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The Speed of Falling Objects

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Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs. She's certain that her mom's bitterness and her TV star father's absence are her fault. If only she were moremore athletic, ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!
Strength, endurance, & love!

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THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER is an entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and edge-of-your-seat YA survivalist story that immediately hooked and captivated me. The backdrop of the Amazon rainforest and the premise of this novel totally intrigued and enthralled me, I was totally taken with this adventurous tale and loved Dannys story. The action was so fierce that I literally could not put this book down.
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This was such an compelling and unpredictable story!



This was so good, I have already added it to my favorites list! It was a story about plane crash, survival, it had bullies, a romance, a broken family, a journey, It was about fame and what people will do for fame, about overcoming fears and insecurities, and learning to live with your disabilities and how someone can internalize feelings from childhood and let that affect their entire life. Especially it is a story about communication and how
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Brenda -Traveling Sister
I took a step out of my normal here with reading The Speed of Falling Objects, and I am so glad I did. What a great surprise this one was. I loved the self-discovery adventure here I took with our main character Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren.

The Speed of Falling Objects has all the elements here to make this a thrilling edge of your seat emotional YA adventure for me. It's an action-packed story of survival, a coming of age story with a touch of romance.

Nancy Richardson Fischer does such a
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Paige
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: y-a
3.5 stars
Danny, sixteen about to be seventeen, lives with her mom. Her dad is famous but she has little to no relationship with him because he is too busy as a survivalist TV star; her relationship with him consists of watching all of his shows on TV. When her dad calls to invite her to be on his next survivalist show, she hastily accepts. But, the plane crashes, lives are lost, and they are faced with the true wilderness. Danny begins to see her dad for who he truly is, but can she forgive
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Gather 'round, my friends, for this seemingly innocuous young adult book actually ended up filling me with a lot of mixed feelings, many of them Not Good. Who'da thunk that a rain forest survival story would end up making me so conflicted? Not me!



THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is about a girl named Danger. Yes, literally-- although she goes by her middle name, Danielle. Due to a childhood accident, she is half-blind. Her mother is a nurse
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
3 stars.

An entertaining and highly atmospheric step outside of my usual reading genre. A journey into the vast, lush and beautiful jungle where danger lurks at every step. A loveable, brave, quirky and unique teenage main character who had me rooting for her. A little too high on the drama, but it kept this YA story fast-paced and entertaining.

Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a physical copy to read and review!
Betsy
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
A quick hate-read
Surprisingly, I think I blew through this book so quickly because of how much I hated the main character's father, Cougar. I kept reading in hopes that the asshat would be eaten by wild hyenas, kind of like that scene in the animated Lion King or something.

(I know hyenas don't live in the rainforest, where this book takes place, but that would be the only appropriate end for Cougar!) Going in, I thought Dad would have more redeeming qualities, but really, there's only a glimmer
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Kendall
I fell in love with the cover of this book and had to get my hands on it!

The Speed of Falling Objects was a pretty quick read for me. The novel explores romance, coming of age, relationships, survival, overcoming fears, and family.

The book is well written and leaves readers on the edge with all the action in the jungle! I loved the setting and I felt like I was really in the Amazon.

I do have to say that I wasn't a fan of the main character's father Cougar. Cougar is an ass and all he cares
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Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
4 Stars - I REALLY enjoyed this one! Great story, setting and characters. I love a book that allows the reader to follow along with a character or characters emotional journey to grow and change and find out more of who they are or want to me. And this one more than fits that.

Danny wants the love of her parents. She wants to fit in and she wants to be strong. With her father mostly absent in her life, she jumps at the chance to get the one thing shes been missing since an accident happened when
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I totally wanted to read this because its set in the Amazon. Since my own world is a jungle world I love reading books set in the jungle. That is the only reason I wanted to read it... But it also includes disability (loss of an eye) and survival (another genre I love)!!

The title is very fascinating and really kind of symbolically encapsulates what The Speed of Falling Objects is really about... which is not survival or disability
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Holly
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Would you travel through the Amazon as part of a survivalist TV show in order to reconnect with your Dad and learn his truth? Well thats what Danger Danielle (Danny) Warren does in The Speed of Falling Objects. This YA book is a fun and fast read thats an adventure with a romance subplot. Its a coming-of-age story filled with courage, the will to survive, love, family, friendship, bullying, and living with a disability.

The first sentence pulled me right in and the second sentence kept me there.

I
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Laurie
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up intending to read just one chapter and found that was completely impossible (the book STARTS with a plane disaster). Teenaged Danny's plane crashes in THE Amazon rain forest and shes stranded there with her wilderness-survival celebrity dad, his filming crew and teen movie star Gus in a fight for survival (a brilliant set-up if every there was one). And yes, there are a plethora of terrifying bugs, reptiles and other lethal dangers, but what this story is about, at its ...more
The Nerd Daily
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

Survivalist stories are brutal. They excel at tearing away hope in favour of exposing the true grit of human nature. This story is no exception, and I felt that it offered a very interesting exploration into the human spirit when it seems as though there is nothing left to lose. Emotions run high, raw, and rampant here, and theres no turning back once youve started. I found the characters compelling, and the sheer hatred that I
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Bridget
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A clear five star YA read. It has everything, depth, breadth and best of all it has pace. Thank goodness for a breath of fresh air, something new and different and not full of sword wielding magic people.

Danny is blind in one eye, has a mum who is driven, for Danny and for herself. Her Dad is a TV survival documentary star and a proper pain in the arse, unreliable and emotionally distant. He invites Danny to come along on a trip to the Amazon, Danny hopes it will be a chance to repair her
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Karen
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My number one advice for this book? Don't read it while on an airplane. After all, it literally begins with a plane crash.

