreshing. Owen is not domine
JoAnna Morris
Feb 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't know where to start. I loved the whole concept. I am not kidding when I say that the author had me at hello. Seriously, from the first page I was captivated. I had to keep reading "just 1 more page" and before I knew it there were no more. You can't ask for more than that!! ...more
Heaven is a bookstore
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Erickson kept me in the book hangover with The Unseen. Mac has always been odd because when she was a little girl she realized she could read others thoughts. A doctor provided her with iLs. Mac wears this device on her ears. It plays music and drowns out the thoughts of others allowing her to concentrate. Ever since she was little, she has always wondered why she has this ability and if she is as alone as she feels. One day she sees a man watching her and from there, things change. Sh ...more
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Including in less than 300 pages three of the things I hate the most in books? Mission accomplished!

1) I'm a Barbie girl
Don't let the synopsis fool you, there's no dynamic, determined nor admirable heroine.
Mac is the kind of girl who's convinced of being better then other people just because she's got a gift and then immediately pouts when she discovers others like her.
The annoying "prodigy" who can do everything and anything and without equals.
The intolerable, always whining and shouting girl
May 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm not sure how to rate this book. On the hand, I really liked the idea of having mind readers around and Mac's story how she made it through life so far was extremely interesting and I liked the role music played. On the other hand, some things really bothered me.
Mac has made it through life without ever encountering other mind readers or being found by them (view spoiler) or finding out by accident how to do any of the cool things mind readers can do. I
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-read-2015
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.

Mackenzie lived in her own world filled with music; you could say it helps keep her sane. Mac can hear other people's thoughts and sometimes it can be overwhelming, so she uses an iLs, an Integrated Listening System to block out the voices and help her focus at hand. Because this was her savior, she majored in music therapy. A chance meeting with a mysterious and extremely handsome man, whose thoughts she cannot hear, sparks h
Jul 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
2 stars

Well, I didn't DNF, So I will bump this up to 2 stars. The plot was predictable, especially the parts that were meant to be surprising. The heroine is 25, and I'm not sure how old the hero was, but they acted like they were 12 year olds. The first half of the book, for lack of a better word, was preachy. We learned all about a learning disability, and how it's treated, when we all know she doesn't even have that disability. We learn all about musical therapy, and how passionate she is abo
Kayce Dowdy
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
This book reads like a chaste version of Dark Light. I found Mackenzie unlikeable and the other characters flat and undeveloped. The author makes a lot of "girls are like/boys are like" statements, which strike me as sexist and unappealing. And just like Dark Light there's a whole lot of mooning and not much about main character's ability. Unfortunately, Unseen has no hilariously over-the-top sex scenes to make it fun.

My biggest gripe is how Mac decided to drop her dream of becoming a music the
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
I loved the cover and I thought this would be a great read, but I was wrong.

Mackenzie is a mind reader she can hear everyone’s thoughts but she can’t turn them off and it makes living very difficult.

Now the unseen have found her and want to her to join the group but why don’t the answer all her questions?
Mackenzie has finished college to I’m thinking she’s about 21 but her mind is very naive and frankly dumb. The love building was instant.

Mackenzie could have trained herself or event thought ab
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mind reading is tricky to handle in fiction- either the the mind-reader Knows All, or is a basket case because of too much input.

Erickson handled this really well. She dealt with what it would actually mean to read minds, and how difficult that would be until and unless one develops ways to control it.

And if there were mind readers, there would definitely be various schools of them, mostly at odds.

I think this was more novella length than novel length, but it was a fast, suspenseful and engaging
Ok best book out of my week of reading. (Sorry that isn't much of a compliment, but its mean't like one)

I was abit dubious about this book. She was too poor me, and then suddenly super duper. I was getting a bit sick of it. However I am curious about her story. It did hook me on the first book, as much as I hate cliff hangers, I do like this one. It isn't a massive cliffhanger but this book is cool.

I like the fact she is gifted, I just wish she wasn't so gifted. That could be toned down a little
The Literary Connoisseur
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This I couldn't stop thinking about it all day, and now that I've actually finished it, I feel as if I have to reread it immediately just to keep it fresh in my brain longer. It hooked me from the very beginning, and now I am hopelessly lost without it. Stephanie, I need book two. ...more
I DNF this book at 50%. It's probably unfair to base a whole book on one thing that bothered me, but I just couldn't get past it.
First, the good stuff. This is a really cool idea for a book. I loved that the author took the opportunity to "disguise" Mac's ability as Sensory Processing Disorder, because it gave me a chance to learn about a struggle some people face that I didn't know anything about. I also liked that Mac was getting her Master's in Music Therapy, because I think that's a wonderf
Jul 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Just because I was debating whether I should give this book 1 or 2 stars I'll say that my actual rate would be 1.5 stars. First of all, I just hate giving books less than two stars but I also didn't feel like it deserved two stars at all.
My first opinion about this book was that it's short and therefore would be easy to read. It really is unless you're kind of picky on the whole story and everything like me and in that case you might find it hard to finish it (just like I did). Don't get me wron
Nov 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
too many tropes

