On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the ...more
Here he comes
Here comes Speed Racer
He's a demon on wheels
He's a demon and he's gonna be chasin' after someone!
He's gainin' on you so you better look alive.
He's busy revvin' up a powerful Mach 5!
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer
Go Speed Racer, Go!
*I received this book via the author through a Twitter giveaway. No way has that influenced my thoughts on the book*
TRACKED is a fast-paced scifi that had me caught up in the plot and the characters and I didn't want it to end. I was pretty much sold on this book when I heard it was like Fast and Furious in space with a kickass heroine. All true. I really enjoyed this one.
This story takes place on another planet called Castra. In the slums, we follow Phoebe, who street ...more
I did enjoy the book, but it was, for me, too much like so many other futuristic novels. This had the opportunity to stand out, being set on ...more
Tracked by Jenny Martin
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher
Summary (from Goodreads):
The Fast and the Furious gets a futuristic twist in this action-packed debut!
On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding ...more
My unofficial comments: I read a very early version of this book before it sold and then a revised version of the manuscript in September, where I found myself falling in love with it all over again. TRACKED follows Phee Van Zant, an orphan street-racer on the ...more
Tracked initially appealed to me because of the racing element. It's a book that started out very strongly for me because I was intrigued by the racing element and the outer planet. Plus, the main character, Phoebe, was a smart, driven and kick-ass girl who thought about her choices before making any kind of decision. She wasn't the dim-witted heroine who is oblivious to everything around her which was refreshing. But somewhere along the way, Tracked morphed into a typical dystopian novel with ...more
Second DNF of 2015 WOOOOO
Seriously though, such a disappointment.
I got to chapter eight before I had the nagging suspicion that - despite sci-fi rally racing - this book was not for me.
So I skimmed ahead and read random excerpts and realized that yes, this is not for me.
A book about sci-fi rally racing is not for me.
How the fuck did that happen?
1) Love triangle between childhood best friend and upstart asshole prince.
2) Snarky sparky protagonist who loses her ...more
Tracked was one of my most anticipated reads of 2015, and it totally delivered. Jenny brings the adrenaline AND the swoons in her debut. I loved Phee and her no-nonsense attitude. She's tough but still vulnerable and totally for fans of Vampire Academy's Rose Hathaway. The supporting characters are also wonderful. Bear is the total good guy, and Cash is...well...he's just amazing.
Oh, and I told Jenny that, while I ...more
You will not be able to SLEEP once you start reading this book.
Forget math homework or doing the laundry. This one will keep you riveted to the very end.
AND-- once it's over- you'll be gnawing your fingernails, cause you have to wait for the next one..
Pulse pounding. Sorry to use that cliche, but it truly is one of the most unique and exciting premises I've seen come through the YA market in ...more
And can I just take a second to gush over CASH. *fans self* Love love love him.
When I went into this book, I was so ...more
In brief, the plot centers on Phee Van Zant, a street rat who has one driving (pun intended) passion in life - street racing. Alongside Bear, her long-time crew mate, Phee engages ...more
Quick & Dirty: Fast cars, dangerous corporations and deadly secrets.
Opening Sentence: I pace the garage like some crazy-eyed wind-up girl.
Phee isn’t a typical girl; she is an excellent racer, hates dressing up and is incredibly reckless (and badass). That and her fiery personality sets her apart from typical heroines but sadly, I didn’t find anything exceptional about the first in the Tracked series.
At the finish line, I skid to a rubber-melting ...more
THIS BOOK IS AWESOME.
The tagline describes the novel as “The Fast and the Furious gets a sci-fi twist.” That’s a catchy tagline, but I don’t think it does full justice to the book. There are certainly enough heart-pounding racing scenes to keep fans of those movies happy, but the novel has grander aspirations than simply a book ...more
And it was all wasted as soon as the romance kicked in. Sort of a love triangle and it just didn't work for me. Neither guy did, though there was potential in each. If the romance was absolutely necessary to accomplish certain goals -- and in some respects, I could see how it might be -- then it should have been downplayed more, at least. I thought this was a book about racing!
Also, just say the dirty words already. I understand this is supposed to be a book about ...more
Loved the premise, which is why I picked up the book! I still love the premise, actually, but the execution left something to be desired...
Ok, so, I almost gave up on this book after a few chapters, and I probably ...more
The concept of this book was FANTASTIC. Never in the YA genre have I come across a sci-fi car racing sort of novel. Very Cool!
That said... There were a few technical problems with this book (and some things I would've liked to see more of). The main character was hard to relate to and the suddenly in-your-face love triangle was a little too much. More races would've been great to read, but the purpose of the book kind of shifted from the racing to overthrowing "King ...more
My main problem is that I couldn't connect with the characters and, as a result, I just couldn't bring myself to care for the story. It's like they don't have personalities. I couldn't see the life-long friendship...more
A crazy, very creative world in which SIGN ME UP TO RACE CARS. I could feel the adrenaline rush through me each time Phee got behind the wheel. And when Bear was her spotter, and Cash... whoa, mamma!
I highly recommend this to any adrenaline junkie, girl-power lover, science fiction aficionado's, or those who like to see the big bad's fall on their knees and grovel.
She lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with her husband and son, where she hoards books and writes fiction, and hangs out with people who like those things, too.
And yes, she’s still on a quest for the perfect pancake. (Maybe you can recommend the ...more