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Untraceable (The Nature of Grace #1)

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Book 3 is scheduled for June 3, 2014.

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
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Kindle Edition, 315 pages
Published November 29th 2011 by Coleman & Stott (first published November 9th 2011)
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Hershey  (Wants to be Magneto)
Nothing is Untraceable

This book was awesome! I really liked it a lot.

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Grace is a very strong female lead. She's searching for her father who was claimed to be missing and dead but Grace does not believe it. So, she hunts for her father on her own strongly believing he is still alive somewhere.
Then she meets Mo whom she really likes. Mo is nice. He is simple, interesting and realistic.
Grace is a very inquisitive person and she pokes her nose into everything and unfortunately her inquisitive
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Joy (joyous reads)
I sent an email to the author last week asking her where I could purchase her book. I'm not sure if she could tell but I was a little...er, frantic. I literally searched all the on line bookstores and I couldn't find a copy! Well, she was nice enough to tell me that her book wasn't available yet. Duh! Anyway, I waited {im}patiently like a good little bookworm that I am and when the day finally arrived, I wasted no time and devoured this baby right away.

Untraceable is a story about a teen who do
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Inspired Kathy
At the heart of Untraceable is a mystery. Grace's father has been missing for three months and is presumed dead. Grace refuses to give up hope that he is still alive. The authorities are ready to close the case but Grace is fighting to keep it open.

Raised in the Smokies, Grace's forest ranger father has taught her a lot about survival. She's not afraid of much when it comes to the great outdoors. Determined to find her father Grace spends her time searching for clues about her father's disappear
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Rachmi
3.5 stars

ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.

Let's be honest, I requested this book from NetGalley because 1) the cover reminded me of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. 2) The main character, Grace Wells is quite similar to Caledonia from The Athena Effect series. I love both series and somehow I thought that I might like this one too, though I didn't set my hope high. Just in case it isn't as good as I think before so I won't too disappointed, if you
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Nicole
Grace's father goes missing and no matter how many times she's told that her father is dead and there is not hope of finding him, she won't give up. But the more Grace looks for her father, she realizes that her father's disappearance is part of something bigger--a crime involving her whole town.

I really enjoyed reading this. There is definitely the who-done-it? feel to this story where you're questioning every character and wondering if they're the bad guy. In the beginning, the story starts a
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Anne
2.5 stars

YA mystery is not my typical genre, so I'm thinking that may be why I didn't enjoy it as much as everyone else. There are a lot of things I liked about it, but none of them would convince me to pick this series back up again in the future.
The story is well written, but I just didn't like the main character, Grace. Throughout the entire book, I thought she was a looney who refused to believe that her father was dead. I thought it was fairly unconvincing that anyone would ever enter the w
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Laura Pauling
Thrillers seem to be up and coming in the young adult arena and UNTRACEABLE leads the way. A unique, well-written story about Grace, who uses her tracking skills to find her missing father.

Danger lurks at every turn, and the secrets she needs to uncover can’t all be found in the woods. So she takes to sleuthing and nosing around where she shouldn’t be to find the clues.

When she runs into two hillbilly suspicious-looking hunters, Grace pulls a thread that unravels a mystery that runs farther and
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Britney
WOW!
I had to take a minute to let it all sink in before I could start to actually gather my thoughts. UNTRACEABLE is without a doubt going to be the next big YA phenomenon. With a kick-butt heroine who will become an instant favorite, this fast-paced thriller will keep you guessing at every turn. UNTRACEABLE is packed with adventure, betrayal, mystery, and a conspiracy that will leave you only wanting more. Just like the North Carolina woods Grace navigates fearlessly, Johannes weaves a beautif
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Jessica (Step Into Fiction)
I’m still sniffling from crying. This book made me cry more than any book I’ve read. I mean, I was crying crying…its like the author, S.R. Johannes, played with my heartstrings all throughout the book then tore out my heart, threw it on the ground, played soccer with it, and the tossed it back to me when she was done with it. And I mean that in a good way. This book was abso-bloody-lutely amazing and like nothing I’ve read before. Obviously, I’m a fan of the paranormal so reading a book about na ...more
Dani
After three months of fruitless searching and numerous dead-end leads, Grace Wells is the only person who believes her dad, Joe, may still be alive. Grace, an accomplished wilderness survivalist, learned everything she knows about tracking, fishing, and the Smokies from her forest ranger father. And she is certain, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that he’s still out there somewhere – convinced that he wouldn’t fall victim to the fatal scenarios the police postulating. When the authorities decide t ...more
Debbie W
4.5 stars round down to 4

