Thursday, September 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes - Review and Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes.  Uncontrollable follows the first book in the series Untraceable, and the novelette, Unspeakable.  Please be sure to check out the rest of the tops on the tour here.  There are all kinds of fun things going on.  The author is also giving an e-book of uncontrollable away, which you can enter below.  Thank you so much for stopping by!


Uncontrollable 
(The Nature of Grace #2)
by S. R. Johannes
Expected Publication Date 9/24/12 by Coleman and Stott

As Grace recovers from tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with research on the new "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program". 

While she’s excited about helping with the conservation of the endangered wolves, Grace knows this means being outdoors in the worst winter recorded, in a place she no longer feels comfortable. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and his annoying girlfriend (Skyler), a girl whose idea of getting close to nature is picking silk plants and growing fake plants. 


After a couple of wolves show up dead, Grace almost quits. However, when a fellow project team member goes missing, Grace continues the assignment under a renewed suspicion that someone might be sabotaging the conservation program. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. 


Little does she know, she is being hunted too. 

My Thoughts:  Uncontrollable picks up about 3 months after Untraceable left off.  If you haven't read Untraceable yet, you will really want to before your read Uncontrollable.  Grace is still recovering from her summer tragedy.  After her father disappeared, she was determined to find him, and in the process met an awesome hottie named Mo, was attacked by a poacher named Al, and infiltrated a bear poaching criminal ring.  She did find her father, who everyone thought was dead, only to lose him again.  To add to the tragedy, she was also told that her new love, Mo, was killed in the firefight that took place.  Her best friend Wyn was so upset with her for lying to him that he refused to speak to her, and now 3 months later, he still doesn't acknowledge her presence.  He is just all hung up on his girlfriend Skyler, who hangs all over him, literally.  To top it off, the whole town acts like they blame Grace and are mad at her, instead of being proud of her for helping to bust up the poaching operation.  Forced to sit behind Wyn and Skyler in class and suppress her gag reflex, Grace is excited to see her friend Agent Sweeny from the US Fish and Wildlife Service enter and begin to tell the class about a new program for endangered wolves called The  Red Wolfe Reintroduction Program.  Agent Sweeny offers anyone in the class who wants to, the chance to participate.  Much to everyone's surprise, considering everything she had been through, Grace was the first to volunteer.  She knew it was time to get back into the woods.  She was, after all, her father's daughter.  

Needles to say, this got Wyn's attention, and he also volunteered, then Skyler volunteered as well, along with three other from the class.  Despite concerns from her mom and grandmother, Grace embarks upon this new adventure with a fresh perspective, looking forward to moving from the past into the future.  Even though Al, the thug that tried to kill her, had escaped, she still felt she would be safe in the group.  As it turns out, the danger that Grace faces is far more dangerous that the wolves she encounters, the question is, can she survive this time around?

I really loved Uncontrollable.  It takes place, again, in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina, this time in the midst of a very harsh winter.  I love Grace.  She is a kick-butt heroine, and she is real.  Shelli has done an outstanding job of writing and developing her character, as well as the other characters in the book.  Once Wyn got his butt off his shoulders, I really enjoyed him to.  We are introduced to several new characters in this book, and as events unfold and the mystery begins to unravel, you are held on the edge of your seat trying to figure out who is involved and who isn't.  There are some intense and life threatening situations, but there is also humor injected into the mix in just the right proportion.  Lost friendships are recovered and tested, old fears are faced and replaced with new ones, and people, things, and places, from both the past and present, are not what they seem.  Filled with action, adventure, mystery, danger, romance, and big surprises, S. R. Johannes has written an outstanding sequel to the first book in her Nature of Grace series, and I am really looking forward to the third installment.  


Bio
S.R. Johannes is the author of award-winning and Amazon bestselling Untraceable (a teen wilderness thriller) and new tween paranormal, On The Bright Side. She has also published short novelettes as well as a teen romance anthology with 16 other authors titled, In His Eyes.  Uncontrollable, the sequel to Untraceable, is scheduled for September 2012.  S.R. Johannes is a winner of the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Awards (Young Adult) and was also recently nominated for as Georgia Author of the Year (Young Adult).  After earning an MBA and working in corporate America, S.R. Johannes traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing.  She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her dog, British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess, which she hopes- someday- will change the world.  

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 Untraceable                                     
(The Nature of Grace #1)   
See my review here.           

16-year-old Grace has lived in the Smokies all her life, patrolling with her forest ranger father who taught her about wildlife, tracking, and wilderness survival. 


When her dad goes missing on a routine patrol, Grace refuses to believe he’s dead and fights the town authorities, tribal officials, and nature to find him.


One day, while out tracking clues, Grace is rescued from danger by Mo, a hot guy with an intoxicating accent and a secret. As her feelings between him and her ex-boyfriend get muddled, Grace travels deep into the wilderness to escape and find her father. 


Along the way, Grace learns terrible secrets that sever relationships and lives. Soon she’s enmeshed in a web of conspiracy, deception, and murder. And it’s going to take a lot more than a compass and a motorcycle (named Lucifer) for this kick-butting heroine to save everything she loves.

(The Nature or Grace #1.5)
An Untraceable short story from Mo's view



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8 comments:

  1. I still need to read my copy of Untraceable, so I did skim your review. I think this series has a cool concept. My hubby works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service, so I'm curious as to their involvement in the story. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. That's interesting about your husband's work. You'll have to get his input on the story. My brother works for the Department of Natural Resources, and does a a lot of work with bears, so it was really interesting to me to read Untraceable, since it dealt with bears. Hope you enjoy!

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  2. Awesome review - this series sounds great! Wolves and North Carolina? Count me in! Thanks so much for the giveaway :D

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  3. This series looks really interesting. great review!

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