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Unraveled Paperback – February 8, 2013
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'A heartbreaking, impeccably plotted mystery' -Kirkus reviews
'I highly recommend Unraveled to anyone who enjoys strong characters, mystery, love stories, and reading magic' -Night Owl Reviews
"...this was an intriguing read that kept me guessing. It sort of reminded me of a YA Mary Higgins-Clark" -Kindlemom
About the Author
Susan grew up in South Texas, about ten miles from the U.S.-Mexican border. As a child she spent the summers in Mexico with her grandparents and extended family. During these vacations, she frequently created mysteries for her siblings and cousins to solve. These mysteries were her first stories. Nancy Drew soon became her childhood hero and inspiration to write mysteries for young adults. Her greatest joy is her 6 ½ (can’t forget the ½) daughter who is quite the storyteller and likes to come up with the characters’ names for mom’s stories. When she’s not writing or studying, you can find her looking after her personal mini-zoo which consists of two fish, one thief of a dog, and one whistling guinea pig. Susan loves estates sales, traveling, spending time with her family, and discovering new books at the Columbus Metropolitan library. Susan graduated from the University of Texas, is currently pursuing an MFA from Seton Hill University, and dreams of one day owning a touch screen murder board like the one on her favorite TV show, Castle.
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Unraveled by S.X. Bradley is a fast-paced mystery with incredible twists and turns that will leave you on the edge of your seat.
Autumn is a very strong and determined girl. She's gifted and has mad mathematical skills, and I loved how these were incorporated into the story--like her calculating the force of a roundhouse kick, or estimating the height of a suspect. Autumn tries to deal with her sister's death as best as she can while everyone in her family just falls apart. All Autumn wants is to find her sister's murder and return to some semblance of normalcy, but this is extremely difficult as every time she uncovers something new it means reliving the pain all over again. Luckily, Autumn can rely on other people like her cousin Eduardo, her kung fu Sifu, Caedon, and her math geek classmates.
Even in the midst of a tragedy there is a bit of romance. Caedon Keene has the whole `cute boy next door' thing going on for him, and that he wants to help Autumn through this dark time just makes him all the more sweet and adorable. He actually understands what she's going through with the loss of someone so close, and does his best to be there for her. Though Autumn likes him a lot, her own investigation leads her to suspect him. And what comes after literally broke my heart in two.
The murder investigation kept my eyes glued to the page. Though at one point I grew exasperated because one point was being so obviously ignored, but then right after, the point is cleared and I was like "yeah, calm down, she knows what she's doing." LOL There were also a couple of `holy crap' moments that had my heard pounding and my brain exploding. It was awesome. After this, I'm definitely interested in reading more YA Mysteries.
What there is happens to be a believable math nerd who is misunderstood by her blue collar family and school mates. She has a popular older sister who is horribly murdered and she finds the body. An interest in forensic science makes her discoveries and interest believable, as someone who wants to be in the FBI.
Autumn is a good character, torn between finding her sister's killer, dealing with a mother who can't seem to stand her, a father who is brokenhearted, police who won't listen, and the complication of her first boyfriend. There is a reason Autumn knows certain police procedures, which makes her investigating her sister's death believable. She has self doubt, determination, and the solution to why her sister was killed, while a little preachy, is plausible.
Unraveled is a welcome story in the world of YA, a detective for teens and young adults. Unraveled doesn't talk down or simplify the emotions running rampant in Autumn. The books surrounds her with family and she makes friends, all in a way that isn't contrived or silly. Very good.
This was a solid few hours of entertainment, fast moving, and still managed to teach me a few things I didn't know. I loved the characters in the family, the engaging story, and S.X. Bradley's highly engaging style. I feel the style is similar to Sue Grafton, but the setting is in the present, which makes it even better. I feel like I know this town now, and I've never been there.
Full disclosure: I know S.X. Bradley personally and have enjoyed seeing her progress as she moved from fabulous author to fabulous published author.
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