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The Girl Who Sees

(Sasha Urban #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  75 reviews
I'm an illusionist, not a psychic.

Going on TV is supposed to advance my career, but things go wrong.

Like vampires and zombies kind of wrong.

My name is Sasha Urban, and this is how I learned what I am.
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Mozaika Publications
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Cathy  Pratt
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a good fast paced book. This book had everything you would want in a syfy/fantasy book. Some parts kept me on the edge of my seat. Now that I got the taste for Misfortune Teller, I really want to read it. The Girl Who Sees is the first book of the Sasha Urban series. Misfortune Teller is the second in the series. This book is highly recommended.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5/5 Stars

I feel like I'm the only one that only kinda liked this novel. The story-line is intriguing, but it just took forever to get exciting.

Sasha Urban is a mental illusionist who wants to have her own TV show. After her first appearance, crazy things begin to happen around her. She begins to see the future, and tries to change the horrid things she sees.

I found myself skimming most of the book, up until two thirds of the way through. It was basically just Sasha (and the reader) being major
Barbara J. Gore
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it

As I read the reviews, I don't understand how this book got a 4.5 star rating. I feel like I was generous with a 3 star. I think the storyline was a good idea, but the story seemed disjointed and at times disconnected. The writing style seemed more like a Young Adult style. Characters were thrown into the story and were never properly developed. There were some exciting moments, but then they were dropped before the reader was given time to connect the event to the storyline. Sasha
Alicia Miller
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
The general idea for the story was pretty interesting, but execution was not great. The book is slow, fairly uninteresting, and mostly confusing until you hit about 60%. Here, you go from dragging your feet to a full on sprint.

Our main character, Sasha, doesn’t have much of a personality and is either choosing to be blissfully ignorant throughout most of the book or she’s not nearly as smart as her superhuman logistical skills would make her seem. In fact, most of her confusion towards the midd
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. The story took a little bit to get going because it is told from the main character’s point of view and you discover things as they unfold, but once you figure out what is going on the story flies. Sasha wants to be an illusionist on TV but when she predicts the future during her first real show her world changes in ways she can’t explain. With walking dead, zombie battles and car chases there is plenty of excitement. By the end of this book you will be hooked on this new seri ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited to read this book; it seemed like it would be interesting and unique. And it would have been a great read for me if the main character, Sasha, hadn’t been so utterly stupid. She has a vision/dream and uses it to escape an animated cadaver. She questions whether or not it was real multiple times. Oh, I got it the first time since she had been glamoured and all, but multiple times? Come on! It was insulting to read through Sasha’s nonsense wonderings. All of the “ even though I saw t ...more
Sep 03, 2018 marked it as dnf
No negatives exactly, just didn't grab me... if I'd have sampled this I wouldn't have clicked...
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sheryl
This is a review of the first two books which I have just torn through on audio in under two days. There were some things wrong with this series, but what was right with it massively outweighed them, for me at least, I really enjoyed them both.

Important thing first ... both books finish ... properly. No cliff-hangers here and all loose ends tied up as you would like. I just wanted more of Sasha's world so I started in on the second book immediately. Emily Durante narrates the audio exactly as we
Mar 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
Sidenote: I got this as an audiobook for the gym, thinking that it would encourage me go to the gym more often. Funnily enough, it wasn't until after I cancelled my gym membership a few months later that I got past 10% of the book. Woops.

The book itself was okay. It had a slight sci-fi take on the urban fantasy genre, which isn't a mash-up I'm keen on, but I could roll with it. Also has a bit of a tendency to go on pointless rambles which kill the pacing but meh. I wouldn't say no to getting the
Marie Austin
I was looking forward to reading this book as it had a good storyline.

Unfortunately, for me it took quite a while to get into it so I found myself skimming quite a bit of the book waiting for the good bits...

This story is about Sasha, a mental illusionist, who desperately wants to be famous for what she does and eventually have her own tv show.

For most of the book I was confused as to what was going on as there were a lot of dreams that seemed like reality and these were in fact premonitions.

Sep 02, 2018 marked it as sampled
Personal note to self.

