The Unraveling of Avery Snow (The Past Lives Series) by Christy Sloat

Author: Christy Sloat
 Published: February 2013
 Publisher: Anchor Group Publishing
 Paperback  257 pages
 Rating on
 YA, Paranormal, Romance


As Avery Snow settles into her life and relationships with those around her, she fights to forget her past lives. All of which she spent with Landon, who still has no recollection of who she really is. It seems better that way. Even though she still feels a draw to his soul, she chooses to ignore it.

For now everything is fine. Her boyfriend, Dallas, has opened a new restaurant. Her friends, Ianni and Kerri, are settling into their lives as well. But when news of a new Dark Guide is revealed, Avery is forced to start thinking about the life she truly leads. One that is very abnormal. One she is desperate to forget. This Dark Guide is determined to make Avery pay for the death of someone she held dear.

Now Avery’s life has gone from seemingly perfect to falling apart. What will be at stake next? Her life? Her love? And who will be there in the end to help her up off the ground?

Even the strongest love can unravel.

Will Avery be able to hold it all together, or will she just let go?


In the second installment of The Past Lives Series The Unraveling of Avery Snow I saw the writer, Christy Sloat, grow as an author.  I loved Book One in the series and immediately picked up Book Two.  I found myself engrossed the character of Avery.  Avery is much more complex in this installment.  While Avery has her memories of their past lives together, Landon does not.  Avery has a life with Dallas and is trying to move on and put her past behind her but her life is anything but normal.  Ianni, now a fallen angel, is living with her.  Kerri is planning her wedding and future with Justin.  Dallas is opening a new restaurant.  Landon is sleeping with every woman in town.  Avery has a new Spirit Guide, Amanda.  Oh, and did I mention that a Dark Guide, Sarafe, is hell bent on revenge since Avery killed her lover.  That’s just the opening chapters of the book!  If you were a fan of The Past Lives of Avery Snow this is a definite read for you.  Avery grew so much and really changed my perception of her.    In Book One, I wanted to slap Avery and yell at her that she should be honored to have one man lover her so much that he came searched for her in every life.  What woman doesn’t want a love like that?  Book Two made me see her differently.  In the Unraveling of Avery Snow, she does just that.  Avery has to fall apart to see what kind of person she is and decide what kind of person she truly wants to be.  
Spoiler Alert – – – (sorry, I don’t know how else to put this part into words)
The trip down the HOH trail is her epiphany.  Here Avery realizes what it has taken her several lifetimes to figure out. You have to love yourself before you can love anyone else.    Avery realizes that she must fix herself, be happy with herself and let go of all the anger and guilt of all her past lives in order to be happy in this one.   The symbolism of the waterfall and the cleansing rain of Washington State are evident.  We have to let go of the past and move on each day a new, refreshed and better person.  I was in tears from Kerri’s wedding till Avery’s walk down the HOH Trail.  I felt emotionally exhausted.  Had to put the book down and jot notes to myself to make sure I could convey this properly to anyone reading this review.  That doesn’t happen often.  I read books to escape not to grow as person.  This book did both. 
While I loved this book, I would not be giving an honest review if I did not mention the story line of the Dark Guide, Sarafe.   I thought that part of the story would play a more dramatic role.  The demise of Sarafe came so swiftly that I finished the book going humph…..I would have liked that scene to be more intense.  While Sarafe makes appearance throughout the story, she didn’t seem to play the role I thought she would.  I still loved the book and highly recommend it!

~Authored by Lynn



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