Untraceable by S.R. Johannes
Series: The Nature of Grace (#1)
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Published: November 15th 2011
Summary: “16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival.
When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.
One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father.
Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.”
First of all I must admit I did not read the summary before reading this book, all I did was look at the cover and read the title. The cover, as you can see, is really beautiful, I love it! It’s all green with a face on it, behind the leaves. I thought I was going to read a book about fairies but no, no supernatural mumbo jumbo.
Even though I probably wouldn’t have read this book if it hadn’t been sent to me by Netgalley, I loved it, surprisingly. I liked it so much that I want to read the second one.
Grace, a 16-year-old teen is an unusual girl, she loves nature and wilderness, in fact, she loves it so much she knows everything about survival in the woods, everything about animals, plants, trails, etc… she’s like a female, younger version on Indiana Jones/Jackie Chan. I say Jackie Chan cause she also knows how to kick ass 😉 She learnt all of it from her hero and father Joe. Unfortunately, Joe is missing and thought to have drown on the river.
Grace obsesses over her fathers disappearance, she goes into the deep woods and tries to look for anything that might be a lead to her dad’s whereabouts. She becomes so fixated that she breaks up with her boyfriend and childhood friend, and her relationship with her mother starts growing more and more chilly. Actually, in my honest opinion, her mother acts like a total bitch most of the time, I mean, her daughter has just lost her dad and she can’t act like a mother and take care of her, like a good mother should. She just leaves Grace to do whatever she wants. And what-the-hell, the girly is only 16 and she lets her go into the woods by herself? Woods that have many dangers such as bears. Sure, Grace knows her way, but that doesn’t mean she’s safe. And indeed Grace is so vulnerable to danger out there that she gets attacked by two very dangerous men. These two men are both illegal bear hunters.
Grace gets saved by the attractive and mysterious Mo, a British young-man who says way too many times “Abso-bloody-lutely”.
Anyway, Grace gathers some clues on her dad and unveils what happens to be way bigger than she thought. Way bigger than just her dad’s destiny and bears getting killed for fun.
Grace finds herself in the middle of a dangerous world, a world so dangerous she can’t trust anyone, not even whom she thinks she knows.
I want to keep the mystery for you guys because it’s really good, all the pieces come together at the end, like a puzzle.
Also I have to add that I totally loved the ending, it’s one of those open / happy endings, a difficult combination to create, but S.R. Johannes did it perfectly! It gives you a hopeful vision of the “future”.
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*Galley received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review*