S. L Johannes

Review: Untraceable by S.R. Johannes – Survival Mystery with a twist!



The Nature of Grace novels (Book 1)

S.R. Johannes

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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.

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This book was wonderful. In the vein of the popular YA titles of late, this book has action, adventure, mystery, a little romance and a whole wonderful package!

I was enticed for this book because of it’s cover, the interesting detail on the cover draw me in. I read the synopsis and said, this looks interesting. I didn’t expect it to draw me in like it did!

This girl’s search for her missing father is the focal point of the plot. Through it, we get to see increasingly more of Grace’s life and her story. At first you just think it’s a survival mystery. Maybe the father got lost. The survival tips are beginning of chapter are quite interesting, and useful and gives much insight into the characters.

The dialogue with Grace and the other characters she meets. She’s lively and spunky. She’s such a strong character in the novel, and it’s so wonderful to see a novel with a female protagonist who can fend for herself. She has learned all about the wilderness from her father, and puts it to good use. She’s strong willed and smart and it’s a wonderful example! This YA books deals with some wonderful issues we don’t often see, it’s unique. It challenges things.

Yes, occasionally some details seem a little unrealistic, but overall this is a well written, interesting survival novel with twists and turns, and a whole lot of mystery we don’t see coming.  I love this book; smart, interesting and expected. I plan to read book 2, as soon as I get my hands on it! 🙂

** I got this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **

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, www.bilaninc.com, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick- Fil- A and the Boys & Girls Club of America.

In addition to juggling nap schedules and client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and book publicity at SCBWI conferences across the U.S, and runs a popular book marketing blog, Market My Words (www.faeriality.blogspot.com).

In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), and still dreams of sleeping in on the weekends. But most importantly, she is finally getting back to her roots by running her own Girl Scout Troop in Atlanta, helping girls get back to nature.

She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog (Charley), British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world.

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