Mar 20, 2013

Undone by Elizabeth Norris Review

Undone by Elizabeth Norris
(Unraveling, #1.5)
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray; 120 pages
Before the accident. Before their universes collided. Before they fell in love.

Riveting and romantic, Undone: An Unraveling Novella contains three short stories set in the world of Unraveling, the first book in the gripping sci-fi duology by Elizabeth Norris.

Before Ben Michaels saved Janelle Tenner’s life, Janelle saved Ben when he stumbled through an interuniverse portal into a completely new world. That day, he fell in love with the girl of his dreams. And he never forgot her.

Through three stories told from Ben’s point of view, learn how Ben and his friends discovered their ability to travel between worlds, how Ben first met Janelle, and how he pined for her for years before he actually got the chance to meet her, save her life, and capture her heart. And find out what happens to Ben between the cliff-hanger conclusion to Unraveling and the beginning of its heart-stopping sequel, Unbreakable.

I think I'm in love with Eli. Still in love with Ben (maybe even more so after reading this novella from his point of view) but man, I just love Eli. I must also point out that in this short, 120 page novella, the F-bomb is dropped 24 times and I am pretty certain each time it's coming from Eli's mouth. To some, that might be a bit excessive, to me. . .it was perfect.

I really loved Unraveling and super excited for Unbreakable so I couldn't wait to read this, especially with it being Ben's voice instead of Janelle's! We not only get to see how he sort of seems like a stalker in the years leading up to that wretched car accident that changed everything for him but we also get to see the friendship between Ben, Reid and Eli. Incase you're like me and sort of were fuzzy on what happened in Unraveling (since it's been nearly a year and all), this novella helps refresh everything while giving you a different, new look at things.

We travel back with Eli and Ben to their planet and meet their families - or what's left of them. Them thinking everything would be the same was wishful thinking. Meeting Ben's older brother, Derrick, was one of my favorite parts about them being home. I really liked him, I really hope we see more of him and the first meeting since Ben returned was just so. . .cute. I'm not sure cute is the right word but it was; let's say if I would've been in the room, I might have cried. It was touching; heartwarming.

This novella is definitely one to not only give you an inside look in to Ben's head but help satisfy your hunger for Unbreakable. I think it would definitely help to read this before Unbreakable comes out but I don't think it's completely necessary. (Ask me again after I've read Unbreakable) If you feel in love with Unraveling and hated the ending, you should definitely read this.

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