Untraceable (Book 1: The Nature of Grace series)

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Bk 2: Uncontrollable is out
Bk 3: Unstoppable (Spring 2014)

When Grace's forest ranger dad disappears on patrol, she fights town authorities, tribal officials, & nature to prove he’s alive. Torn between a hot boy and cute ex, she heads into the wilderness to find her dad. Soon, she is caught in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. More

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About SR Johannes

S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes. Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.

S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for 2012 Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult).

After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.

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Review by: fantasybkchick7 on Oct. 24, 2013 : star star star star
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.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: The Reading Geek on Sep. 14, 2012 : star star star star star
I loved Untraceable and didn't want this thrilling story to end. I have been hearing some things about this book for a few months now and I'm mad at myself for not reading it sooner now. However I am happy that now I only have to wait a little bit until the next book is released.

Grace is determined to find her dad after he went missing months ago. Grace was an excellent protagonist. She's independent, a bit of a tomboy, and loves being in the forest. She is also stubborn and reckless though which gets her into some situations. I liked Grace so much because not only did she feel like a realistic character, but she won't give up on the search for her dad. There were several other characters that I also loved getting to know and found to be realistic.

The plot was exciting and filled with twists. I loved that I was able to dive right into the story immediately and I didn't want to put this book down for long. I love a good mystery and this book definitely provided one. Every time I thought I figured out the mystery of what happened to Grace's father, I was proven wrong. I love that it was also difficult to figure out which character could be trusted. The last half of the book especially had my heart racing and I felt like I couldn't read it fast enough.

I also loved the setting in the Smokies. I'm not much of a nature person but I loved the details of the forest. At times I even felt like I was hiking a trail alongside Grace. Overall I loved this book and I will be highly anticipating the sequel. I strongly recommend Untraceable, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Tracyshappybookshelf on Sep. 14, 2012 : star star star star star
I was lucky enough to receive an email from author S. R. Johannes asking if I would be interested in a free copy of her book Untraceable in exchange for an honest review. Well, of course I jumped at the opportunity. As I have read...and Loved...Shelli's other two books, On The Bright Side and Suffocate, I knew that I would enjoy Untraceable. Not only did I enjoy it? I loved it!! Shelli had me hooked from the beginning and I could not put this one down. First off I loved the storyline. I am a lover of the outdoors, camping and of course wild life, so that alone had me hooked. But these characters?

Grace is an amazing young women. She is strong, smart, funny and everything I like to see in a YA female character. But we also get to see that she is vulnerable too. She is put through an array of very tough and often horrific situations, that as an adult, I am not sure could withstand. I love Grace.

Then we have Mo. Yummy, yummy Mo. I must admit, that I was a bit worried that the relationship between Grace and Mo was going to be too quick, and forced like is often seen in a lot of YA books. However, it was not forced at all. These two were just made for each other. I was also worried that we were going to have to deal with an annoying love triangle between Grace, Mo and Wyn. But no. We got to see Grace's internal struggles, but it was not an in your face type of thing. And Wyn? Well, I must admit I am a fan of his as well. He's the perfect 'best friend' turned boyfriend.

I also love how each and every character had a part in this book. I know, I know. Of course they did. No really. This book would not have been what it was without each and every one of them. Including the river, the forest and the animals. Everything just came together and fit perfectly. This book really has it all. It is a mystery, coming of age, romance, suspense and adventure story all rolled into one amazing little package.



In the end? I would highly recommend Untraceable. Author S. R. Johannes is one of my new go to authors. I look forward to more in the Nature of Grace series and anything else she 'Graces' us with!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tina Gagnier on March 14, 2012 : star star star
Untraceable turned out to be a decent read. The beginning was a little slow but it builds up quite nicely in the middle. I enjoyed the setting, the characters are likable and the romance was sweet. This one wasn't overly predictable either and I found myself surprised about certain characters and moments.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Samantha Geesin on Dec. 22, 2011 : (no rating)
I enjoyed this book. It was very different than what has been out there lately, and it was nice to not have to read about some vampire falling in love with a human for once. Which is all I tend to read... :) I liked how it was about a relationship with ones father that is so strong that she didn't give up on looking for him, when everyone else did.

My first thoughts: Why is she running? Who is after her? Does she live in the woods? Why is she in the woods? Ohhh! Now I understand! Yeah, so I was a little confused at the beginning, but the author sorts it all out and explains everything. Which was a very big plus for me. I HATE it when nothing is explained! I like to know things and S.R did that really well in Untraceable.

I really liked Grace, she was determined and strong. If someone told me my dad was missing, I'd curl into a ball and cry for 3 months. Grace doesn't do that, she puts on a tough face and goes into the woods and searches for any part of her dad. When that tough exterior falls away, she's like any teen. She cries about her dad and refuses to believe he's truly dead. And when she's faced with betrayals, she takes them in stride and does whatever she can to fight off that betrayal.

