Untraceable

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This thrilling story is a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance. The action flows like a brisk mountain stream interspersed with rapids, holding suspense to last page." - Kirkus Review
Kimberly Derting
"With wilderness survival, a juicy love triangle, and more twists than a roller coaster, Untraceable had me holding my breath until the very last page. -Kimberly Derting, author of the The Body Finder
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780984799121
  • Publisher: coleman & stott
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Pages: 316
  • Sales rank: 953,478
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

S.R. Johannes lives in Atlanta Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

After earning an MBA and working in corporate america, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. You can find her hanging out online and visit her at srjohannes.com
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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    An enjoyable thrill ride. A must read!

    I have to admit, it is not very often I read a book that isn't fantasy or paranormal. Most stories than don't have some sort of supernatural entity do not interest me. This book definitely is the exception and I really enjoyed it. Grace is brave in ways I could only dream of being. She's a gutsy person and an extremely likable character. While out in the woods looking for clues she meets super cute Mo. It wasn't long before I was wanting to see a relationship between them unfold. The descriptions given to us makes Grace's world very easy to picture. It made me want to grab a fishing pole (to bad I don't actually fish) and run out into the wilderness and enjoy all it's glory. The story is fast paced and the way it all tied together in the end was a whirl wind ride I never saw coming. Shelli is a terrific writer. What makes me like the story so much is that it made me feel real emotions. I really cared about Grace and those surrounding her. Untraceable is a wilderness thriller in every sense and I recommend you read this book!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    I love

    I have only one thing to say.............. MOVIE...movie.......movie ........MOVIE please make a movie

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Unexpected and Awesome!

    I was super happy when I had the chance to review an early copy of this book (which releases today, btw).

    UNTRACEABLE by S. R. Johannes (Coleman and Stott, November 295, 2011)


    You guys may know S. R. Johannes as the fabulous Shelli Johannes who runs the marketing blog MARKET MY WORDS. I was psyched when I found out Shelli was publishing her book and was one of the first to sign up to read it.

    So what is UNTRACEABLE all about? Let's see. It's a story about family. It's a story about adventure. It's got some definite romantic elements (and a love triangle that has a nice, fresh feel to it). It's got layers of deception I never even kind of saw coming. And it's got adventure.

    The main character, Grace, does a pretty good job getting herself in all kinds of trouble, but we're going to cut the girl some slack. Her dad has been missing for three months, and everyone, even her mom, presumes he is dead. But Grace never gives up, and this drives her actions forward for the bulk of the story.

    UNTRACEABLE is not a fantasy. It deals with real life issues like troubled families, cruelty to animals, and friendships that may be more. What did I love about it? First, the setting above all else. Shelli does an amazing job painting the picture of the Smokey Mountains. I felt like I was running through the woods with her, climbing the hills she climbed and watching the stars at night. Second, the romance, especially with one of the guys, Mo. He was caring yet carried his own secrets. And finally, I loved that Shelli left us nice hope for the sequel. I, for one, am looking forward to this!

    Highly recommended for those who enjoy YA adventure with depth and great character development!

    Source of book: From author by request

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2011

    Courtesy of Letters Inside Out

    I had been eyeing Untraceable for awhile. Look at the cover, it¿s lovely in a subtle sort of way. When the author emailed me about reviewing it, I immediately jumped on the chance and managed to fit it in right away.

    Grace¿s father has been missing for other 3 months and she¿s convinced he¿s still alive, despite everyone around her saying he isn¿t. She knows that he knows the mountains so well that something is obviously wrong. To the point of obsession and at the risk of alienating everyone around her, she keeps looking for him.

    Grace is such a strong-willed character, I hope to think that in the same situations I would be as determined to believe that my loved one was still alive out there somewhere. And then there is Mo ¿ hot with an English/Australian accent. YUM. There is a bit of mystery surrounding him and that adds to make it even more fun.

    The entire premise had me fascinated, but horrified. As more and more is discovered though about just what is happening in the Smokies, I found myself gasping during the intense scenes. And there are some pretty intense scenes. Untraceable covers some issues that I am planning on looking into further as an animal lover and I¿m sure it¿ll stick with me for a long time to come.

    I need the second book immediately. The ending has a bit of a cliffhanger that has me really curious to see where Johannes takes the series.

    I received my copy from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2012

    Action, Suspense, & a Bit of Romance

    I’m not sure of the category of Untraceable by S.R. Johannes. Probably young adult since the protagonist, Grace, is a teenager. But you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy the book. I did and I’m a few years past nineteen.

