Review: Unbreakable



UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris was released in the U.S. on April 23, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins, the print edition is 496 pages.

UNBREAKABLE is the second and final full-length book in the Unraveling series by author Elizabeth Norris.

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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?


UNBREAKABLE is the intense, action-packed and bittersweet conclusion to this stunning two book series that takes readers on an exciting and harrowing journey through multiple universes to solve a mystery, to stop a criminal enterprise, to stay an execution and to save someone whose life is in peril. It is a journey that is filled with danger and suspense. One with a ticking clock. And one that not everyone will survive.

In the aftermath of the catastrophic events that left Janelle Tenner’s life and universe devastated, she is trying to pick up the pieces and move on. But with so much lost and so much she blames herself for, finding a way to do more than survive hasn’t been easy. Especially with a broken heart.

But when more and more people go missing in the wake of the disaster that left her world in shambles, including someone she cares about, she can’t just sit on the sidelines. Even if it means partnering with Agent Taylor Barclay in order to find them and find answers.

And when she discovers the truth about their disappearances and that Ben is being accused, as dangerous as it may be for her to get involved and to put her trust in Barclay, it’s a risk she’s willing to take. Because all they have are just five days. To find out the truth. To solve the crime. To prove his innocence. And even with her help it may not be enough and they may run out of time.

Elizabeth Norris wrote a sequel that is every bit as tension-filled as the first book in her series. While a much different story than the first, UNBREAKABLE has all the elements that made UNRAVELING an exciting and riveting read – a strong main character, a thrilling storyline full of surprises and nail-biting suspense, a captivating mystery and crushing heartbreak.

But the author takes readers on a much different adventure, develops a character whose role hadn’t previously been as significant and creates a new dynamic between two of her characters. All of which come together in a story that feels at once familiar and refreshingly different, a story that is gripping and that will keep readers on the edge of their seats as the clock once again counts down.

With its fast pace, action that is daring and danger-filled, a plot that twists and turns, characters that are incredibly appealing and a love story that is both sad and sweet, UNBREAKABLE is an outstanding must-read conclusion to this amazing series.

Reviewer gives this book…

Rate05 On a personal note…

There are a million and one things I want to talk about. Most of which I can’t without ruining everything. I almost wish I waited until this book had been out for months before reading it so I could be a bit more revealing about why I’m torn into shreds by what happened in this book.

I loved this follow-up. In some ways I loved it more than the first book. Okay… well… one way, in particular. Barclay. Oh my gosh. While I just barely liked him in the first book in this series, I fell madly in love with him in this sequel.

Maybe more so than Ben…. Yep. I said it. It’s true. After reading UNBREAKABLE I am officially Team Barclay. He’s just… and after what he did… and after what Ben did….

While I can’t reveal all the reasons why… or really any of the reasons why… I will just say that there were times during this book that I completely forgot about Ben. There were even one or two moments that I wished Janelle forgot about him, too. Yeah, Barclay was just that awesome.

But Janelle was, too. She was totally kick-a**. She was brave and heroic and smart and loyal. She was my kind of heroine. She was practical and so completely the opposite of an idiot. And while she did let her heart make some of the decisions for her, she didn’t let it make her weak.

There was this one passage that I loved, right toward the end, that totally summed up who she was. Of course I can’t say what it was without spoilers, but it reminded me of just why she is one of my favorite heroines in YA.

I’m glad that this story didn’t take the same path that the first book did. As much as I loved the looming disaster aspect, I think it would have been way too over-the-top if this story followed suit.

But I did love that there was a time limit again. It definitely made this read riveting. I was obsessed with that countdown clock. Completely and totally obsessed. Every new chapter made me that much more anxious about whether Janelle and Barclay would succeed in their mission. I got more nervous with each passing hour as to whether they would find the proof they needed.

And while I didn’t tear up as often as I did in that first book, there was this moment in UNBREAKABLE that tore my heart out. It was so heartbreaking that I literally stopped reading and closed the book before making it to the end of the sentence. I couldn’t even read on to find out what actually happened. I had to stop. Catch my breath. Let the “Noooooooooo!” stop echoing through my head. Let a few tears fall. And then pick the book back up to find out just what really happened.

Of course I won’t reveal that. But, yes, there were more tears.

And I was so totally surprised.

Actually, I was surprised by just how much I loved this book given the fact that one of my favorite characters didn’t have a large role to play. And by the fact that when they were present, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted them to be.

But this book was insanely good. I totally have to go back and re-read UNRAVELING. I must read UNDONE, which will hopefully make me fall back in love with Ben. And I definitely plan on re-reading UNBREAKABLE. I only wish this was a trilogy because I already miss these characters. Fiercely.


Favorite passage…

Almost all the passages in this book that I earmarked as favorites are hugely spoiler-y. Most of them also make me tear up. So I decided to choose just a snippet from this one scene… one of my favorite scenes, actually.

Even still, I had a tough time choosing which passage to select from this particular scene – I went back and forth at least five times – but I decided on….

Barclay shifts slightly next to me and my left knee slides in between his. I can feel the soft cotton threads of his shirt under my fingertips, the tense muscles tight underneath the fabric. And I can feel his heartbeat thumping in his chest.

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