Thursday, 27 February 2014

Review: Calia Read's "Unravel."

Review: Calia Read's "Unravel."

~5 Hearts ~


Six months ago, I was happy. I was simply Naomi Carradine. 

One month ago, I was admitted into a psych ward. 

Yesterday, Lachlan visited me. Kissed me. And told me that I’m starting to lose my mind. 

Hours later, Max haunted my thoughts, reminding me I’m not crazy and that he needs my help. 

A few minutes ago, I drifted further from reality, trying to unravel the past. 

And now...everyone thinks I’m insane. But, I know he's real, and I know he needs me. 

Do you believe me? 

(Author's Note: Due to adult content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.)

Review: Surj Harvey

This book is like the best kept secret... the less you know about it, the more you will absolutely love it. The story line for "Unravel" was literally pure genius... it was so different, so very unique in its own right and the blurb... well that well and truly drew me in like a moth to a flame, and for love nor money was anyone going to get an ounce of my time until I was through with it.  Uh nuh, this book was addictive, it was captivating, it was a compelling read and I was literally on the edge of my seat reading frantically because I just had to know.... was this real? Was any of it real? 

”Listen closely. Hang onto every word. But most of all, please believe me.”

"Unravel" told the story of Naomi.. a girl whose life was literally turned upside down over night when she was unwillingly admitted to a mental health facility by those who claimed to love her. Why would they do that? Well if we were given the answer to that question, they wouldn't be much point in reading on now would there!!! This was one girls search for the truth .. the search for that missing piece of the puzzle that would enable her to unravel her life and start putting it back together again. There was one thing Naomi was adamant about though... she was not crazy... but did I believe her? Could I trust a single word that came out of her mouth? 

Every day I wake up feeling like I'm surrounded by a heavy fog 
and I know I'm missing a piece of myself, and I don't know where it is. 

This book was told from both the past and the present: the present being Naomi's time at Fairfax, her her therapy sessions, her daily routines and the nightmares that haunted her (yet as hard as she tried, she just couldn't make head nor tail of them). The chapters told from the past gave us an insight into everything that happened ... the chain of events that lead to her being admitted to the facility and these chapters went all the way back to when she was ten. But like I said, it was so difficult sifting through all the information that I was being given and trying to work out what was real! 

Fuck the truth. It was the heart that was my worst enemy. 

It was the one that was going to cut me. Bleed me. It would be the one to kill me. 

Questions filled my mind right from the word go and I was so conflicted with my thoughts. I read every single word on every single page, looking for clues that might guide me towards the right conclusion but I just didn't guess right. Each time I came up with a theory (and trust me there were a few), something would happen to send me back to the drawing board... frustrated didn't come close to how I felt but this just made me more persistent ... I was going to work this out if it killed me... I didn't work it out!!! I'm actually glad though because this just made the plot all the more intriguing and all the more powerful!!! Here are just some of the theories I came up with (none of which were right :0(   :

Conspiracy theory: relating to Lana's father (and that's all I can say about that.. read the book and     you'll understand!)

Sixth Sense (The Bruce Willis Film): Could Naomi see dead people?

Atonement (Keira Knightly Film): Was the story all just a figment of Naomi's imagination?

Dallas (80's soap opera): Was Naomi going to wake up and it had all been a dream? 

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Jack Nicholson Film): Had she become so institutionalised that she was well and truly crazy even though she may not have been when she was first admitted? 

OK so it might seem like I'm a little bat shit crazy... what can I say... my imagination sometimes gets ahead of me!!!  

All in all, this book was truly brilliant and most definitely thought provoking. It was beautiful and heart warming yet brutal and horrific all at the same time. The main characters completely stole my heart and Naomi... well I lived this book through her eyes so I felt everything she went through and at times, my heart just felt like it was being weighed down by a lead balloon and it hurt like a mother f**ker!!! 

"Tell me what you're fighting and I'll fight with you," he whispers in my hair. 

I know my review seems vague... well it is but that was my intention. I don't want to give anything away but what I will say is, you will NOT be disappointed if you choose to read this book... so read it!!! 
I rated "Unravel" 5 mind blowing Hearts

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