Unraveling Isobel

Unraveling Isobel
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12+
Release Date
January 03, 2012
ISBN
1442413271
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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.

 

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4.2
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4.5(2)
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Unraveling Isobel (Book-A-Holic Review)
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
The cover for this one is what drew me in right away. When I checked this one out of the library I hadn't even read what it was about. It turned out being a really great read. It was creepy, had some mystery and even a little romance. I just had to know what happened with this book so I finished it in under a day.

The story really draws you in. You are right alongside Isobel trying to solve the mystery of what is happening in the new house she is forced to move to. At times the story takes supernatural twists that are a little creepy and will leave you anticipating the next turn of events.

Isobel is a strong character. She's intelligent and not whiny. She is willing to embrace the supernatural and is even willing to put herself in danger just to bring justice to a pretty bad guy. Then we have Nate. He comes off as better than everyone else in the beginning but once he opens up it's clear he's a pretty sensitive and caring guy.

If you're a fan of creepy stories and like ghosts then this book is definitely for you. It's a quick read at only 290 pages and will have you flipping the pages to find out what happens to Isobel.
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Unraveling Isobel (A Room with Books review)
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4.3
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Unraveling Isobel wasn’t quite the psychological thriller I was hoping for, but it was still a great read.

First of all, I just want to say that I hated Isobel’s mom and stepdad. They were incredibly heartless at times and it really bugged me. Not in the way that I thought it was unrealistic or anything, but more in the way that I just felt really bad for Isobel. Seriously, what kind of mom complains about all the years they’ve “given” their daughter.

Then there’s the Isobel/Nate thing. I’m going to be honest, it really weirded me out. I understand that it’s not technically illegal or anything, but it is certainly weird.

I appreciated the growth in Isobel and how she went from wanting to be friends with whoever would take her in to being proud of herself and standing up to catty biatches around her. Her inner turmoil over whether she was going crazy was interesting too. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not only think you’re going crazy, but to have basically everyone around you agreeing.

And then there’s the creepy aspect. It really added something to the story that Isobel was constantly wondering whether she was crazy, but I can’t say that I was always wondering what was real and what wasn’t. I suppose it does leave it up to the reader to decide, but to me it seemed that certain things were obviously paranormal. It’s up to you to decide for yourself, though ;]

The Nutshell: Though Unraveling Isobel didn’t have quite the creep factor I was hoping for, it did still make me jumpy while reading at night. It’s a lot deeper than just another scary ghost story too, though. Isobel has to deal with having a father with schizophrenia and constantly wondering if she has it to. Not only that, but everyone around her – mom, stepdad, peers – are basically reinforcing the idea that there’s something wrong with her. If you’re looking for a good mystery with a strong character that leaves the paranormal element up to the reader, this is definitely your book.
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