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Aurora Davis, expert crocheter, lives an ordinary life… until a mysterious crochet shawl appears at the store where she works, Yarn Emporium. The Briars and Roses Shawl, which claimed the life of its previous owner, pulls Auri under its spell. Unable to stop crocheting, she embarks on a quest to break the curse. Catherine Bishop has a hard enough time fighting her OCD every Aurora Davis, expert crocheter, lives an ordinary life… until a mysterious crochet shawl appears at the store where she works, Yarn Emporium. The Briars and Roses Shawl, which claimed the life of its previous owner, pulls Auri under its spell. Unable to stop crocheting, she embarks on a quest to break the curse. Catherine Bishop has a hard enough time fighting her OCD every day without a curse being thrown into the mix. But when her beloved grandmother dies, Cat suspects there’s something more to her death. Her investigation leads her to Auri… whom she’s been crushing on for months. Auri and Cat plunge into a magical world where ancient curses tangle together and faeries seek revenge. As they navigate Feylinn and their blossoming romance, it soon becomes clear that Auri is in serious danger…and her life isn’t the only one at stake.


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Aurora Davis, expert crocheter, lives an ordinary life… until a mysterious crochet shawl appears at the store where she works, Yarn Emporium. The Briars and Roses Shawl, which claimed the life of its previous owner, pulls Auri under its spell. Unable to stop crocheting, she embarks on a quest to break the curse. Catherine Bishop has a hard enough time fighting her OCD every Aurora Davis, expert crocheter, lives an ordinary life… until a mysterious crochet shawl appears at the store where she works, Yarn Emporium. The Briars and Roses Shawl, which claimed the life of its previous owner, pulls Auri under its spell. Unable to stop crocheting, she embarks on a quest to break the curse. Catherine Bishop has a hard enough time fighting her OCD every day without a curse being thrown into the mix. But when her beloved grandmother dies, Cat suspects there’s something more to her death. Her investigation leads her to Auri… whom she’s been crushing on for months. Auri and Cat plunge into a magical world where ancient curses tangle together and faeries seek revenge. As they navigate Feylinn and their blossoming romance, it soon becomes clear that Auri is in serious danger…and her life isn’t the only one at stake.

30 review for Unraveled

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    Aptly titled and highly imaginative, this magical debut novel unravels concepts of love, self-doubt, expectations, and happily-ever-after. Main characters Auri and Cat are brought together by, of all things, a cursed crochet shawl. Desperate to break the curse before it claims another victim, they travel to a dying fairy land where they must overcome much more than their captors. Navigating this truly foreign world, they confront personal loss and physical challenges. They battle doing what works Aptly titled and highly imaginative, this magical debut novel unravels concepts of love, self-doubt, expectations, and happily-ever-after. Main characters Auri and Cat are brought together by, of all things, a cursed crochet shawl. Desperate to break the curse before it claims another victim, they travel to a dying fairy land where they must overcome much more than their captors. Navigating this truly foreign world, they confront personal loss and physical challenges. They battle doing what works with doing what's right. And they do so while dealing with personal demons in the midst of a blossoming romance. In order to save this fantasy world from the brink of disaster, it will take courage and selflessness that not even Auri or Cat could have expected. Packed with excitement, empathy, inventiveness, and identification on every page, Unraveled will have you hooked.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Hello uh I wrote this one and it has a little piece of my soul. It's an #ownvoices story about faeries, OCD, and figuring out who you are, and there are pigeons and crochet. I hope you will connect with Cat and Auri's story and that this book will give you a little bit of escape. Cover Reveal: https://gurtdogpress.com/2020/11/25/u... Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[ abduction, drugging, suicide (does not take place on-page), mental health prejudice, outing of a character, anxiety and OCD thought Hello uh I wrote this one and it has a little piece of my soul. It's an #ownvoices story about faeries, OCD, and figuring out who you are, and there are pigeons and crochet. I hope you will connect with Cat and Auri's story and that this book will give you a little bit of escape. Cover Reveal: https://gurtdogpress.com/2020/11/25/u... Content Warnings: (view spoiler)[ abduction, drugging, suicide (does not take place on-page), mental health prejudice, outing of a character, anxiety and OCD thought spirals (hide spoiler)]

