A provocative thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship! Someone has been moving the stuffed pink elephant in Hannah's room. She thinks. And ants crawl over her hands, across the steering wheel, all the time. Don't they? They're what made her crash the car on the way home from the fair, and she wouldn't have freaked out, wouldn't have caused her friend's death, for no reason. But she doesn't know if a person is messing with her, if the paranormal is messing with her--or if she's just going psychotic like her dad before her. When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Not even her boyfriend Manny believes her, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah find out the truth about hypnosis and demons, and even he can't help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever's taking over. She'll have to do that herself if she wants to save her friends, her mom and herself.
Margo Kelly does a fantastic job with making her characters as realistic as possible, creating a sense of trust then distrust at every corner. From the very first page you can tell that things aren't what they seem. The carnival sets a creepy feeling right from the bat. As a reader you are thrown into Hannah's world. I love that you can't tell if Hannah is reliable enough for you to believe her. But at each turn of the plot, it is a guessing game as to who is good and who has evil intentions.
After a night at the carnival and a hypnotist show, everything takes a horrible twist. Weird things start to happen to Hannah and it seems like the entire school is against her. The doctors are questioning her every action and wonder if she needs to be hospitalized. Is she really losing her mind? Is everything really in her head? or Is something more sinister happening?
My recommendation-pick up Unlocked in the fall and curl up with a blanket. Then, get ready for a thrill ride you won't be able to get off until you turn the last page.
My Final Take
‘Unlocked’ is a complex paranormal young adult thriller. It mixes the paranormal, hypnosis, and romance. This is a great book for anyone looking for a YA book with a unique twist. This is a good fit for paranormal lovers.
Unlocked is an interesting take on YA paranormal. Throughout the story, Hannah, is convinced she is going crazy. She sees dark shadows, hallucinations, and apparitions.
Though Hannah was once popular, she begins to lose friends, not care about appearance, and do poorly in school. This all lends to an air of mystery and suspense throughout the novel. The element of hypnosis added a bit of nuance to the story. The author was not afraid to make the scenes gritting and scary.
I did love the character of plug, I think he was complex and interesting. His character grew and changed throughout the book. I also liked the character of Kyla. Her personality was sweet and friendly while her appearance is described as avant-garde (with shocking hair colors). I loved to hate, Chelsea. She was the typical high school mean girl.
The subplot of Hannah dealing with her father and friend’s deaths added depth to the story and made Hannah’s character more realistic for me.
Finally, the cover is amazing. Retro and mysteries at the same time.