teenage/young adult girl with special gifts-check
tragic backstory-check
girl suddenly discovers she’s extraordinary-check
evil organization doing evil because they’re evil (got it?)-check
girl in terrible danger from evil org-check.
Same old same old, yawn.

The book is decently written, and Mackenzie’s music therapy career choice is unusual and a nice touch, but I’ve read this plot too many times already. I get that being special is something almost every teenager wants. The thing is,
Brie Andez
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I'm going to start by saying that I liked it, and that cover attracted me from the first moment, I loved the story and the plot but I couldn't get to connect with Owen, I just didn't feel that connection with him and I tried to like him but I just couldn't ,I felt as if I was watching him from afar, instead, I loved Maddie, she is (was) a great friend and I fell in love with Mitchell, they were very good people, I liked almost everything, it bothered me with most of the decisions that Mac made, ...more
Jul 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This book was such a quick read! Not just due to the length, but it was the perfect amount of fluff and serious-plot (Say, what is the opposite of fluff? Nonfluff? Someone needs to invent a word for it), which was just what I was looking to read next.

There isn't anything profound about Erickson's writing. It's pretty good. The reason I gave it 4 stars was because, although I really enjoyed it, there were a lot of little issues I had that took away from my experience. But first, let me list the
Feb 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
0.5⭐️ what the hell did I just read.
Let me paint this picture.
I have a best friend, the only friend I’ve known for all my life. She doesn’t know I have a 6th toe. I keep it from her, but who cares. She’s the best friend in the whole wide world. On day, this guy saves my life. Then he brings a friend, the friend is so hot. I fall in love after we exchanged a total of 50 words in 3 days.
He knows about my 6th toe, and he said I can get it fixed but I have to leave my things behind. My best friend
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting, realistic characters and plot

All the main characters--Mackenzie (the main character), Maddie (her best friend), Owen (her eventual partner), Tracey (her serious, determined teacher)--are believable, becoming more interesting and complex as the story develops. Their relationships and conversations are very realistic and become richer in unpredictable ways.
The plot is fascinating because the characters are so believable that Mackenzie's experiences and challenges seem very real, even
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mind reading nothing to it

Mac heard everyone's thoughts , it's overwhelming and noisy. So to combat the noise she listens to classical music. Dating is a minefield as the majority of men are only after one thing. The one shining light in all of this is her best friend cassie who Mac is fiercely protective of.

Very predictable but entertaining with good characters and plot. I think the dialogue needs some work though as it seems a little scripted and adolescent. I did like this but Mac at times wa
Pretty good

I feel like the storyline is good. Only a couple of grammar errors, nothing bad. Also I did like reading about Mac's character but I don't feel satisfied with how much happened in this book. I feel it could be summed up in one paragraph. I know it's to stretch it into a series but felt it was a bad place to cut it off. Because of that I may continue at a later time but won't put much money into it
Xander Benson
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was an very interesting but also very sad. The story was just really detailed and great. The book is filled with all kinds of bad jokes. The Unseen is a book about a girl that's a mind reader that is really good at piano and is often with her best friend Maddie. She meets these people called the unseen but what she doesn't know is that they are keeping secrets from her. ...more
Cherye Elliott
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't hear you

This book had been out for five years and Amazon tossed it out for me saying it would be something I would like. Thank you Amazon. I loved the book. I love storylines that are different and unique and not the same plot but different names and locations . Looking forward to reading the next book.
May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
This was nothing like I thought it would be and I was surprised with how good it was. Snarky main character whose life is turned upside down and she finds out lots of truths. Love her friendship with her bestie, Maddie. Everyone deserves that kind of friendship. I think I'll continue the series to see what happens next. ...more
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read....

I like the characters in this book. They are relatable and you seem to see clearly through the eyes of the characters. The plot and story line moves at a good pace and an great ending and lead into book two....
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Stephanie Erickson writes paranormal and fantasy. 2017 is a busy year, with 5 novels, 2 novellas, and 2 audio books planned! Apparently, she thought this was a good idea, while basically single-parenting a preschooler while her pilot husband jets around without her.

She’s basically a 5 ft.-nothing superhero.

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