Release Date: June 7th, 2012
Finished Date: May 25th, 2012
Publishers: HarperCollins UK
Source: ARC for Review
The Review: I finished Unravelling just over two weeks ago and I’m still struggling to write this review because, honestly, I don’t think I can give it the justice it deserves. It’s such a unique read that pulls you in from the very first page and it keeps you enthralled until the very last, making you want more and more.
Janelle Tenner is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until one day she is hit by a truck and is killed. But the next thing she see’s is Ben Michaels kneeling over her and she knows that he had something to do with bringing her back to life. Janelle tries to get closer to Ben to find out what really happened but Ben’s hiding’s bigger secrets and he’s somehow involved in her Dad’s new FBI case where unidentified people are turning up – dead and somehow the world only 23 days left resulting to the end of the world.
Unravelling is absolutely EPIC read and I’m still trying to get over how awesome it really is. I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book and I personally think it’s going to be one of them that you're either going to love it or hate it, and of course, I loved it. Elizabeth Norris introduces you to something fresh, imaginative and beautifully written, with intense and action packed scenes and a storyline that is exciting and unique. The story continued to surprise me all the way through and there were so many twists and turns that left me utterly stunned. It’s impossible to predict this book and it was definitely one of my favourite reads of 2012.
Janelle is a great heroine. She’s smart, feisty and witty. She never backs down from a challenge and will always stand up for what she believes is right. The way her mind works really is captivating too. With her Dad being a FBI agent, she’s picks up a lot of insight from him, like how to figure out which hand someone will use to fire a gun or she thinks fast to get herself out of dangerous situations and I really see her as a FBI agent in training. She’s definitely the hero in this book.
Ben was a great love interest for Janelle. He isn’t what he appears to be, he’s been labelled as a stoner kid at school and he’s anything but. He’s just as smart as Janelle, he’s funny, loving and he really cares for her. They have a connection that knows-one can break and it’s really sweet. The secondary characters were fantastic too. I love Elijah, Reid and Alex especially Elijah. His relationship with Janelle is a pure hate relationship but it’s so funny at times that it gives the story the humour it needs.
Now the ending of the book is utterly heart-breaking but so, so good. Be warned, it’s a tear jerker! I knew it was coming but I still wasn’t prepared for it and Elizabeth Norris ended things so fantastically that I’m dying for the next book. The last words that Ben spoke to Janelle are still with me now and I have no doubt that Ben will keep his promise. I cannot wait to see how things turn out.
All in all, Unravelling is a remarkable debut novel by Elizabeth Norris and I will eagerly anticipating the release of the next book. It's not a book you want to miss out on in 2012, so go and pick up a copy today - you won't regret it!
A huge thank you to HarperCollins UK for giving me the opportunity to read this book.