Mmm I can't say this book has a strong beginning. The sample is a couple of chapters and unfortunately it raises so many doubts:

-if she's suffering from panic attacks when in public to the point of being phobic (and needing medication) why accepting a TV appearance?
- If your host blackmails you, why do you accept it or pretend everything is all right?
- Why is the only thing you think about (above all in this #metoo world) is that you might accept his advances (he's fu**
I made it to 11 minutes (listening to the Audib;e) before the creepy male privilege vibe of Darien with the implied blackmail, the underlying idea that he might be planning untoward advances towards Sasha when he asks the staff to leave the room, and the comment describing his voice as having a predatory edge had me cringing.
Context: today Dr Ford is being questioned by the Senate Judiciary committee about allegations of sexual assault... The writers of this piece (hopefully) unconsciously echo
Jul 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 STARS to The Girl Who Sees!

An exciting new Urban Fantasy Series, with Seers and Vampires and Necromancers, oh my!

Meet Sasha Urban. By day she’s a Hedge Fund Analyst, by night she’s an Illusionist.

This girl does not play tricks and don’t tell her she does either!

Sasha is looking at honing in on her special effects to leave her boring day job and pursue her passion of making magic. For Sasha, her abilities are an effect, she has yet to discover (or understand?) how innate her skills actually ar
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Card tricks, mysterious predictions, mysterious boss, suspicious friends, awesome illusion skills, scary creatures, people needing help, and all this before lunch. Yup, this book will have you wrapped up in an urban fantasy world that takes a unique look at the physic world.

Our story start with Sasha Urban getting ready for her big TV debut that will hopefully propel her to being the first woman magic
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Minority Report meets The Mentalist: exciting new UF series with a quirky and snarky heroine set in NY

It is always a risk to try a book by a new author, but I love the books of Dima Zales’ wife and I am really into UF, and boy am I glad that I took a chance on this one. There have been mumblings by industry insiders that Paranormal/UF are past their peak and are actually on the wane (I haven’t observed this myself), so I am doubly glad to discover a new and exciting UF series.

I also had some res
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I went into this book not knowing a ton about it, only that I knew I liked other books by Dima Zales and Anna Zaires, and that I liked urban fantasy (UF) books (when I am in the right mood). As expected, I really liked the writing itself- clean and crisp with words and concepts clearly showing intelligence and research. There were humorous lines peppered throughout that I enjoyed a lot, though I wouldn't describe the book or overall tone as funny at all, just like the way there is humor woven
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4.5 stars
I wanted to try something different and volunteered to read an advance copy of this book. Sasha drudgingly plugs away at her day job researching various stocks for her boss at a hedge fund. What she really wants to be is a master illusionist and have a career on television. She finally gets her shot to appear on a television show but before it is her turn to go on stage, she has a premonition of what is going to happen. Up until this point, she has always been able to rationalize a reas
Dorothea Müller
Sasha Urban träumt davon eine bekannte Illusionist zu sein. Sie bekommt die Chance darauf, als sie einen Auftritt im Fernsehen hat. Doch es läuft alles schief, Zombies und Vampire sind plötzlich in ihrem Leben zuhause. Sie merkt selber das sie wirklich eine  Hellseherin ist und es mehr auf dieser Welt gibt als gedacht.

Ich mag Magier und ihre Shows. Sasha ist mir von ersten Augenblick an sympathisch und bewundere sie auch etwas. Dann beginnt auch schon das Chaos und mit Sasha steckt man mitten dr
Every time I put down this book to do things in the real world I kept getting pulled back. I just wanted to learn more with Sasha. There’s a lot of crazy stuff happening to her and she doesn’t know what’s going on, but then she gets these visions that drop just enough hints to make you guess what’s going on. The author did a wonderful job with this book. I can’t wait to find out who’s hiding what and what the bigger picture is. I'm pretty sure more surprises await us in book two.

The Girl Who See
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great work by Dima Zales. I normally don’t read this genre but every so often I do want to read something different so Dima’s books are my go to. I have read few of his other books and truly enjoyed this different world. Girl who sees definitely didn’t disappoint. Right from beginning I was intrigued with the blurb and wanted to read Sasha’s story.
She appears to be ordinary girl (or that’s what she thinks) who does magic tricks. She got invited to the tv show where she first time had he
Oct 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I guess it's okay if this is what you're in to.

