Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Unbreakable (Unraveling #2) by Elizabeth Norris + Giveaway!

book cover of Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris

Title: Unbreakable (Unraveling #2)
Author: Elizabeth Norris
Release date: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 496
Source: Publisher
Reading level: YA
Challenge: Sophomore Reading Challenge

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?

Elizabeth Norris’ sophomore novel may just be better than her debut and I wasn’t sure that was possible.  Unbreakable takes readers right back into the action and suspense of Unraveling.  This is one book you won’t be able to put down.
Unbreakable starts off four months after the ending of Unraveling and things have changed quite a bit.  Ben’s gone, the world has pretty much collapsed, and, oh yeah, a bunch of people have just started to randomly go missing.  Almost like they’re disappearing off the face of the earth.  It’s up to Janelle, of course, to find out what’s going on.  As if that’s not enough to deal with, she has to do it in five days.  Or else.  
Things have definitely changed in this sequel to Unraveling but it still packs the same punch as the first book!  In fact, I found this one a bit more thrilling than the first.  The stakes were very high and I found myself on the edge of my seat, never knowing what might happen next.  Also, the countdown clock at the beginning of each chapter really added to the suspense.  This book really was almost impossible for me to put down.
The same characters from the first book are back and they are just as awesome as I remember.  Janelle is possibly even more bad-ass than she was in the first book.  Her life may be at stake but she’s not as worried about that as she is about everyone else who could get hurt.  She always puts others first and I love that about her.  I also love that she’s the one out to save her guy, not the other way around.  It’s really refreshing to read about a girl who can not only save herself but save everyone else too!  Taylor Barclay is also back and I really love him.  Readers get to see a different side to Barclay in Unbreakable and it’s so hard not to fall totally in love with him.  Then, of course, there’s Ben.  If you aren’t already in love with him from the first book I think there might be something wrong with you.  Just saying.  
I also have to warn you guys: you might want some tissues handy while reading this one.  At first things seem fine but when the stakes are as high as they were in Unbreakable, you kind of know something bad is going to happen.  I admit that I did predict what was going to happen but I still wasn’t prepared for it and I teared up a little bit.  Just thought I should give you guys fair warning.
Overall, Unbreakable is one of the best sophomore novels I’ve ever read.  I’m always a bit skeptical, especially when it’s a sequel, but there really is no need with Unbreakable.  Read this on as soon as possible!

Looking for more reviews of Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris?
Once Upon A Twilight’s review
WinterHaven Books’ review
Recovering Potter Addict’s review
The Readers Den’s review

Unraveling (#1)
Undone (#1.5)
Unbreakable (#2)

About the author:

Elizabeth Norris briefly taught high school English and history before trading the southern California beaches and sunshine for Manhattan’s recent snowpocalyptic winter. She harbors dangerous addictions to guacamole, red velvet cupcakes, sushi, and Argo Tea, fortunately not all together. Her first novel, UNRAVELING (Balzer+Bray, April 2012), is the story of one girl’s fight to save her family, her world, and the one boy she never saw coming. Also the film rights to Unraveling have been optioned by MTV!

Where to find Elizabeth online: Website | Twitter | Blog | Tumblr | Facebook


There will be 5 awesome prizes!!!!!

Grand prize: A signed copy of Unbreakable, the Unraveling paperback and some swag.

Winners 1-4: A copy of either Unraveling or Unbreakable their choice.

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the blog tour!

4/15/2013 All Things Urban Fantasy
4/16/2013 Two Chicks on Books
4/17/2013 A Book and a Latte
4/18/2013 Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
4/19/2013 Shortie Says
4/22/2013 Katie’s Book Blog (ME!)
4/23/2013 Supernatural Snark
4/24/2013 Justin’s Book Blog
4/25/2013 Tales of a Ravenous Reader
4/26/2013 Fiktshun

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  1. Sarah E.

    I would probably say…no, I wouldn’t travel to a parallel dimension…because I’m a huge weenie! I personally am not sure adventurous and also I am a mom, so I’d be thinking of all the what if’s for me going into a different dimension. What if it’s dangerous? What if I can’t get back to our dimension? That sort of thing 🙂

  2. siriusyareader

    Wow Katie, Unbreakable sounds amazing! I love high stakes so I think I’ll love this book too.

    Honestly, it depends on a lot. If I had time to leave a note to my mom, if I wouldn’t be gone for too long, if I could go during the summer instead because its the end of my junior year and I have a lot going on, if I knew I could get back to my world, if I knew it wasn’t dangerous… As you can see I’m pretty wimpy and would only go if I knew it was safe.

    Anyway thanks so much for the giveaway!

  3. ShyStarLoves

    Probably.. only because curiosity would get the better of me and I would love to see whats on the other side! Though I may sound very adventurous.. I will have my little hesitation moment of ‘what if I never come back! o_O ‘.. But eventually I would take the risk! =)

  4. Lauren Zipp

    I don’t know really, but I think it would be fun to travel to another world like in a book if it was just for a certain amount of time. I’d probably want to bring my family or friends or books. However, I’m pretty happy with where I live right now but I always wonder if there are other worlds “out there.” To me it’s interesting that we don’t know everything about “life” or whatever that means.

  5. Maji Bookshelf

    ooh you are making me SO excited for this! The ending of Unraveling was CRUEL and I am so happy the characters, especially the main protagonist, are as kick butt as always. Though I am not that happy about the need for tissues… Can’t wait to read this and thanks for the giveaway!

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  6. Sarah (The Book Life)

    I am absolutely fascinated by parallel universes. I’m always thinking about pivotal moments in life and asking myself where would I be now if I had done x instead of z. So if I could actually go to a parallel universe and see what life is like there, I would definitely do it :0)

  7. Bee

    I would definitely travel to a parallel universe! It would be an awesome adventure, and when do we ever get the chance to do stuff like that? Can’t pass it up 🙂

  8. Sierra

    Thanks for the review 🙂 I read the first and was a little disappointed…I hope I enjoy this one! I would probably not visit a parallel universe. I would be curious, of course, to see what a parallel universe looked like. But I’d be afraid to mess something up, the balance of the worlds or that I’d see “myself” and we’d implode. Or something along those lines 😀

  9. Stacy Renee

    I haven’t read this series yet, so I don’t know if it has to do with a parallel dimension or what kind of parallel dimension it speaks of, but since a parallel dimension could be pretty much anything at all, yes, I would definitely travel to one if I could. I think it would be super interesting and such an adventure to be somewhere where everything is completely different from what I’ve grown up with. Perhaps the world is upside down, or everyone is blue, or animals talk. Whatever it is, it would be soo cool. 🙂

  10. Christina Kit.

    I truly LOVED this series and what I liked most about it was how kind Janelle was! She was tough and strong but she also cared very deeply and wasn’t afraid of acting on that nor did she see it as a weakness like so many other tough protaginists.

    I saw on Goodreads that the third book will be out soon – do you have info on that? Or is it just Goodreads wishful thinking?

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