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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris Book Review

Unraveling (Unraveling, #1)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.
I was super excited to read Unraveling since I first heard about it on Goodreads back in January :) For some reason, I never ended up buying it when it came out in May. Also, I just heard it's set to be an MTV series. I finally got it, and I completely loved it!

Unraveling follows the main character, Janelle, after she dies and is revived by Ben, a loner at her high school. At the same time, a bunch of different freak accidents are occurring around her and a clock is counting down to something big.

The plot had such an amazing idea, and I can definitely say I’ve never read a book like Unraveling before. I was constantly surprised by all the different twists and turns that occurred. I also really liked how the action was a huge part of the plot, and although there was a good amount of romance, the plot returning to the action. Although this book was over 400 pages, I was never bored and it was a super quick read! 

I also loved the romance. Ben was such a sweet guy and his secret is incredible. I did not expect it at all. Janelle was a good character, but I found her somewhat unlikeable at different times. I also had some trouble relating to her. Her best friend, Alex, her brother Jared, and her dad were also great characters! They all cared so much about Janelle and they represented a such a close-knit family. 

Unraveling ended with a cliffhanger, and I can’t wait to read Unbreakable once it comes out. I’m usually mainly a fan of contemporaries, but Unraveling has become one of my new favorite books. Also, on a side-note, I love the covers for both books. I think they both look awesome! I would give Unraveling 4 1/2 out of 5 flowers. The only thing keeping me from giving it that final half flower is the few moments I couldn’t connect with Janelle. If you’re still not convinced you should check it out, I also linked up some great reviews from other bloggers below :)




19 comments:

  1. Wasn't this book so amazing? I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for Unbreakable!! Definitely on my wishlist!

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    1. I also thought it was amazing, Unbreakable is also on my wish list :)

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  2. Looks like I better read it soon. I have it on my ereader,but I have not read it yet. I'm definitely excited for the show.

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    1. I'm looking forward to seeing what you think of it! It was great :)

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  3. I really enjoyed this book! There was something about it that was just magic. And, I'm looking forward to reading Unbreakable. :)

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    1. I completely agree with you about that :) I'm so excited for Unbreakable!

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  4. im glad you liked it too!! it was a great novel, very different from the usual and i really liked Ben too! I also loved her dad! and yes the cliffhanger was a killer! cant wait for unbreakable!

    great review
    Juhina @ MajiBookshelf

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  5. This is one of these books that I see all over the place but they're never so interesting to me. I mean this book sounds good and I've heard great things about it but never intended to read it. Now I hope I'll get a chance to read it cause from your review it sounds amazing. :)
    Tanja @ Ja čitam, a ti?

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    1. I hope you do get the chance to read it. If you do, I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it :) Thank you so much!

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  6. Ben was lovely, no? I also didn't expect his secret to be... quite what it was! It was definitely unpredictable and so much fun to read this. :) Lovely review!

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    1. Ben was completely amazing, and I never expected that secret, either. Thanks so much! :)

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  7. This has been on my TBR list for quite some time now, and I feel like kicking myself for not getting to it sooner! The story and characters both sound amazing. And I am very curious to learn Ben's secret! Definitely going to read this ASAP! Glad you enjoyed this! Awesome review! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. I hope you love it once you do! I'm really looking forward to your review :) Ben is an amazing character and thank you so much Maida! :)

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  8. Yay, I'm so glad that you enjoyed this one as well! Eep, I seriously can't believe that this one is going to be an MTV show. While I'm probably not going to watch it (MTV is SO not my thing =P) but I think it's great that more people will know about this awesome book. Anyways, I totally loved the action in this one as well! I'm an action gal, and I loved how this book was pretty much unputdownable. The pages really flew! And the romance was oh so adorable. Ben's secret was so shocking! I seriously never saw that secret coming. I loved being surprised, and boy, did this book surprise me. ;)

    Fantastic review!! I'm so excited for the next one as well. =)

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    1. I also loved the romance and action. I'll probably watch the MTV show, just because I like Teen Wolf :) I'm so excited to see what it's like! Thank you so much :)

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  9. It's always a good thing when an author surprises you with unique twists :D The romance sounds so cute! I have had this book on my list for a while now, but I guess I need to put it higher on top :) Great review!

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