Book Review: Unraveling

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Unraveling Cover

Title: Unraveling (Unraveling #1)

Author: Elizabeth Norris

Summary: [from GoodReads]

 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 Review
This review is of an ARC copy

Woah! I did not see that one coming, AT ALL! And then, once I got it? SO GOOD!

The thing with this one is it starts out kind of slow. Janelle gets hit by a truck in the first few pages and then spends a good half of the book complaining that no one is telling her anything. I’ll admit, it was very slow going through that part, and I didn’t really like Janelle through much of it. For all she’s an FBI kid, she acts like she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation – she questions someone, they clam up, so she gives up and tries the exact same approach again a day or two later. Definition of insanity, schweetie pie: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results!

Then we gt the big midpoint catalyst and it finally starts getting good. Janelle starts using her brain and thinking outside the box actually start to feel like we’re getting somewhere. Of course, she takes a few wrong turns in the process, but at least something is finally happening!

And THEN we find out who/what is killing people. My first though was ‘Wow, this is new’ followed immediately by ‘Why don’t novels do this more often? This is cool!” The last quarter or so of the book I was sucked in and loving every minute.

So, moral of the story is: Sometimes you have to stick with the slower ones, because in the end they can turn out really cool!

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6 Responses to “Book Review: Unraveling”

  1. EEEEEEEEE! UNRAVELLING! This is one of my fave books of 2012 and I get an epic case of the ‘SQUEEEEEES!’ whenever I see someone new loved it. I think you have a VERY good point about the slow start (I think i completely overlooked it after loving the rest so much?) and… oh yes. This is so deliciously twisty and unpredictable and I am so glad you loved it! ♥

  2. I loved this book so much! It totally took me by surprise by how awesome it really was! Now, I cannot wait for the next one!

  3. Julie says:

    I’m looking forward to reading this one! I love the thriller genre for YA and the FBI conspiracy angle. Great review :)

  4. I’m so glad you liked this one! I’ve seen the cover around, but haven’t checked it out. Really, I hate books that are slow in the beginning, but I’m glad this one redeemed itself. That’s always great when it happens!

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