Author: Tempest C. Avery
Published: April 6, 2013
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From Goodreads: Spencer Perry lost everything the day her boyfriend died. Even when he came back as a ghost, she was never able to return to her old self. Determined to find a way to bring both of them back–him from the dead and her from her depression–Spencer hops a ride with a Reaper across the river to the Underworld where she meets the god of the dead. Hadrian isn’t what she expected Hades to be like, but when he agrees to a deal that can get her Micah back, she puts all caution aside and accepts. Too bad she didn’t realize that she’d also just accepted a lot more than one gorgeous yet frustrating god. Bad things are happening all around her, and now she not only has to worry about keeping Micah’s ghost status a secret from their friends, but also figure out who’s behind all of the accidents. All signs point towards Hadrian, but something about that just doesn’t feel right to her. Something that she hopes has nothing to do with her growing attraction towards him.
I was provided this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Obviously, I loved Unhinged! I thought Unhinged was the total package when it came to Young Adult Paranormal books. It had an angsty love triangle, a hot bad boy, paranormal aspects, and coming of age issues. The story was creepy, unique, humorous, and surprising. Unhinged ties in Greek Mythology for the whole story, and I thought that was very cool. I haven’t studied that since high school, but it was a fun twist. Plus Hadrian made such a hot Hades!
Spencer was our main character, and although I didn’t like her as much as Hadrian, I still enjoyed her voice. I thought she was pretty realistic for our heart broken high school girl. On top of dealing with the God of the Underworld to bring her ghost of a boyfriend back from the dead, she’s dealing with some big issues that we face when we grow up. Spencer is pretty insecure. She has defined herself by the relationships that she had in the past, primarily, her boyfriend (and best friend), Micah. After Micah died, Spencer lost her identity. She thought that she should have died along Micah’s side, because she was so lost without him. Relationships change. It’s something that has been uncomfortable for me, too. Spencer still has comforting love and memories with Micah, but once things start changing, can they love who they are turning into? That is the root of the pr
oblem with Spencer as we go along on her night time journeys to the Underworld, where she’s falling for Hades. We see this Spencer 2.0 appearing…. even though she used to be an “It” girl cheerleader with her football star boyfriend, Spencer now learns what it is to love, lose, and appreciate the life that she has. The only thing that bugged me about Spencer was that she was a bit… aloof…—>
She didn’t pick up on the fact that Hadrian had the hots for her, no matter how many times he hinted at his feelings for her. I do think that could come from Spencer spending her whole young adult life with her (dead) boyfriend/best friend, Micah. She never dreamed of having eyes for anyone other than Micah, so she didn’t know how to recognize when someone unfamiliar wanted her.
Onto Hadrian… obviously, he was my favorite! He had the whole sexy, bad boy thing going on (Hello… he is the God of the Underworld), but he actually never did anything bad. In fact… he did a whole lot of good! Hadrian has been around for thousands of years, and he is so confident and wise.
Hadrian and Spencer’s story reminds me of Klaus and Caroline in The Vampire Diaries. Even though Hadrian is a bit of a bad guy and not who Spencer SHOULD want to be with, she can’t deny the attraction and electricity that she feels when she’s around Hadrian. She feels guilty that the feelings that she has towards her “soul mate,” Micah don’t have that same spark. Hadrian is all dark and mysterious, but he isn’t as bad as they seem. He has a soft spot for Spencer, and he has genuine feelings towards her (but he could care less about the other mortals…). It reminds me of Klaus, because Caroline brings out the best in him, and I think that’s the same with Hadrian. I can’t wait to see how their relationship unfolds in the next two installments in the Underworld trilogy.
The side characters in Unhinged were another reason why this book was a standout for me. Spencer’s two best girlfriends, Syd and Quinn, were a lot of fun and added a good change of pace from the serious topics that Spencer had to deal with. I’m glad that they were big parts of the story, and I look forward to seeing what they bring to the story in the next book.
I was very engaged in the story! That is what made this book a 4.5 star book, for me. There is an abundance of Young Adult Paranormal books out there, so it was the modern take on Hades and The Underworld that made this a very enjoyable read for me. The plot and story read very smoothly… I found myself staying up way too late, just trying to read on! Things really came together at the end of the story for me. I kept asking…. why? Why Spencer? What did Hadrian see in her? (Spencer was wondering the same thing throughout the story…), so I was glad to find some answers to that mystery.
I cannot wait for book 2! Unhinged didn’t leave us with a major cliffhanger… but let’s just say there are a lot of things that need to work themselves out in book 2. Team Hadrian =)
I would like to see more descriptions of Spencer (what does she look like???) and more hookups! ❤ ❤