Unraveling

Paperback | April 23, 2013

byElizabeth Norris

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Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Elizabeth Norris’s Unraveling blends realistic coming-of-age issues with a gripping science fiction world.

Unraveling’s heroine, sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner, is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died…and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.

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Like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Elizabeth Norris’s Unraveling blends realistic coming-of-age issues with a gripping science fiction world.Unraveling’s heroine, sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner, is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mot...

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Two days before the start of her junior year, 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 school Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And though it i...

Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the San Diego beaches and sunshine for Manhattan's chilly winters. She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together.Unravelingis her first novel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.08 inPublished:April 23, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The amount of times I had to put the book down to collect my thoughts is embarrassingly obscene. - Nova @ Out of Time The amount of times I had to put the book down to collect my thoughts is embarrassingly obscene. - Nova @ Out of Time Unraveling is one of those books that's been sitting on my shelf, begging [along with all the other billions of books] to be read. I can only say that now, after reading, I am kicking myself for not reading this sooner. When I first met the character, I was pretty neutral about it. This doesn't usually happen as I either lean one way or the other. With Janelle, I didn't feel anything at first. And then after a chain of events happened, I saw the way Janelle dealt with happiness, tragedy and confusion and I liked her. Genuinely. Ben, the male lead, is another story. I instantly fell in love with his character when he first talked and my love only grew stronger as this novel progressed. [And you should know that it isn't a short novel, haha!] The writing was really great, even though it did get slow in some parts. There's a lot that needs to be explained in Norris' storyline. I really loved the quick lines that the characters delivered and how the story left a mark on my mind even after twelve hours of finishing it. This book also gave me a lot of feels. To me, feels are one of the most important things in a book. There were so many twists and turns and I just got left in the dark until the bomb dropped [puns for those who've read it] I laughed a lot, cried a lot and at one point, even yelled out because the things that happened BROKE me! The only thing that didn't agree with me as much as I wanted to was how the plot completely did a 180. In the beginning, it seemed sort of clear. When suddenly, a bunch of science terms were introduced and the plot took a different course. The change in plans threw me off and confused me for a bit of the story. It isn't something that hindered my reading but it did make me have to read a little more carefully to fully understand. Overall, it's a great story, FULL of feels and I'm really excited to get the sequel [after that HEARTBREAKING ending!]
Date published: 2015-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Walking home from school, Janelle gets hit by a truck and dies, but then wakes up again with her classmate Ben hovering over her. She believes he healed her and is determined to find out why and how. I can’t write anymore just because it would spoil everything and I don’t want to do that! As for the characters?? Janelle was an interesting enough character. I like how she’s incredibly intelligent and has a photographic memory. She does have quite a temper I might add. She has reason to be though. As for Ben? Well I just hope to see more of him in the next book! Even the secondary characters like Janelle’s best friend Alex plays a big role. Just reading the synopsis for this just made me want the ARC even more! Girl saves the world? Why the hell not? I love how the chapters countdown the impending doom. The concept is definitely original and I love how everything unraveled. (hah I just had to). There’s a lot of mystery surrounding the characters and so many questions Janelle wants answered and believe me, she gets them answered. Can I see this on the silver screen? YES! I’d love for this to be a movie. I just hope it would be done well. Highly recommended for any science fiction, and mystery lover!
Date published: 2014-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from didn't expect that I didn't know what the book was about when I bought it and when I started it I wasn't sure if this was my kind of book(science-fiction) but i felt in love with the characters and the story! It's amazing and i recommend it to everyone even if you don't usually read science-fiction like me,,!
Date published: 2014-07-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Different Dystopian-Apocalyptic Book The summary sounded so good for this one and beautiful, and it almost was as good as I thought. The only flaw was that I thought that it wasn't too apocalyptic as it was described as. I wanted it to be addicting and having to do with the end of the world and such, but it was really about Janelle's problems. Janelle was a great character. She had a lot of sympathy and I felt her words very deeply and I wanted her story to go on forever. I really enjoyed this one, and am definitely looking forward to read the sequel!
