Sometimes when a book is getting really close to releasing I’ll do this thing where I become a book stalker. I don’t do it intentionally really. It’s more of a random type of stalking, which I guess would shave a few years off my sentence (or a few yards off my restraining order) were we talking about humans and not books.
I’ll be browsing Goodreads with an idea of the sort of book I want to read when there it is in all its unpublished glory. This will happen a half dozen times, me stumbling upon the exact book I want to read that instant, the book not being published yet. Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris* is one of those books.
I stalked this one for a while, constantly clicking on it whenever Goodreads told me about books Readers Also Enjoyed. And then I’d read the blurb and yell, I KNOW, GOODREADS, I KNOW. I’VE WANTED TO ALSO ENJOY THIS BOOK SINCE THE FIRST TIME YOU TEASED ME WITH IT. IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!
So I’m super excited that not only is Unraveling FINALLY available, but that I can help spread the word. And, most importantly, help you win a copy of the book.
For those of you whose stalking abilities pale in comparison to mine (I think that’s a good thing), here’s the blurb:
Two days before the start of her junior year, seventeen-year-old Janelle Tenner is hit by a pickup truck and killed—as in blinding light, scenes of her life flashing before her, and then nothing. Except the next thing she knows, she’s opening her eyes to find Ben Michaels, a loner from her high school whom Janelle has never talked to, leaning over her. And even though it isn’t possible, she knows—with every fiber of her being—that Ben has somehow brought her back to life.
But her revival, and Ben’s possible role in it, is only the first of the puzzles that Janelle must solve. While snooping in her FBI agent father’s files for clues about her accident, she uncovers a clock that seems to be counting down to something—but to what? And when someone close to Janelle is killed, she can no longer deny what’s right in front of her: Everything that’s happened—the accident, the murder, the countdown clock, Ben’s sudden appearance in her life—points to the end of life as she knows it. And as the clock ticks down, she realizes that if she wants to put a stop to the end of the world, she’s going to need to uncover Ben’s secrets—and keep from falling in love with him in the process.
From debut author Elizabeth Norris comes this shattering novel of one girl’s fight to save herself, her world, and the boy she never saw coming.
Um, you caught that right? Girl detective! Mystery! A clock counting down to the FREAKING END OF THE WORLD! As you can see, it has been crafted out of awesome. (Need proof? Check out the first 90 pages here.)
So, in honor of Unraveling’s debut, a giveaway. (It ends Tuesday, May 1.)
Oh, and I almost forgot my Unraveling-related question: If you find out that the world’s expiration date is somewhat nearer than anticipated, what’s your next move?
Unlike Janelle, I don’t need a back-from-the-dead experience or a world destruction countdown to know the end of the world is near. Might I remind you:
That right there is reason enough for me to eat pizza as many times as I like during the week.
What would you do if The End was sooner than expected?
*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.