Sunday, September 2, 2012

Jen's review of "Unravelling" by Elizabeth Norris

Unravelling (Unravelling #1) by Elizabeth Norris
Publication date: June 7th, 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Number of pages: 445
Format: Paperback
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Description: 24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer…


Leaving the beach, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit head on by a pickup truck.

And killed.

Then Ben Michaels, resident stoner, is leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows Ben somehow brought her back to life…

Meanwhile, Janelle’s father, a special agent for the FBI, starts working on a case that seems strangely connected to Ben. Digging in his files, Janelle finds a mysterious device – one that seems to be counting down to something that will happen in 23 days and 10 hours time.

That something? It might just be the end of the world. And if Janelle wants to stop it, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets – and keep from falling in love with him in the process…
Unravelling is one of those books where you just know before you even open up the book that you're going to love it. 

At least, that's what happened to me. Just even going by the description of the plot, it sounded so mysterious and intriguing, that I could not love it.
Janelle was normal. As normal as someone can be with a father in the FBI. But everything changes when she gets hit by a truck and left for dead.
But then, the next thing she sees is a boy standing over her... a boy she doesn't even associate with, because he isn't in her 'crowd' starts to do something to her.

The next moment, she is alive.

Everyone seems to think it was a miracle, but Janelle... has a feeling there is more to it than that. There has to be because she knows, she died. And how can someone... anyone bring back someone that was dead? It was impossible... right?

Ben Michaels. Ah, I loved him.  The mysterious boy at the beach. Who wouldn't love someone like him saving your life, even if that life has now changed and will forever be different than what it was before. 
As Janelle finds herself involved in his life, she starts to see things differently, and the moment she discovers the secret that he and his group of friends are keeping, that realization will bring her whole world crashing down on her.

Soon after she recovers, Janelle discovers a device that seems to be ticking down to something occurring in 23 days. She has no idea what it is, but whatever it is, it can't be good. 
I felt like this novel was a mixture between Fringe, Roswell and the X-Files. I was absolutely glued to each page and had to know what was going to happen next.
It was addicting, enticing and a page turner. 

One of the things I loved about this book was the story between Janelle and Ben. I was sucked in. I loved their history and their relationship throughout the entire book. It was beautiful, sweet and yet also heartbreaking. It was something that was always meant to be, ever since... well, a long time. 

I look forward to the sequel to this book. I can't wait to discover more of this world...and where Ben and Janelle's relationship goes next. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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