Mar 27, 2013

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris Review

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris
(Unraveling, #2)
Release Date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 496 pages
Four months after Ben disappeared through the portal to his home universe, Janelle believes she’ll never see him again. Her world is still devastated, but life is finally starting to resume some kind of normalcy. Until Interverse Agent Taylor Barclay shows up. Somebody from an alternate universe is running a human trafficking ring, kidnapping people and selling them on different Earths—and Ben is the prime suspect. Now his family has been imprisoned and will be executed if Ben doesn’t turn himself over within five days.

And when Janelle learns that someone she cares about—someone from her own world—has become one of the missing, she knows that she has to help Barclay, regardless of the danger. Now Janelle has five days to track down the real culprit. Five days to locate the missing people before they’re lost forever. Five days to reunite with the boy who stole her heart. But as the clues begin to add up, Janelle realizes that she’s in way over her head—and that she may not have known Ben as well as she thought. Can she uncover the truth before everyone she cares about is killed?

First, I said in my review of Undone that I'd let you know if you should read that before Unbreakable? Here's my answer: yes. Where it's not something you have to read, it makes everything more of a mystery while reading Unbreakable and I highly recommend it. Plus, I mean...it's more Ben and Eli so really, it's a win/win situation.

That being said, holy moly was Unbreakable amazing or what?! I am still recovering from everything that went on in this book. Some was predictable whereas some just wasn't. It was the things that I didn't see coming that tore me to pieces. What's a good book if it doesn't play with your emotions, right?

The beginning, I will admit, Janelle really got on my nerves. I understand she loves Ben and she misses him so much but seriously, that's not all there is to life. I mean, if all you do is think about him, search for him and remember the way he tastes then yeah, you're going to be miserable so cling on to the fact that he promised he'd be back and be grateful for those you love that are still with you, you know? All she kept stressing on was the fact that Ben's not here, it's been four months and Ben was still not here.

However, I let all that slide because the rest of the book makes up for her mopey, annoying bits. Barclay comes looking for Janelle to help him not only solve a case that he's not supposed to be in on but also to save Ben, who is wanted by the IA and his family is being held with the threat they'll be executed one by one until Ben turns himself in. Janelle's world is turned upside down. She doesn't trust Barclay but she knows she has to do everything she can to save the person she loves and those who are dear to him.

It's a dangerous journey, one where she doesn't even know if she'll come out of it alive but what pushed her into going with Barclay was when her best friend, Cecily, is taken. She blames herself for Alex's death in Unraveling and she'll be damned if she'll have another friend's life being ripped from her. She will do all she can to make sure Cee is alive and back home before she knows it.

Can I say one thing that might surprise everyone? I am in love, absolutely and unconditionally, with Taylor Barclay. I never thought I'd say this but he is definitely not what I was expecting. He's fierce, he's arrogant (but that we knew), he's caring (even loving), he's incredibly loyal and he's strong in every sense. He and Janelle make one hell of a team; he even mentions to her that she might want to consider joining the IA after they nail the bad guys.

*highlight to view spoiler* I need to know if anyone else balled their poor little eyes out with the fate of Barclay. I kind of thought it might happen in the beginning of the book because it always seems with characters that redeem themselves always kick the bucket but I was hoping he wouldn't. I cried like a baby. I think he turned out to be my favorite character, even over Elijah. I'm glad that we got to see so much of Barlcay, though, and I'm glad he was able to redeem himself. *end spoiler*

I fell in love with Unraveling and have been waiting awhile to read Unbreakable; it's totally worth the wait and it's an amazing follow up to what was one of my favorite books from last year. If you're a fan of the first book, I don't think you'll be disappointed. There's a great amount of all our favorite characters plus there's not a chapter that goes by where we don't think about Alex and what Janelle lost when she lost him (and her father).



1 comment:

  1. I am SO excited for this. I loved Unraveling. Thanks for the great review.

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