Review: 4 stars to Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris #YA #scifi

Posted 15 September, 2014 by katheryn13 in Mature, Reviews, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 2 Comments

STOP THE COUNTDOWN. SAVE THE WORLD…

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…

 

Review:

Having searched long and hard in the library for this book, I was beyond excited to finally read it. At first I thought this was just a kind of ‘whodunnit’ book (which in all fairness, aren’t my kind of books) but thank god it wasn’t! The opening chapters sucked me in to Janelle’s world (although not as quickly as I’d have liked) and I was fully intrigued by the time the “incident” happened.

Ben Michaels is a man of mystery. He has these weird powers that made me think supernaturally…if that’s even a word. And he had this whole image about him that made Janelle unsure. But she wanted to know what had happened – how she was alive. She had died! I mean, jeez. But no one around her believed her when she said she’d been dead. They passed it off as her being silly. Ben’s friends, Elijah and Reid are two guys I just didn’t connect with at all. The same with Nick, Janelle’s sort of boyfriend.

Alex, Janelle’s best friend, is one of those guys that I kept on getting vibes that he liked her more than he let on, but that was still supportive despite this? I don’t know. He’s a cool dude, but I just… yeah.  Then there’s Jared, Janelle’s younger brother who, though he’s only something like three years younger than her, sometimes acted like he was 9. It was a bit odd.

I liked the whole detective vibe in the story, but also because it wasn’t technical (well, not always) and I could go along with it without getting confused. Until half way-three quarters through the book, when I was so close to throwing the book out the window. The plot took a rather silly turn and I was like “WTF? That is ridiculous.” Alternate universes.  It’s not that I don’t like those kind of plots, but the first half never even whispered the idea. It just came out of nowhere, as though the author didn’t know the reason herself and thought “oh hell, why not?”

This didn’t necessarily stop me from reading, though. It took a few chapters and some eye rolling to get over it, but it did kind of take away from the over all feeling. Hence why I dropped a star rating. I thought I was going to love this book, but that plot twist was awfully set out in my opinion. I wouldn’t have minded so much if I’d been warned earlier on so I could grasp what I was reading. lol.

So, anyway, excluding the set back I had, this is really a good book full of mystery, romance, loss, angst and some serious shit going on that had me looking like :O. I think this is a one off, which is good because it ended perfectly and I couldn’t imagine it going anywhere else.

-Kat

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2 Responses to “Review: 4 stars to Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris #YA #scifi”

  1. YAY, I’m glad you liked it! I loooove this series (it’s a duology) because I ADORE alternate universe-type novels. I thought the twist worked really well, but I can see where you’re coming from when you say it came out of nowhere 🙂 The sequel is FANTASTIC, in my opinion, so if you ever feel like an action-packed sci-fi with A FANTASTIC SHIP *WEEPS* it’s for you.

    I’m fine, I’m fine. *crawls back into the shadows*

    • katheryn13

      Hey, yeah thanks. I had been waiting a while to read the book but yeah, it wasn’t bad. Just found some bits a bit…yknow. lol. 🙂 I’ll wait to see if and when the library gets the sequel. Thanks for commenting, by the way. 🙂

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