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Whew, super fun book! There were so many things I loved, namely Janelle (she's pretty cool, and tough!) and Ben (of course, he's sweet and hot!), but a couple of things were a bit too over-the-top. Possibly. I don't know what I'm talking about really, but Janelle, she's got all this baggage! It's kind of crazy, I don't think ANY person, let alone a teenager, could handle all of the stuff she's got going on without having a nervous breakdown! I know I would!!! And although she does come close to losing her shit a couple of times, for the most part she holds it together. So, like I said, a bit over-the-top. Overall, though, the book is really well-done (couple of mistakes I caught, and I'm normally not super-observant like that, but in one scene Janelle breaks her cell phone, and then ten minutes later, she's making a call on it. Another time, Ben's saying he hasn't seen his family in ten years, but in reality it's been seven. Bam, hire me as an editor, people!) There's tons of action, twists, and some hubba hubba going on, and I can't wait to read Unbreakable!
Date published: 2013-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good read! Kind of like a Young Adult Fringe/ X-Files View more of my review and others at my blog: www.mynotsovacantshelf.blogspot.com If you take Fringe and X-Files then add a little Young Adult in there you will get Unraveling. This book kept my working, while Ben kept my heart fluttering. Janelle is a very independent character and smart character that is determined to find things out. But, before her big accident the only thing she really has to worry about was her family, afterwards she has the world on her shoulders. And on that Janelle loses a lot in this book, when she doesn’t have much left in her life to begin with. But, we soon find out that Ben is pretty much in the same boat. He’s a fish out of water and he isn’t what he seems. Coming off as a loner/stoner type we find out that Ben is actually pretty darn smart, and determined, and caring. And, it’s all rolled up into a nice tall package that Janelle finds yummy. This book was filled with mystery, dramatics, romance, and adventure and kept me coming back for more. I will admit that there was a lot of flash backs to better and/or sad times in Janelle’s life, which were probably there to make up feel for Janelle and understand her better, but I found it slowing the book down. The book is pretty large and I felt that there was a lot of slow moments throughout it, basically for something so large a lot didn’t really happen until the end of the books. That’s not to say that stuff doesn’t happen in the beginning of the book, because it does. In the first chapter (only a couple of pages in) is when everything starts. But then days go by of Janelle and Alex researching before she even talks to Ben, then more days go by before something else happens. I did just find myself being easily distracted until a little over half-way through then stuff really spiced up. However, when something happened (even in the beginning) it was big. Good: Janelle--She strong (because she has to be), she’s determined, smart, and outgoing. And, when she finds out you messed with her, or her family...she knows how to kick some butt. Ben--Intelligent, caring, determined, and trying to do what’s right for himself, his friends, Janelle, and the world. Struz-Kind of seems like the older brother, but he’s really her dad’s FBI partner, and every once in a while he takes charge. He kind of reminds me of Chuck from Chuck. Just a big geek. I hope there is more of him to come. The party scene- Although it was a pretty difficult moment for Janelle it gave her peace of mind, and it showed Ben’s true colours. I may have fallen for him at that very moment. Bad: Some parts were slow, and I think it would definitely take some understanding of Science to fuller understand everything that they were talking about. Overall (Writing style, story line, and general): Overall I really did enjoy this read even if I found it occasionally slow. When the adventure got going it was enough to hold me on till the next big moment in the book. I loved Ben and how he saw Janelle, and how Janelle was able to pick up suttle things about Ben and see him for who he really was, when others would simply label him. The writing was very well done, and easy to follow. I was pretty impress that there wasn’t some small science talk, but real and in-depth scientific theories in this novel. It makes us English majors with minors in Science pretty happy. Overall this book left me smiling and crying. And, yes...I have already stepped out and purchased the second one.
