Series: The Unseen Series
Author: Kathy-Lynn Cross
Published: June 30th, 2015
Publisher: Clean Teen Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal
Content Warning: Violence and adult language
There is no protection from the Unseen.
Las Vegas, Nevada can’t contain Alexcia Crystalline Stasis, who is living the ideal teenager’s dream as the school’s elite socialite. That is, until a fatal car accident changes everything. Now Alexcia’s emotions are on the verge of combusting. As if mourning the loss of her boyfriend isn’t enough, she is also dealing with extreme night terrors that leave her wondering if she just might need to be fitted for a straightjacket.
Tevin isn’t your normal daemon. He’s the leader of his clan, and he also happens to be a very active Grim Reaper. He never wanted to be charged with babysitting the one girl who can sway Creation’s Balance. Tevin has known and kept Alexcia safe most of her life. Now that he has to become even more personally involved in her protection, Tevin finds himself having a hard time separating his sworn duty and pure curiosity. What does make Alexcia tick?
Will Tevin be able to keep Alexcia safe from the Unseen? And will Alexcia’s emotions eventually help Tevin attempt to understand what being human is all about? Or will the entities and assassins’ of the Unseen get what they want … her dead.
I really liked all of the background world building. Sometimes it felt overwhelming but it didn't feel like an info dump. It kept making me want to learn more.
Alexcia is a headstrong teenager who is spoiled and vain. The long descriptions of make-up, clothes and application of both were a bit much, for me in the beginning but it revealed a lot about her character.
The author wasn't afraid to expose a regular, troubled teenager. It wasn't teen angst so much as it was rebellion. Alexcia is a nicotine addicted, heavy drinker. To balance it all out, she also writes poetry and dreams of daemons.
The middle of the book became a little slow as Alexcia groped for a new beginning and her parents, in their wisdom *sarcasm*, continue to stifle her knowledge of the river Styx and the creatures that haunt her. Tevin is an interesting Reaper. It was a neat sidestep from the traditional to have a Reaper crave burgers, cigarettes and use a cell phone. The injection of something so modern in an old idea was a lot of fun to read.
By the end I think I'd hoped for more discovery on Alexcia's part but it's a solid start to a series and a really interesting world that I fell for.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kathy-Lynn wasn’t always a writer. In 2008, when her niece was hospitalized, Kathy-Lynn decided to do something special for her so she wrote a short tale for her to read. After devouring it in a single day, her niece and the nurses in the pediatrics wing quickly asked her, “What’s next?”
That was when a new chapter in her life opened up, and Kathy-Lynn realized that she wanted to become a Storyweaver.
Kathy-Lynn loves the color red and obsessively uses it in everything, including her bottle-blonde hair accented by red highlights. She has a knack for baking and cake decorating—that is, when her fingers are not busy writing mayhem. When recharging, you could find her curled up with a cup of coffee and a good book or spending time with her hubby of nineteen years, two kids, four cats, and the family dog.
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