I am a book cover hoarder. When I see a book cover that catches my eye, I have to stop and take a look at the book. I have even been known to buy a book just because of the cover. Untraceable’s cover is bright green and very outdoorsy so I had to read the back cover. I’ve had this book on my TBR for quite some time and this book satisfied 2 challenges. I struggled with a 4 or 5 star rating and decided to give it a 4, because the ending was not what I expected. It left me
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Booknut
'Dad used to always say, nothing is untraceable.

Everything that touches this earth leaves a special imprint, a unique mark that proves we existed in some way- no matter how invisible we may feel.'


Sometimes you need to let go. Sometimes you just can't.

Grace knows the Smokies like the back of her hand - all thanks to her forest ranger father who taught her all the ins and outs of tracking, and wilderness survival since she was smaller than a river otter.

But when her father goes missing, not even
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Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
Sometimes you just need to step away from all the paranormal fantasy and the magical plot and sit down with a good mystery. I honestly had no idea what kind of book this was when i bought it, the cover looked really awesome and I needed something different. Plus I met the author and she was a really nice, so I felt no issues with buying a book from her with little to go on. My trust and faith was well placed.

The plot of this is a true mystery novel, as the book snakes along there is a hint here
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Amber
This is a fantastic story!! I want #2 now!!

Untraceable was fantastic! If you want action, suspense, mystery, romance and a little humor, this book is for you!

I loved this book! Grace is a strong protagonist with a fighting will to find her father. When she feels she is the only one not giving up, she sets out to look for clues, something that will lead her to him. She knows deep down that he is still alive. On her journey, Grace uses her survival skills, training and her instincts to dig deepe
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Trisha Wolfe
UNTRACEABLE is packed with suspense, action, tension, and enough romance to make you swoon. I didn’t know what to expect when diving into this read. From the blurb, I had a different picture painted in my mind. But I was surprised how easily I was sucked into Grace’s world, and how much I cared about her plight to save her father. Also, I think I could go trekking through the wilderness and know exactly how to survive, as there are some amazing survival skills learned throughout this story.

The w
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Jennifer Monzon
I am at a lost of words when writing this review. I don't know where to start or how to describe this book. It has a mixture of everything from mystery, to investigation, to romance to murder making this book a fantastic read. Grace reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars who will stop at nothing to learn the real truth behind her father's disappearance. No one can stop her, she's strong willed, independent, and although, everyone including her mother and the town sheriff have given up and believe tha ...more
~Tina~
Spoiler Beware:

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.
I think my only problem was then ending. (view spoiler)
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Sami ♥'s Books
Wow! What a roller coaster ride. Bravo to Mrs. Johannes!

It's hard to say much without giving away spoilers, but this book had it all! I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I got angry, I clenched my teeth, I smiled ridiculously big, I held my breath, and I abso-bloody-lutely got my heart broken.

"A person carrying this stone is reminded that things that things are not always what then seem and must seek out the truth"

My only complaint is the freaking cliffhanger!! At least book 2 is already out! No sleep
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puppitypup
YA Suspense Promising plot, but too much teen stupidity for an adult reader. Grace, after begging for help for months regarding her dad's disappearance, fails to go to the authority's after stumbling across the likely perpetrators. Instead she goes home, gets up the next morning and goes to work pretending nothing happened.

Also Grace, supposedly an expert tracker by the time she was a preschooler AND an expert computer hacker, has no common sense and must be continually rescued. To make matters
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Rapunzel
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Absolutely fuckin' terrible.

God I hated this. The whole premise revolves around the idea that our MC, Grace (a spunky, get stuck in, know-it-all Nancy Drew fucktard) is searching for her missing father, who disappeared into the forests one fine mornin'. Grace has spend the last five months looking him, because the local sherifs haven't been able to follow any worthwhile leads.

