Thursday, January 05, 2012

Book Review: Untraceable

I’m not sure of the category of Untraceable by S.R. Johannes. Probably young adult since the protagonist, Grace, is a teenager. But you don’t have to be a teen to enjoy the book. I did and I’m a few years past nineteen.

Grace’s dad has been missing for so long, everyone assumes he’s dead – everyone except Grace. He disappeared into the vast forest filled with cliffs and bears and other dangers. But Grace feels inside that he’s alive. He was a Forest Ranger and he taught her everything she knows. And she knows a lot. She sets out to find him, looking for even the smallest clue, like a tossed Cheetos bag. Her mother hardly notices Grace because she’s so distraught and has to continue to work to provide for them. As the days pass and the authorities dismiss her, she ventures farther into the wilderness and deeper into her obsession.

Untraceable is fast paced with action, suspense, even a bit of romance. Another thing I liked is learning more about survival in the wilderness. Each chapter is headed with a Survival Skill, and as Grace searches for her dad, we go along with her and learn from her actions.

The ending will surprise you. It ties everything together while leaving a few things unanswered. This is the first book in the Grace series, after all.


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I give Untraceable a rating of Hel-of-a-Story.
FTC Disclaimer: The author did not send me this book nor did she request a review. I bought it because I read about it on another blog. Which just goes to show that posting on other blogs or having other bloggers post about your book helps with getting the word out. But I bet most of you already know that. Just a few years ago, the blogosphere was new and writers hadn’t considered it as a way to promote themselves. Ah, how times have changed. For me the biggest change has been my behind. Now I sit at my desk most of the day typing on a too-small keyboard and staring at a lit screen. (I do occasionally stare at an unlit screen, but that’s before my coffee kicks in.)


  1. You're a boon to dyslexics, Helen ... as snail-paced reader, the only way I learn about new stuff is by reviews like this ... it's the way I survive in the lit world.

  2. How right you are. This book is on my TBR list and has been for awhile. Mainly because of the notice it has gotten on the blogs. May be there for me one day.

  3. I've noticed this book making the rounds lately. The cover grabs my attention!

  4. It is a beautiful cover, Laura.

    Christopher, I read in spurts. But now that I have my hand-me-down iPad, I can read in the early mornings. I don't even have to turn on the lights.

    Farawayeyes, it just goes to show you that getting your name and book out on the Internet is a must for promotion, doesn't it!

  5. I've been reading more and more YA novels lately, and this sounds like a good one to add to my list. Thanks, Helen.

  6. It is a great cover, and I, too, have seen it everywhere lately. Thanks for the great review ... another one for my TBR pile. :)

  7. Patricia, YA books have changed since I was a kid. The stories are more complex and multi-dimensional.

    Margo, you have a TBR pile, too? I have to keep a list of books I still need to read. Some are print books, some are on my iPad in various apps. Although, I admit, I do NOT like "the cloud."

  8. I loved this book too! Grace is a great character - she dragged me through a whole mess of emotions! :)

  9. Agree with you Jemi. She did experience a range of emotions and they felt real.

  10. this sounds interesting and like the type of book I would have liked as a teenager.


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