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As 16 year old 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 on record, in a place she no longer feels c As 16 year old 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 on record, 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 killing 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. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. Little does she know, she is being hunted too.


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As 16 year old 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 on record, in a place she no longer feels c As 16 year old 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 on record, 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 killing 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. She quietly begins to hunt for clues. Little does she know, she is being hunted too.

30 review for Uncontrollable

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    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 th 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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Haley ~ YA-Aholic

    “…I think we should talk. I owe you an explanation.” I plop down next to him. “Yeah you do. Your cute accent and dreamy ways can only get you by for so long.” Shelli Johannes has done it again. Uncontrollable book two in The Nature of Grace series was just as amazing as book one Untraceable. This series is easily one of my favorite series, Shelli has once again put together a book that keeps the readers on the edge of their seat and guessing till the very end. If you loved Untraceable, then you a “…I think we should talk. I owe you an explanation.” I plop down next to him. “Yeah you do. Your cute accent and dreamy ways can only get you by for so long.” Shelli Johannes has done it again. Uncontrollable book two in The Nature of Grace series was just as amazing as book one Untraceable. This series is easily one of my favorite series, Shelli has once again put together a book that keeps the readers on the edge of their seat and guessing till the very end. If you loved Untraceable, then you are going to love Uncontrollable! At first when I started Uncontrollable, I’m not going to lie, I was flat out nervous! Untraceable was one of my favorite books of 2012 and I was insanely worried that the sequel wouldn’t live up to book one. But thank goodness that didn’t happen. Uncontrollable had a new story, but still had the aspects and characters I loved from Untraceable. There are so many amazing things in this series that I love. But the number one thing I think will always be my favorite is our heroine Grace. Grace is possibly my favorite heroine ever, she is so tough and courageous, if she thinks she can save someone’s life, even if it means risking her own..she will do it! She knows a ton about wildlife and how to survive in the wilderness, and she has a passion for animals. This girl is pure awesome, if there was ever a zombie apocalypse and I could have one character from a book be on my team…you can bet your butt I would pick Grace! There was only one thing in Uncontrollable that annoyed me and that was Wyn (Grace’s EX boyfriend/bestfiend), while he did only annoy me the first 25% or so of the book he still very much got on my nerves. He was such a coward in the beginning I found myself wanting to just grab him by the shoulders and scream “BE A MAN!” But thankfully Wyn came through for me and become the guy I loved in book one after the first 25% or so of the book. There was one other character that made me insanely happy, but I am not going to speak of them because that would be a semi spoiler, but just know that said person is AMAZING! Besides the characters being amazing as ever, the story itself this time was so thrilling, although there were a few times where I guessed what was coming before hand, for the most part Uncontrollable surprised me. I loved that this story still stuck with the ‘theme’ of saving animals like book one did, but this time around it was endangered red wolves. . After finishing Uncontrollable I not only got to add a new book to my favorites list, but was also informed of the red wolves and how their numbers are diminishing. I think it is amazing that Mrs. Johannes not only writes beautiful stories, but also informs readers of endangered animals and things that are happening to these animals in real life. I for one have always been an avid animal lover and the topic she covered in book one Untraceable was one I am very familiar with. But the endangered red wolves was something I was not aware of before reading Uncontrollable, so thank you Shelli for informing me and your readers of our wild animals that need our help. Overall I had to give this book 5 stars just like book one, it blew my mind and completely met my expectations and more. If you’re looking for a book that will have you on the edge of your seat, a book that will break your heart at times but also teach you something, and a book that is just all around epic and different than most YA novels out there, then I highly recommend The Nature of Grace series.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sheila

    Filled with memorable phrases and great characters, including the enjoyable cast of Untraceable, Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes sends the inestimable Grace back into the woods, scant weeks after her father’s tragic death. Chapter headings give survival tips as valid for backwoods life as for inner-city depression and offer intriguing insights into a teen’s approach to difficulties. Meanwhile, accompanied by “Backwoods Barbie and Camping Ken,” Grace has to learn when to trust and when to take c Filled with memorable phrases and great characters, including the enjoyable cast of Untraceable, Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes sends the inestimable Grace back into the woods, scant weeks after her father’s tragic death. Chapter headings give survival tips as valid for backwoods life as for inner-city depression and offer intriguing insights into a teen’s approach to difficulties. Meanwhile, accompanied by “Backwoods Barbie and Camping Ken,” Grace has to learn when to trust and when to take charge, and how to care about people as well as animals. She learns to care for herself too as the story progresses, and the dangers she faces may be even greater than those challenging the wolves she’s trying to save. The novel takes a wisely bleak and honest look at death and its consequences, tackling issues head on and offering a pleasing sense of hope. Grace misses her father and is blamed for other local deaths. Guilt and blame cast shadows over relationships, leaving her with the aching thought that “the one thing about death that’s… hardest…, [is]how much people change.” In a beautiful scene with her old Cherokee friend, Grace feels “We don’t speak the same language anymore,” but is it the language of friendship, of forgiveness, or of the woods? Sometimes lyrical, sometimes oddly abrupt, teen emotions and dialog are convincing. While the adults may seem less relatable, they’re really the minor characters in this novel of teen survival against emotional, ecological and physical odds. The stakes are high. The story’s exciting. The lessons are wise. And the wolves are glorious in this tragic but hopeful teen novel. Disclosure: I received a free ecopy when the author was a guest on my blog.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily (Mrs B's Books)

    This book follows on from bool one three months down the line when Grace, her mum and the community are trying to get on with their lives after the revelations and hurt from the big reveal. Grace is getting on better with her mum, but her relationship with Wyn and Tommy are on the rocks to non-non-existant. Her grandmother Birdee turns up just when Grace needs a little more happiness in her life and a woman not afraid to speak of the dead. Grace very much misses her dad and Mo the boy she fell in This book follows on from bool one three months down the line when Grace, her mum and the community are trying to get on with their lives after the revelations and hurt from the big reveal. Grace is getting on better with her mum, but her relationship with Wyn and Tommy are on the rocks to non-non-existant. Her grandmother Birdee turns up just when Grace needs a little more happiness in her life and a woman not afraid to speak of the dead. Grace very much misses her dad and Mo the boy she fell in love with, but has unable to find her way back into the woods. A project at school to study the Red Wolves proves the turning point for Grace into getting back into the Forest, however her life is again in danger with mysterious wolf deaths and people acting strange and eventually going missing. Grace is a very strong character and again there is a very heavy theme of conservation in the book, but it is handled very well and we also get lots of memorable phrases that you may want to highlight. I really enjoyed this book, but was able to identify the villain before they were revealed.

