Author: Eileen Cook
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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.
Although I had seen both positive and negative reviews for this one, that didn't stop me from picking it up for myself... And let me tell ya, I AM SO GLAD I DID! <33333
Unraveling Isobel was funny, sad, romantic, frustrating (Isobel's mom- OMFG! Hate her! So dense!) and it also had a bit of a creep factor... But none the less, it was a super fast and clever read! The book starts off with Isobel moving to the far corner of Timbuktu, aka some island in the middle of nowhere. Her mom just remarried, so she really has no say because she wants to see her mom happy. At the same time, strange things begin to happen around the house, but Isobel can't decide if it's her mind (DON'T want to give too much away), or if it's real.
From the beginning I KNEW I was going to dislike the mother.... Ugh. I don't know if it was her character or just for attitude that killed it for me, but I hated her! Her decisions and reasoning made no sense at all.... I mean, she married Dick (ya, that's his name, hahaha!) after meeting him online and dating him for 3 months. Not to mention, she disrespects her own daughter countless timesssss.... Ahhhh! Ok, moving on. Nick-- I LOVED HIM! Yes, I know what you're thinking; there's always a love interest in YA books, but in all honesty, even though Nick was beyond amazing (yep, he's pretty awesome) and the love interest element is there, it felt secondary to Isobel’s own self-discovery.
And OMG you guys, the ENDING! Dun Dun Duh Duh!!!! SO GOOD! Such a clever twist! I finally understood why it was classified as a paranormal read! Seriously, you guys... I did not see it coming. It took me by complete and utter shock! I literally had to re-read the part like 3x's.... You just have to check it out for yourselves.
Ok, I'm done. All and all, Unraveling Isobel is a fast paced, sexy, creepy, and hilarious read. Did I mention Isobel cusses? Yep! You heard right! I love it when author's aren't (<-- is that a real word? #spanishteacherproblems) afraid to develop their characters with REAL LIFE characteristics! I once read a book were the main character said, "bull-poopie"...
-_- Really?...hahaha! I absolutely LOVED this book and I definitely recommend it! Catch ya'll laterrrrr <3