[Review #58] Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris Review Title: Unraveling
Series: Unraveling
Book one
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Published: 24th April, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Science Fiction
Young Adult
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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.


This was one of those books that I wasn’t interested in reading until I saw a lot of rave reviews about it, so I went ahead and decided to give it a go.

The idea:
The idea of this book could be an interesting idea. If you’ve never heard of it before. Or seen Roswell.

The idea of this book does not feel new. It felt predictable. I’ve seen this before. I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen in the direction of events.

In saying that, the idea wasn’t a horrible one. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t boring. It just feels like it’s been done before. Probably because as soon as I started reading this book I kept thinking about Roswell, the T.V show that was a huge hit in the early 2000’s (If you didn’t know), I grew up watching shows just like that. So I was disappointed because I just couldn’t shake the feeling of having seen this same plot line before.

Then there was the fact that I wasn’t surprised or shocked by any of the events that happened. I felt like there wasn’t really anything new. I liked the whole idea that’s revealed half way through but at the same time I felt like we only got the beginning of that idea in this book. So I am actually very interested in seeing where the second book goes.

My love-hate relationship:
The way this book made me feel was interesting.

I wasn’t interested in this book at first because the summary held no excitement for me. What it also doesn’t hold is the way this book draws you in and keeps you interested.

I found myself powering through this book without realising how much I was reading or how long I had been reading. The first night I started this book I looked at the clock, it said 11:30pm. The next time I glanced up from the book I realised it was 3:30am. I had been reading non-stop without realising how much time was passing. And while I had been reading I found myself getting emotionally attached; to the events and to Janelle.

Yet I also found that while I couldn’t stop reading I also couldn’t like it as much as I wanted to. In fact I felt like I was powering through this book just so I would get to the end to see what finally happened, not because I was enjoying it a lot. I felt for Janelle, I felt like I was invested in her life, maybe not her so much, but I didn’t like the feeling the book was giving me. The plot didn’t wow me.

It was interesting. I couldn’t stop reading it. Yet I also did not like it and could not wait to finish it. But I couldn’t wait to finish it because I wanted-I needed to know what happened. By the end I wanted to know what happened next.

So I just don’t know how I feel!

Overall, I’m really not sure what I feel for this book. The writing had me powering through, I had to know what was going to happen next, I felt for Janelle. Yet I knew what was going to happen, nothing surprised me and I didn’t particularly like anything about this book. Besides the need to read more. 

By the end of the book I felt like there was more of an interesting, or I guess the word is; new story that I could see coming from this. A story that we haven’t seen before. A story that I am interested in reading about. So to me this book felt more like a large prequel to the real story.

Unraveling has you powering through it’s pages just wishing you could read even faster so you can get to the end.

I recommend reading this book if you enjoy paranormal science fiction!

You may also like:
Whispers in Autumn
Paradise 21

Miss J

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10 thoughts on “[Review #58] Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris

  1. I was thinking of starting to read this but after reading your review, I think I’d wait till the sequel comes out before diving into the story. Thanks for sharing what you like and dislike about the book, I’m glad that Janelle is a character that you could connect with, although the plot didn’t bring you the level of enjoyment that you’d prefer.

    • I think if you’ve never seen the show Roswell then I recommend reading this because then the plot would be new to you! But yeah, waiting until the next book comes out would be a good idea so you can carry on reading.

    • That feeling drives me crazy because at the end of it I sometimes feel like I wasted my time reading it and could have read something else :/

      This book wasn’t like that though. I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time, I just felt more like I was re-reading something I had already read. Yet I hadn’t read it exactly. It was weird.

  2. You review nailed my feelings for the book! In my case though I kept comparing it to FRINGE which had alternate universes and stuff.

  3. I have been thinking of reading this one for awhile. I have to say your comparison to Roswell makes me want to read it. I really did like the first season of the show. Particular the half of the first season. I’ll have to pick it up at the library.

    • Definitely give it a go! It might be your cup of tea. I guess I only compare it to Roswell because the events felt identical therefore you already new what was coming.

      I definitely would like to see how the second book goes, I feel like it has a lot of potential.

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