  5. 5 out of 5

    B at Spare Time Book Blog

    I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Uncontrollable by the author. After the way Untraceable ended I was excited to get to read Uncontrollable. First lets take a minute and show some cover love! The covers for this series are awesome!! Ok now back to the review. S. R. Johannes has such a great way of writing. She has a way of making you question all the characters. Like anyone of them could be involved in the problem. I must be terrible at predicting who is doing what because I was way I was lucky enough to receive a review copy of Uncontrollable by the author. After the way Untraceable ended I was excited to get to read Uncontrollable. First lets take a minute and show some cover love! The covers for this series are awesome!! Ok now back to the review. S. R. Johannes has such a great way of writing. She has a way of making you question all the characters. Like anyone of them could be involved in the problem. I must be terrible at predicting who is doing what because I was way off here. This has been happening a lot lately, I must be losing my mojo. The story about the red wolves and why they are dying mysteriously after being released into the wild is just as riveting as the story of the bears. It takes Grace and a group of her friends on a dangerous "field trip", if you will, to try to document the wolves. This happens to take place during a particularly bad winter with dangerous conditions. There are injuries and even deaths. I felt so bad for Grace throughout the story because I feel like she can never catch a break! She is having a string of bad luck and continues to loose people close to her. She felt so alone. There was one aspect of the story that I was right about however it would be a huge spoiler and therefore I will not be telling you. Sorry you will have to read it! Lets talk about the other characters. Wyn got on my nerves a lot. The way him and Skyla flaunted their relationship in Grace's face. It was just mean how they blamed Grace for their families deaths and such. Never once did they stop and think about how much Grace lost on that day as well. The whole town for that matter blamed Grace for everything and it was just crap! Let's blame the teenager for what the corrupt adults did. I thought the whole Al twist was brilliant! Now that he's back in the picture Grace's life is still on the line which is scary considering what happened to her in Uncontrollable. I would say that there is still a little bright light for her however through all this and that is what will help her get through the obstacles yet to come! I can't wait to see what happens in book 3. I have a feeling Al will be out for revenge. And the object of that revenge is Grace. Once again in book 3 her life will be on the line. I hope she will make it through!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Svendsen

    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 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. To see my complete review visit Shelf Full of Books http://kathrynsshelffullofbooks.blogs...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christie Pepper

    Good story kept me captivated, but way too many errors. Please have your book edited before asking people to pay for it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    where can i buy this book????

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)

    I dnfed this book roughly 51% in. Even though I did not finish it, it is handy for me to know why I did not finish it so here I go. So, I really liked the first book in this series, but I read that book six years ago. I can't remember anything about that book now, and now I'm also more critical when it comes to books. I made it halfway through this book, which is a lot, but if it weren't for the fact that I had nothing else to read at the time, I would have given up after the first chapter. The fi I dnfed this book roughly 51% in. Even though I did not finish it, it is handy for me to know why I did not finish it so here I go. So, I really liked the first book in this series, but I read that book six years ago. I can't remember anything about that book now, and now I'm also more critical when it comes to books. I made it halfway through this book, which is a lot, but if it weren't for the fact that I had nothing else to read at the time, I would have given up after the first chapter. The first chapter is confusing. We start with a chase scene, with the MC in a precarious situation, then we cut to an entirely new environment in the next chapter, with nothing said about the previous chapter. I think it was supposed to be a time jump, showing the reader what to expect later in the book, but there was no indication of that. No "6 weeks earlier" tag, or anything similar. Honestly, I hate prologues that jump ahead in the book because they're usually confusing, and usually mean that the author has no interesting place to start the actual story. The writing was also really clunky and Grace's character didn't make sense. Her emotions never matched the dialogue and she was such a hypocrite. She also claims that she's great with the outdoors, but she kept making dumb decisions. She was honestly a bit full of herself. I really hated that the only other main teenage girl character is portrayed as a terrible person (There is I think one other teen girl character, but Grace only has one conversation with her before I gave up. She is also a stereotyped character, but she's a studious stereotype). And by terrible, I mean that she is a girly girl, which is of course bad in Grace's book. I'm honestly tired of books featuring girls who hate girls just because they're girly girls. Granted, the other girl, Skylar, is not nice to Grace, but that's because her father died in book one after Grace discovered that Skylar's father was involved in nefarious things. Skylar blames Grace for her father's death. But here's the thing, Grace hates Skylar not because of this history, but because Skylar is the annoying girl who complains about the cold on a winter hike and has the audacity to go out with Grace's EX-boyfriend. I'm not saying that I liked Skylar (I didn't), I'm saying that I also didn't like Grace, and that books should stop pitting girls against each other. The plot was really slow and once I went home (to other books), I didn't really want to pick this book up again because I honestly didn't care. This book wasn't terrible, but I don't want to waste my time on a book that I am not enjoying.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andreea

