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Friday, March 23, 2012

Review: Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook

Released: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Rated: YA
Buy: Amazon
Isobel’s life is falling apart. Her mom just married some guy she met on the internet only three months before, and is moving them to his sprawling, gothic mansion off the coast of nowhere. Goodbye, best friend. Goodbye, social life. Hello, icky new stepfather, crunchy granola town, and unbelievably good-looking, officially off-limits stepbrother.
But on her first night in her new home, Isobel starts to fear that it isn’t only her life that’s unraveling—her sanity might be giving way too. Because either Isobel is losing her mind, just like her artist father did before her, or she’s seeing ghosts. Either way, Isobel’s fast on her way to being the talk of the town for all the wrong reasons.

What I thought

I read a few reviews before starting this. Quite a few said it was pretty creepy and seriously good. While I enjoyed the story, I guess I just have a hard time feeling creeped out by a ghost story. The mystery was intense and kept me hooked to the book, however.

I felt bad for Isobel in this book. She was uprooted from her home, short notice, and moved into her stepfathers home. Well, Mansion (with a capital M) is more like it. While we get the teen angst going on not only from Isobel, but from Nathaniel, her stepbrother. When I first started reading, I wasn't entirely sure what I was in for, but as things started to unravel, I was glad to see that the two teens turned to each other, instead of away.

It had its humorous moments, but what I latched onto more was how Isobel's mother jumped to the "She's going crazy" thoughts without any hesitation. She never seemed on her daughters side and anytime her gross stepfather pointed out something and passed the blame onto Isobel, her mother was never one to question it. She took everything as truth when it came to people thinking Isobel was going crazy. It was sad and it made me want to reach out to Isobel, when her mother wouldn't.

While the story wasn't amazing for me, it was still entertaining. The mystery was fun, even though you mostly know what is really going on, and you just have a hope that Isobel can help resolve everything. Enjoyable, and definitely worth a read.

My Rating

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Melissa said...

The love the cover! I've read mixed reviews on this, I wonder if that's the reason I keep overlooking this one when choosing a book. I'll read it soon, though.

Rainy Kaye said...

The cover is cute, at least. Good review :)

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