I was hooked from the first chapter. I loved Danny and her narration. She lost one eye in an accident when she was younger and has been scared of the world - and losing her other good eye - since. She also has barely seen her father, a man who reinvented himself as Cougar - a
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Janet
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the author of When Elephants Fly comes an exceptional new novel about falling down, risking everything and embracing what makes us unique. Dont miss this compulsively readable novel about the most unlikely of
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Katie Gallagher
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for sending me a free advanced reader copy of this book for an honest review. The Speed of Falling Objects debuted October 1st.


If there ever was a book to convince me that I dont want to visit the Amazon rain forest, this is it. The book progresses from a page one plane crash to poison dart frogs, killer snakes, leeches, and all the creepy crawlies you could ever want. MC Danny, short for Danielle, must
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Colleen Houck
If this one doesn't make you want to crawl under your covers and grab a can of Raid, I'd be shocked. Gah! The snakes, the bugs, the sweat, the rain...what didn't happen to this poor kid? I was glued to every page. Loved that there was absolutely no pull back on what really happens when the unthinkable happens in the Amazon jungle. Scary!
Donna Weber
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4-1-2-stars
4 1/2 Stars ✨ ✨ ✨ ✨ Rounded up
Sharon
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Find a cozy corner, or better yet a comfy bed, and crank up the a/c when your start this book because you will not want to put it down!

In #TheSpeedofFallingObjects, the backdrop is an amazon rain forest complete with creepy crawly creatures and the vast unknown. Reality star and survivalist Cougar Warren has invited his teenage daughter Danny to join him on his latest show which will feature a young rising actor Gus Price. But plans go awry when their plane crashes, and getting out alive takes
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Monique
Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I picked this up on a whim and it was everything. I loved the writing, the setting, the characters and the complicated/emotional relationships. Danny is a great lead who had very childlike qualities and enough complexity that made her well rounded. Her relationship with her dad is a key focus of the story and by the time we head towards the end, we find her becoming more confident and in tune with herself. My view of her father changed so many times throughout the story that by the time
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Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, arc, ya
How long would you survive lost in the Amazon?

Huge fan of Bear Grylls and Naked & Afraid type survival shows - but I still dont think that if my plane crashed in the South American jungle Id survive 5 minutes. Id get hungry & cranky and itchy & bitchy. The Amazon is pretty but Ill stick to the one that sells books!

When Dannys estranged father - a famous TV survivalist - asks her to come along on a shoot, she instantly says yes. Forget that that shes terrified of everything, and not
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Dayle (the literary llama)
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was a solid 4 Stars, I enjoyed the heck out of it. Let me tell you how I read it (insert flashback/ dream sequence music here).
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I read the first 50ish pages and was a little anxious to get past it. You see, I get super uncomfortable and then uninterested in naive and keenly desperate characters. And thats the entire set up of this story, its a place to start. I also knew that it would evolve and grow past that phase for the main character. I had faith in Nans writing but I also had
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Amber
Dec 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The beginning of this book had me absolutely hooked. It starts out with a plane crash and leaves you wanting to know more. It was a super fast paced and action packed read. BUT there were some super problematic things throughout the book that knocked my rating down from a solid 4 to a 3 stars.

I wouldn't say I felt connected to our MC Danny, but I was super interested in the survivalist aspect of the story. Also the writing was very good in terms of description. I felt like I was really in the
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Lillia
Hello, everyone, I Received this Advance reader copy from Harlequin TEEN (US and Canada) on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I rated this 5 out of 5 stars

I highly recommend this to those who are looking for a story where one discovers self and who needs that type of read where a character, after going through so much, uplifts herself and just realized they are worth it.

This book is about a 17-year-old girl discovering her true self and family through the hardships she went through as a
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Tracy (The Pages In-Between)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Full review to come.
Brenna Clark
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Edelweiss for this ARC! I read the synopsis and was automatically excited to read it, but I had no idea the heart that lay beneath the brush of the Amazon. This tale was expertly wound, and our little heroine felt like an extension of my soul. Watching Danny make her journey from Pigeon to Danielle to Danny to Danger was the the most cathartic thing, and it's amazing that it happened all within these 336 pages. She grew so much, and it really inspired me. Beneath the actual ...more
Danielle Zimmerman
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Equally thrilling and heartfelt, THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is a fantastic novel about facing your fears and pushing beyond what you think your limits are to figure out who you really are as a person.

The main character is the daughter of a man whos a bit of a combination of two famous Steves: Steve-O and Steve Irwin. Hes knowledgeable but pompous, capable but a bit cold-hearted at times, not to mention very selfish. Danielle (a name Im very partial to), or Danny for short, doesnt think shes
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Tish
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the minute I opened this book I had trouble putting it down. The characters and their relationships held me sway. The story seemed to move faster and faster. I didn't want it to end.
There are themes of redemption and self awareness, which I always love.
I also love when I learn things in fiction that I would not have pursued on my own. The only thing I know about the Amazon rain-forests are that they are the lungs of the planet and that they are on fire. I have no interest in bugs or
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Lydia Rose
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
No spoliers in this review!!!

I really enjoyed reading this book. It was really hard to put down because at the end of every chapter, I kept on finding myself wanting to continue reading!! The imagery and the effort the author put into this book is AMAZING!! It felt as if I was actually there in the Amazon with all of the characters. The writing of the book was really easy to follow. The reason why I took away a star was that I wasn't completely on the same page with the characters. I wasn't able
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