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Unseen by Stephanie Erickson

Mackenzie Day constantly struggles to silence the voices in her head. The inner thoughts of those around her intrude upon every aspect of her life, threatening to turn it into chaos.

All her life, she thought she was alone as a mind reader-a freak.

Then a member of a secret organization called The Unseen suddenly introduces himself, and she's immersed in a world she never knew existed. They teach her to hone her skills as a reader, but to what end? Secrets surround her, humming just out of reach, filling her with questions.

Who are they? What do they do with their mind-reading abilities? In the end, just how far will Mackenzie go to be part of The Unseen?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990929307
Publisher: Pickles Press
Publication date: 10/30/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Stephanie Erickson has always had a passion for the written word. She pursued her love of literature at Flagler College, in St. Augustine, FL, where she graduated with a BA in English. She has received several honors in her writing career, including recognition in the 72nd Annual Writer's Digest Competition.

After graduation, she married and followed her husband in pursuit of his dream. The Cure and The Blackout were written to reignite Stephanie's passion, when she found the time. Now that he is settled in his career, it's her turn to devote more time and energy into writing.

Stephanie currently has 3 projects planned for 2015. Her upcoming release is well underway and is slated for a March 2015 publication date.

Stephanie, of course, loves to read and write. She also enjoys living on the beach on the Florida's Treasure Coast. Most of all, she and her husband are in love with their baby girl.