Date published: 2013-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Mystery and Sci Fi Series Gore: Yes Magic: Yes Romance: Yes Action: 4 stars Pacing: 3.5 stars Plot: 5 stars Cover: 4 stars This is one book that is going to be hard to review without spoilers, but I'll try, so... here goes. Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tanner has more responsibility than many teenagers: her mom has bipolar, and her dad is a FBI agent and he's almost always busy, so Janelle has to clean the house, make the meals, and take care of her younger brother Jared, while also working as a lifeguard, and school work. Until she dies and is brought back to life, because that's when her life gets even more busy. She tries to solve they mystery of her accident, how she came back to life, and about what's going on, the unusual FBI case, and the mysterious countdown means. All before it's the end of the world. I liked Janelle, she's smart, strong (by that I mean that so much is going on in her life ans she deals with it better than most teenagers would), she's independent, she's not a whiner, is compassionate, very determined to solve those mysteries, has a good sense of humour (I always love funny characters, funny jokes, situations), etc. Ben isn't exactly the typical YA bad boy, actually, I don't even know if I consider him a bad boy, his best friend Elijah seems more like a bad boy. He's very protective, caring, and mysterious. I was very curious about him and Janelle's dad's case since the beginning. As the story progressed, we learned more about the mysteries, Ben and his friends, and about other stuff too (I can't be specific or I might end up spoiling the story). I'm actually glad that Ben is not the typical YA bad boy because (as I said in my review of Daughter of Smoke & Bone) there are way too many bad boys in books these days, I don't hate them, it's just that it feels repetitive to the point that some of them are boring in my opinion, like Cole from Alice in Zombieland, whereas others loved him. Unless they are somehow different than other bad boys. I love that instead of having the same gender best friend or the opposite gender best friend who's in love with the main character, Janelle's best friend is a guy who doesn't see her in a romantic way, just as a good friend. There are a few other series I've read that do this, for ex: the Covenent series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, etc. Janelle's best friend's name is Alex Trechter. Janelle and Alex are such good friends. He's loyal, smart... ok really smart, he goes along with most of Janelle's crazy ideas,and he's basically a really good guy. He''s one of those smart dorky guys that I can't help but love. I also love most of the other characters, like: Cecily, Janelle's English teacher Poblete, Janelle's brother Jared, her father's partner and best friend Struz, and so on. A lot happened in Unraveling and it was really interesting. There is kind of a twist from the middle, which I didn't expect at all, I was thinking mundane stuff when the problem actually ended up being something different. The writing is good too. I was suspecting a few people who could have been the person behind all this, but then near the end, Ben and Janelle started suspecting someone else, but then I remembered that it's always one of the people that you suspect the least, so I then I guessed who i though it could be and I was right. I love that Janelle was still really determined to solve the mystery instead of "letting the grown ups handle it," even though it was illegal for her and her friends to get involved. And it was a good thing too, otherwise they would have all been dead by the end of the novel and that would have sucked a lot. I started reading this hoping that I like it, and it did not disappoint, except for that thing that happened, I was really upset about that, but other than that I loved it. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the awesome characters, and the plot. Unraveling is fast paced, entertaining, suspenseful, has good writing, interesting characters, has a cute and sweet romance, witty banter, and is an enjoyable read that’ll keep you up long after the sun sets. I will definitely be reading the sequel and luckily I don't have to wait long. I rated this book: 4.5 stars. To read the full post, visit my book blog: http://www.nazishreads.net/my-book-reviews/unraveling-book-1-by-elizabeth-norris
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful Unraveling was among the books where I at first imagined it would have an overwhelming romance, with only a small touch of sci-fi. Instead, it had a ton of sci-fi, plus an adequate amount of romance within. The cover, oh the cover. It is cool, absolutely sci-fi, and badass. It completely matched the story mood and plot. If you look carefully at the background of the original cover, you can see little numbers which I suppose signifies the countdown. Even the UK version's awesome. I especially like the little countdown and how the face looks like it's slowly breaking apart. As the synopsis says, Janelle gets hit by a truck and dies. Dies. Right in the beginning of the story, it smacks you in the face with this HUGE gamechanger. I know some books where the plot doesn't pick up until halfway through the story, and this is definitely not it. Already, you have this amazing initiating event and you're not even ten pages in. The plot got better and better throughout the story, building up to the climax. It wasn't too slow to make me lose my attention, but not so fast that I was tripping over my laces to keep up. In the ending, it had such amazing twists that I couldn't predict and all I could really think was Wow. Elizabeth Norris, you are a genius in plot twists. All of that leads up to a bittersweet, yet awfully right ending. At the beginning of the book, I already liked Janelle a whole awful lot. Before the truck incident, she has her tires slashed and I just have to pull a few quotes from there. Kate would know I have a spare in the back of the jeep. She knows my dad wouldn't let me get my license until I'd successfully demonstrated I could change a tire, check my oil, and jump-start the car. But being a damsel in distress isn't really my thing. I am not only computer-illiterate, but I don't get machines either. First of all, she drives a jeep. And she knows how to change a tire, check her oil, and jump-start her