When we first meet Eleanor she is a timid, average, lonely girl who purposefully goes out of her way to remain unseen, to never draw attention to herself, to get by without being noticed. She lives alone with her sick mother, Tabitha, in a sma ...more
Wow! I picked up this book and couldn’t put it down. It was amazing.
For ten years Eleanor has hidden what she is by blending into the crowd, never doing anything outstandingly better or noticeably worse. But now her beloved adopted mother’s cancer is worse, and the smell of death fills their house. The social worker is just waiting for an excuse to send her mother into a care facility and Eleanor into foster care. And then her old b ...more
Eleanor was interesting, and my opinion of her changed throughout the entire book. At first she was a wei ...more
Ever since I finished ELEANOR I’ve been trying to figure out a single word to describe it. I still can’t. I was drawn by the ethereal beauty of the cover and then pulled further in by the summary. Then I started reading and spent half the time enjoying the story and the other half trying to figure it out. There’s a lot to figure out, too.
In less capable hands, Eleanor herself would have been a difficult character to like. She doesn’t have much of a sense o ...more
Without giving any spoilers let me say that this girl is beautifully complex and I want to be her when I grow up! (I'm not kidding, as a teenager I would daydream about being like this girl.)
Johnny Worthen is accurately descriptive with many details. From small town life to the secretive behaviors of wild animals. Those were details that immersed me deeper into the story. Every character had a depth to them that made them relatable. I even shed a few tears.
I wou ...more
This is a tough one to describe without giving too much away, so bear with me. Eleanor is trying to slip through life unnoticed. Apart from her less earthly reasons, she and her terminally ill mother, and only confidante, are on public assistance, terrified of being separated by social services. As her mother's condition deteriorates and David, the only friend Eleanor has ever had, returns to town, she has to decide whether to open up and build a real life, or run away as she always h ...more
But in Eleanor’s case these typical teen traits are a little more literal.
Eleanor the Unseen is the first in a trilogy by Johnny Worthen that explores love in many forms: redemptive, passionate, maternal, transformative, first, true, self, and sacrificial. It’s a theme repeated in metaphor and action both gentle and terri ...more
I was engrossed with the "secret" that was hinted at but wasn't obvious till later in the book. I loved Eleanor and her relations ...more
This story fed my love for the paranormal, but it also blew my mind with its character development and emotional depth.
Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers, Worthen has quickly become my favorite author, proving to ...more
David Venn loves her as she is. But she knows that she is a monster.
That is Eleanor’s biggest problem. Though she has plenty of other problems. Like high school — where she does her best to be the unseen Eleanor, always in the background, because it’s safer that way. Because if anyone finds out that she’s really a skinwalker — a shapeshifter — she’ll have to run away to survive. That’s what she did before, when the Navajo came to kill her parents, and she hid for fifty years in the form of a coy ...more
Eleanor is an odd, strange girl and she does her best not to stand out or get noticed. She’s smarter than everyone, brilliant even, and pretty athletic, but she can’t allow herself to excel ...more
Definitely mysterious and captivating, I definitely got drawn into this one. Eleanor is a unique individual and the author did a great job in slowing revealing all the particulars. It’s a big mystery throughout the story with bits and pieces revealed throughout the characters and the flashbacks. I thought I had it solved only to realize that it was a combination of a couple things I was thinking about. Living with her mother Tabitha, t ...more
Boring, boring book. It didn't even have a stupid love triangle to make things interesting. It was just about Eleanor, who apparently can do everything much better than anyone else, in her daily life of doing subpar high school work.
You get the whiny edge of Eleanor that comes through very well. She considers it harassment that she has to give her name to the bank teller in order for her to check her account. Truly. ...more
In all, it was a qu ...more
I've been sitting pretty, patiently waiting to put my review up of Eleanor: The Unseen by Johnny Worthen, which in short is a remarkable piece of work that keeps you wanting more. No kidding, I've already tried to get the next two books out of him just to see what happens with sweet-but-deadly little Eleanor. Unfortunately the man's made of stone, so poor old me will have to wait like the rest of the masses. But I digress. You see, Eleanor: The Unseen is a shifter book, but don't worry it doesn'...more
Eleanor is Paranormal at its best! I was so excited about this book when I read what it was about! Filled with Native American Folklore and legends, such as witches and skin walkers, it was a type of Paranormal novel that seemed logical and believable. I felt on edge the whole time as I found out what Eleanor was, and her journey so far to this point.
Personally I find this book is difficult to describe because I feel that no description can give it just ...more
To quote Nine Days, "This is the story of a girl...." But Eleanor is much more than just a girl. Hers is a tale seeped in legends of shape shifters, skin walkers, and ancient curses. And to complicate things even further, her mother Tabitha is dying. They live from government check to government check trying to pay for Tabitha's medicine and still have enough for necessities. ...more
Johnny is best known (so far) for his award winning, nationally accl ...more