    Grace’s dad has been missing for so long, everyone assumes he’s dead – everyone except Grace. He disappeared into the vast forest filled with cliffs and bears and other dangers. But Grace feels inside that he’s alive. He was a Forest Ranger and he taught her everything she knows. And she knows a lot. She sets out to find him, looking for even the smallest clue, like a tossed Cheetos bag. Her mother hardly notices Grace because she’s so distraught and has to continue to work to provide for them. As the days pass and the authorities dismiss her, she ventures farther into the wilderness and deeper into her obsession.

    Untraceable is fast paced with action, suspense, even a bit of romance. Another thing I liked is learning more about survival in the wilderness. Each chapter is headed with a Survival Skill, and as Grace searches for her dad, we go along with her and learn from her actions.

    The ending will surprise you. It ties everything together while leaving a few things unanswered. This is the first book in the Grace series, after all.

    I give Untraceable a rating of Hel-of-a-Story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

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    Alright, so to be honest this book does start out slow. I was wo

    Alright, so to be honest this book does start out slow. I was worried for a time that due to this being more realistic fiction that I was going to turn out not really liking it. Turns out I actually LOVE IT.


    Once the story moves into some of the deeper mystery and betrayal things really pick up, plus add in a fine English boy and I am sold. Like any YA book, for me the characters are what make or break the book so let me give you a run down on a few of them.


    Grace- Oh Grace. Unfortunately I found Grace to grates on my nerves. She is not the worse main character I have encountered but many of her choices leave me yelling at her for her stupidity. However I had the lucky chance to talk to Johannes about Grace and her actions and I came away from that discussion with the realization that Grace's panic choices are reflections of Johannes' own experiences. Being trapped in a survival situation is not something most of us encounter and although I believe we all want to say we would be clear headed and logical with our choices most of us would be just like Grace. I believe that because we see in Grace's actions is what we fear our own will be and that is why she rubs some of us in the wrong way. We as people do not want to be reminded about our own faults and short-comings. This has given me more respect for Grace and I do hope as the series progresses Grace will mature into the heroine with less unwise choices and more experience to guide her.


    Mo- I abso-bloody-lutely love him. Any boy who says posh, loves rocks, and knows how to shoot a gun is a boy for me! Although Mo makes some choices that upset Grace I believe everything he does is for the love of Justice and his own father, what Grace lacks in intelligent decisions I believe Mo makes up for. Though his plan may have been risky it was more put together and I do believe that it was one of the major factors in victory for the characters. (I also happen to know that there is an e-short from Mo's point of view can be found in the In His Eyes anthology and will soon be released as an e-short of its own, so you know where I'll be ;) )


    Tommy- The Grandfather I never had but wish I did, who also kind of reminds me of my Marine friend (who has been like a father to me). So I guess it is not surprising that I loved this character to pieces. A character with a strong heart who is not perfect but is there to save the day just in time. Without Tommy I do not know what Grace would have done or what this book would have been.

    Wyn- And I have to give a little shout-out to the poor ex-boyfriend for all he did and was. Although I was rooting for Mo and Grace, Wyn truly had a good heart and was lovable. I hope that in the next book we will be seeing a bit more of Wyn and hearing more about his life and struggles rather than just the happy face he puts on.

    This book had me crying, yelling, and wanting more. If a book can cause that much emotion, it deserves five stars in my book.

    Last note, this book does contain some violence and animal abuse so it is not for everyone. (Such as my mother) But on that note the violence and abuse of animals IS the point of Johannes' novels. She wants you to get mad and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I was lucky enough to talk with her about this and likely you all will be seeing a blog post by her soon about it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Like No Other Nature/Thriller Book I Have Read

    I was really surprised at how good this book was- it exceeded my expectations! S. R. Johannes writes so well, and pulls the reader into the thick plot along with the subplots that surround Grace's life. It is different than anything I have ever read. It is so refreshing to read a book that I can easily relate to the main character Grace, and her love for nature. I would definetly have to say that I feel I have found a hidden gem of a book.
    Untracable is clean-cut, with a thrilling plot, complex characters, and is definetly worth your time and money. I can't wait for the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Entrancing Thriller

