Tuesday, January 22, 2013

{Review} Untraceable by S. R. Johannes

ISBN #: 978-0984799125
Page Count: 312
Copyright: November 23, 2011
Publisher: Coleman & Scott

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

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.

Mandy's Review:

Grace is a 16-year-old tomboy who grew up as her daddy's shadow. He was a park ranger who taught Grace everything he knew about tracking, plants, animals, and nature in general. She never dreamed all of that knowledge would be needed to track down her missing father.

During her investigations, she encounters some unsavory men who catch her spying on them. A stranger comes along and rescues her. Grace and her rescuer, Mo, get to know each other better and start developing feelings for each other. Meanwhile, the men who had her captured are part of a bigger ring of poachers that Grace helps to bring down.

How do the poachers tie in to her dad's disappearance? Will Grace still find him alive? Why was Mo wandering in the woods and able to rescue her? Is he hiding anything?

I'm not in love with this book. It's a quick read and has plenty of action to hold your attention, but there was something just a little .... "off" ... about it. Maybe it's because Grace is, at first, overly stoic and doing her best to hold all her emotions in and then, once she lets loose, she's way too overly emotional. Maybe it's because Mo is only 17-years-old, yet he's part of what seems to be an undercover operation. Maybe it's the fact that Grace is a self-centered, disrespecting teenager towards her mother, who is also under the emotional turmoil of losing someone. I don't really know what it is that isn't allowing me to become emotionally involved in this story, but I'm hoping that the second book will be better for me.

*An ecopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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