    I remember really enjoying the first book in the series, but with this one, sadly, I got bored. It felt as if the action dragged, although there were plenty of things happening. Grace has been through so many awful things and it just keeps on going. Some relationships evolve in a immature way, we find out new things, plot twists, mysterious elements, new characters, all of these set up the continuation of the story but it just felt flat for me. Maybe it will pick up for me in the next book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    One sign of a good series is when you can read out of sequence and still get a solid experience in the process. This was my first read in the trilogy, but the plot, hints at what had already happened, coupled with the characters and nonstop action, made this a very satisfying read. It could use another proofread as there are typos in it, but that's a tiny quibble. I ordered books one and three before I even finished this. One sign of a good series is when you can read out of sequence and still get a solid experience in the process. This was my first read in the trilogy, but the plot, hints at what had already happened, coupled with the characters and nonstop action, made this a very satisfying read. It could use another proofread as there are typos in it, but that's a tiny quibble. I ordered books one and three before I even finished this.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I LOVE the heart and love for animals in this book and the previous one. The book itself was fun to keep up with. On my toes during most of it. Towards the end everything fell into place a little too easily for me. I could predict every move and that was a bummer for me but could be a wonderful transition into the end for someone else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    Amazing Highly addictive which I couldn’t put down (in a good way), amazing writing and amazing message for wildlife 10/10 recommend

  14. 5 out of 5

    Fly To The Sky

    This review appeared on my blog, Read Books and Live Green !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I should probably let you know I have Sequelaphobia and second book phobia. Trust me when I say this, but it is bad! Half the time I have a huge giant let down, like I love the first book and then I read the second and it's like, AAAAHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It's tough, so going into this book I This review appeared on my blog, Read Books and Live Green !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I should probably let you know I have Sequelaphobia and second book phobia. Trust me when I say this, but it is bad! Half the time I have a huge giant let down, like I love the first book and then I read the second and it's like, AAAAHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It's tough, so going into this book I was prepared for the tears and intense heartbreak, but instead I got one of my favorite books for 2012! THE PREMISE Grace is feeling lost without her dad and losing Mo was a lot to handle. As if that weren't bad enough, Wyn is beng a total JERK for the first quarter of the book. So then in her sciene class, in comes Agent Sweeney from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services. He come to talk about the Red Wolf Project and askes for volenteers, So naturally Grace joins. But as luck would have it, Wyn and his totally evil girlfriend Skylar, join her team too. So she has to deal with them beng Jerks to her and basically mocking her. Then they start to find dead wolves, which adds to the mystery! There is way more going on then meets the eye! So let me break it down: THE PROS 1. Grace continues to be awesome and inspiring! FYI she's my all time favorite character!! 2. There is a whole bunch of nature. I love all things Naturey so obviously I am going to love this book.! Does that make me biased? 3. A certain someone is back. 4. Agent Sweney is cool! And the other character are as always in depth and mostly full of awesomeness! On top of that Grace has one amazing Grandma, not that I'm too jealous, mine are great, too. 5. I love how at the beginning of each chapter there are survival tips AND they relate to what's happening in the book. 6. , , Ummm, have you seen these covers, they are gorgeous!! These covers alone would make me want to read the book! 7. So there is A LOT more awesomeness, but, Since listening to it would take awhile, I'll move on. THE CONS 1. Wyn is a JERK. This is a semi-spoiler so if you really don't want to read about me venting about Wyn, don't read this. (view spoiler)[So Wyn is a total Jerk to Grace and then admits that he has only ever had feelings for her and making out with Skylar meant absolutely nothing!! Really!! Wyn ditched her when she needed him most when her Dad first disappered then again when her Dad AND boyfriend just died, All because he was mad she didn't tell you every single detail about her life. Okay way to go Wyn, my new Jerkiest character in the world. (hide spoiler)] Okay venting over and no other cons!! OVERALL This book was phenomenal and was my favorite book of 2012!S.R. Johannes has once again out done herself. WOULD I BUY THIS BOOK: YES, No doubt about it WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK: I wish I could tell ever single person in the world about this series! If I could put this on a Billboard I really would! WOULD I READ THIS BOOK: DEFINITELY MY RATING: If I could give this book a rating higher than five stars I would, but since I can't five stars it is! WILL I READ THE NEXT BOOK: Planning on it, Unstoppable here I come. AM I HEAD OVER HEELS IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK: YES I can proudly say I am!! So basically I am begging you to take a look at this book and if you haven't read the first book then you should definitely read it. Okay I swear I'm done now, happy reading!!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica (Step Into Fiction)

    Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction S.R. Johannes does it again (minus my ridiculous crying). I fell in love with Untraceable and it broke my heart at the same time. I actually can't believe it's already been ten months since I read the first book. I want to thank the author for not only asking me to be a part of her blog tour but also sending me a copy of the second book to read and review. I've been so busy with books to read that I've finally gotten a moment to read this book. I fini Review originally posted at Step Into Fiction S.R. Johannes does it again (minus my ridiculous crying). I fell in love with Untraceable and it broke my heart at the same time. I actually can't believe it's already been ten months since I read the first book. I want to thank the author for not only asking me to be a part of her blog tour but also sending me a copy of the second book to read and review. I've been so busy with books to read that I've finally gotten a moment to read this book. I finished it in less than 12 hours (including a few hours of sleep and watching the Voice in there) - so that just shows you how addicting the book is. I fell in love with her characters, her world and the wildlife in the woods of North Carolina. Was curious as to how she would get Grace back out in to the wilderness after that happened to her in the first book. She is a girl of nature and there's no keeping someone away from something they're so passionate about. It took some time but she went back out there and this time instead of protecting bears, it's the near extinct red wolves that she's out to protect. I have a soft spot for wolves so I was eager to dive right in. Grace is still hurting from many losses in Untraceable and the fact that her best friend (and ex-boyfriend), Wyn, swore he'd never talk to her at the end of Untraceable and he's been sticking to his word. He's all over Skyler and ignores that Grace even exists. Grace is jealous and hurt. She needed him more than ever these past few months and he pretends like she's not even there. You can't help but want to do two things. First being giving a Grace a huge hug and telling her you're there for her and second, knocking Wyn upside his head. He needs a swift hit to the head to set him straight. Things are tense for a good bit of the book before things get back to normal with these two...but that doesn't stay that way for long. Six kids from Grace's class form two groups that are to go out and study these wolves. Study how they're adapting to being out in the wild and take notes. Something terribly goes wrong on the first day and they stumble upon a dead wolf. A young male. At first glance it appears he is dead of natural causes but nothing is that obvious when Grace is involved. It breaks my heart seeing these wolves, dying. You know it's not of natural causes but you don't know what or better yet who is killing these beautiful creatures. Grace does what Grace does best...she stops at nothing to uncover the truth, even if she puts herself in harm's way. I have so much respect for her strength. I hate growing attached to characters sometimes. Even the annoying ones. There are some aspects to this book that are predictible and some that you didn't see coming or at least don't see coming until they're basically smacking you in the face. I like that about a book. A bit of mystery for the reader to solve as well as the characters. There's a great balance of that throughout this book. Not to mention the ending is just perfect. Or rather, the epilogue. The next book is going to be epic. You know there's going to be a big showdown between Grace and her enemy from the first book. E.P.I.C. Read this series. Especially if you're an animal lover. It feels real. It makes me want to go out in to the woods and just sit. (May be not in the winter like they do in this book...)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wall-to-wall books - wendy

