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janusvielle

The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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Unravelling

Unravelling (Unravelling, #1) - Elizabeth Norris I might be ranting off for this entire review, so be warned. Janelle Tenner was hit head on by a zooming pickup truck while walking on the side of the road after her shift from work.She knew she died. But how is she still alive now? She can’t explain how it happened, only that Ben Michaels, known stoner in her high school, somehow brought her back to life. While Janelle wonders over all this, her father, a special FBI agent, is working on a strange case. Unidentified people are turning up dead, burned as if exposed to too much radiation. Ever curious girl that she is, Janelle starts to look into her father’s files. She finds a device that shows a countdown… but a countdown to what?“Stop the countdown. Save the world” is a really charming catch phrase. Too bad the story didn’t deliver just as well. This is probably one of the most disappointing books I’ve read this year. Janelle’s character is the all too perfect kind that although I didn’t see myself getting annoyed with her, makes me feel she’s very unrealistic and not as relatable as I want a protagonist to be. Yes, she’s smart, strong, brave, caring… the list goes on and that’s really great, but there has to be some balance, give her a little dark side somehow [her family problems do not count, she’s still nice even with all that]. I don’t get how this girl is so smart when she suddenly trusts a boy she just “fell in love with” (and I quote that strongly) with everything in her life but she couldn’t trust the man who was almost a father to her. How could she doubt Struz? He’s her father’s partner in the FBI since she was a little kid, and the man has done nothing but stand by her side all her life and she doubts him? That really ticked me off. No, this isn’t the darker side of her that I was looking for; this is just plain stupidity. And then there’s the whole insta-love thing again. Seriously? If you’re gonna do this whole “You saved my life and now I’m suddenly in love with you” then the guy goes “I’ve been in love with you forever but you didn’t notice” and then suddenly there’s the “I can’t live without you” moment – at least give it some flavor. It was so bland and unexciting.Also, I can’t get my mind off of this part of the book (Chapter 15:01:00:34) where Janelle and her best friend, Alex, are having this conversation: So Janelle says to Alex: “You're the biggest dork alive!” and Alex replies with: “What do you expect? I'm half-Asian!” – I’m Asian… And I don’t get it. I’m not offended or anything. I just didn’t get what it means. Can anyone explain? I’m just curious.Anyway, another thing I found off about this book was the inconsistency of the pacing and story execution. It starts of with a bang (good!), then mellows around the next few pages (okay), then goes off all exciting and intriguing (very good); then we have the sad, grieving parts (aww...) then it goes slow (boo!) then things get interesting again (yay!) next is a series of boring parts (no!) then it takes forever to get anywhere amazing again (ugh!), and the next thing I knew the climax was there and the end (poof!). Uhm… what the hell just happened? You see this is what I found the most disappointing part of this book – the ending. So… that was the “count down”? Oh sure, I got the whole end of the world chaos but… that was the end of the count down? Just like that? That’s all that needed to happen for it to stop? Such long and tiring efforts for just that solution to the countdown? Wow! What a waste. And the Alex part – was that even necessary? Although I didn’t like this book that much, I have to admit that Unravelling and I had our moments. I appreciate Janelle’s dedication to her family. There were times that I anticipated what would come next. But overall, it just wasn’t enough. Will I read the next book? Probably. But it’s not one of my priorities. For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com