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Welcome! My name is Haley, I'm a 27 year old book-aholic. I'm a book reviewer for the RiverTalk Newspaper. I love reading YA, NA, and adult paranormal mostly, but I do go into other genres on occasion. If you want to talk more one on one about books, please don't hesitate to contact me on facebook or twitter, I love making new bookish friends!

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See by Jamie Magee
See is currently a stand alone (but I think it is going to be a series)
Available formats: Ebook
Purchase See: Amazon . Amazon UK . B&N
323 Pages, released May 5th 2012

Forgetting who you are, your ambitions, your passions is crippling….but remembering – embracing your purpose with a new sense of determination is more than empowering….it's life altering. Charlie Myers is on a life altering path that will cause the dammed to humble in silence.

One night…just a few friends, how could it go so wrong? That was the question seventeen year old Charlie Myers was asking when she found herself in the ER. Outwardly nothing was wrong with Charlie, she was a vision of perfect heath, internally she was battling a raging headache…one the doctor told her she would overcome shortly, but Charlie knew something else was wrong …very wrong.

Part of her had been stolen…she was missing memories. Those memories were sacred. They held the key to her sanity. They told her that the sinister whispers, the shadows that came to life before her were not as ominous as she felt they were. They held the bond with her late father, a famed musician. They caused her to forget the one talent that allowed her to face the darkness that haunted her every waking hour. They also masked a much deeper bond, the face of the one that had stolen her heart, long before the age of seventeen.

Sitting in the ER with her angry mother she couldn’t figure out what she was missing, or even how. Her thoughts told her that she needed to protect Britain, a friend of hers, but that didn’t make any sense – Britain didn’t need to be protected from anyone, he was strong, young, and absurdly wealthy. Charlie also knew that even though her friend Bianca called Charlie her best friend, she didn’t trust her …she was almost sure she despised her, but she couldn’t figure out why, or understand how random thoughts were telling her that she adored both Britain and Bianca – that they were her saviors – that they brought silence to the unstoppable whispers, but the silence scared Charlie. In her mind anyone or anything that could bring silence to something that dark could not be good.

Charlie wanted to stay in NY, figure out what she was missing, why, and who was behind it all, but her mother had other plans. Against her will, Charlie was sent to Salem to live with her sister, within that small town Charlie found her memories and so much more.

Her story begins now.

I looked over my shoulder at him. "I'll find you," he whispered

See was an amazing read that I found myself captivated in right on the very first page. I could not put this read down, Jamie has written a novel that will catch your attention and then keep you until the very last page!

I must say I totally fell in love with this novel, the paranormal aspect of this novel is all new, I loved the idea of people that help the living and the dead be at peace. I also loved that thrown in with those people are demons too, this read was completely something new altogether for the YA genre!

Although I loved this novel there is one thing that bothered me, I felt I was confused for far too much of the novel. Each time I thought I got what was going on, something would happen and I would be confused again, and although I eventually pieced everything together and it all made sense towards the end, ending this novel I ended on a confused note! I am still stuck on if a certain somebody is evil or not, I am hoping that See is going to be a series so I can see what happens, but as far as I know right now See is a stand alone, which leaves me confused and angry! So fingers crossed this turn into a series!

My favorite part of this novel was Jamie’s writing, hands down. I have not read Jamie’s well known ‘Insight’ series, but after reading ‘See’ I can honestly say I am deff going to be picking up Insight soon! Her writing was incredible, I for one am big on writing that flows, when I pick up a novel I want to be captivated by the authors words and just flow through the pages until I have finished it, and with Jamie’s writing, I did just that! I never once found a spot where I thought ‘hey I should probably take a break here and continue later’ NO! I couldn’t do it, I sat in my room for hours until I finished See, and once I finished all I wanted was more, and also I could not believe I had read the book in one sitting! Jamie’s writing is one that will for sure captivate her readers!

My second favorite part of See was easily the romance, and although I know I should be going on about Draven…I just can’t! Is it wrong of me to like the ‘might be’ bad guy? If it is then I am guilty! I don’t know what it was about Britain, but I could not help, but lean more towards him than Draven.  When I think about Britain I just think mysterious, and over protective..which for some reason made me find him attractive? He had that whole stalker-ness to him, and still I enjoyed him more than the romantic love interest Draven. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Draven, I really did, but something dark and twisted inside of me makes me like Britain more, maybe I just like the crazy obsessive guys, who knows! I do want to make this clear though, there is NOT a love triangle in this novel! Which I loved, there was never one instance where Charlie wondered who she loved, or who she wanted to be with.  Which was great, most YA books would make a love triangle out of Charlie, Britain, and Draven, but instead we finally have a heroine who knows what (and who) she wants!

Besides the point of Jamie being an amazing writer and the romance being totally twisted yet amazing, there were many other things about See that readers are going to love, this is a novel about standing up for yourself and who you love,  a novel that has hate, darkness and light, action, and everything someone looks for in an amazing read. I recommend this to anyone looking for an amazing and unique YA read!

"I'll give you whatever you want - anything at all...I'm at your command," he whispered as his lips slowly moved across my cheek.


Luna said...

love ur blog u are amazing, `stole` ur button

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Great review. Love Jamies other books so Im excited for this.

Nicola said...

Great review, Haley! It's always a good sign when you can't put it down! I'll definitely check this one out :)

insight117 said...

Thank you Haley! This is defiantly not a stand alone, the next book will be out in July and this series collides with my Insight series shortly after that point:) LOVE LOVE your review!!! Makes me want to write faster :)!

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