    This is the second book in the Nature of Grace series. The first book being - "Untraceable" which I read and reviewed earlier in the year. I did like the first book a little better, but both books are great . Full of lots of outdoor action. If you are a lover of the great outdoors - a hiker, camper, explorer, an animal lover, or someone who just loves nature/action books, you will love this book. Book 2 - "Uncontrollable" takes right off just shortly after the first book, so you have that feeling This is the second book in the Nature of Grace series. The first book being - "Untraceable" which I read and reviewed earlier in the year. I did like the first book a little better, but both books are great . Full of lots of outdoor action. If you are a lover of the great outdoors - a hiker, camper, explorer, an animal lover, or someone who just loves nature/action books, you will love this book. Book 2 - "Uncontrollable" takes right off just shortly after the first book, so you have that feeling of continuation, like you haven't lost any time. There are a few reminders of what happened in "Untraceable" if you are forgetful like me (but in my opinion there were not enough reminders. I did get lost a few times, not remembering what had happened). Once I was refreshed and the story was under way I did really enjoy it! I loved the way each chapter is labled with a survival tip number instead of chapter numbers - very creative. Survival Tip #20 There is a simple method of handling an emergency situation. Remember the acronym S.T.O.P. Sit - Think - Observe - Plan The character development is great! As always - I loved Grace and Wyn (although Wyn was a little annoying at first, but then he came around). I felt like you were reading about typical teenagers. Well... typical smart outdoorsy teenagers (except for Skyler). I honestly loved all their bickering back and forth, it made it all more real. You can't get a bunch of teenagers together and not have fighting, teasing and flirting! So this part was done well. I did guess a couple of the outcomes but hadn't guessed them all. There were a few surprises for me, as well as twists and turns in the storyline. This was a very interesting book to read. Shelli certainly did her homework on the wolf facts! - "The Red Wolf is one of the most endangered species in the nation... The red wolf was pretty much demolished in the late 1960's." "There has been only one red wolf attack on a human in more than 200 years." One of my favorite lines from the book - "There's only one thing worse that being in the woods with a boy who hates me as much as he hates foliage - spending time with Malibu Barbie Goes Camping, a girl whose only experience with nature is killing two silk plants and watering a cactus." - LOL of course she is talking about Skyler. I think Grace would make a great leading lady. You know how I am always saying - "This book should be made into a movie" well - this series should be made into a TV series! I can totally see it on Fox Family or ABC Family. THE ALL-IN-ALL - All in all this was a great, interesting and exciting read! I don't remember there being any swearing and only a few stolen kisses here and there - so great for teens to read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Addison Campbell

    I loved this books! I wish there were more like this out there. There were a couple typos, but I'm sure the author is aware of this now. It was really suspenseful- I love how almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger! It was really fun to read and exciting. It also made me care about all these causes, like the wolves and the bears and stuff, which was cool. Sometimes it was a bit predictable and like the first book, but I liked it anyway. Grace is a really brave heroine, and I liked how knowl I loved this books! I wish there were more like this out there. There were a couple typos, but I'm sure the author is aware of this now. It was really suspenseful- I love how almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger! It was really fun to read and exciting. It also made me care about all these causes, like the wolves and the bears and stuff, which was cool. Sometimes it was a bit predictable and like the first book, but I liked it anyway. Grace is a really brave heroine, and I liked how knowledgeable and passionate she was about the woods. Unlike a lot of other YA heroines, she wasn't blindly stumbling around looking for boys to save her. I LOVE Mo! He is so awesome, I loved every part he was in. I hope he's in the next book enough. The love triangle, although a little soap-opera-ish at times, was still one of my favorites of all the books I've read. The love between Grace and Mo seemed really legit, if you know what I mean, unlike some YA romances that just kind of throw two people together and have them make out a lot. I liked the whole love story in this series. Wyn was in this one a lot, but most of the time he was a bit of an asshole. I've read quite a few love triangle books, and the person being friend-zoned is usually a lot more likable. I mean, he was hooking up with Skyler for god knows how long, someone who is mean to Grace and who Grace hates, and then he still expects Grace to come running into his arms. YOU"RE TAKEN, DUDE! In the words of another reviewer, "stop barking up Grace's tree!" And Skyler was annoying too, like it's not Grace's fault your dad was an evil mastermind.. Should we just have let him live and continue destroying wildlife and, I don't know, KILLING GRACE'S DAD?? That was pretty ridiculous of her, and it annoyed me how everyone was like boiling mad at Grace for saving the wildlife from evil crazy people. They kept taking it out on Grace that like half the town was made of insane murderers. And she SAVED them! Would it kill you people to show some gratitude? Or ANYTHING except hatred and rudeness? What is wrong with these people. Mo is the only cool one. Probably because he's from England. So yeah, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting a exciting, nature-y series with a cute love triangle and a great female heroine. I wish this series was more well-known, because I had never heard of it and now it is one of my favorites.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    I think I enjoyed Uncontrollable just as much as Untraceable. Grace was still Grace--determined, stubborn, and wanting to do what's right. Maybe a little careless of danger at times, though. I absolutely loved her grandmother, Birdee. She was spunky and sassy. Skyler bothered me a lot, though not necessarily for the reasons she should have. Yes, she was annoying, mean, and very out of place in the woods. But what bothered me most was that she didn't feel like a whole character--she felt like a st I think I enjoyed Uncontrollable just as much as Untraceable. Grace was still Grace--determined, stubborn, and wanting to do what's right. Maybe a little careless of danger at times, though. I absolutely loved her grandmother, Birdee. She was spunky and sassy. Skyler bothered me a lot, though not necessarily for the reasons she should have. Yes, she was annoying, mean, and very out of place in the woods. But what bothered me most was that she didn't feel like a whole character--she felt like a stereotype with no depth. After certain events in the first book, Wyn lost my trust even though I didn't want him to. I wanted to like him, and he did gain some of my support back in this book . . . but not in the way he'd want it. (view spoiler)[I disliked him for treating Grace horribly when he was with Skyler. I disliked him for pursuing Grace even though he was dating Skyler. (hide spoiler)] I suspected certain things that happened in the story, including who caught Grace in the prologue. But it still kept me on my toes enough that I wasn't bored. How it ends: (view spoiler)[My suspicions were correct: Mo was alive and working for the USFWS with Sweeney. He was in charge of watching Grace and keeping her safe, and he's the one who tackled her outside her house. Katie Reynolds, the conservationist heading the red wolf project, was actually Mandy Smith, the CEO of the company wanting to build cabins in the forest. She was sabotaging the project and had paid off Porter to help her. She is Al's step-sister, as well. Wyn walked in on Grace and Mo kissing and wasn't too happy about it. It's unclear whether he's going to give up or keep trying to wedge himself in there. Porter was killed, probably by Katie, when he was outside the cabin where Grace, Mo, and Wyn were waiting for Sweeney. Sweeney was shot, but he was going to be okay. Katie dragged Grace into the woods to kill her after explaining her evil plot, but Birdee showed up with a rifle and told Grace to go get help. Katie shot herself. The wolves are being kept on the reserve until spring, when they'll be released again in a second attempt at reintroduction into the wilderness. Mo and Grace are together, and he's going to meet her mom. Sweeney tells them that Al has been spotted and he wants Mo to bring Grace in right away. (hide spoiler)] Luckily, I have the third book on my kindle already. Note: Maybe a little swearing, but I can't remember.

