by S. R. Johannes


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"a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance." - Kirkus Reviews

Everyone leaves a mark. What would you do if yours was erased?

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.

Grab your copy today and enjoy the twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780984799121
Publisher: coleman & stott
Publication date: 02/23/2012
Series: Nature of Grace , #1
Pages: 354
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

S.R. Johannes is the award-winning author of the Nature of Grace novels including Untraceable, Uncontrollable, and Unstoppable. Since leaving Corporate America, she has followed her passion for writing and conservation by working with The Dolphin Project, the Atlanta Zoo, and others. She currently lives in Atlanta with a bird, two doodles, her British husband, and her kids, who she hopes someday will change the world. She also writes children's books under the pen name, Shelli R. Johannes.

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Untraceable 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Kayjo More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only one thing to say.............. MOVIE...movie.......movie ........MOVIE please make a movie
PJHoover More than 1 year ago
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
adm912 More than 1 year ago
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.
Helen_Ginger More than 1 year ago
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.
Froze8_K8 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Valette More than 1 year ago
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
kcody03 More than 1 year ago
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¿.
KellyP123 More than 1 year ago
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!
ellestrauss More than 1 year ago
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.
FictionalCandy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed a particular aspect to this book. First, each chapter isn¿t named ¿Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc.¿ They are named ¿Survival Skill 1, Survival Skill 2, etc¿ And then there is a line or two of a survival skill, which correlates to the chapter. I¿m a sucker for these little things, the attention to details really adds to the story for me. This book has a ton of facts about surviving the wilderness and tracking. But it doesn¿t feel like a text book ¿ although I definitely feel like I learned something above and beyond being entertained. The author must have done a ton of research, or possibly grew up in the mountains to have amassed such a large amount of knowledge. Right away, in the very first chapter, there is action. Someone is chasing Grace, and she is running through the forest, mentally going over the things her father has taught her about survival. Immediately she strikes me as a very intelligent and mature for her age girl and I like her.Grace¿s father is a Game Warden in North Carolina, and he¿s been missing for over three months. Everyone has given up hope ¿ except Grace. She is bound and determined to find out what is going on and she will not stop until she finds him or finds a complete answer.The entire book moves at a quick pace, I was excited at every page turn to find out what happens next. There were so many twists and turns, it felt very fresh all throughout the story. There was a lot of ¿Oh, I¿m sure it¿s this person!¿ and then ¿oh no, I know it¿s this person!¿ I really felt like I was brought along to figure out the answers with Grace, not just told what was happening. You don¿t know who to trust, and who is really helping you ¿ or hurting you. This book will take you through your emotional stock, that¿s for sure. You will laugh, and be fearful. You may even cry ¿ I did. When Grace is happy, you feel her joy. But then there are other times you can just see and feel the despair dripping off of her, your heart will break for her. And you find yourself swearing to be her steady partner on this journey to find out the truth.Grace doesn¿t seem to have many friends, perhaps because she was so close with her father and spent so much time in the woods. Often she will think back to a story from her childhood, a memory of her and her dad. But she does have one, Wyn. He is her best friend and also an ex-boyfriend. He is terrific, and I did develop a bit of a crush on him. He¿s funny and sincere, and willing to do whatever he can to help Grace. But yet Grace doesn¿t tell Wyn about Mo, the hot guy she¿s met in the woods and developed a ¿thing¿ for. I¿ve got mixed feelings about Mo. Maybe I¿m just a sucker for what she had, and not what¿s waiting for her. You¿ll have to read and figure out your own opinion on that one. And then things get dangerous. Very serious and very dangerous. She learns she can¿t trust the people she thought she could, and finds allies where she had given up. There are some very strong ¿what¿s next!??!?!¿ moments that will definitely leave you on the edge of your seat. But there are also some very tender and intimate moments, where you get to take a peak in at contentment and happiness.
danisnell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After three months of fruitless searching and numerous dead-end leads, Grace Wells is the only person who believes her dad, Joe, may still be alive. Grace, an accomplished wilderness survivalist, learned everything she knows about tracking, fishing, and the Smokies from her forest ranger father. And she is certain, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he¿s still out there somewhere ¿ convinced that he wouldn¿t fall victim to the fatal scenarios the police postulating. When the authorities decide the case doesn¿t have enough viable evidence to continue an ongoing investigation, Grace redoubles her efforts to get down to the bottom of the mystery surrounding her dad¿s sudden and unexplainable disappearance. What she uncovers is shocking ¿ a complicated web of lies, betrayal and danger ¿ and she¿s in over her head. Staying with the wilderness theme, Grace as a character is a breath of fresh air. More inclined to be nursing a sick bear, hiking mountain trails or perfecting her fly-fishing lures, she¿s not exactly what I would call a ¿people person.