Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review: See by Jaime Magee

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.

See by Jamie Magee was intense emotional ride for me. As I read the story, I felt just as lost as Charlie... as confused, hopeful, scared, excited and powerful, as she felt throughout the story.

After a night gone wrong with her two friends, Bianca and Britian, Charlie wakes up in the hospital missing a good chunk of her memory. Not just what happened the night before but specific people, certain events and an overall understanding of her life. She feels the powerful need to both, protect and run from her friend Britian, who is desperate to keep her by his side and protect her, and to get as far away from Bianca as possible.  Desperate to separate her from her friends, Charlie's mom insists that she move back home to Salem to live with her older sister.

Back home she runs into someone she's known her whole life, but she doesn't remember him. All she knows is her intense desire to be by Draven's side. As her memory slowly returns, she learns that nothing is what she thought it was and to trust her intuition beyond anything else.

This story was so unique in it's bringing the worlds of music and otherworldly beings into the same light. It really embraces the power of music. Also, it's the only story I've read where I felt confusing for 90% of the story yet had the intense need to continue to read.

My only issue is that, when it comes to the paranormal, I like my books wrapped up in one book. This book is a part of a series and typically, the story gets old. But don't judge a series before it's read. I will continue my reading and see how the series goes.

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