Thursday, May 10, 2012
My Thoughts: Janelle was dead. Then she wasn't. Before the accident she was just an average girl, with a typical jock boyfriend and a pretty normal life. She had a great best friend, a high IQ and a Dad who worked for the FBI. Her mom kind of checked out, so she had to take care of her brother, too, because her Dad was always working on a case. Okay, so maybe she didn't have an average life, and definitely not a picture perfect one, but still it was pretty much normal. Until the day she died and Ben (a stoner? from her school) brought her back to life. That changed everything. And now strange things keep happening one after another, dead bodies turn up with radiation burns and there's a time bomb somewhere and....well, the FBI is working on those cases, but would that be enough?
somehow I managed to miss the faded blue Toyota pickup .... Until the only thing I have time to do is haphazardly throw an arm in front of my face. Because apparently I'm vain like that
Have you seen Roswell? You know aliens, high scool, girl almost dying, alien boy healing her, all kinds of world threatening dangers, badass enemies, the FBI etc. etc...It's really similar to Unraveling, but luckily there're quite a few differences between the tv series and the book. So, it's not a total remake. Which is good, because that, no matter how much I loved Roswell, would be utterly boring. And I think if you liked that series, you'll like Unraveling, too. And I actually pictured Michael as Elijah. :P
I liked Janelle's Dad, and his X-Files obsession. Her best friend, Alex and his mom were pretty awesome. I also liked Struz, and the brother, Jared. It just felt that I didn't get to know them very much. It was one of my biggest problems with the book, the characters often felt 2-dimensional. And it's a pity because they had potential.
I didn't love Janelle or Ben, no swooning this time, but they were alright. The sci-fi part of the plot was interesting and I really wanted to know what the heck is happening. When the truth was no longer "out there", that was great. I like to know who is the bad guy and who isn't. But I also felt that the final solution was predictable, and a little too "easy". And it's a series, so that -of course- means cliffhanger. *sigh* Not happy about that. Unraveling is a long book, 400+ pages, and normally I love long novels, but this time I found myself checking how many pages I still have left to read. It felt too long, and that's never a good sign.
I can't say, I'm in love with the cover, but it certainly fits the story. All in all, this was an okay sci-fi/love story, but I'm not sure if I want to read the next book or not.
Series: Unraveling #1
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
April 24th 2012 by Balzer + Bray
Have you read Unraveling? Did you like it?
Any Roswell fans out there? :D
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