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The Trace

(Whitewashed #1)

4.54  ·  Rating details ·  63 ratings  ·  42 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition for ASIN: B0727WG9ZX

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 years igno

Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published May 20th 2017 by Evolved Publishing LLC
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Ella Kepler lives a monotonous, placid, suburban existence. She is the only child of nice parents in a nice neighborhood. Ella is kind of a geek and only has one real friend, but that friend is Kara Watson, probably the kindest person in town, so that’s all right. Other than arts and crafts with Kara, occasional unpleasant flare-ups from Kara’s maladjusted brother Kyle, movie marathons with Mom and Dad, or awkward run-ins with school hunk Jimmy Daniels, Ella has nothing happening in her life at ...more
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This story gripped me from the very beginning! The genre is right up my alley, I have always been a fan of supernatural stories with plenty of adventure and a sense of suspense and mystery! I have always considered the scariest of stories to be those in which the monster or the unknown lies within us. The main protagonist, Ella, suddenly awakens new powers and memories within herself and the reader embarks on her journey of self-discovery, trying to piece together clues which might explain why h ...more
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-general
This is, by far and large, a well-written and enjoyable read.

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
"There is goodness in some, Ella Kepler."

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
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I was given an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review)

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 away
Lauren S
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! Very quick read too (although, I'm a fast reader in general.. but I was thinking of reading the book while doing other things and couldn't wait to get back to it), finished it in a little less than a week.

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
C.E. Clayton
I honestly wasn’t too sure what I’d be getting with “The Trace” and it’s Metahumans—a group of people with some X-men like vibes with their superpowers—and the Grifters—disgusting looking creatures who are morally opposed to the good guys. I wasn’t sure where a story like this would take place that would make it suspenseful or exciting. But Thorne delivers so many wonderful surprises that I was enthralled and excited and entertained and any other positive E word you want to add in there. We foll ...more
Cabiria Aquarius
Ella Kepler senses things and sees and hears things that should be worrying but for some reason she’s calm. People have been watching her, but she’s not overly freaking out. Then mysterious changes happen. She wonders why this is happening when suddenly she’s at the MTA. And things get explained - she has powers. What? There’s a war going on. What? They don’t feel pain and they are stupid. Huh?

Ella’s been ignorant of this stuff for 18 years. Where most of the cadets have been training since the
Laura A. Grace
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/4 stars

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
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this trilogy since I usually read contemporary mystery/suspense/thriller types. Sci-Fi is a little out of my comfort zone but I was intrigued by the description and I was given an ARC for my honest review. I’m glad I took the plunge into Sci-Fi. I was drawn in almost immediately. Those elements that I love about mystery/suspense are all here and kept me turning the pages to the end. The suspense comes from figuring out, alongside Ella, what is happening to her, ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently received a complimentary copy of The Trace from Voracious Readers Only. I’ve never received a free copy of a book before, so I was a little hesitant in the beginning. However, this book absolutely blew me away, it instantly dragged me in hook, line and sinker. From the very first page, I had to know what was happening! My curiosity and need to know more only grew with every page I turned. This book is a rare gem and I can’t wait to get stuck into the next one! I look forward to readin ...more
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book is phenomenal. I didn’t want to put it down and would have finished in a couple days if time had allowed. The plot was excellent, the characters rich and detailed, and just when I didn’t think there could possibly be another twist or turn, there was! I absolutely can’t wait for the next book.
Emily Barnett
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had been fumbling to find a good book for awhile, one that sucked me in and kept me up all hours of the night... And then I started reading The Trace and couldn't put it down! Thorne is a wonderful story teller and weaved Ella's tale in such a way that I was in suspense nearly the entire time. Even now that I've finished I'm dying to read the second one to figure more things out! When you aren't in the throes of mystery, you are battling the inner darkness of Ella as she struggles to rise abov ...more
Brooke McCoy
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this! The sequel can’t come soon enough.
H.L. Roethle
WHERE DO I EVEN BEGIN?!?!? The most accurate description I can use to convey my feelings is a lot of gasping, sobbing, not breathing, awwwwwing, laughing, screaming, and wild fangirling. In a word, obsessed. Forever. 😍

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
Sara Francis
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
90% of the time I can predict how a story is going to go. With The Trace, I had no idea. There were so many possibilities and theories that my brain was coming up with but in the end I was still surprised! Adelaide Thorne does a tremendous job of engrossing the reader into her Sci-Fi world and keeps you hungry for 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
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a difficult one to rate, but make that an averaged 3.5 stars. I had seriously mixed feelings while reading this book. Before 50%, I was convinced I should give up. Getting past 70% however and hello story-line. It took a long time coming, but it's quite a rabbit to pull out of the hat. At first I felt the Divergent vibes, and while they do linger, it's that point where story takes over from characters that drew me in and made me want to know more.

The low-down: girl has weird dream, has sudd
Selina Gonzalez
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this was intriguing. So much mystery, so many questions! I needed answers! And, as expected, I didn't get all of them. Guess I have to keep reading. 😉

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
Nick Scotto
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book because a close friend recommended it. I had my doubts because I am not much of Sci-Fi reader as I prefer non fiction books over fiction. This book was a pleasant surprise because of how the author was able to keep your attention during the story as the plot continued to develop. The story was not as predictable as I thought it was going to be which made it an enjoyable read.

My only complaint about the book was that at times I had a difficult time with knowing which character wa
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book and being one of the first to have the opportunity to read it since I was given the ARC for writing an honest review! Normally I am drawn to books with female protagonists but it is incredibly refreshing to get a flawed main character that can’t simply will her way out of her troubles with only the flip of her hair and a pretty face. The characters felt so realistic and the Ethella love story was completely amaziiinggg, cannot wait for more of it in book two! As far as ...more
Alex Walker
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm a tough critic, so I was delighted to receive an ARC to review the book. I reserve 5 stars for life-altering books, but I will say this was an honest 4.
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
Parker "Poodle"
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Review pending.
The Sherlock
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blown away. Absolutely blown away. Who knew such awesomeness existed?
Rebekah Gyger
I read this book as part of an experiment for the author, where I read books one and two out of published order. Thus reading most of The Integer first.

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
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book is listed as young adult fiction, as a lady of a few years, found it fascinating to read! I am always looking for books that draw the reader in and keeps them engrossed in the story. Adelaide does not disappoint! I am a fan of sci-fi and fantasy, with "clean" story lines and great story telling. This book incorporates all three! Definitely worth the read.
Ryan Freeman
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Relevant. Personal. Unique. If you want a good read, check this one out!
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Won this book through goodreads. A great read, it draws you in from beginning and keeps you attention through to the end. Well worth reading.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘’If only monsters were a myth and telepathy were impossible. If only, if only, if only…’’
-The Trace

Confusion, despair, doubt.. what if all you believed in, all you thought you knew, all the things that made you you, were a mere illusion? A constant mirage that clouded your view from seeing the world as it truly is? Welcome to Briarwood, a town were average things happened to average people every day.
. I cannot fully express how much I loved books The Trace and The Integer
Vicky Quenault
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