Sunday, April 14, 2013

Review: Untraceable

Book Info:

Edition: Paperback
Pages: 312 
Series: Nature of Grace #1 
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery 
Published by Coleman & Stott
Released:  November 23rd 2011

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.

 My Review:

When Grace's father goes missing, after three months of searching for a body, or any scrap of evidence everyone is giving up on him, everyone except Grace.

Grace travels the all through the mountains and wooded areas searching for evidence of her father and what could have happened to him. Finding very few bits of evidence Grace has to wonder how her father became Untraceable. Somehow even when Grace finds clues of her father they’re disregarded and she’s told she needs to get on with her life.

While the search for her father is falling to shambles, so is Grace’s personal life. Her ex-boyfriend who used to be her best friend after three months of not talking to each other now wants her back in his life. But all Grace wishes things could go back to normal and back to the easy friendship they once shared. Grace’s mother has also gone mentally MIA. Not talking to her, never coming home until way late, and even forgetting about everything that Grace is allergic too and feeding it to her. As far as Grace is concerned, she lost both parents the day her father went missing.

When Grace is attacked by two men who mention hunting bears and later saved by Mo a boy who captures her heart after a few short meetings together, Grace begins to realize everything happening may be bigger than a simple search for her father. Using every bit of knowledge she’s learned about camping, and how to handle herself in the outdoors, Grace begins to unravel the thick layers of deceit that have now covered the town she loves and the people in it.

I have to say this book was difficult for me to read because I could not figure out a way to like Grace. She was so false to everyone. Thinking back on it now though I can understand her plight, but while I was reading it I found her difficult and annoying. Everyone she talked to or cared about she was just plain rude and dismissive to and I just didn’t get it.  I also didn’t get her sense of humor it made no sense to me. There would be a joke and I would be like “wait that was a joke?” I don’t know I may have been the only one with that problem.

Honestly after most of the book had done by and I was trudging through it I was considering not reading the second book. That’s really how bad I thought it was. However, all that changed when I got to the very last pages of the book. I couldn’t put it down and was riveted until the very end. Besides Grace I thought the book was great the perfect combination of mystery, action, and dialogue. All in all, while I found the first half Untraceable a bit tedious and unexciting, the second half of the book and the ending totally made up for it. I honestly can’t wait to start the second book Uncontrollable and wonder what mysteries lie ahead for Grace.

P.S.: I completely love the cover for this novel. Completely perfect for the book.

Oh oh and there is a mini novel: called Unspeakable from hottie British Mo's perspective that you can read on Goodreads!!

 About the Author:
 When Shelli was younger, she spent all her time outdoors, hiking, camping and living the Girl Scout Way.

Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America.

Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business,, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.
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