blo Teens Read and Write: YA Book Review and Tour: UNTRACEABLE by S.R. Johannes

Monday, February 6, 2012

YA Book Review and Tour: UNTRACEABLE by S.R. Johannes

by S.R. Johannes
pub: Nov 2011
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.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Okay, so there are no lions. Or tigers. But Untraceable does have bears. So how about:

Bears and villains and mystery and drama and romance and heartache and surprises and...

This wilderness survival mystery thriller has punch! Grace is spunky and tough, and tends to get herself into trouble even when she knows better. Typical teenager. But it all stems from her love of nature and her determination to find her father.

Nature, a huge part of Untraceable. Vivid description took me right into the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee - that's where the bears come in. Grace offers up survival advice and each chapter is even titled with survival skills.

But it's the story that's the big draw.

A fast-paced thriller, full of interesting characters, and a never ending supply of unexpected turns. As Grace's investigation pulls her deeper in to a much larger web of lies and corruption, the intensity rises and just when you (and Grace) think you have it all figured out, Bam! you get side-swiped with a new twist.

The romance stars Wyn, Grace's childhood friend and ex-boyfriend, and the new hottie in the woods, Mo. Wyn is sweet but has rebounded with the town mean girl, so that lost him points with me. Mo comes across as a terrific fellow, but harbors plenty of secrets.

Danger and suspense increase. Grace gets caught up with some nasty folk so be prepared for violence to escalate. And the emotional roller coaster ride becomes very intense, especially near the end.

The ending isn't quite a cliffhanger, but it does leave some questions that leave you ready to get answered in the next installment, Uncontrollable, due out this summer.

An absorbing suspense thriller with a wild(life) side, plenty of twists, a splash of romance, and a real treat for survival buffs!

Thanks to Mundie Moms for having us as part of the Untraceable Blog Tour. The full schedule and links are below!

2/6- Teens Read & Write, review
2/7- Fire & Ice, character interview with Grace
2/8- I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, review
2/9- Reading Lark, character interview with Mo
2/10- Once Upon a Twilight, review
2/11- Mundie Moms, author interview
2/12- Eve's Fan Garden, guest post
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Blodeuedd said...

I like the cover, oh me and covers

Alyssa Kirk said...

Agreed! So pretty and works well for the content. It reminds me a bit of the Delirium cover, but I like this one better because I see less of the model's face. How many books have you bought because of the cover. I know I've done it several times!

Stina said...

I have the book, I just haven't read it yet. The cover nailed it for me.

I've passed on books because of the cover. If the cover doesn't appeal to me, I don't read the blurb. And if I don't read the blurb, you can guarantee I won't read the book.

Missie, The Unread Reader said...

I don't think I've ever read about book quite like this one before. Though I'm not likely to find myself out in the wilderness with bears, who couldn't use survival tips? Those always come in handy. And Wyn loses points with me too. The town mean girl. Plllllease!

Mundie Moms said...

Love your review and the picture you added!! Thank you so much for being on the tour!

Natalie said...

When I was a kid, I was OBSESSED with survival stories. I'm talking crazy. I used to dream of getting stranded on a desert islands with a bunch of other teenagers and having to camp it out and make huts and fend off the natives and EVERYTHING. LOL. I had quite the wild imagination.

A Canadian Girl said...

I'm not too big on survival stories but I think that's because the ones I've read are pure fictional survival stories. I like that this one seems more fast-paced and features a whole lot of secrets and lies.

Danny said...

That sounds great and I do adore the cover - and I don't mind that ir reminds od Delirium, I love the green here :)) Oh and aren't her blue eyes pretty`? And although I saw the book around I never really paid it so much attention! I'll out in my list - just as Missie said: who couldn't use some survival tips!


Yes, I agree, the cover is so great for the survivor angle of this story. I know a little more about the book because of the post the author had on my blog about the content. It has nothing to do with sex or drinking or drugs, so no worries there, but it's something that she said does happen. So, that drew my interest and I got the book. Have I read it yet, nope, got my Kindle crazy at NetGalley books to review, but I'll fit it in soon.


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh I've just seen this cover. It's the same as the German Hunger Games pb. The story sounds so interesting. I do love bears. Had one go though my camp the first time I ever camped. So, perhaps I should read it in case I go again. Oh and *slaps Wyn's hand* you should never go for the town mean girl!

Book Sake said...

I haven't heard of this one before. I like the survival story portion and yeah, the bears are a draw as well. :)
- Jessica @ Book Sake

Penelope Sanchez said...

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.

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