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    I Did It For The Character

    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.
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    Unbroken Heroine

    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.
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    Mini-series in the making?

    **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! :)
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    The Perfect Low Fantasy

    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?
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    Unlike Anything Else

    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.
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