Unhinged

Rated 4.74/5 based on 19 reviews
Since her boyfriends death, she's lost everything. So now she's looking for the Underworld. Spencer has no idea if the land from Greek myth is real, or what she'll find if it is, but she'll do anything to get Micah back. Including make a deal with Hades, the god of the dead, who also happens to be insanely attractive. But releasing Micah comes with a price, one that could cost others their lives. More

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About Chani Lynn Feener

Chani Lynn Feener has wanted to be a writer since the age of ten during fifth grade storytime. She majored in Creative Writing at Johnson State College in Vermont. To pay her bills, she has worked many odd jobs, including, but not limited to, telemarketing, order picking in a warehouse, and filling ink cartridges. When she isn’t writing, she’s binging TV shows, drawing, or frequenting zoos/aquariums. Chani is also the author of teen paranormal series, The Underworld Saga, originally written under the penname Tempest C. Avery. She currently resides in Connecticut, but lives on Goodreads.com.

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Review by: Marla B on Nov. 15, 2013 :
I thought this book started slow, but by the end, I stayed up late to finish the book to see how everything was going to turn out. I would like to read the next book to find out what happens to Spencer, Micah and Hadrian. Another YA love triangle, but it did have unique twists.

I liked the Mythology and small things like clarifying the distinction between Thanatos/Thayer, God of Death and Hades, God of the Dead/Underworld. The tour of the Underworld and visiting all 5 rivers was fascinating and educational. Of course, it didn't hurt that Hadrian was tall, dark and gorgeous.

Quinn and Sydney were such understanding and constant friends to Spencer. Most teenage girls would've abandoned their un-fun, depressed friend months ago. I didn't like Spencer keeping secrets from her friends and even Micah, and the story is so much better when more people know her secrets.

Micah's ghost is a great way to meet and know him, but it truly isn't healthy for Spencer. I was impatient to find out how Micah had died and could not believe that it was not revealed until half way through the book. Hadrian/Hades challenges Spencer's post-Micah existence and I liked the deal they struck. Rather than being tied to seasons like Persephone, Spencer goes to the Underworld at night or rather 12 hours each day.

I could spot the cliffhanger ending from half way through the book, but there were some nice twists before it left you hanging.

For-review:
Received a free review copy of this book from author for GoodReads We ♥ YA Books! group's ARR #143
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
Review by: Lacy Osman on Nov. 9, 2013 :
I received this book from the author free of cost for an honest reveiw. I would like to think the author Tempest C. Avery for the chance to read and review this amazing book!

Spencer Perry is starting her senior year in high school and her boyfried Micah has just died in a terrible accident. She can't accept this which is made even harder by the fact that he is now a ghost and she is the only one who can see him. She decides there must be a way to bring him back and travels to the Underworld to make a deal with Hades or Hadrian (God of the Underworld). Which is when her life goes totally crazy and out of control. Between Hardian, her friends, Reapers, and Thayer (Hadrian's brother the God of Death) things get very interesting!!

Spencer has amazing friends in Sydney and Quinn and I love the relationship and total trust and faith between these three even when things get crazy and unbelievable. Spencer can always count on her two best friends.

The author uses Greek mythology to build an amazing story line which rich, loveable and hateable characters that totally pulled me in right from the beginning. I could not put this book down!

The ending totally wasn't what I was expecting or even hoping for but now I am dying to read the next book in this series to find out what happens to everyone and see who Spencer decides to give her heart to.

If you are a fan of Greek Mythology with a twist I Highly Recommend this book! It was very well written and totally sucked me into the Spencer's world!!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Mariela Germann on Nov. 8, 2013 :
I would like to thank We ♥ YA Books! and the author Tempest C. Avery for allowing to read and review this book, it was an honor to read this piece of art.