car. Which is the epitome of awesome to me. And she's not a damsel in distress. Point to Janelle for demonstrating her competency in being strong, cool, and independent. Throughout the story, Janelle faces several different conflicts. Like extra-terrestrial/human beings destroying the earth, however accidentally. And family conflicts that she has to handle on her own. But she has to fight through it all, because she's pretty much the backbone of her family. Her father, someone high up in the FBI, doesn't have much time to spend at home, so she steps in as caretaker to both her mother and little brother, with only the support of Struz, co-worker to her father, and Alex, who deserves the title Best Friend of the Entire Galaxy. Or Universe. Ben is awfully sweet. He gives Janelle even more so support, which would mean a whole lot considering that she doesn't receive a whole ton of it. He fixes people's class schedules, and although it sounds weird, the way he does it is criminally wrong but with an honour code. His initial meeting with Janelle, although neither knew the other, was awfully cute. He thought the sun at Janelle's back made her look like an angel. Which ten-year-old would think such awfully cute things? Two more characters I liked a lot was Alex, BFF extraordinaire, and Elijah, juvenile annoyance to everything adult. Alex's relationship with Janelle is something I genuinely like. Typically, when a guy and a girl are friends, you'd think that they'd end up together, but in Unraveling, it their relationship is very clear, even without them saying it out loud. They're purely best friends, and won't be anything more. It's quite simple, and just great in a way I can't describe in words. Elijah, who could sprout a swear word several times in a sentence, insults everyone around him, ended up as someone I actually could believe as real. He's an irritating, can't-get-off-your-back character, and he knows it. He's honest about it, and blatantly shows it off instead of hiding it and pretending he's a gentleman. Another cool thing I liked was the countdowns in place of chapter titles or numbers. I was constantly imagining, "Oh, she has x amount of time to do this, that, and everything else? How on earth does she manage it when I can't even do my homework properly?" And I'll end my analysis off with a quote from Ben that breaks my heart whenever I read it. "Janelle Tenner," he says. "I will always f*cking love you." To sum it all up, Unraveling is a fantastically written debut that I will always keep in a special compartment in my heart. I'd recommend it to not only fantasy/sci-fi lovers, who don't like an overwhelming romance, but to anyone who wants a good read. Right now, I shall not-so-patiently await the release of Unbreakable, which will be out on June 6, 2013.
Date published: 2012-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fast-Paced Debut! Right off the bat, Norris gives us tons of action and a really fast-paced plot that only seems to intensify along the way. Janelle was a pretty good main character. While I didn't always like the decisions she made, I still understood why she made them and respect those decisions. Janelle had many masculine traits I found - not that it's a bad thing - and although I do understand that her dad works for the FBI, I found that she was able to access his files a little too easily. As the book progressed, I became more and more in-tune with Janelle's character to the point where I would be thinking about something a sentence before Janelle would think about the exact same thing. Ben was cute and I really liked him, but I kind of saw him more as a little kid than I did as a potential crush for the MC. I did like how Norris made both Ben and Janelle smart characters, though. The only problem is that sometimes there smart-ness would fly right over my head and I'd get all confused. This is what made me take away the fifth star, unfortunately. :( The plot had many, MANY plot twists that I never saw coming and just made the book so much more... AWESOME. And short chapters! YES! You know how I love me some short chapters. (: All in all, Unraveling is an amazing story with kick-butt characters and while it can sometimes be choppy and some of the dialogue can fly over my head... The fast-paced plot made up for it in every way. :)
Date published: 2012-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! Lets get straight into this. The cover is filled with awesomeness. The title confuses you, the people on the front make you wonder, and the description on the back is just icing on the cake. If this book was a slice of cake, I would devour it within the minute no doubt. On to the story! It starts right off into the protagonist's aka Janelle's, daily routine during the last few remaining days of summer vacation, which is exactly 2 days in counting for her junior year! She's a lifeguard and is a bad-ass swimmer, is dating the oh so deliciously popular senior at school, has a smart-ass best friend named Alex, and it basically seems like shes surfing through a fantastic life. Not. At. All. She gets picked on by her ex-best friend and her "boyfriend's (not technically because they're still dating and aren't official)" ex-girlfriend, her mother is bipolar, her Father is barely ever at home, and she is forced to mother her younger brother Jared. Then BAM! she's hit by a freaking TRUCK! Then things get crazy as this loner yet hottie guy named Ben Michaels enters her life and "possibly" plays a role in Janelle's revival. As the story proceeds and you jump into Janelle's history and understanding of the current situation, dead literally melted to the bone, bodies appear and there's a countdown to something no one can figure out and everything is just pure stress and craziness GAHHH!!!! I have to admit. This book was mind-blowing for me because I could relate to Janelle SO MUCH! This book brought me to tears, and honestly, this is probably my favourite book of the YEAR. I simply loved it inside out. This story isn't just based on the protagonist's love life, but also her family life, and it just literally was so HEART BREAKING! I know for sure that it's going to be an agonizing wait for book 2, which is called Unbreakable. I send all high praises possible to the author, Elizabeth Norris, I LOVE LOVE LOVED Unraveling! And if I could go beyond our 5-star ranking system, I would, but I'll play by the rules today and here we are!
