WINNER OF THE 2012 INDIEREADER DISCOVERY AWARD (YA).
Everyone leaves a mark.
What would you do if yours was erased?
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.
My rating: 5 of 5 starsYoung Adult.I loved this book. The romance isn't wishy-washy and I wasn't bored to death by countless pages of staring into each other's eyes and sloppy kisses. The main character does activities like swimming, fishing, and hiking with her two dudes (the ex and the newbie).I requested a free copy of this book in exchange for a review because I love reading Appalachian literature and was pleasantly surprised to find that the story also employs the Eastern Band of Cherokee (Tsalagiyi Detsadanilvgi) and the Qualla Boundary. I enjoyed the author's use of Cherokee (Tsalagi) language and parables scattered through the story.I also love how the author is trying to bring attention to animal poaching, particularly of the black bear, and I wish her the best in this endeavor! I look forward to reading the next book in the series.