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cath (Cather.reads)

    So excited to have gotten the chance to read this before the publication. Thank you to Gurt Dog Press and the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book came at a good time for me! I always get back into knitting and crocheting around the holidays, so there was nothing better than working on a sweater while reading about cursed crocheting projects. I found myself loving both of the main characters. Cat and Auri are both relatable and unique in their own ways. Cat has OCD and I So excited to have gotten the chance to read this before the publication. Thank you to Gurt Dog Press and the author for a copy in exchange for an honest review. This book came at a good time for me! I always get back into knitting and crocheting around the holidays, so there was nothing better than working on a sweater while reading about cursed crocheting projects. I found myself loving both of the main characters. Cat and Auri are both relatable and unique in their own ways. Cat has OCD and I appreciated how it was explained so that we understood what was happening, but the book was not about her “overcoming” her mental illness or hiding it from those she loved. There is also sapphic rep, which was done perfectly! Not only did this book have fantastic representation, it had a great storyline. The characters are all interconnected and their relationships are believable. I found it a little confusing when they discovered that faeries were actually real and some of the worldbuilding there, but overall it was done well and I liked the way that the author put her own twist on the themes that we see in fairytales. Overall, this is a fantastic read, and I hope that you get a chance to check it out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    L.B. Shimaira

    Can I give 6 stars? Because this book deserves more 🌟 TL;DR review: The mental illness rep in this book was so good. Seriously. Same for the queer aspect and coming out. Some bits really made me go 🙈 but in a good way (I laughed a lot). The magic and faeries part felt so genuine, so natural, it was a bliss to read. And the crochet? Refreshing! And while I have zero skill (I tried as a kid/teen), this book makes me want to try it again. Longer, more in-depth review: On mental illness: It talks about Can I give 6 stars? Because this book deserves more 🌟 TL;DR review: The mental illness rep in this book was so good. Seriously. Same for the queer aspect and coming out. Some bits really made me go 🙈 but in a good way (I laughed a lot). The magic and faeries part felt so genuine, so natural, it was a bliss to read. And the crochet? Refreshing! And while I have zero skill (I tried as a kid/teen), this book makes me want to try it again. Longer, more in-depth review: On mental illness: It talks about OCD mostly, because the MC Cat has that, but there is also mention of depression and suicide. There were several instances where the discussions reminded me of my own therapy sessions, and it was so nice to see similar conversation in a book ♥ Auri's reaction to Cat having OCD was one of support, genuine interest, and caring. There was no judgement and it really made me want to hug the characters--and the book--close. The way it spoke of suicide was also refreshing. (view spoiler)[It was something the MC had to come to terms with, accept, and the final realisation that depression is an illness and the suicide happened because of that... And that it wasn't the "fault" of the person who committed it... I cried. There was love. There was no blame towards the person who suffered from the depression. No anger. Just love and the fact that depression is a horrible illness. (hide spoiler)] On LGBTQ+: Auri's brother comes out as gay pretty early in the book and in such a way you can't help but laugh and find it cute. Auri is left wondering how she could've missed it--which really makes it even funnier because she has yet to realise her own orientation. This happens later in the book and in such a way I exclaimed out loud because of the situation (you'll understand once you read the book and you get there). There is one character who has doubts about being accepted for who they are, but there is nothing but acceptance in this book ♥ It's so lovely and made me very happy. On magic and fey: The magical side of this book was of a kind I had never seen before. A cursed shawl? But it was so well-done and I just loved the uniqueness as it really helped make this book that more special and stand out ♥ (And it also makes you want to crochet your own curse-free version of this magical shawl.) Every chapter is headed by a little quote of a book on faeries and at first I thought this was an actual, published book. It took me probably a lot longer than it'll take most to realise those are snippets from a book within the Unraveled universe. The snippets really added to the lore and the feel/atmosphere of the entire world. (And also, I now want to make a faerie garden again and practise magic...) On style: The book is in first person and switches between Auri and Cat every chapter. Normally, I find switching POVs like that confusing, but it was well-done and even once the characters are together, it was easy to keep up in whose head you were in that chapter. Every chapter notes which character's POV you will be reading, and has either a ball of yarn or a little faerie bottle, which not only looks pretty, but also makes it even easier to know whose POV you'll be reading. Because the book is in first person, you get to experience the inner turmoil even better. This was especially nice for Cat, as it helped give a that much better insight into her OCD. Final notes: I loved this book and would rate it 6 stars if I could. I think this story demonstrates just how important OWN VOICES are, because I seriously doubt anyone not having had the same struggles as Cat could have written her this well. I also think this book needs to be read to help spread more awareness about mental illness, and those suffering from them--even if they don't have OCD but something else--can find solace within the pages of this book. So thank you Claire for writing this and sharing it with the world ♥ I'm certain it'll help a lot of people.

