Lyric Scott has always had a good life. Outgoing, spunky, and musically talented, she’s constantly surrounded by family and friends, yet she still feels there’s something missing.
Then she meets her new next-door neighbor Ayden Gregory. Mysterious, sweet, and sad, Ayden is the exact opposite of Lyric and exactly what she needs to fill the void in her life.
Ayden has been through more than most people and believes his life is always going to be rocky, so when he’s suddenly adopted by the Gregorys, he’s thrown for a turn. But even with a new, loving family, he still finds himself haunted by the memories of his old life. The only true breath of fresh air is when he’s with his best friend, Lyric Scott.
As Lyric and Ayden grow closer, the lines of their friendship start to blur. But when Ayden’s past unexpectedly pushes its way into his new life, their friendship and newfound attraction will be tested.
**A novel about Ella and Micha’s daughter and Lila and Ethan’s son from The Secret Series. However, this series can be read on its own.**

3.5-4 stars!
Whenever I pick up a Jessica Sorensen book, I know to expect the following things: damaged yet inexplicably endearing main characters, depressing storyline, and cliffhangers. That is just her storytelling trademark and nowadays I have come to embrace these aspects that when combined, make for one compelling read. I was especially excited to read this book because as a fan of her Secret series, it’s awesome to revisit those previous characters in this story plus, the hero and heroine are Lila & Ethan’s son and Ella & Micha’s daughter!
Lyric Scott is the beloved and somewhat spoiled daughter of Ella & Micha Scott. In her free time she jams out to music, plays a variety of instruments, and hangs out with Lila & Ethan’s kids next door, all of whom are adopted. Their most recent kid they take in is Ayden Gregory, a deeply troubled teenager with both physical and emotional scars acquired from his rocky childhood time. Upon seeing how bleak and sad Ayden is, Lyric promises herself to be his friend and use her positivity to influence him to live life happily and with no regrets.
Ayden is a damaged boy through and through. His memory of his childhood is foggy but he does know the scars on his body are cruelly inflicted by others. Having been ripped away from his siblings and tossed through the foster care system like a rag doll, Ayden struggles with the concept of love and shies away from intimacy, except when it comes to Lyric. Her bubbly and bright personality is like a ray of sunshine to him and her happiness is contagious. As his acquaintanceship with her goes from friendship and develops into a tender romance, Ayden finds that despite all his fears of rejection and loss, he can’t and doesn’t want to resist Lyric…
For the most part, I really liked this story! It’s a YA book that later turns into a romance between the two main characters so I appreciated that there was no insta-love whatsoever. The character development is obvious and it was a bonus to see past beloved characters become parental figures. My main complaint is the short length of the book. It read more like a big novella than a full length novel and so when the book ended, I felt like the story had just started to pick up momentum and then flat-lined with the ending. The ending is a mild cliffhanger, not one that sends you reeling but one that concludes on a high note and gives you an anticipatory feeling.
Unraveling You is the first book in the Unraveling You series focusing on the children of the characters from the Secret series. It is not a standalone and Lyric and Ayden’s story will be told over the course of three books.
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.