Release Date: April 24th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: ARC from publisher (Thank you so much Shannon!)
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.
I have to say that Unraveling has made it to one of my all-time favourite list! The story is absolutely action-packed and filled with turns and surprises. I set my expectations very high and still I'm shocked of how much the book turned out to be better then what I thought it would be!
The story takes of with the reader being introduced to Janelle Tenner, who's not having the best day of her life. She gets hit by a truck when she's on her way to pick her brother up, and dies. No, really. She dies, only to find Ben Michaels bringing her back from death. Now she's determined to find out what really happened and trying to connect everything together to stop a mysterious countdown. And that, my friends, is just the beginning.
Janelle was a strong female protagonist and I really enjoyed reading the story from her point of view. I felt like I could relate to what she was going through, without actually having to experience it (which shows what a great writer Ms. Norris is). I also liked Ben. He was quite "the boy" for Janelle. Seriously, they were perfect for each other, I will say that much.
I loved Ms. Norris writing, like mentioned above! She's very talented and I really, really, really hope that there will be some sort of a sequel to this. Even though we are left in the middle of nowhere, I feel like Ms. Norris ends the book right where it should end. But if there isn't a sequel, then that's just some torture right there.
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