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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 fro
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Published November 15th 2011 by Coleman and Stott (first published November 9th 2011)
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May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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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2.5 stars

“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.”

We meet Grace as she is in the wo
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received a free ARC of this book via NetGalley and would like to thank S.R. Johannes and Coleman & Stott.

When I first started reading this book I thought yeah this is for me, by 20% I was like kill me now of boredom but the last 20% kinda caught my attention. Due to this, I would only give the book 1 and a half stars.

Grace has grown up in the Smoky Mountains her whole life.
When her father unexpectedly disappears with no trace she becomes obsessed with trying to track what has happened. Will
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 loony who refused to believe that her father was dead. I thought it was fairly unconvincing that anyone would ever enter the wo
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Grace has lived in the Smoky Mountains her whole life where her father was a forest ranger who has taken her out daily teaching her tracking and wilderness survival. When Grace's father went missing a few months ago she refused to give up hope that he wouldn't be out there and alive surviving against all the odds.

Fighting the law enforcement who have chalked Grace's father's disappearance up to an accidental drowning on very little evidence Grace finds herself still searching the woods daily. W
Joy (joyous reads)
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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, 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
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
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
Morgan E
Jan 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
I received this from Netgalley for my honest review. Pulisher: All Night Reads. This title is available.

Oh, man! I hate to 1 star a book. I'm sure I said that already once this year but I just don't have the heart to hack at this one any longer.

In the beginning, I was so excited and intrigued. The writing had me captivated and the story seemed like it was something that would strike my fancy but somewhere after page 50 it just felt like... I don't know. I was reading about this girl on a missi
1,5 stars


After her father disappears, Grace gets obsessed with finding the truth. By obsessed I mean really really obsessed. I’m not kidding.

She finds a Cheetos bag. It’s an evidence about her dad. She finds some tracks. It’s about her dad. She finds a article. It’s about her dad. She finds some sneaky strangers in forest. It’s about her dad. She hears gunshots. It’s about her dad. SHE LINKS EVERY DAMN THING SHE FINDS OUT TO HER MISSING DAD.

I tried to get it. I really did.
Zoe and the Edge
“So let me get this straight. You’re a flyfisher, a tracker, and a black belt’s protégé?”

I hate Grace, the protagonist. She is a huge bitch and the author doesn't even seem to realise it. Grace is so unbelievably rude and inconsiderate. She thinks so highly of herself I wanted to punch her. She blames everyone and never takes any responsibility. She's shockingly selfish.

If you saw how I wrote this review, it would've gone like this:

Start – Grace is a pretty cool character. I think we're going
'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
Laura Pauling
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Sophia Sardothien
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc-review
Thank you netgalley for providing me this book in exchange of an honest review

OKAy AT FIRST I'M REALLY CAPTIVATED BY THIS BOOK because my favourite author Susan Dennard (author of something strange and deadly) really enjoyed this book. SO WHY NOT. I even saw great reviews about this book, in addition netgalley has it in the "read now" button so umm YEAH I HAVE TO READ THIS

Okay our Heroine, is kickass she grown up being a hunter taught by her dad. However one day her dad went missing so she dec
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
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
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Trisha Wolfe
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received this book free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This review has been a really long time coming. I've had this book for a while and haven't been able to read it until now. Untraceable is essentially a young adult mystery: a missing father, a determined daughter, and a town that seems to have given up the hunt come together to create a suspenseful story.

I liked Grace's persistence and the fact that she continued to trust her instincts (though maybe, in
Jennifer Monzon
Feb 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Amy Leigh
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This is an YA thriller that takes place in the Smokey Mountains.
I love the Smokies. I spent every summer there growing up. It has a special place in my heart.

Grace is a 16 year old who gets stuck in a love triangle, conspiracies and has to deal with a murder. It's an exciting premise but I wish it was more in depth. I found myself speed reading to finish it.

This book was given by NetGalley and the publisher for a fair & honest review.
Uma    | Books.Bags.Burgers
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)


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 wit
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
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
No one can convince Grace that her father, a forest ranger missing for over three months in the wilds of the Smokie Mountains is never coming back. With determination more fierce than a Momma Bear protecting her cubs, she doggedly searches for some clue to the whereabouts of her missing father. Grace is obsessed, but every clue she finds is discounted and time is running out on her hope. More comfortable in the woods, than in town, trained to survive by her father, she stumbles upon a heinous op ...more
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2012
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 lov ...more
Debbie (Doc)
Mar 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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

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.


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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Shelli R. Johannes is coauthor of the CECE LOVES SCIENCE picture book series, (co/Kimberly Derting), THEO THESAURUS (5/18) & HOW TO BE A UNICORN (09/21). She also writes teen thrillers as SR Johannes (the NATURE OF GRACE series & REWIRED.)

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