Date published: 2012-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Best Sci-Fi I've Ever Read This is probably the best sci-fi book you're ever gonna get that doesn't involve any supernaturals. It all comes down to physics and chemistry in this novel, which makes alternate universes seem exciting and dangerous. When Janelle Tenner gets hit by a truck, she knows she was dead before being brought back to life. Yet, Ben Michaels refuses to give her any more information on how he healed her. All Janelle knows is that she should have died, and being brought back to life seems impossible. While at the peak of her accident, strange things are happening in the world. There are more natural disasters and cases of radiation poisoning killing people that never existed. Janelle uncovers these secrets trying to figure out how Ben has anything to do with it, because he definitely is. Sneaking around the FBI is no slice of cake. Janelle has to hide things from her father and his team of FBI agents to be able to figure out what's going on in the world and what happened to her the day she should have died. Her only solid answer is that Ben and his stoner friends have something to do with the excess radiation and people who shouldnt exist. This book is certainy mind-boggling as I was struggling to comprehend what was happening. But if you read the book thoroughly without skimming you'll be able to understand everything in the final few chapters. That frustrated me because I like the idea of alternate universes, but I didn't have enough physics knowledge to undertsand how the alternate universes worked. So far, this book is a stand-alone but the ending was so sad and had so many loose ends that I'm hoping their is another book after this. Not a trilogy, just one more book to explain Ben and Janelle's relationship and what really happened with the universes. The idea of universe jumping is so cool and puzzling that it makes one heck of a novel. And if you enjoy the idea of more than one universe, than you'll love how two worlds can separate Ben and Janelle. They don't have an epic love story, but they do have a love so strong that it's heart-wrenching to see them separated. Please, Elizabeth Norris, make a sequel for this book!
Date published: 2012-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great YA Book If you love YA books like me and are sick of the paranormal romantic triangles that seem to be in ALL books these days, then give this book a try. It has a phenomenally different catch that was done incredibly well by the author. Highly enjoyed this book. I want to be Jannelle when I grow up!
Date published: 2012-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hands down, one of the most BRILLIANT debuts of the year! Mind-blowing, gut-wrenching, original, exceptional... It's been over a week since I finished this book and I still can't stop thinking about it or find the words to describe it! Unraveling kicks off with a running start when Janelle dies — hit and killed by a speeding pickup truck — and is brought back to life by the most unlikely boy possible: Ben Michaels. As the smart, strong, and kick-ass daughter of an FBI agent, Janelle begins to unravel the strands of his secret all the while figuring out that there's something bigger happening, something exponentially more dangerous, and she has to find out what before it's too late. With shorter chapters that always start with an ominous countdown, saying this book is intense doesn't even begin to describe it! The concept is literally out of this world. There's not much I can say without being spoilery, but the sci-fi elements are so DIFFERENT from what you'd expect that I can't even put a single label on it. Except maybe amazing. And epic. Other than loving Janelle completely, I think that Elizabeth Norris created the perfect cast! They're real and anything but typical. And they swear—a lot, which I totally loved. Ben is 100% swoon-worthy while being so different from regular book boys; her best friend Alex isn't a love interest (there's actually no love triangle at all ♥) but I promise he'll steal your heart anyways; Elijah and Taylor Barclay make for unexpected awesome; and Janelle's FBI father and friends are complex as well. Unraveling isn't a fairytale. Like nothing I've ever read before, it's hardcore and intense and gripping and unique. It's also one of those rare gems that remind us how real life doesn't always close with a happy ending — the huge twist at the end knocked me off my feet! I wanted to cry and beg for a sequel at the exact same time. In short, Unraveling is one of the most brilliant and gut-wrenching debuts I've ever read! You have to read it — it will blow your mind away! :) BUY or BORROW?: For books like this one, this is such a pointless question! Buy it and love it, then please come tell me what you think after so we can cry together! :')