    This book was a satisfying read and held so much more than I expected!
    While Grace (Main Character) was your average strong female lead, her first-person perspective allowed the reader clear insight into how her mind worked. I could feel her determination to save her father and her pain over her crumbling world. Mo (Romantic Interest) was very ... well, romantic but he seemed to fall for Grace a little fast. And there was one instance at the end, due to a plot twist, that I didn't think was consistent with his character. However, throughout the rest of the book there was very good chemistry between him and Grace.
    Characters: 4.3 Stars
    The starting premise is simple, Grace wants to find her missing dad or reach closure about the situation. But as she uncovers more and more clues, whole new dimensions of the mystery are unveiled. Dashing from one scene to the next, Grace barely manages to stay ahead. The climax was entrancing and the ending poignant! Untraceable will flow easily into the sequel.
    Plot: 5 Stars
    S. R. Johannes' touch was subtle but strong. Somehow action-packed moments managed to convey a quiet thoughtfulness as well as painting a vivid picture of Grace's demons. As Grace tried to untangle her confused life, steady themes emerged and suddenly the title, Untraceable, held enormous importance.
    Style: 5 Stars

    Rating: 4.8

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2011

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    Jump into a world filled with mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance in S.R. Johannes ┬┐Untraceable┬┐.

    A father¿s love for his children is a strong bond, but what about a daughter¿s love for her father?
    Grace is one kick butt heroine and she has learned everything she knows about the forest from her father. Her skills in wilderness survival and tracking will be tested when her father comes up missing. How far will she go in order to save the one she loves?

    Grace is one of my favorite heroines she doesn¿t give up easily and I admire that. Her journey to save her father is full of some intense scenes and lots of action and mystery surrounding his disappearance. This story will linger in your mind long after it is over.

    Along the way Grace meets a handsome and mysterious boy named Mo deepening the mystery. She increasingly intrigued by him, but as the secrets get more dangerous and she realizes she might be in over her head. It¿s going to take everything she has for Grace to have any hope of saving not only her father, but everything she holds dear.

    Jump into a world filled with mystery, suspense, and a touch of romance in S.R. Johannes ¿Untraceable¿.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

    You go, girl!

    This YA book has it all. Strong, likable female main character? Check. A believable love triangle? Check. Contrasting, but cute love interests? Check. Adventure? Check. Suspense? Check! Check! Check!
    Grace is determined to find out what happened to her missing father. Her survival skills are put to use and then some when she searches for him amongst the wilderness and dangerous men. Two boys are vying for her attention. The safe hometown guy and the mysterious guy in the woods-interesting contrast between the two. Grace isn't a femme fatale, she is a kick butt teen who can handle being on her own (with touches of fragility) and be appealing to teen boys. The best part of this book was the suspense. It was a page turner until the final paragraph!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2011

    A must read!

    Sixteen year old Grace is the daughter of a local wild life officer who taught her all the survival skills she would ever need, despite her tendency to trip over branches. What her father hadn't bargained for was how badly she would need those skills once he went missing.

    Grace isn't the kind of girl to give up easily. Even when he is officially presumed dead, and everyone including the local sheriff, her mother and the town shrink, are telling her to move on with her life, something tells Grace that they're wrong.

    The only person who will help her is Wyn, her childhood friend and recent ex-boyfriend. He's not exactly at home in the woods and so his support is of the moral kind.

    Then there's Mo, the mysterious boy who rescues Grace from a dangerous encounter in the woods. He likes her and willingly helps her look for her father and track down bear poachers. But who is he, really? Can he be trusted?

    Untraceable starts off with a comfortable pace, drawing us into the life of the town and the characters within, building tension with every chapter. And don't think you will be able to stop reading at the end of one. SR is the queen of chapter cliff hangers!

    And oh, the ending! You'll have to read it to decide what you think.

    I highly recommend Untraceable giving it a strong 4.5 stars out of 5. This is a book that has stayed with me long after I finished reading it, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2014

    What a page turner!

    I loved this book. How it had so many wonderful twists. Like how one of her family's dearest friend was part of the plan to kill wild bears off season. After my friend told me about Untraceable I had to read it. And she was right. I couldn't stop reading! You can't put it down! Oh, what a page turner!!!(:

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

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    This is a wonderful, fun and mysterious YA read about a teenage

