Thursday, 21 June 2012

#118 Book Review: Unravelling

Release Date: June 7th 2012
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Publisher: Harper Collins Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy: Fishpond
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:

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…
I prefer the US cover over the UK cover but the UK cover looks pretty cool! I love how the girl’s face disintegrates and how there’s that clock with the countdown!


It’s a countdown to save the world…

Unravelling was truly addictive. I started this book at night and was hoping to continue it the next day but I just couldn’t stop reading. I had to finish the book that day and I did, even though that meant I had to sleep late! 

The concept of Unravelling was very unique! I loved how the chapters were titled with a countdown to 0:0:0 and how unpredictable this book was. When I thought I knew what was happening in the book, Unravelling often surprised me when the characters revealed something new and unexpected. Norris’s writing was absolutely hooking and the ending made me desperate for the next book!

Janelle Tanner is officially the newest YA heroine I adore! She completely rocks and I want to be like her. She knows how to carry a gun, mainly because her dad is an FBI, she never puts herself first in everything and she has an AMAZING love interest and that is Ben Michaels! Ben is not who I expect. He looks like a bad guy but deep inside, he’s a kind-hearted, genius guy who has his own pains and sadness. His chemistry with Janelle is so wonderful! I am immersed in their story and how they come to love each other. I also really enjoyed reading the other side characters such as Alex, Janelle’s BFF!, Jared, Janelle’s brothers, Janelle’s father and his colleagues in the FBI!

Unravelling is a spectacular 2012 debut novel! Can Janelle save the world before the countdown ends? With a unique concept and amazing characters, Unravelling will hook you to the very last page. Extremely can’t wait for the sequel!
5 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Unravelling!
Thank you Harper Collins Australia for the review copy!

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  1. Fabulous review! Janelle is an awesome character and totally kickass. And Ben! *swoon, sigh, faint* He is DELICOUS. I'm currently reading Unravelling and although I like the characters I'm having trouble with it... We'll see!

  2. Hi Celine! Glad you liked this. Lots of people are saying amazing things about this too. Looking forward to meeting Janelle Tanner! Great review!

  3. Really enjoyed this book. I didn't love it as much as our other Aussie friends but I can't wait for the sequel :) Great review, Celine!!

  4. Yay for the 5 stars Celine, I love books which immediately have you hooked and this was definitely one of those books and the pace was amazing! Fantastic review Celine! I hope we don't have to wait too long for the second book!

  5. Yaaaay! *runs around flailing* Still my third favorite 2012 release (after The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff and Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz). I agree with you, Janelle is a truly spectacular MC.
    Lovely review, Celine!

  6. Gotta love a kick ass heroine!

  7. YAY CELINE!!!!! I loved this book so much, I'm so glad you did as well! Janelle is definitely one of my new favorite heroines too, she just had me from the beginning when she didn't take any crap from those girls and didn't fall to the ground swooning over the boys. Love her:) And Ben? *dies*

  8. Yay! I liked Janelle too and her can-do attitude. I didn't love it as much as you did but I'm excited for the sequel.

  9. YAYY!! AMAZING review, Celine! I'm so pleased you liked this! I adored Janelle and Ben too and can't wait to read about them again in the sequel. The ending was pretty heartbreaking! :)

  10. Aww I love a bad boy who is all tough on the outside by mushy on the inside! Awesome review!

  11. Great review! I hadn't even heard of this book before now I can't wait to read it! I love tough female characters and bad boy love interests =D

  12. I love this book and it's characters too! Especially Alex! It is such an addicting and unique story! Wonderful review!!

  13. Great review Celine! I finished this a couple of days ago and loved it! It almost lost me because I'm a bit of a skeptic but the way in which it was written was just so awesome I couldn't help but be sucked in! And also, Ben! <3

  14. I'm glad you enjoyed this, Cel! I liked Janelle and Ben too, what a great couple!

    And I much prefer the UK cover, much more eye-catching!

  15. Yay! I'm happy to hear you loved this book, Celine. A lot of people did. I agree--the concept was super unique and the plot unpredictable. Wonderful review! <3 :)

  16. 5 stars ! :D :D
    I loved this book too ! Janelle is one of my favorite YA heroines too.
    And gosh, Ben is totally swoon-worthy ! :)
    Great review, Celine !

  17. Another 5 star review for this book, wow! I really must read this. Especially when you say how addicting it was. Also, I love romances with a healthy amount of chemistry! Great review. :)

  18. Oh, p.s. I like the U.K. cover better! :)

    CELINE! I'm reading this now and ASDFGJHKLGHKAJAF! I am CRAZY IN LOVE.
    It is SO good, and I LOVE Janelle and Ben... but oh, my heart... the breaking *cries*

    I'm only halfway through, and I already can't wait for book 2 :O


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