Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Book Review: Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes

Uncontrollable (Nature of Grace Book 2)
By S. R. Johannes
Publisher: Coleman & Stott
Published: Jan. 11, 2014

Amazon Synopsis:

 A critically-acclaimed teen thriller series!

"A Modern Day Katniss..." Reel Life with Janearticle.

Award-winning books and young adult author! Untraceable and Uncontrollable have been teen best sellers, making many of the top young adult best seller lists including: Best Debut, Movers and Shakers, Top 100 in Thrillers, and the Top 100 in Teen Action Adventure books. 

 Nature girl, Grace, recovers from her tragedy, her science class is chosen by Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to help with conservation and 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 on record, in a place she no longer feels safe. It also means working closely with Wyn (her ex) and Skyler (his annoying girlfriend), an indoor girl whose idea of getting close to nature is killing two silk plants and watering a cactus. 

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. Facing wild animals, threatening temperatures, and ghosts of the past, she quietly begins to hunt for clues. 

Little does she know, she is being hunted too. 

Kirkus Reviews called this teen series "a dramatic entanglement of mystery, deception and teen romance." While Reader's Favorite awarded Untraceable with a Bronze medal in young adult books and said they loved the action adventure mixed with "a message of wildlife conservation." 

This teen series for girls has it all: teen romance, action adventure, and mystery all backdropped by the Smoky Mountains. The young adult book also provides fun wilderness survival tips so readers can investigate with Grace along the way. The twists and turns will create mystery and suspense that will keep you guessing until the very end. 

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My Thoughts:

Grace is one of the students from her science class who volunteers for an extra credit science project which is headed up by Agent Sweeney of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The students are to record the activity of the reintroduced red wolves in the local area around their town. It’s just before winter break and it’s one of the coldest winters in a long while.

Grace is still struggling a little with her grief, missing her dad, and dealing with the emotions stirred up by the various townsfolk that she thinks view her differently now that the case is closed. She also misses Mo, the young man she had fallen in love with whose body she saw taken away after the poaching ring had been caught. Grace felt this project was a good way to get back into the forest and honour her father and what he stood for, and to begin to move ahead with her life again.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this novel ranging from teen emotional entanglements to deaths. It seems possible that someone might be trying to sabotage the wolf reintroduction project as two wolves mysteriously die with no wounds and looking otherwise healthy. The danger and suspense doesn’t let up for Grace until the end of the book.

The characters in Uncontrollable are believable. They sound sincere and realistic and those who were not what they appeared to be what they were had me fooled.

I liked the combination of themes in this story of clean romance, animal conservation, and suspense. I think it made for a winning combination. I highly recommend Uncontrollable to readers of any of these genres. I gave this book a full 5 stars out of 5 stars.

Thank you to the author for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

When Shelli was younger, she spent all her time outdoors, hiking, camping and living the Girl Scout Way. 

Somewhere along the way, she got away from nature and earned an MBA in Marketing, kicking off an 18-year marketing career in Corporate America.

Eventually, Shelli traded in her expensive suits, high heels, and corporate lingo for a family, flip-flops, and her love of writing. She started her own marketing & communications business,, where she worked with Spanx, Goody Hair Products, Chick Filet, and the Boys & Girls Club of America.

In addition to juggling nap schedules and client meetings, Shelli focuses on her writing. She is a frequent speaker on marketing and book publicity at SCBWI conferences across the U.S, and runs a popular book marketing blog, Market My Words (

In her spare time (yeah right!) and if the kids allow (yeah right!), Shelli obsesses over movies, reads children’s books (over and over), and still dreams of sleeping in on the weekends. But most importantly, she is finally getting back to her roots by running her own Girl Scout Troop in Atlanta, helping girls get back to nature.

She currently lives in Atlanta with her dog (Charley), British-accented husband, and the huge imaginations of their little prince and princess that someday will change the world. 

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