  5. 5 out of 5

    alek:)

    One of my Favourite books! absolutely FANTASTIC!! a sort of John Green meet Rainbow Rowell vibe:) Claire Golden did amazing. I loved every bit of this book from the characters, to the plot, to the fantasy universe Golden created for all of us- I felt like I was apart of this book. amazing, truly a masterpiece!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kelsee

    This book was so wonderful and so sweet! A cute sapphic romance with adventure started by a craft project. Along with having a soft spot for the part of the main plot revolving around crochet, I also fell in love with the characters. Auri and Cat were so sweet and I couldn't help but root for them through the whole thing. And Auri's process of figuring out she's bi was relatable, minus the fantastic setting. When you haven't figured out your bi yet, and you just REALLY want to be that girl's BES This book was so wonderful and so sweet! A cute sapphic romance with adventure started by a craft project. Along with having a soft spot for the part of the main plot revolving around crochet, I also fell in love with the characters. Auri and Cat were so sweet and I couldn't help but root for them through the whole thing. And Auri's process of figuring out she's bi was relatable, minus the fantastic setting. When you haven't figured out your bi yet, and you just REALLY want to be that girl's BEST friend. Yeah, the whole thing was highly relatable in the sweetest way. This book has a rather dark beginning, starting pretty early on with the suicide of Cat's grandmother. Cat also has OCD which is an own voices portrayal by the author. This book was cute, but I think it was also amazing in that it didn't skirt around the very real issues of depression, OCD, and grief. Golden did a wonderful job of outlining what OCD is and is NOT in this book without taking you out of the story. Cat has OCD, it's part of her life, it also doesn't define her, and she's not miraculously cured by the end either. I definitely recommend this one if you want a sapphic fantasy adventure with crochet at it's center that also does the important work of breaking down painful mental health stereotypes! Definitely pick up a copy of Unraveled which is available now on Barnes & Noble and Amazon! I received a digital copy of this book from B Proud PR and the author as part of my participation in their tour. ____________ Representation: lesbian MC, bi MC, MC with OCD, gay SC, non-binary SC Content Warnings: suicide, death of a parent, kidnapping, fantasy violence, drugging

  7. 5 out of 5

    Audrey

    I will update this review after I read it but I’m sure it’s very good. Congratulations Claire on getting your book published!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Laura Long

    If you liked Fablehaven and Sisters Grimm, you'll like Unraveled. I would categorize it as a YA novel. Oh, and if you like needle crafts, this book will hit home. There is even a pattern for the cursed shawl at the end of the book. This is Golden's first book and I am sure she will write another. Congratulations, Claire! If you liked Fablehaven and Sisters Grimm, you'll like Unraveled. I would categorize it as a YA novel. Oh, and if you like needle crafts, this book will hit home. There is even a pattern for the cursed shawl at the end of the book. This is Golden's first book and I am sure she will write another. Congratulations, Claire!

  9. 5 out of 5

    April-Jane Rowan

  10. 5 out of 5

    Gurt Dog Press

  11. 4 out of 5

    Always_Tired

  12. 4 out of 5

    Radclyffe U-Haul

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fillie Fanatic

  14. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Aga

  16. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  17. 5 out of 5

    lyssa

  18. 4 out of 5

    the.heidi.next.door

  19. 5 out of 5

    Liam

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hobbitlass

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bianca

  22. 5 out of 5

    Landice (Manic Femme Reviews)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phoebe

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eden Cooke

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tameka Powell Alexander

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rain

  29. 4 out of 5

    Shana

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dontletthem Drownyou

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