  19. 4 out of 5

    P.E.

    Untraceable took me two weeks to read. Uncontrollable was finished in less than a day. Since I knew what to expect in this series everything in the sequel flowed very well and I liked the story even more. The thing I was so impressed with was how everything was not tidy. Asheville was shaken by the events at the end of Untraceable and there was grief and anger. Grace did what she thought was right and there were severe consequences for her decisions. Seeing the hurt she caused others, the pain s Untraceable took me two weeks to read. Uncontrollable was finished in less than a day. Since I knew what to expect in this series everything in the sequel flowed very well and I liked the story even more. The thing I was so impressed with was how everything was not tidy. Asheville was shaken by the events at the end of Untraceable and there was grief and anger. Grace did what she thought was right and there were severe consequences for her decisions. Seeing the hurt she caused others, the pain she kept within herself, and everyone's struggles to let go and move on gave this book some real depth. There were two scenes in particular that stood out for me; one with Skylar, one with Tommy. Grace herself grew into a character that I liked a lot. She's been through a lot by now and it's obviously she's crumbling at times. She isn't broken. Grace has this incredible fighting spirit. She's someone that just plain cares about the world and although she still does have a tendency to make completely irrational, impulsive decisions it's more endearing now that she sometimes thinks her plans through. I enjoyed the side characters a lot. I said this story has great depth- the side characters helped with that. Although Uncontrollable is another mystery, it's also the story of people trying to heal. I loved some of the quirky characters like Birdee. One thing I didn't like was the love triangle. I feel like someone might get hurt and the would make me sad because I liked both love interests. I also developed a real appreciation for nature. I'm a city girl but I've always been fascinated by forests and conservation. There's a pretty big national park near where I live and I even saw a black bear there once so I could easily picture what Grace was seeing. I love that Johannes is using her books to inform people about animals like red wolves. I know a lot of people would care about these types of issues but there isn't enough coverage for the average person to hear about unless they specifically went looking for it. Overall, I enjoyed Uncontrollable a lot. Although I ended up guessing who the villain was beforehand, I liked the direction of the story. This book felt much more compact and action packed than it's predecessor. It kept me into the story and I'm excited to read more! 4 stars, ****

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    What could be better than a young adult mystery that has truly realistic characters, amazing setting descriptions and a coming of age? How about a sincere plea to save endangered animals and an ugly, but realistic example of what is happening to them? Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes brings to life a story of a young girl who has suffered great loss, is learning to work through it and to accept the legacy her late father has left her in the form of a love for nature and its many inhabitants. Who What could be better than a young adult mystery that has truly realistic characters, amazing setting descriptions and a coming of age? How about a sincere plea to save endangered animals and an ugly, but realistic example of what is happening to them? Uncontrollable by S. R. Johannes brings to life a story of a young girl who has suffered great loss, is learning to work through it and to accept the legacy her late father has left her in the form of a love for nature and its many inhabitants. Who is killing the red wolves? Why? Can they be found before more wolves become a victim of evil intent? Grace and some fellow classmates have been recruited to help document where the red wolves are. But, of course, stick a selfish and prissy teen girl who clings to her new boyfriend, both walking advertisements for “stylish” and totally impractical wilderness living and we are going to have over-the-top conflict. If not for Grace, they all may perish as the weather changes, but there is more to the death of the wolves they find than meets the eye and only Grace seems to see it. Who is responsible, are they closer than anyone knows? Danger is all around, but Grace plows on. How many teens have that drive for answers? No fantasy here, S. R. Johannes writes a mean mystery with bold strokes and low angst as she leads her characters through the wilds of nature and the brutal ways of evil, while bringing awareness to the plight of yet another species. Well written, from start to that “Didn’t see that one coming” ending, a fresh read for the world of YA enthusiasts. Series: The Nature of Grace - Book 2 Publication Date: January 11, 2014 Publisher: Coleman & Stott ISBN: 0984799141 Genre: YA Mystery Print Length: 289 pages Available from: Amazon | Barnes& Noble