    This is a wonderful, fun and mysterious YA read about a teenage girl living with her family in the Smoky mountains and trying to find out what happened to her forest ranger father who has been missing for 3 months. Grace and her dad were very close and he often brought her with him on his treks through the woods teaching her how to track, survive in the wilderness and teaching her how to be a conservationist just like him. Grace is a fearless girl who knows her father is alive, she can just feel it! She bothers her mother and everyone in town relentlesly trying to get someone to help her find him.
    Along the way Grace befriends an older boy Mo, who saves her from an ugly situation with some evil poachers in the woods. This boy says he will help her but, should she trust him? She also has an ex- boyfriend from school and the town sheriff supposedly on her side but, can she trust these people or is there a conspiracy in the town involving her father and the investigation he had been looking into before he sudenly dissapeared? I love Grace's spunk and determination and her fantastic fun but often touchy ride "Lucifer". The determination Grace has in trying to find her dad and her love of the wilderness and the animals in it is heartwarming. The ending was kind of a bummer but, all in all this is a great teen read. The chapter headings or "Survival guides" as Grace calls them are also a fun and quirky part of the book I enjoyed. I understand this book is part of a trilogy and I will be very interested to read the other books in this series.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

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    Young Adult. I loved this book. The romance isn't wishy-washy an

    Young Adult. I loved this book. The romance isn't wishy-washy and I wasn't bored to death by countless pages of staring into each other's eyes and sloppy kisses. The main character does activities like swimming, fishing, and hiking with her two dudes (the ex and the newbie).

    I requested a free copy of this book in exchange for a review because I love reading Appalachian literature and was pleasantly surprised to find that the story also employs the Eastern Band of Cherokee (Tsalagiyi Detsadanilvgi) and the Qualla Boundary. I enjoyed the author's use of Cherokee (Tsalagi) language and parables scattered through the story.

    I also love how the author is trying to bring attention to animal poaching, particularly of the black bear, and I wish her the best in this endeavor! I look forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Posted October 24, 2013

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    A heart pounding mystery

    The Nature of Grace is one incredible heart pounding read. I was drawn in right from the start.

    Grace lives in the mountains and has grown up in the woods learning survival skills from her dad. That is until he came up missing. Grace is on a mission to find out what happened to her dad. Everyone in the town seems to think he is dead and that it was an accident. Grace doesn't think this is true. Her dad knows the woods like the back of his hand. While the story focuses mainly on her finding out what happened to her dad Grace also discovers some disturbing things going on. While in the woods one day she discovers two men bear poaching. When she tries to get away she is rescued by Mo, a handsome guy about her age. Grace and Mo become almost inseparable while hanging out in the mountains/woods. They go fishing a lot and together they discover they have more in common than just the love of the woods.

    This book has so much to offer that I don't want to give to much of the story away. There is lots of action, suspense and romance to keep you hooked throughout the story. I really enjoyed reading this, it's been a while since I have read anything other than fantasy. There is a cliffhanger ending that will not disappoint. There is also a survival tip at the beginning of each chapter which I thought was pretty cool, learned some things. Looking forward to reading more from this author. This e-arc was provided to me for review by the author. This did not affect my review in any way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    A YA book that can cross the age barrier without any issues. 5

    A YA book that can cross the age barrier without any issues. 5 Star Worthy

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  • Posted September 22, 2013

    I really thought I was going to dislike this novel because, for

    I really thought I was going to dislike this novel because, for a majority of it, I found the pacing to be slow, and Grace drove me absolutely insane. Grace cannot make a good decision to save her life, and I mean that quite literally. I yelled at her the entire book, and because I felt that not much was happening in terms of plot aside from treks through the trees, I was really thinking that this was going to be a two star review at the most. And this, dear readers, is why I always finish my books, because around 60% the novel really picked up; the mystery became extremely intriguing! I suddenly couldn't decide who was good and who wasn't, and then my interest piqued to the point that I couldn’t put it down, instead reading far into the night. In other words, read it.

    I never did come around to liking Grace—I found her decisions to be stupid, childish, and mortifying all the way to the very end. While I understand she’s going through a lot, and that she’s highly independent, she constantly pushes everyone away from her and instead decides to put all her trust into a stranger she meets in the woods, the very place her father disappeared. Ignoring the glaring holes in Mo’s story, she trusts him completely, even though he’s a 17 year-old college student living in the wild, unbeknownst to anyone, to study rocks, a revelation that should put Grace on edge. It doesn’t, though it did put me on edge enough for the both of us, so I guess that evens it out a little bit.