Spencer Perry is a young girl who's about to start senior year in high school, but a terrible accident takes the life of her boyfriend Micah. Everything is not lost, Micah comes back to her as a ghost, defying the God of the Underworld and the God of Death. Spencer makes a deal with Hadrian after she gets fascinated by the story of Persephone, just so she can have Micah back into her life. A set of weird things and freaky accidents start to occur around her affecting her friends and family. Are those things happening to her because of her connection with Micah's ghost or is it the mysterious God that she made a deal with behind it? Will she able to finish the time with Hadrian in the Underworld to get Micah back or will she accept her attraction and feelings towards the God of the Underworld?

I sincerely recommended this book to anyone who likes Greek mythology. I love Hadrian since he first appeared in the story, Spencer is in so much grief that she pretty isolates herself from the world but as much time she spends with Hadrian she discovers things about herself, if someone can make me feel what Hadrian did to her, I will be in love with him forever, anyways some weird things occurred and noone has a clue of who is behind it.

Spencer has great friends they make me giggle and appreciate the friends I have. I really enjoyed the crush between Ferris and Quinn, they were so adorable. Micah really got on my nerves sometimes, the dude is dead stay that way and go enjoy the afterlife, leave the living alone.............

After reading this book and falling in love with Hadrian I can only say to Spencer -"Open your eyes girl, if he helps you to confront your fear and to conquer it than he is the ONE". And here is my finally intake to the author, Magnificent job, I can't wait to read book number 2!!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Juliann Whicker on Nov. 6, 2013 :
This story definitely held my interest, and while the language wasn't particularly inspiring, it conveyed a certain voice.

I enjoyed the pacing, the world building, the plot, but most of all, I liked the underlying theme of coping with or not coping with loss and trying to move on. I thought the author nailed the turmoil and conflict we feel dealing with the death of a loved one.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Review by: Satarupa Biswas on Nov. 1, 2013 :
I got this book from the author, free of cost, in exchange of an honest review from my side.

Firstly I would like to thank Tempest C. Avery, author of Unhinged for giving me this opportunity of reading and reviewing this book.

Well, this book has a unique concept and I liked that a lot. Here we meet Spenser whose boyfriend died and all hell broke loose for her when he returns as a ghost. In order to save him she crosses the river and steps in the Otherworld with a reaper and meets the God of Death Hadrian and signs up s deal that can get her boyfriend back. But is that all about the deal? Will it be that simple with the God of Death? What will happen if Spencer falls for Hadrian?

This story was refreshing and I liked the vivid descriptive explanations that the author used for setting up the story and the plot. The plot planning is great and I liked the writing style of the author too. I never knew that Hades will be sexy and to-die-for handsome but the author made me believe that and the use of the name Hadrian instead of Hades made me want him more of course for myself! I adored Spencer’s character and her bravery; she is confident and has the control of her bearings. Micah was okay for me but Hadrian stole the show and I know the others will agree with me too. All in all a great read that is full of action, eerie suspense, spine chilling mystery and a totally new take on Paranormal genre. I would like to recommend it to all of you and hope that you guys will love it as well. Enjoy, reading!!!
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: kimber williams on Oct. 26, 2013 :
Am I unhinged?
Honestly the word may best describe this book. As for me? Not even close. I felt like went from me into a crazed woman with a severe case of multiple personality disorder who almost broke a four hundred dollar phone quite a few times during this book. Refreshing to know I can still get so upset that I want to throw the book I'm reading. Breaking down the different personas I experienced during my intense adventurous journey with this novel.

The widow
Yes. Spencer is still in high school when she lost the love of her life, Micah , however she grieves and holds on dearly for her dearly departed love as if they were married for decades before the accident. Clearly in her own way going through the five stages of grief throughout the book. With Micah being around wasn't truly helping the process.

The hopeless romantic
Going to hell and back literally to try anything to save the love of your life, your soulmate. The one. Truly takes a lot of blind faith and courage. Adding on to asking the god of the Underworld to bring him back to life knowing that the chance was slim to none and the odds were high in favor of him snapping his godly fingers and killing her for even daring to ask of that.

