The Grifters kidnap any metahumans living outside the Academy... like me. Only this time, they missed.
For centuries, a covert organization of metahumans called the Academy has protected unaware civilians from the Grifters, creatures whose humanity is as deformed as their craggy faces. I’d spent eighteen...more
What am I saying? This book has assaulted my emotions and now it's just lingering. Don't you hate it when a book does that? Just linger in your mind for an indefinite amount of time, forcing you to reread over and over again trying to pick up everything you missed before? And then it just won't leave you until it does and then you have to move on with life.
I'm being overdramatic. Really. This is hardly a review.
But. I s ...more
I HAVE SO MANY THOUGHTS!!
This is Adelaide Thorne as she left us all hanging by a thread at the end of this book!!! I'm still shook by the last 35% of the story, I can't even.
Let me tell you about my THE TRACE reading journey primarily in gifs, because right now that's about all of the emotional capacity I have (thanks for that, Ad).
My thoughts/expectations going into this book:
The first 10-15%, as the baseline is established with the MC, Ella, and surrounding characters:
*Brace yourself for bru ...more
Do I even have words to describe this book? Let's try, shall we?
This book is incredible. I haven't had a book twist my mind into as many knots as this series did in a good long while. It took me longer than I expected to get through this book, but in looking back, I realize it's because I didn't want it to end. Genuinely. I already want to re-read it.
Things I want to say:
- Ella is an awesome protagonist. Flawed, but not beyond likeability. I love that ...more
It was really hard for me to read the first half of this book. I almost gave up reading it. *hides* The reason being is because I really disliked Ella. I know she was angry about certain situations and felt guilty, but I did not like how she handled things.
However, I'm really glad I continued reading because wow! There are some potent truths she learned that really spoke to my heart. She had an extremely touching transformation that opened my eyes to how we can stop hate. Not only th ...more
It hits the mark in many respects: character development, plot pacing, twists. There were a couple of areas where I felt disappointed, or where I think more development would have enhanced the story, so I can't say that this was a book that I loved, but it is one that will stay with me.
The main area that I felt was chaotic was the world building. This is the sort of book where the author has clearly defined the world and the various cu ...more
The Trace by Adelaide Thorne is a Young Adult novel with some light elements of science fiction. The book follows Ella Kepler, an awkward teenager who is transformed from the last pick in every P.E. class to an Olympic gymnast overnight. Add in some stalking monsters and suspicious men-in-black spying on her and you have an intriguing beginning.
I don't want to ruin too much of the book, so I'll refrain from giving aw ...more
It's based in modern times and about a girl, Ella, pulled from regular life and thrust into a secret government "Academy" for super-humans fighting "Grifters" (which are also 'human-like' but creepy looking and way stronger). I enjoyed reading Ella's growth of charact ...more
Ella’s been ignorant of this stuff for 18 years. Where most of the cadets have been training since the ...more
The tale is about a high-school student Ella who finds out she is different than everyone else. She is a Metahuman who has to leave the world she knows behind. She is reluctant u ...more
Reading the books out of order did not impact my ability to understand what was happening, but I'll admit that it might have decreased my enjoyment of this book. Some of the world building wasn't as fun to dive into because I already had that information from reading Integer, and Ella seemed to work backward in character growth (I mean, duh). Ho ...more
First, imma gush, then I'll talk about The Trace individually.
Adelaide Thorne is now one of my favorite authors of all time, and her books are some of my all time favorites. Yes, I just read them. No, my mind will never change. This is not a passing phase. I am in love, and forever ...more
The low-down: girl has weird dream, has sudd ...more
The characters are solid with a good variety. I liked Ella overall, although she sometimes seemed slightly slow on the uptake. She needs to watch and read more sci-if, haha. And pay more attention, Kepler!
There's some good exploration of prejudice, assumptions, empathy, and other philosophical and moral issues.
The middle dragged f ...more
My only complaint about the book was that at times I had a difficult time with knowing which character wa ...more
What I liked:
It's got everything: conspiracies, fights (good taste, not gratuitous), logic, and tension. The author doesn't shy away from shocking subjects, but treats them with due respect. Great sensory details are provided so you can paint a picture in your mind of exactly what's happening. Plot ends on a great stopping point... a real hoo ...more
A big thank you to the author for sending me a review copy! She is the sweetest! All thoughts were me own.
This is a great teen/Sci fy read that teaches us about compassion for all.
This book had me captivated from the start. I loved the way Ella developed.
I will be reading the next installment ASAP.