Friday, December 20, 2013

Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Publication date: 10/26/2013
  • Source: eARC provided by the publisher for review
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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 to take control of the people in her life, including her younger brother, Cassidy discovers that the unseen world of monsters is very real. She can no longer avoid it. To protect those she loves, she must accept her own hidden supernatural talents and face the forces of evil before the sinister cult achieves its twisted goals and casts the world into darkness.

My Thoughts

I love creepy books. This one definitely hit the mark for me. This authors writing is fantastic and he really gives a well rounded story. Great plot, great characters, great atmosphere. The characters, while not all very likable, were all done really well. It's quite an accomplishment when I can still really enjoy the characters even when I don't necessarily like them that much. This book creeped me out, but it wasn't scary. It was more of a spine tingling type read. Don't get me wrong, it did have some scary parts, but it was just the right amount without being overdone. It is told in different perspectives, so we get the story from all sides.

Cassidy was a character that I felt very indifferent about. I didn't dislike her, but she wasn't a character that I really could like very much. She has made a lot of bad decisions, she doesn't seem to really be trying to fix her life all that much, and she's not very pleasant. I understand that she's had a crap hand in life, but she just wasn't a character that I cared for much. She has what she believes to be hallucinations, and that's enough to really mess with anyone. She does drugs and drinks to make them stop. She lives in a house with a bunch of other people who don't really seem to have their shit together either. She's a tough chick though. She definitely has that going for her. She's also super talented and an awesome tattoo artist. She does start to redeem herself a bit by the end of the book. I thought her character was great for the story, I just didn't particularly like her.

Her boyfriend, or ex really, is a bit of a tool. He comes from a family with a lot of money. He does a lot of drugs, doesn't really care about things very much and is just not a great guy at all. I apologize that I don't remember his name, I read this a while back and didn't take notes for when I was ready to review. He ends up meeting one of Cassidy's old friends, but doesn't know that they know each other. He then ends up kind of dating her, but really, she is evil and just wants him to come to her messed up demon church. He is easily taken with her and even though he doesn't jump right into anything with her because he still thinks he and Cassidy will end up back together, he still lets her spend time with him and hangs out with her and her friends. I felt that he was a big part of tying the story together with the past making it's way into the present.

The other characters were well done too. Cassidy's brother plays a huge part in the story. Her best friend does also. This story is full of supernatural awesomeness like demon possession, witchcraft, and a hidden dark world that exists along with the normal world. It is a slow book, but it works with this story. It slowly unfolds and it really adds to the creepy atmosphere of it all. There are some disturbing parts that make this book that much more awesome. The sacrificing and demon rituals were really messed up in a good way. I really enjoyed this book and of course will be reading more from this author. I have enjoyed every book of his that I have read!

*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.


  1. Oooh, awesome review! I believe I do have this book in my kindle somewhere.

  2. Oh, I have seriously been in the mood for a scary read but haven't found anything good. This one sounds interesting, although I'm wary of the slow reading, because I've been crazy ADHD lately and can barely stick to a book, haha. Great review!

    AKA Vi3tBabe
    Deity Island

  3. I really love reading creepy books, but I can not stand characters who aren't likable. Cassidy sounds annoying, but I'm glad you still managed to enjoy the book in the end! Great review!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  4. I'm glad you liked this, but you know I don't like creepy books. LOL

  5. I'm not into creepy books but I'm glad you enjoyed.

  6. This one sounds like an awesome "get out of a reading rut" book. The creep factor makes it perfect for October.

  7. I always hate when a book has a main character that you don't particularly like, but you feel like they're important to the story, even if you couldn't really care less about them. I definitely know what you mean, and her ex does sound a bit tool-ish from your description. I'm glad that the writing and creep-factor of this one worked out without being too overwhelming. Fantastic review, Amy! <33

  8. Supernatural awesomeness? Sounds interesting! I am curious to read this one- as I love a good creepy read. This is my first time hearing of this one. Thanks for sharing. :)


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