The omg! School girl

Seriousness. The descriptions of Hadrian with his "eyes the color of blue food coloring" got me hooked instantly. In love with Micah completely or not that man was a god. Even if for the underworld . Back of her mind whether she'd ever admit it or not. Micah wouldn't ever be able to hold a candle to the yummy deliciousness of Hadrian. Cherry on top he shows up in her school the next day. Which brings Me to the next persona.

Oh no you didn't !

Although you might think I refer to how she reacted when he did show up. Like he was bothering her and stalking her. Seriously? The god of the underworld not only spares your life but grants your bargain. Wants to spend time with you and even suffers through going to high school and you complain. W.... t... f...?
Have you lost your mind?

Greek geek

Finally a novel that references history of something as great as Greek mythology and actually spent a lot of time doing the real research. I love the twists you did to make it your own instead of taking credit for history. It really is a wonderful twist to the mythology of Hades and Persephone. But better. Is it wrong that your versions of Greek mythology sounds way better then the actual history which is great in its own way? Bravo on that.

Indiana Jones

Hadrian 's deal for her to spend six months in the underworld could of gone so many different ways, he is the god of the underworld. She could of been his personal slave for that time. Yet she's taken on one adventure after another . Him showing the beauty and the pain of it. That the underworld can be a peaceful place and a worst nightmare based on what type of life you lived. That he had to live through seeing the good have a good afterlife and those who were horrible people feel what they caused others to feel.

"Lily Aldrin giving the your dead to me look"
(H.I.m.y.m.)
Hence the times I really wanted to throw this book which was on my phone so tech throw my phone. Hadrian yes in his own devilish ways at first tries to show Spencer his interest is way more then mere curiosity but after he literally brings her friend back from the dead for her . Instead of thanking him and running into his arms greatful. She actually blame him. Blames him! Like he'd be that low to stage that to be the hero? Really. Yes he's been labeled for thousands of years as evil but he does have a heart. Spencer made me feel most of the book that she was cruel to him and almost my opinion didn't deserve her.

You son of a bitch( yes also a lily aldrin)
But all in all I honestly said the words out loud to this story quite a few times. The twists and turns and the so many times of the almost kisses. Just when you get that perfect moments to be the perfect kiss you stomp my hopes and dreams into the ground. With a flick of the wrist Hadrian cab send Micah away yet he couldn't keep him away for like five seconds. You son of a bitch then as she agrees to bind her soul to Hadrian you not only stomp on my hopes and dreams but hit them with a train followed with a steam roller and then set them ablaze with that whole plot twister with Micah in the end. After she said yes to give it a chance . Then out drop it and leave me hanging.
Which leads me to the last persona.

The junkie

Cold turkey. Wanting craving dying for more. Tempest you clearly have a way with words becoming a horrible fix. Turning into a dire need and ache for more I cannot wait to continue the story. And see what highs are in store.


(Was a book for review. But greatful to read and honored to review. Five stars and you earned everyone of them).
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
Review by: Stephanie K on June 17, 2013 :
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book start, finish and everything in between. Not only was it heavy on the Greek mythology, which has always been of great interest to me, but it also had a very interesting different take on all the myths . This book had so much great stuff I don't really know were to start. okay let just say don't let the idea of the underworld and ghosts fool you, it may be a dark setting but this book was a great story of true love and finding yourself along the way even if the person you find is not what you expected.
I went into the book thinking it was gonna be one thing and then the story became so much more complex and I became even more invested in the story and the fates of the characters. I'm usually not a huge fan of the love triangle but in this book it was my favorite aspect. Spencer is the devastated girl caught in the middle of the boyfriend she would risk the underworld for, and the devilishly handsome God of the dead. And not only did she have to different boys vying for her attention, I was glad to see Spencer find a way back to her friends she had shut out after Micah's death.
Hadrian/Hades may be the God of the Underworld but send me down anytime, He is the tortured bad boy every girl thinks they can change, and somehow Spencer does get through to him, and in return he awakens something in her that died with Micah. I thought it made things so much more interesting that the one thing that could save Micah and bring them back together is also the one thing that has the ability to tear them apart.
If you love Greek mythology then you should read this book. Great book with a great ending that left me wanting so much more I can not wait to read the next one and find out what happens next.
(reviewed 18 days after purchase)
Review by: faz3345 faz3345 on June 17, 2013 :
This book is the first of the Underworld Series. Spencer is starting her senior year at school. Her boyfriend Micah, her best friend from childhood & the love of her life died before they broke up for the summer break. She spends her summer in her room because she is keeping a secret from her friends & family, Micah has returned as a ghost. Spencer then meets Charlie, a ferryman of the Underworld who has come to make Micah return for good, she doesn't want to loose him so hitches a ride to the Underworld to beg the God Hades who's name is Hadrian for Micah's life back. Inspired by the myth of Persephone, Hadrian offers her a deal to spend 6 months of the year with him in the Underworld to get it. This is where the story really begins, Spencer doesn't know who she is without Micah, Hadrian makes her feel again after feeling numb for so long, he encourages her to find out who she is for herself. Bad things start to happen around her & her friends, she gets to explore the Underworld, meets the God of Death & is scared out of her wits by bad spirits. Her life becomes a big adventure!

