Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)

12157365 Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)
Cover Inspection:
Not as attractive as I would like it to be.
The cover does not do the story justice.
It’s one of the VERY FEW things I do not like about this book.

SUMMARY (book description based on 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.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.


Overall Rating
Very Good!
(89% to 92%)

* highest rating possible is 4.0
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Modern day San Diego.

The protagonist is Janelle. She is a lifeguard at a public beach. Her mother has bipolar disorder, and so her mom just stays home. On the other hand, her father works for the FBI. With this, Janelle is the “adult” in the family – she does the chores and takes care of her younger brother. She has a photographic memory and is very smart.

Janelle was run over by a truck and died. But then Ben Michaels brought her back to life. Her spine was completely severed, and Ben somehow fused it back together. It happened that the man that hit her died while driving the truck that hit her. What’s even more interesting is that the man died of radiation poisoning. What is the connection? That is what Janelle wants to know. When she confronted Ben about these things, he told her he saved her and that he can do things. Now, Janelle is wondering if Ben’s power has something to do with it.

The plot. Heavens! It is so complex! The story is so intricate; one event is tied up with another, and everything is just so tangled up. The plot is also very unique. This is not a simple story about “otherworldly beings.” It’s actually more complicated than that. Plus, I loved the “countdown.” This timer presented how the characters would react under pressure. And because of this time pressure element, the characters are always on the move and doing something. They are not just talking. The time pressure made this already exciting book all the more thrilling. They’re scared and anxious, and as a reader, you would feel their fear and anxiety too! And I loved how, near the end of the book, everything was in total chaos. There were earthquakes of great magnitude. Black holes swallowing people up. Homes, schools, and offices were all destroyed. In short, the world was ending. At one point in the book, I was wondering to myself how the characters will get out of the situation that they got themselves in. I didn’t know how the author would wrap it all up. But I am so happy she tied up all the loose ends, and ended the book in such a way that all conflicts were resolved. I’d say that the story ended the way it should end. The ending was just… perfect.

There is only one thing I disliked about this book: the fact that it can be confusing at first. There was a bombardment of information the first few chapters. Boom, boom, boom! It was hard to follow.

Ben. The story was narrated in Janelle’s point of view. According to her, she didn’t really notice Ben until he saved her. Before, he was just a school mate, a stoner. But now, looking closer, Ben is just as handsome, albiet tortured and broody, as the popular guys in school. Plus, the tension between the Ben and Janelle is explosive. Just by reading about how Ben looks, or stares, or smiles at Janelle would make any girl-reader swoon. And don’t get me started on the kissing scenes! Suffice it to say that they are… delicious.


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Unlike other books, Unraveling actually has a story (introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution) – an amazing one at that. There is a well thought of story line. This is not just some fluffy romantic read in disguise of SciFi. You will swoon, but it will also keep you on your toes. Not only that, this book will also awaken the hidden geek in you. Think Optimus Prime, Tron: Legacy, Star Wars, and X-Files! All in all, Unraveling is one of the good ones I’ve read this year. Initially, I had really, really, very low expections for this book. But boy was I glad I picked it up! It not only met my expectations, this book exceeded it. I loved it!



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profanity: heavy (Quite a lot of f bombs, shit, pussy, bitch)
violence: moderate
sexual content: mild to moderate
mature themes: moderate
age recommendation: 14+

 Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris (ARC)


My name is JoAnne and I am a sucker for fairy tales. When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a princess, finding my handsome prince and living happily ever after. But my parents talked me into taking up law instead. I get a strange high from reading young adult and new adult novels. I know people secretly judge me for reading books not for my age. But frankly, I don’t care. I know what makes me happy – coming-of-age stories, spine-tingling romances, fictional boyfriends, and fairy tale endings.

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