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The Girl Who Sees

(Sasha Urban #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,758 ratings  ·  174 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, 1st Edition, 350 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Mozaika Publications (first published June 30th 2018)
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Montzalee Wittmann
The Girl Who Sees
Sasha Urban Series, Book 1
By: Dima Zales, Anna Zaires
Narrated by: Emily Durante
I had never read anything by these authors and was happy to find I enjoyed them. A fast paced, action packed book with surprises, likable characters, supernatural creatures and abilities. What more is there to like? The narration was great too! Going on to the next book!
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was such a fun and unique read. I loved all the diverse characters and how even though many questions were answered, I still have so many more because of it. I will definitely not hesitate to pick up book two.
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
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Huh. This wasn't so bad. My only issue was that it was really slow. Nothing really happens till the end and when it did it was a bit of a letdown. I might check book 2 out someday.
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
"If Occam were in my shoes, he’d slit his wrists with his razor."

Oh yikes....Well...we've got a snarky snark h named Sasha who considers herself to be a mentalist. She has been practicing her magic tricks for years, and enjoys showing off her talents to friends and patrons alike. (But atm it's more as a side gig)


It isn't until she is finally invited onto a TV show to display her methods to a live crowd that things start to go really wrong. Sasha suddenly finds her self the target
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
Aug 03, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My English review

After seeing a review of one of the volumes of the series, I was curious to discover this very first novel.

It was really nice to have a different heroine, a heroine whose dream is to become a great mentalist/illusionist. She is thrilled when she can finally perform on TV. However, she doesn’t know that this performance will turn her her life down: a zombie comes on stage to kill her. From then on, she will discover a world of which she knew nothing about an
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

OK start to a UF series. MC is a bit of ditz but maybe she will level up in the process of learning.
Lori S.
A surprisingly delightful and fun read
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
Snarktastic Sonja
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This is an interesting book in an interesting world - and I'm sure I'm going to have to read further to completely understand the world. I would rate this book higher, but it is written in present tense - and that always screws with my psyche.
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...
I was drawn in by the synopsis but found the story confusing! And I didn't like Sasha! I found the last third of the story was the best part!
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
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: like-it
Fast paced, fun, unexpected supernatural read. I liked that I didn’t know what was going on, or get a lot of depth from the characters - it sets up the series for some great intrigue and reveals as we get to know them. I liked that her magic is just real life magic tricks - and enjoyed seeing behind the scenes on a few of them. Enjoyable read. And now I want a chinchilla.
Lyndi W.
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Too confusing, TSTL heroine, no satisfying payoff. I don't think I'll continue this series.
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.

Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I had a slow time getting into it the first few chapters, but it became strangely addictive after the book metaphorically cleared its throat. Looking forward to Sasha's next adventure.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
If I hadn't read this for a book club I would have never finished it.
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
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 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
Latasha Grooms
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5🌠 good read

Action, drama, intrugue, humor (Kit, Pada), mystery, and slight romance this book has it all. It has a few minor annoyances for me such as the fact that Sasha constantly undermines what she knows to be real. Like how many times can something happen and you continuously don't believe it, or even worse believe half of it but then ignore the other half, such as when she accepted the fact that the zombies attack her in her apartment but she refuse to believe that the dream she had abo
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
At first I liked it because the main character was human, as in she was realistically flawed. Then, it gradually became evident that she was barely managing to avoid death from day to day by her abundance of supporters and her gift of foresight. This was still pretty cool, but then about three fourths through the book, she is completely overwhelmed, someone we readers became emotionally invested in dies, and she becomes utterly alone. It sounds like a real true story wrapped in a fantasy that ex ...more
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Dima Zales is a full-time science fiction and fantasy author residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Prior to becoming a writer, he worked in the software development industry in New York as both a programmer and an executive. From high-frequency trading software for big banks to mobile apps for popular magazines, Dima has done it all. In 2013, he left the software industry in order to concentrate on his ...more

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