Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Review: Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unravelling
Author: Elizabeth Norris
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Genre: Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof
Publication Date: USA:April 24th 2012|UK:7th June 2012

Tell Me About It
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, Janelle knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.

But her reincarnation, 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 debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming

My Thoughts
I have had my eye on Unravelling for a while and when the UK publisher contacted me I didn't realise it was the same book till I read the synopsis, so of course I said yes very quickly.  I will admit to having my copy for a while and have only just gotten around to reading it, purely for the fact I had other books to read prior to getting to this one.

What starts out as a normal day for Janelle soon turns out to be a life changing event, literally.  After being knocked over and killed by a pick up truck, and being brought back to life again, Janelle decides she needs to find out the truth about what really happened.  What started out as looking for answers soon turns out to be a hunt for a killer, investigating a mysterious countdown all while trying to keep her family safe.

Unravelling is made of awesome.  You may look at it and think 'time travel, not interested' but you would be so wrong in doing that.  While I do love time travel things I rarely read books about them as I find them boring, but Elizabeth has made it seem interesting in Unravelling, and even the technical talking about it still caught my attention.  Unravelling also has romance and crime and mystery thrown in to add to the story, and mixed all together you have an amazing read.  From the moment I started reading I really could not put this book down, I was hooked from chapter one and the plot just thickens the further I read. I HAD to know what was going to happen and I HAD to know who the killer was. and if it wasn't for work I would have finished it very quickly.

Janelle's Dad is an FBI agent and although Janelle knows what is right and wrong, nothing stops her from finding out the truth, even it it means she does a few illegal things, like break into her dads work laptop.  She is persistent and stops at nothing to discover the truth to try keep her family safe, and when it comes down to it, saving the world.

Janelle's friend Alex is the one person she can rely on and is the perfect friend anyone could have.  He is there for her when she needs him and has her back.  You would think that being so close that there would be some possible romantic interest between this dynamic pair but there isn't, and it leaves room for their friendship to really shine through without the continuous will they/wont they routine.  He lightens the mood whenever he is around and they counterbalance each other perfectly.  Alex's Mum is hilarious. Although she herself is not funny her whole strict attitude and set time for Alex to do school work made me laugh.  Alex even has to smuggle in caffeine and goes to Janelle's house for 'real' meals.

What I liked about each chapter was that is wasn't a heading in the usual way, it was the countdown to how much time was left so it made it easy to keep track of what was going on as the time came closer to the end.

I loved the English lesson and how Janelle is so cynical about love and romance and her response to a perfect proposal, which we later get to see spoken to her about how much someone loves her
"I want to say that she also said no. But it is Dickens. She probably said yes and lived out a miserable existence, because the evils of society pressured her into accepting such a ridicules man."

There are a few questions left unanswered at the end of the book regarding people in Janelle's life but not enough to spoil it or leave a major cliff hanger.  Setting this aside though I loved how Elizabeth has combined different genres, romance, science fiction, paranormal, mystery to make an amazing read.  The different concepts work wonderful together and although there are a lot of things going on, not one was I lost, confused or bored while reading Unravelling.  I am now very impatiently waiting the next book in the series, due for release next year.

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well. Nice review.


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