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Friday, September 30, 2016

Book Review - Unlocked by Margo Kelly

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Review by Suze
Hannah and her friends love the fair. There's great food, they like goofing around and of course it's the perfect opportunity for love to blossom. The first thing they do is going to a show and afterwards strange things start to happen to Hannah. She sees ants crawling over her hands while she's driving, which causes a car accident. When she gets home from the hospital the situation is only getting worse. Things appear in her room all of a sudden while she has no idea how they got there and Hannah loses large periods of time. Afterwards she can't remember what she was doing and who she was with. Hannah doesn't feel like herself any longer, she's losing it. What is happening to her and how can she make it stop?
Unlocked is a fantastic gripping story. Hannah is a sweet girl. She's doing well at school, she has a nice group of friends and the boy of her dreams seems to like her as much as she likes him. This all changes in a very short time. Hannah needs help, but her friends aren't there for her. Fortunately she isn't completely alone. What is happening to her is spooky and Hannah has no idea if her mind is playing tricks on her. I was curious to find out what caused this and couldn't put this book down. I read it in one sitting and sometimes I even forgot to breathe because of all the tension.
Margo Kelly has written an amazing adrenaline-packed story. I was impressed by the way she builds her suspense, I loved not knowing what was going on with Hannah. Unlocked is a fast-paced story with plenty of surprising twists and turns. I was spellbound from the start, the story dazzled and captivated me. Margo Kelly's writing flows easily. She's writing about terrible things and my heart was constantly in my throat. It isn't clear if Hannah's problems are being caused by something inside of her or by something on the outside and not knowing this kept me on the edge of my seat.
Unlocked is a story about craziness, friendship, love and support. I enjoyed the scary scenes as much as the calm and more intimate ones. Unlocked is a story that has many different sides and I loved that. I was genuinely spooked and am always very happy when an author manages to give me that feeling. I was even more pleased when I read the ending of the story, it's both thrilling and fitting and it was quite spectacular. Unlocked is a terrific versatile story and I highly recommend this brilliant book.
About Margo Kelly

Margo Kelly is a native of the Northwest and currently resides in Idaho. A veteran public speaker, Margo is now actively pursuing her love of writing. Her critically acclaimed debut, Who R U Really?, was published by Merit Press (an imprint of F+W Media) in 2014. Her second novel, Unlocked, will be published by Merit Press in October 2016. Margo welcomes opportunities to speak to youth groups, library groups, and book clubs.

Margo Kelly loves to be scared … when she’s reading a good book, watching a good movie, or suffering from the hiccups. She loves writing thrillers for young adults and hopes her stories give you the goose bumps or the itchies or the desire to rethink everyday things. Margo is represented by the not-so-scary, but totally awesome, Brianne Johnson of Writers House.



A provocative thriller involving hypnosis, mystery, love, and friendship!

Someone has been moving the stuffed pink elephant in Hannah's room. She thinks. And ants crawl over her hands, across the steering wheel, all the time. Don't they? They're what made her crash the car on the way home from the fair, and she wouldn't have freaked out, wouldn't have caused her friend's death, for no reason. But she doesn't know if a person is messing with her, if the paranormal is messing with her--or if she's just going psychotic like her dad before her.

When her friends bail, Hannah is left floundering. Not even her boyfriend Manny believes her, and new girl Chelsea is practically replacing her at school. Only artsy outsider and self-proclaimed occult expert, Plug, agrees to help Hannah find out the truth about hypnosis and demons, and even he can't help Hannah reclaim her mind from whatever's taking over. She'll have to do that herself if she wants to save her friends, her mom and herself.

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  1. Unlocked sounds like a thrilling read. Thank you

  2. Awesome review, I will move this one up my tbr list :)

  3. I was scrolling through the homepage when this book's cover-- the beautiful haziness of it all-- caught my eye. As I skimmed through the post, what first jumped out at me was the promo graphic featuring the quote from Emily Ross. I was SO intrigued.
    I would absolutely love to read this book. It reminds me of various clients I used to have, in various clinical psych settings.
    ...And I just clicked on the Amazon link-- it was just released today; Happy Release Day! :)

  4. This sounds like a very suspenseful book. I would love to read this!

  5. Would love to read! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sounds like a thrilling combination. Thank you for the review.

  7. I'd love to read this book. I too have dealt with psychosis in a relative, so I am sure I can empathize. :)

  8. What a horrible position to be in.

  9. What a horrible position to be in.

  10. I'm really considering reading this book! Thank you for the review!

  11. Thank you for featuring UNLOCKED on your site!

  12. Ooh sounds like there will be some creepiness. I like that.