Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan


Title: The Unseen

Author: J.L. Bryan

Release Date/Publisher: October 31st 2013

Finished: October 22nd 2013

Pages: eBook-ARC for review


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.

What I thought:

I suggest it for more mature readers due to certain scenes.

A big thank you to the author for supplying me an advanced copy! I love this author’s work so I was very excited to get it.

Expect this to be creepy! Wouldn’t you be scared if your dreams were filled with parasitic monsters? Then to see them during the day feeding on others too? It’s no wonder that Cassidy is always trying to not be sober so that it’s all blocked from her view. I do not endorse drug use, but I can understand why she would be using it all.

All of these creatures and her what she saw of the paranormal world lead to a much bigger plot and I was so happy about that! It had so much depth to it and it was written very well, almost as if something like this could be happening today. The characters were great, especially Cassidy. All she wants is to be normal because of all that she sees, and especially after an event when she’s younger. I loved that she was into art and it was pretty cool that she did tattoos for a living. I loved that she wasn’t a wimpy heroine in distress and that she went right for it especially when it was needed (near the end). Some of her friends were random, but I really did like Barb. She was the best friend who stuck with her and helped her no matter what.

I loved the lore of Ireland mentioned in this book (I’ve got a bit of Irish blood in me), and all the other talk of angels/demons and the small bits of magic. It really fit with the story and definitely gave it a chill factor with the demons and what that church of First Light was doing.

I was drawn into this book right from the beginning. Although some sections might seem slow, I loved it and felt like the book was just building. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for something creepy that will leave you looking for unseen monsters of your own!

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One comment on “Review: The Unseen by J.L. Bryan

  1. I’m glad you liked this one! I’m hoping to get it finished before my review goes up on Halloween (well, obvs, since I can’t WRITE the review without finishing). Jeff writes some really awesome books!

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