I loved this book, once Spencer goes to visit the Underworld for the first time the story had me hooked! It was fabulous to read about Spencer's journey of self discovery & how her experiences made her think & feel differently as she became more independent. I absolutely loved Hadrian's character which is nothing like i thought he would be which made me even happier.

Tempest Avery has created characters which are described in such a way that it is easy to visualise & connect with, readers are given a fantastic descriptive look & personality which has you responding to them even down the small gestures which I found myself smiling at. She also provides fantastic descriptions of the Underworld which makes you feel like you are there, this is such an easy read story that a big imagination isn't needed - everything is provided for you & would make a fantastic movie.

This book has everything, romance, life lessons, mystery, adventure, suspense, a twist in the plot, sexy fun & sometimes scary characters & I loved the changes made in the well known, well loved Greek Mythology - I thought they were amazing!

I'm so excited & can't wait for the 2nd book of the Underworld Series which I am definitely going to buy on the day of its release.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Review by: M.Sara Forleo on June 13, 2013 :
First thing first, I'd like to thank the author for this free copy in exchange of an honest review (which follows). It's been a pleasure reading this book! And thanks also to the Young Adult Reads group on GR.

What?! You can't! You just can't! How long will I have to wait to read the sequel? If ever there is one. I hope so, because this book was fantastically amazing! Super long but so very, very good!
I liked the story and although in the beginning was mostly very sad, it got very interesting when the God of the Dead came in. I mean, so seriously hot and dangerous! Although it took me a while to actually like him (what with him getting angry and closed up any time Spencer asked him questions a little too personal or that which he didn't want to answer), but then I fell for Hadrian like any sane girl/woman would have. I mean, seriously! He's hot, a God, caring, protective, dangerous and he can even be kind of sweet if you let him be. What's there not to like?
Spencer was a difficult character for me. I didn't like her for half of the book, and she got me annoyed almost as much as she got Hadrian. I wanted to slap her sometimes for how selfish or superficial she was. And I was even more tempted when she failed (or maybe she just didn't want) to see how much Hadrian cared about her, or how wrong it was to want Micah back at all costs. I get it, I understand how loosing the one you love can hurt and you'd do anything to have them back. But there are limits you should not cross.
Speaking of Micah. I didn't like the boy one bit. For one, he was terribly stupid, for many reasons, one of them being why he died in the first place. Stupid! Second,he totally neglected Spencer once he found his dad and on the rare times he came back he was annoyed at Hadrian being close to her and protecting her while he wasn't there for her instead. Even more selfish than I thought Spencer be.
I liked Syd and Quinn, and even started to like Ferris.
Thayer wasn't bad either in the end. Though my favorite will always be Hadrian. Dreamy!
All in all a very good read, and although there were a few typos, it's still a 4 stars worthy book.
I'll check other works from this author also!
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
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