    Mo is a mystery, and as the pieces begin to click together, and Grace continually choose the wrong path (a path that constantly puts her life in danger and sends her back into the very woods where she knows deranged animal murderers reside), I have to at least admire her gumption, even though I’m not really a fan of hers in the least. She definitely doesn’t allow anyone else’s thoughts or words to influence her decisions, and she’s hell bent on finding her father. As the only person still convinced he’s alive, she has her work cut out for her, especially as the police and her own mother seem to thwart her at every turn. So, it makes sense she doesn’t trust the people of her town, but at 16 I would expect just a little more common sense. I mean, the fact that she constantly stumbles on evidence to back her claims, but fails to ever take a picture with her phone drove me batty…

    My biggest issue with the novel, aside from Grace's awful decisions, is the timing and occasional holes that crop up in the story. For instance, in a gun battle between two people, it doesn't make sense to me that there's time for other characters to stop running away, turn around, and have a conversation with the person who was just shot. For starters, what about the person who shot the character? They’re still in the picture, but for some reason, do nothing… I probably just confused you… it’s like when you watch a movie and right at the climax the bad guy stops and divulges his entire plan, giving the good guys more than enough time to hatch a plan and save themselves. Does that make more sense? Well, basically, there just seemed to be too many instances where everything was hitting the fan in the novel and yet Grace had time to stop and talk to people and try to figure out what to do next when bullets are flying all around her, and that made the story a little less believable for me.

    But, Grace’s characterization and plot holes aside, the mystery of her father’s disappearance was great once the story began to pick up, and the end kicked me in the gut. Reader beware, Johannes doesn't believe in happy endings, that's for sure, and I found myself sitting in my room at 3am freaking out as the major climax of the story comes into play, killing off a number of characters, which was the last thing I expected to happen, to be honest. And I cried I good bit then too, so I suggest you have tissues somewhere on the premises as your get closer to the ending. But, to juxtapose the bloody end of some characters, there is a small shred of hope, even after all the tragedy, that makes me yearn for the sequel because, as much as I really dislike Grace, I really am invested in this story and the remaining characters.

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    When I first read about this book, I loved the idea of a strong,

    When I first read about this book, I loved the idea of a strong, teenage girl heroine. What I didn't expect was the wonderfully written twists and turns in the plot. From the opening scene to the closing page, Grace does not allow those around her to dictate her thoughts and feelings.



    She believes her father is still alive and acts on those gut feelings. As she searches the forest for clues to her dad, she crosses the paths of some underhanded creatures... humans included! Can she solve the mystery of her dad's disappearance in time to save herself? Or is she destined to follow the fate of her dad?



    S.R. Johannes hooked me from page 1! The details of the forest floor and animals were beautifully written and pulled me into the story. Grace became a literary friend; I found myself cheering her on and hoping, against all odds, she would win out in the end. When I finished the book, I clicked on over to Amazon and found the second book in the series, Uncontrollable. With a click of the mouse, I now own the second book and can't wait to hang out longer with Grace!



    My rating:

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    A



    Untraceable by S.R. Johannes was the Winner of 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (YA) and the
    Silver Medalist, IPPY Awards - Best YA.

    I received a complimentary e-copy of Untraceable from NetGalley for my honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2013

    Ehhh...

    I got partly through and found it very uninteresting. But I would still give it a try you might like it.

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  • Posted June 17, 2013

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    Amazing!

    No one can convince Grace that her father, a forest ranger missing for over three months in the wilds of the Smokie Mountains is never coming back. With determination more fierce than a Momma Bear protecting her cubs, she doggedly searches for some clue to the whereabouts of her missing father. Grace is obsessed, but every clue she finds is discounted and time is running out on her hope. More comfortable in the woods, than in town, trained to survive by her father, she stumbles upon a heinous operation that kills, maims and brutalizes bears for profit. As she digs deeper, she discovers that the people she knew, the town she knew and even her own father were not as they seemed. Lies, deceit and evil surround her until she doesn't know who she can really trust. Is anyone as they seem? Will she ever learn the truth of her father's fate? if she does, will it bring closure?

    Untraceable is by far,one of the best Young Adult Mystery/thrillers that I have ever read! Author S. R. Johannes has created a dark story that not only raises awareness to the hidden black market that is endangering the lives of the black bear, as greed trumps the preservation of life for this majestic animal, but does so in a fast-paced and intriguing manner with vivid details and brilliant plot and character development all around. Grace's character is determined, smart and daring, as well as independent and emotionally strong, a wonderful role model for the YA crowd! I found myself glued to each word, yet never expecting where the story would end up!

    A review copy was provided by NetGalley and All Night Reads in exchange for my honest review.

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