Thursday, May 3, 2012

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris


From HarperCollins:

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.

The Good:
Unraveling is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure.  It has everything you need - drama, intrigue, deception and mysterious hot boy!  Elizabeth Norris did a great job keeping the flow of the mystery and romance while peppering in the information you need understand what is going on.  I recommend Unraveling.  I have been trying to think of a book to compare it to, but I have come up blank.  Check it out and let me know what you think.

The Bad:
Unraveling had me right up until the end.  Have you ever read a book that went just one step too far?  That's how I felt when I finished Unraveling.  I don't want to have any spoilers here, so there is not much I can say, but if the book could have ended two pages earlier than it did, I would have enjoyed the story much more. 

Other than this one issue, I enjoyed Norris' debut and look forward to seeing what she comes up with next.


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