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sandy S

    UNCONTROLLABLE (Nature of Grace #2) by S.R.Johannes UNCONTROLLABLE is the second instalment and September 24, 2012 release in S.R.Johannes young adult Nature of Grace series. Uncontrollable picks up approximately 3 months after Untraceable. Our heroine Grace has suffered many losses but life in the small town near the Smokey Mountains keeps getting worse-the few friends she had are barely talking, her mother is leaving for a new job and her BFF since childhood is refusing to acknowledge her exist UNCONTROLLABLE (Nature of Grace #2) by S.R.Johannes UNCONTROLLABLE is the second instalment and September 24, 2012 release in S.R.Johannes young adult Nature of Grace series. Uncontrollable picks up approximately 3 months after Untraceable. Our heroine Grace has suffered many losses but life in the small town near the Smokey Mountains keeps getting worse-the few friends she had are barely talking, her mother is leaving for a new job and her BFF since childhood is refusing to acknowledge her existence. And when Agent Sweeney from the Fish and Wildlife Department returns to town, Grace is more than willing to help in the tracking of the endangered Red Wolf but someone or something is killing off the wolves and Grace is the next target. With the addition of two qualified trackers, Sweeney hopes that hunt will be short but they will soon find themselves in a fight for their lives. Grace has always lived in the shadows of the Smokey Mountains. As an avid outdoors person, Grace was the first to volunteer to help track the recently released Red Wolves, but as part of a classroom assignment she would find herself grouped together with ex-bestie Wyn and his new girlfriend Sky. And to complicate matters, the weather was turning a bitter cold and snow storms were forecasted for the immediate future. And as you can guess, unqualified student help does not make for an easy or uneventful assignment. Students will go missing, wolves will be found dead and the realization that someone is still trying to end your life will find Grace the hero once again when she discovers the truth behind big business and the environment. S.R. Johanne’s UNCONTROLLABLE is a well-written, fast-paced storyline that will keep you wondering with the turn of every page. Old friends will find each other in the most unlikely of circumstances only to lose out to a love that is stronger than anyone believed. And in saying that, the YA love triangle is ever present and frustrating, especially when both young men will tug at your heart and your soul. No one should have to suffer a broken heart. I am enjoying the Nature of Grace series and look forward to the next instalment by S.R. Johannes. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe.com

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    Once again I was so thankful and thrilled when author S.R. Johannes added me to the list of Bloggers to receive an ebook ARC of Uncontrollable. You all know how much I loved the first book in this Trilogy and book two did not disappoint. Once again Grace is such a refreshing main character. She is strong, smart, loyal, dedicated to what she believes in and pretty darn funny at times. She was put through the ringer in book one and still has a lot of healing to do. I love how Grace is still as stro Once again I was so thankful and thrilled when author S.R. Johannes added me to the list of Bloggers to receive an ebook ARC of Uncontrollable. You all know how much I loved the first book in this Trilogy and book two did not disappoint. Once again Grace is such a refreshing main character. She is strong, smart, loyal, dedicated to what she believes in and pretty darn funny at times. She was put through the ringer in book one and still has a lot of healing to do. I love how Grace is still as strong as ever, but we do get to see her vulnerable side as well. One thing that I love about this story, is that Grace is also surrounded by loving supportive family and friends. Yes, perhaps there are many individuals in town who are not her biggest fans, but she does have great support. One of the biggest is her Grandmother, Birdee. Birdee is such a great addition to this story. She is one tough old 'Bird' and adds a lot of comical moments. Especially at the end where Birdee gives the thumbs up to a certain young man's bottom. :) Okay we also have a 'love triangle' to deal with. However, for me this is not a typical or the usual annoying 'love triangle'. The reason for that is Grace. She is not an annoying girl that flip-flops on who she wants to be with. She knows what she wants and never wavers. However, she is one lucky girl to be surrounded by two very yummy boys. One of the best aspects to these books is the backdrop of the Smokey Mountains and the wildlife. In this book we are given a taste of the plight of the Red Wolves and author Shelli Johannes has provided links and ways for readers to get involved if they so choose. In the end, I recommend Uncontrollable to all YA and Adult readers who enjoy strong female characters, family bonds, the outdoors, mystery, action and of course some yummy boys thrown in for good measure. I for one, look forward to more in the Nature of Grace series and anything else Shelli decides to 'Grace' us with. :)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bames

    I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Uncontrollable is the sequel to the book entitled Untraceable and the story starts where the first book left off. Grace is trying to come to terms with losing her Dad. Things have not been easy for her and her mother. She is trying her best to do well in school even though most of her classmates tend to keep their distance. Even her closest friend seems to be unable to look at her. During her science cl I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my unbiased and honest review. Uncontrollable is the sequel to the book entitled Untraceable and the story starts where the first book left off. Grace is trying to come to terms with losing her Dad. Things have not been easy for her and her mother. She is trying her best to do well in school even though most of her classmates tend to keep their distance. Even her closest friend seems to be unable to look at her. During her science class, Agent Sweeney at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, came to visit to announce that he would like to encourage students to help with research on the "Red Wolf Reintroduction Program." Because of Grace's interest in conservation, her interest is definitely piqued. But she has not been back in the forest since she lost her father and she knows her mother may not be too keen on the idea. Grace manages to convince her mother and things seem to be going okay until the group of volunteers discover the bodies of dead red wolves. There are no visible signs of what may have killed the animals. But as days pass, Grace begins to feel there is a lot more to the wolves' deaths than meets the eye. Uncontrollable is an exciting read. The character of Grace does not disappoint. She is as brave, and as determined as she was in Untraceable. She is not afraid of facing the fury of nature to save her friends. Her passion for wildlife and her knowledge of how to survive in the wilderness is clear and noteworthy. The author did a great job in writing this book. Though I am soooo irritated with the character of Grace's bestie and his girlfriend -- I feel like wringing their necks -- the characters are all well-developed and lend substance to the story. Uncontrollable is definitely a good and enjoyable read. And any book -- as well-written as this one -- that places importance on conservation of wildlife scores pretty well with me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lena

