#PBwkenderad Review: The Unseen Volume 1 by Richie Cusick

13383074Title: The Unseen Volume 1 ( It Begins and Rest In Peace)
Author: Richie Tankersley Cusick
Published: Aug. 16, 2012
Publisher: Speak
Pages: 576
Genre: Teens, YA, Mystery
Review: Library Book
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk

This book is a combination of Part I (It Begins) and Part II (Rest In Peace), the first two books of The Unseen series. It's available only at Walmart.
Out walking alone one rainy night, Lucy becomes convinced that someone - or something - is following her. Spooked, she ducks into a cemetery to try and lose her stalker. Panicking in the darkness, she slips and stumbles into an open grave - only to discover she is not alone in there. She manages to escape, but soon begins having terrifying visions and dreams - and she still can't shake the feeling of an unseen presence, always watching, waiting... Who was the girl in the grave? And what did she do to Lucy?

Review: It Begins
So we are introduced to Lucy and how she has came to live with her Aunt Irene and Cousin Angela who really make her feel unwelcome. It was quite sad that Lucy has family that really don't want anything to do with her.
I didn't feel much connection with any of the characters just that I wanted to smack them a few times.

Lucy is walking around one evening and of course gets lost since she is in a new place and has no sense of direction. That is when she comes across an opened grave and after that her life is no longer the same. It seems being in the wrong place at the wrong time is not where you want to be.What happened in the grave has set on a chain of events that has Lucy wondering what is going on with herself. Then we meet the hot guy that every girl wants Bryon. It seems that he can give some insight on what is going on with Lucy she just has to trust him enough to go to quiet places where no one else is around. Will she get the answers she needs as to what is going on or is it all a fluke? Who is this mystery man who keeps showing up with his nice smell but you can't see him? 
Now there was a few issues I had with lucy as a character one why in the heck does the girl not keep her eyes on the road while she is driving? She did this mulitple times. Second if you are so scared why go with someone you barely know out to the middle of a secluded place? I for one would have demanded answers and that we stay in a public place no matter how hot you may be. Though we do see them getting close as the book comes to an end.

The ending does have me wondering what truly happened in the accident and who is this mystery character. 

Review: Rest In Peace

So we leave off right where it ends where Bryon and Lucy are in an accident. It seems Lucy is no closer to finding out who has killed Bryon's sister, she seems to be the one that someone is stalking and she doesn't know who it could be. When she goes back to school everyone is looking at her weird because one Bryon isn't there and it is weird she was with him when he didn't hang around with anyone. Second her cousin is still missing though Lucy has a feeling something bad has happened we don't get confirmation until towards the end. She also ends up making a new friend who believes in the supernatural of things and believes that Lucy is seeing things. Is this new friend someone who can help her or not that is the question. We watch as Lucy tries to remember things from the accident and when she starts seeing things she wonders if it is real or not. You can almost see the girl about to have a breakdown. I am still wondering who this mystery person is because he doesn't seem natural on any level. I am still wondering if this book is falling into the genre of the paranormal or not. I guess I need to read book two to find out.
I still could not wrap my head around the fact that Irene the aunt did not try to be more involved with Lucy after the fact that her own daughter has gone missing. It is like she doesn't care.
The way this book ended does make me want to read the next one in the series to see if Lucy will get the answers she needs or will she be hunted down.

Richie Tankersley Cusick
Richie Tankersley Cusick is the bestselling young adult author of over 25 titles, including two adult horror titles, "Scarecrow" and "Blood Roots". Her popularity grew at the height of the horror/YA boom in the late 80's/early 90's, particularly with books like "Lifeguard" , "Trick or Treat" and "Teacher's Pet", just to name a few, allowing her to keep company on the bestseller paperback lists with the likes of R.L. Stine and Christopher Pike. Her fan base expanded about the time she changed publishers to Archway/Pocket Books with titles like "Vampire" and "Someone at the Door".


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