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Seeing is more than believing. See by @Jamie_Magee_ Blog Tour–Review + GIVEAWAY


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See by Jamie Magee



Publication Date: May 5, 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal
Series: See #1
Source: Received from author in exchange for an honest review


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.


3 STARS


This is my first Jamie Magee book. I’d heard the author’s Insight series was really good, so going into See I really didn’t know what to expect, but I had above average expectations. I won’t really say too much plot wise since revealing anything about what’s going on would totally spoil the book. But I’ll try my best to be “insightful”.

What I liked

The concept and plot were just amazing. Like I said, I can’t tell you anything about what it is, but what a very cool concept and one that I haven’t ever really come across in the books I read. I absolutely thought incorporating music into the plot was a banging idea, as I believe that universally, music is the one thing that we all understand. Don’t you agree? So well done in that aspect.

What I didn’t like

I spent the entire first half of the book quite frustrated. Some readers might call what I went through being kept in suspense. I call it being kept in confusion and I didn’t like it. For me, being kept in suspense is feeding me bits and pieces to keep me on track but never really telling me exactly what’s going on. In See, we are told virtually nothing for until midway in, and I found that very hard to push past since I felt doubly confused since the main character was just as lost as me.

Second, I felt the characters needed a bit more developing. I didn’t really feel a connection to them as I read. I liked them well enough, especially Charlie, our main character, and Madison, but I felt that Draven, as a main character, needed a little bit more spice added to his character. I know, I know, Draven was written this way for a reason, but I don’t think it would have hurt the story to spice up his personality a bit. Charlie was kind of spunky and smart-mouthed, but I always love heroines like that. Madison was just fun, and Aden was cute. I don’t know what to think about the mysterious Britain, even though Bianca was always on my “BEWARE” list.

Overall, a nice read that readers who don’t mind reading and being told absolutely nothing about what’s going on will probably really enjoy. If you can get past the dark abyss we are forced to fall through for half of the book, then your reward shall be great. This book is well written, with vivid descriptions of what our characters are going through (once it’s revealed) as Charlie tries to see into a past she thought she’d lost forever.



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MEET Jamie Magee

Jamie Magee has always believed that each of us have a defining gift that sets us apart from the rest of the world, she has always envied those who have known from their first breath what their gift was. Not knowing hers, she began a career in the fast paced world of business. Raising a young family, and competing to rise higher in that field would drive some to the point of insanity, but she always found a moment of escape in a passing daydream. Her imagination would take her to places she’d never been, introduce her to people she’s never known. Insight, her debuting novel, is a result of that powerful imagination. Today, she is grateful that not knowing what defined her, led her on a path of discovery that would always be a part of her.

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