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Unseen 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
NPNowlin More than 1 year ago
An urban psychic thriller with a touch of romance, Unseen is the start of a trilogy following untrained psychic Maddie as she goes from evaluating her friend's boyfriends and finishing a music therapy degree to learning about the real psychic underbelly hiding just out of sight in her world. There is more to this than meets the eye. Although 1st person is a hard format for me to read, I enjoyed this book enough to work with it. If you enjoy things of a slight paranormal nature - especially something where the romance is not the primary focus - this will be a good book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this trilogy. It kept you on the edge of your seat.
AvidReader200 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story sucked me in immediately and I didn't want to stop reading. I finished it in a couple days and couldn't wait to start the second book. Mackenzie is a mind reader who doesn't know there are others like her. She has found a way to cope with her situation, but her world is turned upside down when others show up, including the attractive Owen, and offer her a position with the Unseen. She's not sure what to think and if she should leave her world behind. She decides to take the leap and that's when things get interesting as she learns to use her skills and more about her new position. The story continues to move as you learn with the character about this world and what the Unseen are up to. There is suspense, a little romance and a few surprises along the way. I can't wait to see where this story leads.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the whole book. It was inventive and a real page turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely must read this series.
JustJan3 More than 1 year ago
Unseen by Stephanie Erickson I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I always try to give a book a one word response when I finish reading. For Unseen that word is “Wow!” Have you ever wanted to read someone’s mind? What if you could read all the minds of all the people around you? Would the chatter get to be too much? Would you want this power to go away? What if you could learn to control it? What would you do with this ability? Would you use it for evil? Would you use it for good? SPOILER ALERT: Would you want to be part of a movement that worked for the government where everyone used their controlled mind reading ability for the greater cause? This is the problem Mackenzie Day faces. She used to think she was a freak, a one of a kind. When out in public she would use an Ils, a modified IPod that would keep the voices out. Then she is approached by the Unseen and all the world she once knew has now changed. Mackenzie has an uncanny ability to learn quickly. She progresses through the training faster than anyone in the history of the Unseen. Why? What is her fate? This first book in the trilogy ends with the reader wanting more. At least, this is the way it was for me. Will Mackenzie leave things as is? Will she seek revenge? How will she face the future now that she can do what she can do and knows what she knows. I’m going to have to read Unforgiven, Book 2, just to find out. You will want to do the same thing. 11.03.15
Erani_Kole More than 1 year ago
This was going to be 4 stars because of the frustrating things Mac put me through with her ability to do things without THINKING AT THE END (sorry, this might be the grief talking) but in the end I gave it a five. Why? Because the story-telling was great with its mystery, the funny (love the characters) and the nagging suspense we always sensed was coming. Mackenzie is a complex person- it's the only thing that explains why she does certain things. Do I agree? No. Were my expectations raised where her character was involved? Extremely. But it only made me have a tiny debate in my head until I realized what someone who doesn't even exist had done. Well played, Erickson. Well played. The synopsis literally gives you the story, nothing more and nothing less, so don't expect there to be more information when you're reading. The mystery (who doesn't love secret organizations?) is as high as the romance is low. Yes, there is romance, but I wasn't completely sold on it. Unless, if you think about it, the dude fell for 'her mind', in which case it'd be the perfect thing, right? A definite recommend.
AmandaWise More than 1 year ago
I received a copy for an honest review. Such a good book! The author did an excellent job of describing the hardships Mackenzie faces while she struggles with her ability... Some would call it a gift, but for her it's more of a curse. She's too afraid to share her secret with anyone-for good reason; and she feels like she's alone. Then The Unseen make their presence known and she no longer feels alone in the world. She is eager to be with a group just like her-or is she?!? I really enjoyed this book. I laughed and cried with Mackenzie throughout the story-starting #2 now!! ;-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished Unseen and Unforgiven in two days. I can't wait for Undivided!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. First, I really, thoroughly enjoyed the book. The characters felt very authentic and real. Heroes, by nature, are different than everyone else and are marked as such. Mac is no different in that aspect. She is different, however, in the fact that her difference doesn’t create a “broken” character. She is a fully functional adult who is educated and independent. I love this about her. Mac’s love interest was also refreshing. Owen is not domineering or reluctant. He doesn’t play games and he doesn’t need to be fixed or saved. Their relationship didn’t make me cringe and I couldn’t wait to read more about them. The one negative thing I have to say about the story is that Mac is too ready to jump into the world of the Unseen. I found it a little hard to believe that she would give up everything she has worked toward to something that is almost a complete mystery. It didn’t hurt the book overall because I wanted her to make the choice she did. I wanted to know what the Unseen were just like she did. Overall, I’m really glad I read Unseen and will definitely read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review. I never really warmed to Mac. She was very naive. I would've demanded some answers before basically giving up my life for some strange group. She makes her decision, not based on any reason other than lust. She meets a guy a few days before, kisses him like once and wants to give up her life without knowing why? And, I really hate when characters keep secrets from others that they really need to know in order to make an informed decision. I loved her best friend Maddie. She was fun and seemed like she had Mac's back. The ending of the book was really good and I can't wait to see where the author goes with it. Although, I have a feeling there may be more to Maddie than we have been given so far.
VoluptuousBDiva More than 1 year ago
It's been some time since I've read a book that is deserving of more than five stars as such is this book. This is the story of Mackenzie, a woman who at a young age lost her parents and was raised by a detestable aunt but through it all and with the love and support of her best friend Maddie, Mackenzie has still managed to accomplish whatever goals she has set for herself. However, Mackenzie has a secret; she can hear what people are thinking and little does she know that more devastating losses are coming her way. I can't go into any further details as I don't want to spoil the story for you. I will say that: 1) Wow!!! I loved the heck out of this book. 2) Stephanie Erickson is an extremely talented writer who cleverly transports you into the story line by placing the reader front and center to the point where you are in its grip and don't want to put the book down. 3) The story itself moved at a steady pace filled with well developed characters and mind altering, emotional revelations. This is the first book I've read by this author and I look forward to reading more from this talented author. Don't let this be the book that you pass by as I genuinely believe you too will enjoy it.