    I love S.R. Johannes' writing style and plots in her books. Uncontrollable is no different from Untraceable in the exciting, suspenseful parts, however we do see a new vulnerable side of Grace. Grace is still has her strong-natured side but she builds herself up to it after what happened in the first book. Grace is a very relatable character, and I think that is why I liked her so much. How she deals with her tradegy, family, and friends, reminds me of myself at some points. I am not the best o I love S.R. Johannes' writing style and plots in her books. Uncontrollable is no different from Untraceable in the exciting, suspenseful parts, however we do see a new vulnerable side of Grace. Grace is still has her strong-natured side but she builds herself up to it after what happened in the first book. Grace is a very relatable character, and I think that is why I liked her so much. How she deals with her tradegy, family, and friends, reminds me of myself at some points. I am not the best outdoors, but I am definitely better woodsman than Skyler and Wyn. We do meet some new characters in this book, and the one person I enjoy a lot is Grandma Birdee. She is a funny old lady who makes moon pies (really good moon pies). She stays with Grace when her mom goes away for work. Grace is so happy that she is here, and I think that is another boost that helps Grace out of her slump. Now on to the wolves. S.R. Johannes always keeps your interest about the wild. In the book, we are dealing with red wolfs, and I never knew we had those around the east coast. Anyway there is much excitement about these wolves, and Grace is trying to help them. The seasons have changed, and it is winter, which means the woods are whole lot more dangerous. This makes the book more suspenseful and eerie at some parts. The mysterious side of this book keeps you tied up until the end. I kept guessing and guessing who-dun-it, and then I thought I was right, and a new twist popped up. There were a couple scary parts in this book involving snow.... I don't think I ever want to be stuck outside in the snow again. The banter between the all of the teenagers was hilarious. S.R.Johannes has once more, written another exciting mysterious novel with wolves, deception, and Grace, a lovely, strong-willed girl. I enjoyed this book a lot, and I want more of Grace's crazy adventures.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Page (One Book At A Time)

    This was a really hard book for me to rate and review. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot line. But there are some key points to this story that seem false to me. I think must people won't think twice about the so I decided to let them go and just go with it. Grace really is one of the most kick ass heroine's I've ever read about. She's never the damsel in distress even when she really is in distress. I love how she's so in tune with nature. I'm an outdoorsy girl, but I often wonder if This was a really hard book for me to rate and review. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot line. But there are some key points to this story that seem false to me. I think must people won't think twice about the so I decided to let them go and just go with it. Grace really is one of the most kick ass heroine's I've ever read about. She's never the damsel in distress even when she really is in distress. I love how she's so in tune with nature. I'm an outdoorsy girl, but I often wonder if I could survive if in the wilderness. There is no doubt that Grace could. She knows how to read all the clues and use nature to her advantage. I love that she loves animals so much. This part of her is so ingrained into who she is that denying her that does absolutely no good. Even she can't hide from it. I wasn't sure how to take the story of the wolves at first. I'm not a supporter of the reintroduction of the wolves in the rocky mountain, so I was hoping that the story wouldn't become too political or environmental. I was pleased that it didn't, but I had problems with other aspects of the story. I just didn't buy that the Department of Fish and Game would let high school students help with such an important project. It's something that's heavily monitored and recorded and not just a light project for extra credit. I also wasn't extremely sure that our culprit behind this would have such a conflict of interest. I'm sure this type of things happen all the time, but I can't imagine that such a connection would be so under the radar. Despite those things, I really did like the story. I'm particularly fond of our characters, especially Grace. There were some moments were I felt like smacking Wynn, but he redeems himself. I really don't blame him for the actions that he takes. I recommend this series immensely!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Sabala

