Thursday, May 17, 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

By: Elizabeth Norris
Released: April 24, 2012
Source: Won ARC from Jenna @ Making the Grade
Purchase the Book: Amazon

"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." (Summary from

Elizabeth Norris's Unraveling is the story of Janelle who is hit by a truck and dies. However, she is brought back to life and wakes up with Ben leaning over her. Janelle soon learns that this is only the beginning of an even bigger mystery that may lead to the end of the world.

I loved Unraveling and I don't think I can entirely express just how much I love this book! The well written characters and plot were both strongly developed. I loved how real the characters felt to me. Janelle especially was a character that I could instantly connect with on so many different levels. She is tough and can take care of herself. She has a lot of responsibilities to handle though. Her mother is bipolar and her father works a lot which leads her to taking care of her younger brother Jared.

Alex has been Janelle's best friend for years and I loved the relationship they shared. Then there is Ben who has been the loner boy at school for years. However, he is there when Janelle is killed and manages to bring her back to life. I loved learning more about Ben and trying to uncover his mystery.

I had a feeling that I would love this book as soon as it opened with a quote from my favorite Robert Frost poem. The plot is so exciting and suspenseful. There is plenty of action and romance. Then there are some moments that made me laugh out and other parts that had me on the verge of tears. I couldn't stop turning the pages to see what would happen next. I completely loved trying to solve the mystery and it was definitely not what I expected. I have been looking for a good sci-fi book for a while now and this was definitely the one! Norris's writing is addictive and she makes an excellent debut! I highly recommend Unraveling, it's a captivating and suspenseful sci-fi story that will keep you up late at night. 

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  1. Wow, great review. I've been going back-and-forth about reading this. It does sound really good though.

  2. I really want to read this one, but I've seen some reviews that had mixed feelings. I'm happy to hear you found it captivating. I think I will check this one out, hopefully I can get to it soon, it really does sound like a story that will keep me up saying just a little more.


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