absolutartist1_Cate More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.* ------------------------------------------ Mackenzie Day constantly struggles to silence the voices in her head. The inner thoughts of those around her intrude upon every aspect of her life, threatening to turn it into chaos. All her life, she thought she was alone as a mind reader—a freak. And, then... ------------------------------------------ This was my first read by Stephanie, and I can't wait to get started on Unforgiven tonight! The story grabs the reader and pulls them in. The characters are well-developed and easy to sympathize with. The struggles Mac is facing are ones we all face - albeit with a supernatural twist. Decisions regarding our lives and what to do with them; decisions about whether or not to toss everything we've trained and studied for to the wind and take a radically different path; loss of loved (or not so loved) ones; and dating. The writing is detailed enough that it would be easy to see this made into a mini-series or movie. And, I loved the fact that the story is relevant enough to keep me interested AND clean enough that I can allow both of my kids to read it. BOTH read the synopsis on the back of the book, and wanted to know if they could borrow it! :)
skybluepink More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own. This is one of those books you just know you are going to spend all day reading. I read this book start to finish in a day. I just could not put it down once I started! Mackenzie always knew she was different. She knew not everyone can read minds and knows what the thoughts are of others. What she didn’t know is that there were others out there like her. Mackenzie is given the opportunity to learn more about her gift that she calls a curse. There is a sacrifice of giving up the life she’s always known in the process. Which would you choose? I was so wrapped up in this story wanting to find out what Mackenzie was going to do. I can’t wait to start book 2 Unforgiven next!
DinaS2 More than 1 year ago
"I have received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review" Mackenzie (Mac) can read minds, but she would give anything to be "normal" like her best friend. She starts being followed by the same two strange men. But she does not know how special her gift is.These two men are part of the Unseen, they are also mind-readers. Now Mackenzie has to make a decision. Will she follow her birthright and join the Unseen OR does she decide to accept the job opportunity of a lifetime, something she's been working on all her life. I am so glad that I read Unseen(The Unseen Trilogy Book 1)as soon as I could, I usually wait to get into series, but this drew me in right away. Stephanie Erickson is a new author to me, but I was not disappointed. It keep my attention to what would happen next. Each page led me to know the characters better and the storyline was refreshing. You will enjoy yourself in the fantasy of this story. I am looking forward to the next 2 books in the series.
LoriL1 More than 1 year ago
"I have received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.    Stephanie Erickson is a new author for me. This is the first book of hers that I have read, and I can say I loved it! The story was quite different from other books, and it drew me in right from the beginning. Mackenzie knew at the age of 5 that she was different from anyone else. She found that by listening to music, it helped her cope with all the noise around her. She was diagnosed with SPD and given and ILS to help her concentrate  and focus. The only problem was she didn't have SPD - She was a mind reader. A mind reader who felt all alone because she couldn't share her secret even with her best friend. Through a string of occurrences, she meets a man named Owen who asks her  to join their organization, and she must decided between that and a wonderful job offer from someone else. After much thought, she decided to accept Owens offer. What happens next will intrigue you and keep you reading far into the night. I cannot wait for the second book to come out! Do yourself a favor a get this book today.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, amazing book! I loved every page of it. Stephanie Erickson's writing was spot on, her characters were 100% lovable, and her plot was undeniably addicting. I am, and forever will be, a fan of Stephanie Erickson's work. 
RayBear More than 1 year ago
Mackenzie “Mac” Day must choose between a career in music therapy and finding out a secret about herself she’s wanted to know all her life. She discovered music when she was five and, ever since, it has helped her cope with the inundation of voices in her head. She doesn’t have Sensory Processing Disorder like she was diagnosed with at such a young age, but the power to read minds, or at least to be overwhelmed by everyone else’s thoughts. That is, until she meets members from the Unseen, a secret organization full of people just like her who can read minds. Will she choose to be a therapist, continuing her own dependence on coping mechanisms she learned as a child or break free from the curse she has known all her life if she chooses to join the Unseen? “How can I choose between something I’ve been reaching for my whole life and something so unlikely I never even dared to hope for it?” (Page 69). Mac was a main character I could get behind. She’s confident and somewhat confrontational and can stand up for herself. She’s logical and to the point, but is also creative and intelligent. I really liked her. Maddie was also a character I took an instant liking to. She was funny and quirky in her own way. The interactions between Mac and Maddie were super fun. Their banter was humorous and cleverly written, with a sense of reality that kept my attention throughout the dialogue. I was a little disappointed at the predictability until the end when the author introduce one whammy right after the other. What a climax! As this is a fantasy novel, of COURSE the main character was special, but I got bogged down in this predictability. She is special. She is more special than the other special people. However, even within this predictability I thought the context of mind reading was interesting and well written. To note as well, the thoughts of the men in the beginning were exaggerated as if they were a female’s take on what a man would be thinking, but who knows, I’m not a guy, maybe a guy’s thoughts really are like she describes. I also noticed there were quite a number of characters that were blonde haired and blue eyed. Coincidence?
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Mackenzie lived in her own world filled with music; you could say it helps keep her sane. Mac can hear other people's thoughts and sometimes it can be overwhelming, so she uses an iLs, an Integrated Listening System to block out the voices and help her focus at hand. Because this was her savior, she majored in music therapy. A chance meeting with a mysterious and extremely handsome man, whose thoughts she cannot hear, sparks her curiosity. Who is this strikingly handsome man? More importantly, why can't she hear his thoughts? Unseen is an amazing paranormal romance that puts you on an emotional roller coaster. Mac's only family member was the aunt that raised her. She didn't understand her at all and thought of her as a burden. Mac worked so hard, with only her best friend Maddie by her side. Maddie didn't know that Mac could read minds, she just thought she could "read people" with her spidey senses. This was an amazing change of pace for me. I'm not sure what I was really expecting from this book, especially since i chose it based on the cover; I was happily surprised! The story was fast paced, I had a difficult time putting it down. This is one of those books that will keep you up at night to finish and even after you're done you'll spend hours reflecting. Just be sure to have a box of Kleenex at the ready, you'll need it for this one.