I,personally, was very disappointed in this book. In the original ad for the book they said readers of the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton would love this book. They were greatly mistaken. There is simply no comparison. "The Girl Who Sees" is a childish fairytale compared to the Anita Blake Series.

I will say that the book is well written. Though I didn't care for the story I do believe there are probably many who would enjoy reading it.

I w
Sarah Leenart
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept popping up on my feed as a suggestion so in the end I thought why not? The magician side of things put me off in the synopsis as they are not something I like at all. However Sasha was a great character, this is our vanilla girl discovers she has powers and becomes part of the supernatural community style of read and it is one that I do enjoy reading. Sasha is actually very slow to realise that her ability to predict whats going to happen and almost 'see' accidents before they occ ...more
Kerrie P
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing new series

Sasha Urban is the heroine we have been waiting for. She is smart, independent, and headstrong. I love that she doesn't know when to quit. She fights until the very end. However, she is human. Her life is turned upside down and her biggest dream is snatched from her grasp, yet she doesn't let it get her down. The other characters in the book are intriguing and likeable. The author makes you want to delve deeper into the lives of the othet characters in the book. I recommend thi
Sofia Weavind
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book for an honest review.
I’ve never read an urban fantasy book before, but I must say, I can’t wait for the next book!

I found the book interesting initially, but it wasn’t a burning read. A lot of characters are introduced very rapidly initially and I was struggling to keep up BUT!
once I kept with it past the first couple of chapters I could no longer put it down.
I enjoyed the writing style of Dima Zales and I didn’t really know what to expect and was kept o
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
I liked that this book had a lot of mixtures of supernatural and mythology elements within it. Sasha, the main character, goes through a lot of trials and tribulations with this new supernatural gift of hers but manages to rise to the occasion with all of the types of hurtles thrown her way. It was kind of a long build up at the beginning of the story but towards the middle of the book it sped up and gripped you till the e
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
toto bolo celkom fajn, mile prekvapenie. Malo to spravnu davku napatia, humoru, ziadne klise ako milostny trojuholnik

Sasha je iluzionistka. Cez den pracuje vo firme, ktora robi analyzu trhu a vecer robi triky, prepacte, EFEKTY, ako to ona hovori Dostane sa do TV, kde ma moznost predstavit sa, kedze chce mat svoj vlastny TV program.
No tam sa to zacne kazit, ked ju napadne zombie, zacne mat zive sny, ci skor predvidanie buducnosti, zisti, ze jej skvela spolubyvajuca a kamoska je do toho zamotana
Carole Hayes
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm a huge fan of Dima Zales: he creates characters and worlds that feel absolutely real and believable regardless of the fact that he's writing about supernatural beings and events. I love the slow build in this particular story: it starts off feeling like OUR world, and supernatural elements are introduced slowly—as Sasha learns about them, so do we. Once Sasha/we have a good idea of what's going on things start happening quickly, and the last half of the book went by so fast that I almost wan ...more
S. T.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC for a honest review. This is my first book from this author. I came upon this book through Anna Zaires' books. This book is not in the same vein as her dark romances. Although paranormal is not my go to books, The Girl Who Sees was definitely an interesting read. I really enjoyed the smart heroine and all the twists and world building. Basically the heroine lives a "normal" life with her passion being performing magic. Something happens and a whole paranormal worlds opens up to ...more
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really good, fun read. Lots of detail and description really pulls you into the story, and then you're caught. Nicely fleshed-out characters, all of whom I now want to read more about. The little twists made it good fun, and something out of the ordinary. I also liked all the current pop references, as I think they help ground the story in current times, without being excessive. In the end, you get hooked into the story, and want to know what comes next, which is what every good book has in co ...more
Andrea Loveless
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved a free copy for my honest review.
This story is very new and different, which you can ALWAYS expect from Dima. I enjoyed the book. So much of the world felt confusing for me, but we are learning along with our heroine. The action was gruesome and kept me on the edge of my seat. One thing I love about Zales' books is that there is always this level of introspection that makes you analyze the mind and its capabilities, and The Girl Who Sees keeps with that theme. I look forward to book
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