Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Unraveling Isobel

Isobel's life has turned upside down. Her mother has remarried a man Isobel isn't too thrilled with; they are moving to an island off the coast of Washington to live in a massive old house; she has acquired a broody but good-looking stepbrother, who doesn't seem any happier to have her moving into his home than she is to be there; and to top it all off, it appears that the house is haunted. Or maybe she's just losing her mind. After all, her father did, and they say that schizophrenia can be hereditary.

This is a fun read, a good ghost story, with plenty of suspense, and romance, too.  There is a slight ick factor to the sexual tension between Isobel and her hot stepbrother, which technically is okay but still felt slightly off-putting to me.  Cook throws just about everything into this one - its a problem novel, a mystery, a romance, a ghost story, and a mean-girls-at-school book, all rolled into one. Isobel has an engaging voice, and the story is fast-paced and rolls right along, but there isn't a whole lot of time spent on depth of character.  That shouldn't bother most readers, though, and I think teens will find a lot to enjoy here.

Unraveling Isobel by Eileen cook (Simon Pulse, 2012)

Also reviewed at:
The Allure of Books: "Despite the fact that some of the characterization is lacking, Unraveling Isobel is one awesome read!"
Bookshelves of Doom: "As much as it pains me to say this, I think that this book actually suffers from too much drama...That said, it's still a totally enjoyable zoomer of a read..."
From the TBR Pile: "It dealt with some serious issues like mental illness and the struggles of blended families in a thoughtful manner, but at the same time kept up the humor and snarky teenage sarcasm."

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