Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Expected Publication: April 24th, 2012
Source: Edelweiss
Format: eARC
Pages: 445
Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Rating: 4.0 / 5

First thoughts:
Ending up to be so much more than its summary promises, Unraveling was impossible to put down. Science-Fiction meets murder mystery in an exciting adventure to find the right answers to the right questions - as soon as possible. If you're looking for a real page-turner which won't let you stop thinking about it, then this might be the perfect next read for you.

More detailed:
Despite being obviously longer than usual YA novels, it wasn't hard for me to devour Unraveling within a day. It probably helped that I didn't need to go to university and decided to spend some time relaxing - but this novel was the perfect read for me that day. I rarely put it down and kept turning its pages, hoping to find out answers to the endless questions that plagued me, and the book's characters.

This book doesn't sugarcoat anything. If you're expecting a story that will be kind to your new favorite characters and will treat them carefully, don't pick up Unraveling. I cried, I screamed and I was very angry at this book during certain situations and when you do as I'm recommending and will read it, too, then you'll feel similar. But a novel that can provoke such emotions is always a very good book, in my opinion.

Janelle's life is turned upside down within the blink of an eye. Literally. In one second, she still sees a truck driving towards her, in the next second she opens her eyes and sees Ben Michaels leaning over her, changing her life forever. I love Janelle - she is a kick-ass female main character, without being too tough to be unbelievable. Her narration was incredibly easy to follow and I could identify with her immediately.

My only excuse for not rating Unraveling with five stars would be the fact that the romance didn't get enough attention. Janelle and Ben are such a wonderful couple, sadly star-crossed though, and I would have loved if there were a few more obvious moments in which their relationship could have developed. But for people who love to focus on the mystery than the romance, this will be perfect.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed Unraveling. With surprising twists and turns it managed to captivate my attention all the time and made it almost impossible to put it away and do something else. It's a wonderful debut and I definitely hope that we'll get to see more of Janelle's adventures - especially since this ending left me hanging a little bit. There are still many things I need to find out and I'd love to spend more time in the world Elizabth Norris created.

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  1. I loved this one and I'm glad to see you enjoyed it as well. I loved Janelle and Ben and I agree that a little more romance would have been nice. The ending totally killed me though, I can't wait to see what happens next with these characters. Awesome review :)

  2. This book sounds perfect for me! I love sci-fi and I don't like too much romance so this one looks like the book for me! Thanks for the great review!

  3. I LOVE books that don't hold back and make you FEEL. Makes you cry and scream. I'm super excited for this one! Thanks for the warning about the romance too if I don't expect it it won't disappoint me. :)

  4. I always get a little sad when I see that there wasn't enough romance. LOL But I love a good plot so I am definitely excited to check this one out. Thanks for the review! :)

  5. Ohhhhhhh! Absolutely fantastic review. I love books that truly make you feel and won't sugarcoat, so this one sounds perfect for me. And it sounds so unique... Love how you describe it! Can't wait to pick it up tomorrow:)

  6. I love the sound of this book so I really have to pick up a copy .. I don't mind if there's little romance :). Glad you overall enjoyed it Carina :)

  7. Fantastic review! I'd love to read this as it sounds really interesting and I'm a fan of low-key romance, so it seems like the sort of thing I'd enjoy. Glad you liked it!

  8. I can't wait to read this. Have it on my TBR list. Glad to see you liked it :)

    Great review!


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