July 2, 2014

Unravel Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Unravel (Linked #2)
Author: Imogen Howson
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 8, 2014
Rate: 4.5 Stars


Untold dangers await telepathic twins in this sequel to the futuristic, romantic thriller called classic sci-fi, space-travel adventure at its best. After Elissa and Lin exposed the government's secret experiments inLinked, which Booklist called a roller-coaster ride into space that just about everyone should enjoy, their home planet Sekoia is thrown into chaos. Determined to do their part to help the planet they've hurt, they return to Sekoia only to discover that things are far worse that they imagined. Resources are suddenly scarce, people are scared, and there's a rising current of anger against the Spares. When Lissa and Lin find themselves among another group of Spares and twins, they feel like they've found their kindred spirits at last. But a threat none of them could have expected is lying in wait for Sekoia's Spares.
Unravel is the thrilling and fast-paced sequel in the young adult dystopian Linked series. It picks up where the first book ended - with Elissa and Lin off of Sekoia after exposing the the terrible government experiment inLinked. Lissa and Lin decide to return to Sekoia to help bring the planet back to it's normal state. When they arrive, they are faced with the reality of what Sekoia has become - barely any resources, frightened citizens, and a growing number of people who are blaming the Spares for what has happened. Lissa and Lin finally find refuge in a group of Spares and twins - people just like them - so they feel safe. What they don't know is that hiding among this group of Spares is something so dangerous they never saw it coming.
After reading the first book in the series, I was completely blown away. I couldn't wait for the second installment to release - to find out what was going to happen next. I had high hopes for the book and I have to admit that it went far above and beyond anything I wanted. This was an amazing sequel that had me devouring the pages to find out what was going to happen. I read the entire book in the space of a few hours because I didn't want to - or couldn't - stop reading until the end. Lissa and Lin continue to be unique and strong female lead characters. They both experience character growth in the book along with hardening their determination and conviction about the inLinked program and the Spares and twins. We see more and more of the government's plot revealed and the stability of everything on the planet - from food and other resources to the very people - in a state of destruction. The author did a magnificent job with the world building in this series and it continued to show throughout the second book. I was able to immediately immerse myself into the story alongside Elissa and Lin - it was so vivid that I could shut my eyes and easily see everything as the author described it. The writing was impeccable - the characters were realistic with hopes and flaws, the plot was intricate and detailed, and the setting was immaculately done. I honestly can't rave enough about this book - I couldn't do it the justice it deserves. I don't want to reveal spoilers, so I'll just say that I was on the edge of my seat for the majority of the book, reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next. I very highly recommend this book, and series, to fans of science fiction and dystopias - as well as anyone who wants a breath of fresh air with an intense and original plot!!

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As a child, I loved reading so much that I not only read in bed, at the table and in the bath, but in the shower and – not so successfully – on my bicycle.

I enjoyed books in a slightly unorthodox way, too – many of my childhood books have ragged edges where I tore paper from the margins in order to eat it.

I wrote my first book at eight. It was entitled The Dragon in the Teapot and would probably have been a huge hit if I hadn’t lost the only copy on a family day out.

Some years later, armed with several different types of backups, I’m busy writing romantic science fiction and fantasy for young adults and adults.

I live with my partner, our two teenage daughters, and three cats, near Sherwood Forest in England. I’m a Christian, a feminist, and a lover of cheese, chocolate, stationery shops and eighties pop music. I still read in most places, but I no longer eat paper.

I’m a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the group blogs The Lucky 13s and Author Allsorts, and the online writers’ community Romance Divas. I’m represented by Mandy Hubbard of D4EO Literary Agency.

You can keep in touch with me on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/imogenhowsonauthor – or Twitter –http://twitter.com/imogenhowson.

Or please feel free to contact me by email.
Win (1) of (2) hardbacks of Unravel by Imogen Howson (INT)


  1. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    My best friend!

    Thank you :)

  2. So glad you enjoyed it! I remember not really liking the first one, so I'm not sure I'll end up reading it. But it is good to hear positive things about the sequel.