April 12, 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris


Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: April 24, 2012

Source: ALA

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Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she's opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn't possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her revival, and Ben's possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father's files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what's right in front of her: Everything that's happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben's sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she's going to need to uncover Ben's secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.(from Harper Teen)

I had a “love” and “really liked” relationship with this book, if that makes any sense. I was at times thrilled and engrossed by it and then at times it was like “eh.. I could do without that part” or “could we speed it up please?” I do have to say that it was definitely interesting from the very beginning, it’s starts at a pretty fast pace and just really grabs you with its mystery about the weird things going on around Janelle.

The plot was what I loved the most, it wasn’t just a thrilling mystery but it was something much more than I expected to get when I started reading Unraveling. It was like a mixture of Fringe and The X Files, you never know what the heck is going on until you get closer to the end. Loved it!  I kept trying to figure it out and had my guesses but I wasn’t quite on target like I thought,  and that wasn’t a bad thing at all because I wasn’t disappointed by it, it was freaking awesome! I really loved the action, the fact that there was always something crazy going on, the unexpected shocks that I got throughout the whole book that just kept surprising me and at one point almost brought me to tears. It’s one of those surprise books that you don’t really have any expectations for, and you’re very surprised by how much you end up liking it.

The only few things I wasn’t a fan of were certain characters at the beginning of the book that just didn’t make any sense to me to include in it, they felt unnecessary and forgettable especially when Janelle gets involved with Ben.  A few of these characters didn’t really grow on me, like Janelle’s closest friends and also the F bombs throughout the novel, there’s lots and at random times too, and I’m not a prude but I just found it too distracting. Now I did love Janelle though, she was a great character; I loved her strength, courage and maturity, that she was so level headed and not at all selfish. Even though a few minor things stay unresolved at the end of the novel it does leave you with a good ending, no cliffhanger here. I don’t know if this will be a series but the book is solid enough to stand on its own and just let the reader make up their own future for these characters, actually I’m really hoping it will be a stand alone. With many unexpected twists, this book will keep you at the edge or your seat until the end.


Danny said...

I really loved this one and was deep into the story until the end. I couldn't put it down it was a complete page turner for me.

I however found the ending rather cliffhangerish, but I aggree it could totally stand alone like this too...

Lena Anne said...

It stinks that you didn't connect with some of the characters, but I'm glad the plot kept you reading! This is next on my TBR list. :D

Awesome review, hon!

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

I'm looking forward to this one even more now! I like that there's no cliffhanger...after Pandemonium, I don't want to see another one anytime soon, lol. Thanks for the review, Cynthia!!

Shawn Lane said...

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Aylee said...

I'm so with you on this - I really didn't have high expectations for this book either so it really took me by surprise! I loved the crazy plot and Janelle too!

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