To view the full post and other reviews, click here Unraveling: Book 1 by Elizabeth Norris
I read this book three weeks ago, but I didn't get a chance to review it until now.
Action: 4 stars
Pacing: 3.5 stars
Plot: 5 stars
Cover: 4 stars
This is one book that is going to be hard to review without spoilers, but I'll try, so... here goes.
When I first heard of this book, which was months before it released, I though the synopsis sounded interesting (I love mysteries) and I liked the cover, So I immediately put on my tbr list. Then a few weeks later, some early reviews were up, so I read them and that got me even more eager to read this book. After it released, I searched online to see if any of the Chapters, Indigo, or Coles that are not too far from my house had it, but unfortunately they didn't, so then I checked to see how many people requested this, there were a lot, so i decided to read another book, and because of that I ended up forgetting to click on request whenever I went to the library website, since I read many other books as well. Then finally in March I decided to request it, and I was lucky that i was the only one on the waiting list.
So yeah, that's my story, nothing interesting, you can skip the above paragraph if you want to
Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tanner has more responsibility than many teenagers: her mom has bipolar, and her dad is a FBI agent and he's almost always busy, so Janelle to clean the house, make the meals, and take care of her younger brother Jared, while also working as a lifeguard, and school work. Until she dies and is brought back to life, because that's when her life gets even more busy. She tries to solve they mystery of her accident, how she came back to life, and about what's going on, the unusual FBI case, and the mysterious countdown means. All before it's the end of the world.
I liked Janelle, she's smart, strong (by that I mean that so much is going on in her life ans she deals with it better than most teenagers would), she's independent, she's not a whiner, is compassionate, very determined to solve those mysteries, has a good sense of humour (I always love funny characters, funny jokes, situations), etc.
Ben isn't exactly the typical YA bad boy, actually, I don't even know if I consider him a bad boy, his best friend Elijah seems more like a bad boy. He's very protective, caring, and mysterious. I was very curious about him and Janelle's dad's case since the beginning. As the story progressed, we learned more about the mysteries, Ben and his friends, and about other stuff too (I can't be specific or I might end up spoiling the story). I'm actually glad that Ben is not the typical YA bad boy because (as I said in my review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone) there are way too many bad boys in books these days, I don't hate them, it's just that it feels repetitive to the point that some of them are boring in my opinion, like Cole from Alice in Zombieland, whereas others loved him. Unless they are somehow different than other bad boys.
I love that instead of having the same gender best friend or the opposite gender best friend who's in love with the main character, Janelle's best friend is a guy who doesn't see her in a romantic way, just as a good friend. There are a few other series I've read that do this, for ex: the Covenent series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, etc.
Janelle's best friend's name is Alex Trechter. Janelle and Alex are such good friends. He's loyal, smart... ok really smart, he goes along with most of Janelle's crazy ideas,and he's basically a really good guy. He''s one of those smart dorky guys that I can't help but love.
I also love most of the other characters, like: Cecily, Janelle's English teacher Poblete, Janelle's brother Jared, her father's partner and best friend Struz, and so on.
A lot happened in Unraveling and it was really interesting. There is kind of a twist from the middle, which I didn't expect at all, I was thinking mundane stuff when the problem actually ended up being something different. The writing is good too. I was suspecting a few people who could have been the person behind all this, but then near the end, Ben and Janelle started suspecting someone else, but then I remembered that it's always one of the people that you suspect the least, so I then I guessed who i though it could be and I was right.
I love that Janelle was still really determined to solve the mystery instead of "letting the grown ups handle it," even though it was illegal for her and her friends to get involved. And it was a good thing too, otherwise they would have all been dead by the end of the novel and that would have sucked a lot.
Many of you know that I love mysteries and stories that are action packed, I started reading this hoping that I like it, and it did not disappoint, except for that thing that happened, I was really upset about that, but other than that I loved it.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the awesome characters, and the plot.
Unraveling is fast paced, entertaining, suspenseful, has good writing, interesting characters, has a cute and sweet romance, witty banter, unique, and is an enjoyable read that'll keep you up long after the sun sets.
I will definitely be reading the sequel and luckily I don't have to wait long.
There will only be two books in total (at least that's what I heard):
-Book 1 Unraveling (published April 2012)
-Book 2 Unbreakable (April 2013)
I rated this book: 4.5 stars.show more
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