Friday, 29 June 2012

Unravelling by Elizabeth Norris

From Goodreads: 24 meets the X Files in the biggest teen blockbuster of the summer…

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…


Excited much? Yes I was! And man it's good!

I was completely gripped from the get-go with this book. Janelle is a great character and I loved her voice. Everything is fast paced - so much happens in this book! But I'm going to have to be careful with this review because I really don't want to spoil it.

I guess the story could best be summarised as a sci-fi thriller? I don't know, but whatever it is I like it! The 24 and X Files comparisons are spot on and I think you could also argue similarities with Veronica Mars and perhaps Roswell. Either way it's very clever, engrossing and I fell in love with it just bit!

The Janelle/Ben relationship is well done. I really did feel invested in them. But I also loved her best friend Alex. Her dad too. I loved her dad. The storyline with her mother is interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out.

One other point I should mention is that Elizabeth Norris is not afraid to take risks. So many things happened that I really didn't think would. Those 'OMG! You did NOT just do that!' moments that really add to the story. Yes, some are really sad and are not necessarily what I wanted to happen, but I couldn't deny that they made a great story even better. And completely unpredictable.

I am counting the days (yes, yes I know...) for the next installment in this series. I can't wait to get my sticky mitts on it - I'm sure it will be a treat!

5 comments:

Pruedence13 said...

I have heard so many great things of this book, but your clearly loving review has pushed me over the limit. I want this book ASAP! lol :p

♥Iffath said...

I loved this one, SO MUCH! So clever and captivating! I'm also counting down the days until book two, haha ;)

Tasha said...

Sounds like something I need to be adding to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing!

Clover said...

I'm so glad you liked this one as well, I LOVED it. I thought there was some great action and excitement but also really great characters. Alex is my favourite.

Bookworm1858 said...

I just finished reading this and really enjoyed it. I was surprised by how invested I was in the romantic relationship because lately I haven't been in most of my books but I flatout adore Ben!

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