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Friday, December 16, 2016

Untraceable by S.R. Johannes

Untraceable, by S.R. Johannes, is the first novel in the Nature of Grace series. It is a young adult mystery/thriller about a girl named Grace who has grown up surrounded by nature in the Smoky Mountains, and with a forest ranger father that taught her wilderness survival skills. While out on a daily patrol, Grace’s father goes missing, and while the town authorities and officials believe him to be dead, Grace refuses to give up the search for him. She starts her own search, and one day when she is out looking for any clues that would lead her to her father, she runs into danger and is rescued by a handsome, mysterious young man named Mo. Using the survival skills taught to her by her father, Grace sets out on a journey into the wilderness to find him and bring him home.  Everything is not what is seems, however, and soon Grace finds herself in life or death situation where she has to fight to save the people she loves.

I really enjoyed this book. I am not a big fan of mystery/thriller books, and I usually stick to fantasy and dystopian genres, but I thought I would give this one a go. I am glad I did, because this book was not boring in the slightest. It was exciting and fast paced, and full of emotion. I also loved the nature aspect of it, and how the author threw in issues such as poaching. Many of the scenes in the book were intense and educational for what actually goes on with poaching, wildlife conservation, etc. Overall, I highly recommend this book, and I am definitely going to be reading the second book in the series.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley

City of Legends by Cheyenne Young

City of Legends by Cheyanne Young was a pleasantly surprising young adult fantasy novel. I have read many books in my days that have all had similar premises, yet I have yet to come across a plot like this one. City of Legends tells the story of a world where Supers (super heroes), have existed and lived in a society apart from humans for as long as anyone can remember. The main protagonist, Maci Knight, has grown up watching her father and brother, who are both Heroes worshipped by Supers and Humans alike, fight to protect the humans from villains. She has trained her whole life, and wants nothing more than to become a Hero and protect humankind. However, on the day before her 18th birthday, the day she will officially test to become a Hero, she learns that she was born a twin, and this is a secret that changes everything. In the Super world, when a set of twins are born, one twin ALWAYS turns into a villain, but there is no way of knowing which twin will be good or evil. Burdened with this knowledge, and fighting growing feelings such as violence, rage, and revenge, she finds herself wondering if she will ever become the Hero she has waited all of her life to be.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the other characters, and learning about what it is like to live as a Super. However, I felt like the character’s descriptions and cultural descriptions were a bit lacking. I would have enjoyed learning more about their world, etc. It was a very fast paced book, and I read it in one sitting. It had a lot of action, and a bit of romance in it, which is always good. I will definitely be reading the other ones in the series, and I am looking forward to learning what happens to Maci and the other Supers.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from NetGalley.