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Preview — Unraveling Isobel by Eileen Cook
"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, c...more
Isobel is forced to move during her senior year to Nairne Island because of her mum marrying Dick, a guy who she met over the internet and had been dating for only three months. Isobel’s not too wrapped with her mum’s decision, she has to leave her best friend Anita behind, move into a spookily big estat...more
She's sarcastic and she's feisty. Isobel is a fun protagonist who easily made me laugh with her quirky personality, but she's also smart. Finally a character who has guts to face things head on. Her interactions with Nathaniel were a joy to read as well. It was a situation that both had me cringing and longing. It's definitely an...more
What a fantastic story. Unraveling Isobel was so much different than I had expected. Sure, the blurb was interesting enough, but the story and dialect was so much more.
Isobel is moving with her mother, her new step-father and step-brother to Naime, an island off the coast. She has very few nice things to say since her mother dragged her away to some desolate island her senior year with a hot step-brother and a new step-father her mother has only known for 3 months. Yeah, I'd be pisse...more
High School Senior Isobel, who has just moved with her girly and gullible mom from Seattle to a small island, because her mother decided to marry recently widowed mansion owner Dick, pardon Richard, after a mere three months long internet-based aquaintance, narrates the Northanger-Abbey-touched story with much spunk and verve and an altogether cheeky, slightly angry (understandable) and very funn...more
Isobel's mum marries Richard after only dating him for a matter of weeks, Richard's wife and seriously disabled daughter died in suspicious circumstances only a few short months ago leaving Richard, or Dick as Isobel enjoys calling him, and his teenage son Nate living in their sprawling if a li...more
- The book is guaranteed to make you laugh!
- It’s a standalone novel, which means things are wrapped up neatly and there are no cliffhanger endings.
- Isobel has a great sense of humour and is easy to like.
- Nate, the love interest, is someone who does his own thing and doesn’t just follow the crowd.
- Since Isobel’s father is a schizophrenic, Cook do...more
Isobel has her fair share o...more
All of which would be unbearable, and probably unreadable...except fo...more
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 spo...more
I went into this book assuming it was generally about Isobel and her possible mental illness, not knowing that I was going to be so scared that I would only read this in the daytime. Yes, the summary does mention ghosts, but there are different ways for ghosts to be written about. Here's a warning: Eileen Cook knows how to scare the pants off of you. Or that's...more
This book was okay. I usually like supernatural stories but I was easily annoyed by this book for some reason. I think it was the mother who cared more about her new husband then her daughters feelings or the whole 'mean girl' blah blah and of course there was the deranged step father.
Still, I liked Nate and I like Isobel and the history and mystery of it all.
Didn't love it, but it had it's moments.
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I felt like I was watching an ABC family TV film.
There’s something about stepsibling romances that are equally repulsive and intriguing. Maybe it’s the whole forbidden-but-not-really thing. Either way, Isobel and Nathaniel had something. I loved their easy banter, their uneasy start, and then the resolve.
However, the paranormal aspect was weak and thrown into the mix with a bunch of other factors. Still, it kep...more
I just can't commiserate with the main character, Isobel. I just don...more
Here is the summary of the book:
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 unbelie...more
Isobel's mom has just remarried, meaning that they are moving to this giant estate in an island on the middle of nowhere. That would suck enough, but it's just before her senior year, which obviously makes it even worse. (Who wants to start over with one year le...more
“Unraveling Isobel” is dark but never heavy-handed. Author Eileen Cook‘s prose has a sardonic tone to it that works well with Isobel’s character and her fears of losing her mind. Paranormal elements flow smoothly throughout, organically intertwining with Isobel’s life and mind.
Pacing has a lot to do with “Unraveling Isobel.” Eileen allows readers to just get to know Isobel before bringing in paranormal elements. It’s enough to keep readers guessing along with Isobel...more
This was really, really cute. If you want a YA mystery with a touch of romance/creepy crawlies,...more
What a fun, creepy, sarcastic, entertaining read! I was really surprised by how much I liked this book, and I think a lot of that had to do with the story's protagonist Isobel.
Isobel is one of those characters who's so easy to like and she's someone that faces everything head on. Plus she's a strong, stubborn, snarky character who provides the right amount of humor to this story's at times creepy plot line. Then there's Nathaniel, I won't give away too much about him as the relationshi...more
The storyline was never boring, and I was constantly on the edge on my seat, waiting for the next clue towards the mystery of what happened to Nathaniel’s mother and sister. The mystery of that night haun...more
Isobel is a teenager whose mother just married some guy she met on the internet three months ago. Isobel and her mother pack up and move to this guy's old mansion on some island. Isobel is told she can pick any bedroom she wants. And she happens to pick the bedroom of her dead step-sister. The first night she is there, she sees a ghost. I th...more
So, Unraveling Isobel and I had a few problems in the beginning. I wasn’t clicking with it, and I came very, very close to putting it down. I am SO glad I didn’t. The ending totally redeemed this book for me. HOLLA.
I wasn’t clicking with this book right away because it’s supposed to be scary, right? And even when the ghost appears, I wasn’t scared. I rolled my eyes and thought, “Yeah, okay, whatever. Let’s move on.” Isobel was frightened—to the poin...more
Unraveling Isobel was such a fun read, and finally a stand alone book that we really well written! I have been so sick of series lately, and this one was such a well done single that I couldn’t help but like it.
First I want to talk about the relationship that Isobel has with her mother. Although it falls into the classic “despondent” mother/daughter relationship that so many ya books fall into, however Cook justifies it by focusing on the “why” of their relation...more
Isobel isn't happy. At the start of her senior year, Isobel is being forced to move from Seattle to a small island off Washington because her mother has just married someone she met off the internet 3 months earlier. Her new stepfather, Dick (Richard), who lost his wife and daughter to a tragic boating accident not even a year before, is now moving Isobel and her mother into his estate on the island. Isobel soon learns from various town people that the estate has a long, strange history of m...more
Unraveling Isobel has a little bit of everything - romance, humour, mystery, and a dash of creep factor. Everything in Isobel’s life is changing and she has absolutely no say. Add to that the fact that she’s worried some of the strange things happening around may be happening in her mind, and you have a story that’s both engaging and entertaining.
I liked Isobel a lot. I tho...more
Der Schreibstil gibt unterhaltsam und glaubwürdig die Gedanken eines jungen Mädchens wieder, ohne dabei krampfhaft bemüht oder aufgesetzt zu wirken - Respekt auch an die Übersetzerin, die es geschafft hat, Isobels locker-flockige Stimme unverfälscht ins Deutsche zu übertragen! Aber auch (oder gerade) die gruseligen Szenen sind wunderbar geschrieben, da hätte ich gerne noch mehr von gehabt.
Mir war Isobel direkt sympathisch, und ihr Humor hat mich oft zum Grinsen gebracht. Sie ist ein starkes...more
You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com. Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.