Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
Publication Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: Around the World Tours
"Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious." --Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy
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.
Creeptastic. Humorous. Unraveling Isobel was thrilling and well-paced. And the characters Isobel and Nathaniel were real and likeable.
I immediately fell in love with Isobel. She is her own person. She is also a snarky and slightly crazy. I. Loved. Her. There was a punch to the story, and Isobel was the one with the fist.
Nathaniel made me swoon. With his good looks and intelligent depth, my knees weakened the moment he apologized to Isobel for being a jerk. I have an amazing soft spot for hard ass, softies.
Isobel and Nathaniel were electric together. I enjoyed the fact that they weren’t “meant to be”, but made their own relationship, craziness and all. They made a bond over being the outcasts. It also helped a lot that they lived in the same house.
I normally don’t read creepy books. I am that girl who jumps into bed for fear of the goblins under the bed. You never know when one will grab your ankle! While reading this book, I found myself freaking out about shadows, noises, and suddenly, the goblins under the bed were joined by ghosts trekking down the hallway. Now, I know I have an overactive imagination, and I don’t do well with creepy, but this book seriously hit it on the head with the eeby-jeeby factor. Along with the creep, there were many twists and turns. I never knew what would happen next. And when I thought I knew, it would be something totally different. It was a great pace and twists that kept my interest.
Unraveling Isobel was fantastically creepy and often times hilarious. The love story is also adorable. A truly fun, and dark read.
Quotes: pg.83 "I'm always that person in gym class who gets smacked in the face with the ball. Volleyball, softball, basketball, those nasty, stinging red rubber dodgeballs... you name it, and I've eaten it."
pg.149 "'I live for danger. Besides, our reputations practically require us to behave badly. (Nathaniel)'"
Favorite Character: Nathaniel- *dreamy*