Jan 5, 2012

Review: Unraveling Isobel by Eileen

4 chocolate whoopie pies!

Cover Love: It's okay. I like how the colors work together however, it is a little busy for my tastes and doesn't really convey the feeling of the story.

I Wanted to Read This Because: I was sent this book from Simon & Schuster and had seen good buzz online. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

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.

I Kept Reading Because: I wanted it known that Isobel was not crazy!

Romance?: Yes! Oolala!

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I liked Isobel and Nathaniel. I did not like Isobel's mom (she was so dense) nor Nathaniel's father. Actually, I really liked Nathaniel-super hot!

It was pretty clear early on who the villain was and what probably happened to Nathaniel's mom and sister. I was glad the author didn't give us a huge twist. It was just intriguing to see how the killer was exposed.

I liked the chemistry between Isobel and Nathaniel. It was good chemistry.

I wish we had gotten to meet Isobel's dad. That was an element I felt was missing from the story.

There were a lot of different elements at work here--ghosts, romance, gothic mansion, mystery--it all added up to a quick, scary, fun read!

To Sum Up: I will be adding this to my library collection because I know I will be able to talk a lot of readers into this one! Especially those that like a mystery with romance.

Book received from Simon & Schuster.


  1. I bet my high school girls would enjoy this one, too! :-)

  2. They would!! Good stuff.
    And sexy and hot.
    With ghosts!

  3. Ms. Jana; you had me at "Romance?: Yes! Oolala!"

    Will definitely be adding this to my 2012 pile! Can't wait to meet Nathaniel!


  4. Gosh - I never would have guessed from the cover that this book has ghosts or a killer! It sounds like a quick, fun read with a little bit of an edge. Thanks for the introduction!

  5. This sounds delicious! That being said what you shared about it does help me understand why you didn't the cover was fitting! I at first thought it was her entangled in this new life, trapped and unable to get out. Now I hear killer and am curious to know even more!

    Fabulous! Happy New Year! Can't wait to be around more to comment!

  6. Jen: The author did a cover story post on another blog and I liked what she had to say about the cover. Hope you are having a great start to your new year!

    Hope you enjoy it. The combo of all elements really worked good!