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be Prepared for the Unexpected! 4.5 Maple Leaves! Unraveling's kick-butt cover grabbed immediately my attention, but the mention of the FBI on the book's premise was what actually really did it for me! As a fan of Agent Mulder and agent Scully myself, I HAD to add Unraveling to my priority list because I was pretty sure this book was going to bring something new and very addictive to my to-read pile. Oh good Lord! I was not wrong! Janelle has pretty much a normal life... sort of. She has a kick-butt FBI agent as a father very, a bi polar mother, a super hot sort-of boyfriend and a nice younger brother. But regardless what might seem cool and bad about her life, Janelle feels that she is not alive at all... until one day she dies after being hit by a truck and then, a boy from her school called Ben, brings her back to life. This is when the story picks up. However, this is just one small part of the plot Elizabeth Norris knitted for this invigorating story. Bioterrorism, FBI intervention and paranormal activity are also some of the few things on this book that will keep readers biting their nails until the moment they turn the last page. Elizabeth Norris really surprised me with a fresh and original story that I am longing to read more of! In addition, Unraveling puts under the spotlight very likable characters, and they all bright with their own personality! Janelle, Ben, Alex, Elijah and Barclay are part of Unraveling's cast that readers should definitely be looking forward to meet! The are many concepts on this books that I am dying to talk about, but if I do, I will be spoiling the story and ruining the unexpected twist and turns of Unraveling's plot. What I can say about this book without spoiling it, is that readers should be prepared for many awesome jaw-dropping moments! Unraveling will certainly be a welcomed addition to every YA lover's shelf. Norris debut novel is not only different and refreshing, but it contains a big dose of action, mystery and romance! And that's not all! Unraveling also has one of the most unexpected twist ever (in a very good way) and a heartbreaking ending that will bring more than a few sobs and tears. Unraveling is a highly engaging and unique story that readers should absolutely get as soon as it comes out! So don't wait any longer and go order it now!
Date published: 2012-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Fun Race-Against-Time Kind of Novel! *Copy provided by publisher for review* Have you ever hoped, no, begged for the release date of an upcoming novel you absolutely could not wait to read to magically change to, you know, now?! I have countless times, and Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris was one of those titles. With a promising premise painting the picture of an intense science fiction title, how could I possibly resist?! Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris tells the story of seventeen year old Janelle Tenner, an average girl who regrettably meets her demise in the most shocking of ways - she is hit by a pickup truck and killed. She sees the light at the end of the tunnel, feels absolute stillness as life begins to leave her, but suddenly the next thing she knows she opens up her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a guy from her high school, leaning over her. Staring at him as he rides away on his bike leaving her on the road alone, Janelle realizes something - she's alive and completely unharmed. Without a doubt, Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris was an incredible race-against-time kind of novel! I was instantly pulled into the story with the introduction of Janelle, an average teen girl who, unfortunately, has made a few enemies along the way. Despite that, I found Janelle to be a wonderful protagonist! With physical and emotional strength, and cunning to match, Janelle had me wanting to crawl into Elizabeth Norris' world and walk in her shoes. With that said, it's safe to say that Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is completely fast paced, exciting, and unpredictable. With a story that, literally, continues to unravel the further you read, I found myself guessing and failing to predict it's upcoming events. Elizabeth Norris, without a doubt, had me sitting at the edge of my seat begging for more. In addition, the romance in Unraveling was surprisingly strong, something I really wasn't quite expecting from such a fast paced and intense sci-fi title. However, that isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the romance. In fact, I quite enjoyed it =) Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris is the must read sci-fi title of the year! Full of action, suspense, mystery, and romance, teens and adults will, without a doubt, find themselves begging Elizabeth Norris for more.
Date published: 2012-04-16

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“If Veronica Mars snatched a case from Mulder and Scully, you’d get this fast-paced page-turner. With a heroine full of moxie, wicked surprises around every corner, and non-stop action, UNRAVELING is an irresistible thriller.”