Then there's Mo... Mo... Sigh... I want Mo. Grace meets him while she is fly-fishing and then he * spoiler* her. After that moment her walls come down and they start to get to know each other. I loved Mo's character and I wish she didn't end it how she did. I cried when I read that scene with him. Plus, I want to be called Blossom. That just sounds amazing. :)

I really did like this book. There would be some things that I didn't like, but that was only to keep the plot rolling and get us interested in the next book. Which I will defiantly be picking up! Check out this book and you won't be disappointed!
~~Sam :)
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: jenn on Dec. 11, 2011 : star star star star
Untraceable is an amazing debut, filled with rich worldbuilding, strong characters, and an unpredictable plot (though there were a couple moments that made me go “hmm” slightly before Grace).

Grace is a great main character. Shelli’s done a great job of capturing Grace’s voice. I have this amazing mental picture of her searching the woods, all disheveled and spunky, hopeful and despairing. She’s got such a strong personality and is so determined to find her father and you can’t help but feel for her as everyone encourages her to accept that her father is dead. I was rooting for Grace the whole time, particularly when things got dicey, and I loved how quippy she was throughout the novel. And while some of the pop culture references seem a bit too old for Grace, who’s sixteen, who am I to judge? I love British shows from the 60s so perhaps it’s not all that odd.

Plot-wise, Untraceable really moves. Grace’s search for her father gives us a lot of woods lore and also propels her into some dangerous situations. There’s a fantastic narrative flow that makes you desperate to find out if Grace will figure out what’s going on. Some of these situations felt like they shouldn’t be in a YA book because the content was kind of dark but they made sense in the narrative and are very well written. And if the Hunger Games books qualify as YA then there’s no reason Untraceable shouldn’t be shelved there too. I want to be clear: I’m not criticizing Untraceable for tackling mature subject matter; some of the moments made me sit back and say, “Whoa.” It’s heavy stuff but the book as a whole is a great read.

The B storyline in Untraceable revolves around Grace’s romantic life. Grace has justifiably back-burnered romance since she’s on a mission but, just like in real life, connections pop up when she’s least expecting them, and Grace finds herself torn between her ex, Wyn, and her new interest, Mo. It’s a sweet triangle and you can see the draw of both guys, though it’s pretty clear who Grace prefers by the end. It was refreshing to see a character who wanted to choose and who does her best not to lead on the guy she’s not as interested in. I’m all for love triangles – I think they make stories a lot of fun when they’re done well – but it’s cool to see a heroine make a choice.

All in all, Untraceable was a thrilling rollercoaster of a book and I can’t wait to see what happens to Grace next!

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(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: jenn on Dec. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Untraceable is an amazing debut, filled with rich worldbuilding, strong characters, and an unpredictable plot (though there were a couple moments that made me go “hmm” slightly before Grace).

Grace is a great main character. Shelli’s done a great job of capturing Grace’s voice. I have this amazing mental picture of her searching the woods, all disheveled and spunky, hopeful and despairing. She’s got such a strong personality and is so determined to find her father and you can’t help but feel for her as everyone encourages her to accept that her father is dead. I was rooting for Grace the whole time, particularly when things got dicey, and I loved how quippy she was throughout the novel. And while some of the pop culture references seem a bit too old for Grace, who’s sixteen, who am I to judge? I love British shows from the 60s so perhaps it’s not all that odd.

Plot-wise, Untraceable really moves. Grace’s search for her father gives us a lot of woods lore and also propels her into some dangerous situations. There’s a fantastic narrative flow that makes you desperate to find out if Grace will figure out what’s going on. Some of these situations felt like they shouldn’t be in a YA book because the content was kind of dark but they made sense in the narrative and are very well written. And if the Hunger Games books qualify as YA then there’s no reason Untraceable shouldn’t be shelved there too. I want to be clear: I’m not criticizing Untraceable for tackling mature subject matter; some of the moments made me sit back and say, “Whoa.” It’s heavy stuff but the book as a whole is a great read.

The B storyline in Untraceable revolves around Grace’s romantic life. Grace has justifiably back-burnered romance since she’s on a mission but, just like in real life, connections pop up when she’s least expecting them, and Grace finds herself torn between her ex, Wyn, and her new interest, Mo. It’s a sweet triangle and you can see the draw of both guys, though it’s pretty clear who Grace prefers by the end. It was refreshing to see a character who wanted to choose and who does her best not to lead on the guy she’s not as interested in. I’m all for love triangles – I think they make stories a lot of fun when they’re done well – but it’s cool to see a heroine make a choice.

All in all, Untraceable was a thrilling rollercoaster of a book and I can’t wait to see what happens to Grace next!

http://www.tyngasreviews.com
http://ireadgood.wordpress.com
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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