¿ She¿s a bit isolated from the rest of her peers, by circumstance and her own choice ¿ her only real friend being her childhood-pal-turned-recently-dumped-boyfriend. She¿s a unique character and I found myself really admiring her tenacity. Her unfailing determination to find her dad and her unshakeable belief that he¿s still alive perhaps borders on the obsessive and at times I wondered if maybe she was just in deeply entrenched in denial ¿ if her unrelenting search for her dad was just enabling her unwillingness to acknowledge that he might be gone. But whatever the reasons, her love for her father runs so strong and and her faith so contagious that I found myself hoping along with her that she¿d find him safe and sound. When everyone else ¿ even her mother ¿ has lost hope, she refuses to give up on him. Her stubbornness, her determination, her resourcefulness, her instincts, her deductive skills and her in-your-face attitude all combine to create this extremely empowered heroine. I found her to be unique and despite her rough exterior, extremely sympathetic. If being stuck in the middle of a dangerous mystery wasn¿t enough, Grace finds herself further confused by the reappearance of her ex-boyfriend Wyn, and by Mo, a mysterious European backpacker who she meets in the woods. I personally don¿t mind a well done love triangle, and this one was no exception. Johannes had me falling for both guys until I was just as confused as Grace. Wyn was sweet, funny, dependable and had the benefit of a shared history with Grace. He¿d been there for her his whole life, until she pushed him away in the aftermath of her dad¿s disappearance. Now he¿s back in her life and doesn¿t intend to go away any time soon. Mo, on the other hand, is brave, confident, kind, rugged, a survivalist like Grace and has that oh-so-attractive air of mystery about him. After being saved by Mo from a potentially life-threatening situation, Grace decides to get to know him better. Johannes has done such a good job bringing her characters to life and the romantic tension she creates in Untraceable between these three is fantastic. The story Johannes has written surrounding Joe Well¿s disappearance is incredibly fast-paced and well-researched. There was hardly any downtime as Grace is always on the go ¿ plotting, planning and investigating. And all the little details surrounding wilderness survival, tracking and even fishing added so much to the story, not to mention credibility. As far as the mystery itself, though sometimes I felt the evidence that moves the case along is a little circumstantial and perhaps a little flimsy¿ it works. At times it seems as if Grace is grasping at straws trying to find the evidence necessary for the authorities to reopen the investigation. But really, who wouldn¿t look into every possible lead if someone they loved was in danger or missing? It also serves to round out her character and made me
STACYatUFI on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time getting into UNTRACEABLE in the beginning. I had a hard time connecting with Grace and figuring out where she was going with all her nature talk and investigating. It is definitely written a little different than the other books I normally read. After a few chapters I got to know Grace's situation and personality a little better and grew to like her back to nature attitude, the way she doesn't give up on things and the fact that she could take care of herself.The story ended up getting a little dark and intense, and there are a few cringe worthy moments. The story definitely had a way of throwing the unexpected at you which I enjoyed. Some of the situations seem a bit unbelievable at times but other times you get into the groove and the scenes make more sense and flow a little better. I never guessed who some of the bad guys were as well as getting some of the bad guy guesses completely wrong and it was nice to be surprised at their reveals. By the end I was thoroughly engrossed in the plot and just when I thought the story would would be ending one way Ms Johannes threw in another curve ball at the story. UNTRACEABLE ending with a nice little cliffhanger that makes me want to see what comes of some new information. UNTRACEABLE doesn't have any paranormal or fantasy like situations but It was still a nice read for those looking for a YA novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously an amazing book. You are truly gifted. I loved the action packed page turning events of this story lead me to just want to read more and more. The love of the two main characters really is a strange one that works perfectly. Plus I really love all the questions racing through my mind every single time an event came up. I also treasure how the mom is single (go her) and is able to raise this child despite all that they both are going through. Can not wait for more and more to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. It started off really slow and I thought to myself, okay, what is next until it started getting more and more intriguing. It came to a point where soon I couldn't stop reading (nor wanted to), and was on edge as every chapter passed. I loved the little tidbits of information that began every chapter and as the story continued on, the suspense got bigger! My suspicions ruled my thoughts and I could not get enough! This book is an amazing combination of mystery, action, and a splash of romance that is sure to leave you feeling excited to read more! I want a movie made and the next book in the series because it's AMAZING!!
MorganReadsBooks More than 1 year ago
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Pulisher: All Night Reads. This title is available.  Oh, man! I hate to 1 star a book. I'm sure I said that already once this year but I just don't have the heart to hack at this one any longer.  In the beginning, I was so excited and intrigued. The writing had me captivated and the story seemed like it was something that would strike my fancy but somewhere after page 50 it just felt like... I don't know. I was reading about this girl on a mission to save her dad, yet she just seemed sooo naive. And immature. And for some reason she just bothered me. I'm sorry, I really hate 1 stars but i think that reading is all about tastes and this simply wasn't mine.  So if you like love triangles, lots of survival advice(which I thought was cool), a southern setting and a high school mind set; pick this one up and tell me how much I suck because I dnf:)
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Escape into the Smokies in this enthralling mystery! A superb high action, fast paced story about Grace, a teenager in the Smokies searching to discover what happened to her forest ranger father when he disappeared more than three months ago. Everyone else seems to have given up on him but she knows about tracking, wildlife and survival from going out with her dad from a young age, so she is using these skills now in her endeavour to find out what happened to him. She’s a feisty, independent young lady who inadvertently puts herself and others into danger by her actions.  Grace is rescued by the English stranger, Mo, from a potentially life threatening situation and her feeling for him and her ex-boyfriend add the love triangle romance element to this fantastic suspense. It is well written, enthralling and includes conspiracies, lies, murder and mystery in a roller coaster ride to the very end. A highly entertaining book I have no hesitation in highly recommending to teens, young adults and adults alike - simply stupendous! I’ll certainly be looking out for further books in this series and others by this author. Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!(:
anniemichelle More than 1 year ago
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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Angie_Lisle More than 1 year ago
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.
Fantasybkgirl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A YA book that can cross the age barrier without any issues. 5 Star Worthy
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
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.