    Book Review- Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes A few months ago Grace lost her father and the boy she loved. She was completely devastated. Her best friend, Wyn, turned his back on her and the whole town blamed her for what happened. She had to pick up the pieces of her life and keep moving, but she has not been back into the woods since that time. One day at school everything changes, she volunteers for the Red Wolf Project. A group of students will track and observe red wolves in the wild to make Book Review- Uncontrollable by S.R. Johannes A few months ago Grace lost her father and the boy she loved. She was completely devastated. Her best friend, Wyn, turned his back on her and the whole town blamed her for what happened. She had to pick up the pieces of her life and keep moving, but she has not been back into the woods since that time. One day at school everything changes, she volunteers for the Red Wolf Project. A group of students will track and observe red wolves in the wild to make sure it is safe to reintroduce them into the wild. This project forces Grace to go back into the woods where she needs to be. Once the project gets under way the groups start finding dead wolves and Grace feels something isn’t right. She is afraid Al is back to kill her after he killed her father. Grace is terrified he will come after her. The project becomes dangerous as students get injured as they search. There are shocking revelations and betrayals as Grace finds out the truth behind what is really going on. This is the second book in The Nature of Grace series. I loved the first book and was excited to read this one. It did not disappoint. It was action packed and full of surprises. I absolutely love Grace’s character. She has been through the most heart breaking things but continues on. She chooses to do what is right even though it may be dangerous. She is easy to like and tough. The adventure she encounters keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I couldn’t put it down as I tried to figure out who the bad guy really was. The author did a fabulous job keeping you believing it was one person when actually it was someone else entirely. An Awesome read! I give it a 5 out of 5.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Johannes continues the story of Grace in Uncontrollable. She's still getting over the tragedy in Untraceable, and it seems the whole town is blaming her for what happened (I'm not going to say what happened in case you haven't read it yet!) Grace hasn't been in the woods since the events in Untraceable. But, now she has the opportunity, along with some other students, to research the red wolves in the mountains. They need to be tracked before winter to make sure they are healthy enough to survive Johannes continues the story of Grace in Uncontrollable. She's still getting over the tragedy in Untraceable, and it seems the whole town is blaming her for what happened (I'm not going to say what happened in case you haven't read it yet!) Grace hasn't been in the woods since the events in Untraceable. But, now she has the opportunity, along with some other students, to research the red wolves in the mountains. They need to be tracked before winter to make sure they are healthy enough to survive. Wyn also volunteers, which is kind of touchy, since he isn't speaking to Grace and also has a new girlfriend. They find a dead wolf, seemingly from natural causes, but Grace is concerned. She's also concerned because "the bad guy" from Untraceable hasn't been caught, and she fears he may come back. The students get in a lot of dangerous situations. One after the other. Some of it from stupid decisions (but they are kids, right?) The peril makes for an exciting story, but really, how unlucky can one girl be?? So yes, I found some of it a little far-fetched, but still exciting. And, really not that predictable. I had some inkling of the "bad guy" in this one, but I wasn't sure, and I didn't get the whole story. Grace continues to be spunky and strong -- although in Uncontrollable she exhibits more fear -- which is realistic under the circumstances. The romance gets a bit more intense in Uncontrollable as well. The twists are nicely laid out, and I think teens - boys and girls - who enjoyed Untraceable will certainly enjoy Uncontrollable. Unstoppable, the third book, comes out in the spring of 2013, and I'll be looking forward to it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    I really enjoyed this book, even more so than Untraceable. Grace was awesome--both tough and vulnerable, while doing her best to overcome her grief and make her dad proud. There were moments I teared up because I just loved the family dynamics so much. The grief and the PTSD felt very real, because she dealt with everything in such a relatable and understandable way. I LOVED Birdie, who was an absolute fantastic character. I'm sad Gracie's mom wasn't around more, but her absence was explained wel I really enjoyed this book, even more so than Untraceable. Grace was awesome--both tough and vulnerable, while doing her best to overcome her grief and make her dad proud. There were moments I teared up because I just loved the family dynamics so much. The grief and the PTSD felt very real, because she dealt with everything in such a relatable and understandable way. I LOVED Birdie, who was an absolute fantastic character. I'm sad Gracie's mom wasn't around more, but her absence was explained well. I don't want to spoil anything so I'll just say there was another character I quite liked as well :) Wyn came through when he needed to, which made me really proud, and admittedly, he does often get the short end of the stick. But man, sometimes I just wanted to stuff the kid in a closet so he'd stop talking haha Whereas it took me a little bit to get into Untraceable, Uncontrollable had me immediately. It felt quicker-paced, with the cold and the snow adding an immediate danger at all times, which always felt authentic and never forced. I was on the edge of my seat every time the kids went out on a search for the wolves. And speaking of which, I enjoyed learning about the red wolves. There was a really lovely moment in the woods with them, which was one of my favorites. Also, no one is safe! lol I didn't know who would die and who would live, which was also a huge source of suspense. This was a quick and thrilling read, with characters who I've really grown to care about.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Heather Robbins

    Let's start with the cover : It's Beautiful! and perfectly fits with the series! Vania has done a wonderful job on both this one and the Untraceable cover I heart them so much :) S.R. Johannes does an amazing job of weaving this story into something incredible ... Where I loved the first one for the same reason, this story steps it up a notch. I love how she makes it so that you questions EVERYONE! I never know who is good and who is not. When I come to the conclusion that one thing is going on.. Let's start with the cover : It's Beautiful! and perfectly fits with the series! Vania has done a wonderful job on both this one and the Untraceable cover I heart them so much :) S.R. Johannes does an amazing job of weaving this story into something incredible ... Where I loved the first one for the same reason, this story steps it up a notch. I love how she makes it so that you questions EVERYONE! I never know who is good and who is not. When I come to the conclusion that one thing is going on... BAM I'm left with your mouth hanging open and thinking that was masterful! Grace : She is still reeling with everything she has lost... but she is trying to get back into her life. She throws herself into a project thinking this will help. There is nothing about her that I don't like. She is a strong female character with flaws and all. She is a quick thinker and protects her friends/family with all she has. The other characters are amazing all in their own ways. None of them are "flat" they are each well developed throughout the story. I went as I was reading feeling all the things that Grace did... from her overwhelming sadness from having lost 2 men that she loved to all the terrifying things she has to deal with. I cannot tell you much more without giving all the things away, and you know I just won't do that :) GET THIS if you Love/like Romance, Intrigue, suspense or adventure... roll them all together and you have Uncontrollable!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deena

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! Kindle edition I enjoyed this book better than the first. It was action packed with great twists. Most nights I read until I fell asleep because I just had to find out what happened next. I loved the way each event seemed singular yet tied in with every other in the end. I'm very happy Mo is back and not leaving! Grace was just unbelievably stupid in this book. She's recovering from the trauma of losing her dad & Mo (supposedly?) in the woods. Al is still out in the woods some SPOILER ALERT!!!!!! Kindle edition I enjoyed this book better than the first. It was action packed with great twists. Most nights I read until I fell asleep because I just had to find out what happened next. I loved the way each event seemed singular yet tied in with every other in the end. I'm very happy Mo is back and not leaving! Grace was just unbelievably stupid in this book. She's recovering from the trauma of losing her dad & Mo (supposedly?) in the woods. Al is still out in the woods somewhere wanting to kill her. So what does she decide is the best thing to do? Volunteer to be out in the woods to track the habitats of wolves! Seriously?? And her team consists of her ex-boyfriend/best friend, Wyn, who is currently dating an air headed mean girl. We all know Wyn's just dating her to make Grace jealous. Then when things go horribly wrong & the wolf project is called off, Grace goes out looking for Seth alone! Stupid! And this comes after she almost dies from hypothermia & is hospitalized. I loved when Wyn helps save Grace's life in the cave trying to keep her warm. The whole hallucination that it's Mo is brilliant. Poor Wyn! I loved the ending @ Katie's house. Classic horror film style... the electricity suddenly goes out...I'll go check outside alone. Then as Mo & Sweeney are outside & Wyn's supposed to keep an eye on Grace, he falls asleep. So Grace decides to go outside alone again. Classic! I love Birdee! What a badass grandma! Can't wait to read the next book!

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