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LOCAL SHERIFS DO NOT CONDUCT MISSING PERSONS CASES. If the person is still not found, the fucking FBI shows up and
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Charlie
The survival guide intros before each chapter are a clever set up and although Untraceable isn't humorous, it definitely has ironic and comedic relief throughout, which works well to lighten the heavy subject matter. Parts of the story are graphic in nature, but I note this as a positive for the book. At times, I wanted to turn away, but you can't do that with a novel like you can with a movie. This proves the author was doing a lot of the right things when it comes to depiction, slowing down sc ...more
Courtney
Before I begin to write all the wonderful things about this book I wanted to start by saying, I absolutely LOVE the cover!! Isn’t it beautiful?! I think it’s gorgeous and now after reading the story, I realize it is a great image of what the story is about.

Untraceable is a thriller! We have young, stubborn and determined Grace who is consumed with figuring out what happened to her dad. Everyone in town, including the sheriff and Grace’s mom are insisting that her dad died drowning and that there
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Amanda
Reviewed at Letters Inside Out

I had been eyeing Untraceable for awhile. Look at the cover, it’s lovely in a subtle sort of way. When the author emailed me about reviewing it, I immediately jumped on the chance and managed to fit it in right away.

Grace’s father has been missing for other 3 months and she’s convinced he’s still alive, despite everyone around her saying he isn’t. She knows that he knows the mountains so well that something is obviously wrong. To the point of obsession and at the ri
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Devan
3 1/2

The extra half is for the ending, but more on that later.

I did like the writing at first because I thought it was beautiful and almost poetic, but then it became a bit too overwrought and dense in sensory descriptions. The survival skills at the beginning of each chapter was a nice touch and I like how they tied in with the overall concept of the book. So for me the remembered words of wisdom from Grace's father was not necessary. I'm not a big fan of the words of wisdom that characters re
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Valette M.
This book was a satisfying read and held so much more than I expected.
While Grace (Main Character) was your average strong female lead, her first-person perspective allowed the reader clear insight into how her mind worked. I could feel her determination to save her father and her pain over her crumbling world. Mo (Romantic Interest) was very ... well, romantic but he seemed to fall for Grace a little fast. And there was one instance at the end, due to a plot twist, that I didn't think was cons
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Danyelle Leafty
One word: Wow.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked UNTRACEABLE up since YA thrillers are in short supply, and all I can say is that I can't wait for the sequel to come out next year.

I loved the survival tips above each chapter, because they each gave me a hint of what was to come. There is tension on every page that builds as it goes--not the going-out-of-my-gourd-can't-read-anymore type of tension, but the delicious tightening of plot strings as the author brings Grace (and me) closer to
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A&E
ALYSSA thought:

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Okay, so there are no lions. Or tigers. But Untraceable does have bears. So how about:

Bears and villains and mystery and drama and romance and heartache and surprises and...

This wilderness survival mystery thriller has punch! Grace is spunky and tough, and tends to get herself into trouble even when she knows better. Typical teenager. But it all stems from her love of nature and her determination to find her father.

Nature, a huge part of Untracea
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Emily Ward
Wow! Closer to 4.5, really. It reminded me of a non-science fiction/non-fantasy version of The Hunger Games or The Calling by Kelley Armstrong. Lots of outdoorsy stuff, lots of mystery, lots of action. I liked Grace -- she was determined but fragile at the same time. I loved her perseverance. Romance was great, too. Both Mo and Wyn are great love interests, and I found myself rooting for both until about three fourths of the way through. (view spoiler) ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A thrilling murder mystery set deep in the heart of North Carolina's Smoky Mountain's, Untraceable is a suspenseful page turner loaded with plot twists, action, and a swoon worthy romance. Not everything is as it seems in this story, and that element of wanting to uncover the mystery kept me hooked the entire time I sat reading Grace's story. It's a story about survival, corruption, love, the outdoors and so much more. I completely fell in love with this story's beautiful setting. The outdoors/w ...more
Once Upon
I am at a lost of words when writing this review. I don't know where to start or how to describe this book. It has a mixture of everything from mystery, to investigation, to romance to murder making this book a fantastic read. Grace reminds me a lot of Veronica Mars who will stop at nothing to learn the real truth behind her father's disappearance. No one can stop her, she's strong willed, independent, and although, everyone including her mother and the town sheriff have given up and believe tha ...more
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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
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