Friday, June 1, 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

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.

Magnificent from start to finish! I loved it! Unraveling was thrilling, sweet, and utterly perfect.

First off, the premise itself is one of the most interesting I've ever seen. A mysterious countdown to the end of the world? Hell, yes that sounds epic. And the book does not disappoint. If anything, it exceeded my expectations exponentially. 

Janelle is a delight. She's smart, capable, and level-headed in bad situations. She's unafraid to do anything she needs to do in order to get answers. She was a perfect heroine throughout the book.

Ben...oh, Ben, you are so adorable. To say I fell in love with him is an understatement. He was so sweet and just precious. He pushes Janelle away in the beginning for a reason I can't give without spoiling the secret, but he still endeavors to protect her no matter what. Their relationship was sweet, but undeniably doomed to fail. It was heartbreaking seeing them fall in love but knowing that their relationship can't happen. All I can say about that is: a long-distance relationship has nothing on theirs. And I'll let you figure out that cryptic statement for yourself.

The world building was incredible. There were no holes in the set up. It was entirely believable. The explanation was entirely sound. The concept itself is an interesting one, but Ms. Norris builds on it to make it even more fascinating. I don't want to give away exactly what it is but I will say that I hope you know your physics :)

The ending...oh my goodness, I nearly had a heart attack. I wanted to scream and burst into tears at the same time. The ending was perfect, thrilling...but absolutely heartbreaking. I haven't heard of any sequel yet, but I have to assume that there will be one because I cannot be left with that ending. 

Unraveling was thrilling, romantic, and perfection at its finest.


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