UNTRACEABLE by S.R. Johannes
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.
Different. Abso-bloody-lutely different. I am so happy to read a book that is different. It had a real story. It was very relatable. The story could have really happened. Could actually really be happening as we speak, and that is what makes it that much more enjoyable. As I read this story I couldn’t help but make my list of suspects. One I knew for certain (and I was right), but the others…I was shocked! I almost want to go back and read it again (if only there really were more hours in a day), just to see what I didn’t catch about certain characters.
Grace was such a likable character. I felt for her as if her character were real. There was even one point that I had to fight back tears at the pain that Grace was feeling. Her loss was so incredibly tragic and she seemed to be so alone in her fight for her father. I almost felt as if her mother was jealous of Grace’s relationship with her father. I certainly didn’t understand her mother’s behavior and I certainly had my suspicions about her. My suspicions about Grace’s mother caused me to dislike the character throughout the story, with a little change of attitude at the end. Still not quite certain why her mother behaved the way she did toward Grace. I will keep my opinions and suspicions to myself though, I would hate to ruin any other’s experience reading the book. When the series is complete, I will see how the character pans out and share my opinions then.
I really enjoyed the book because it wasn’t a sappy, happily ever after kind of story. There were no supernatural entities, no far-fetched freaky characters, just a girl not willing to give up on her dad even though all those around her already had. There was a wonderful love interest, but there wasn’t the typical happily-ever-after, which made for a great ending to a unique story.
I feel quite certain that the story just isn’t quite over yet and I look forward to reading more about Grace. If you are looking for a little break from the same ole YA stories, I recommend you pick up a copy of S. R. Johannes’ UNTRACEABLE today.